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Whaddya know what VOIP Service is right for you e.g. Vonage, MagicJack or Skype.

What VOIP service is right for you? Here's a short list of advantages of getting what services or package you can get from these vendors. I just want to share what I know, you can use this as know how information before you decide what to get.


Here’s a quick comparison.

Vonage:
  • Phone Handset: Yes – Stand Alone
  • Security Concern: Encrypted
  • Installation: Plug the device to the network. Vonage Customer Service needs to activate the MAC address of the device. Normally it shipped pre-configured. No software updates needed.
  • Customer Service: Available 1-800 number to call for assistance
  • Price is $49.95 one-time fee for device. $24.95 /month recurring fee
  • Similar Products: Packet8, Now cable companies offer the same service such as COX, Comcast, Verizon FIOS
  • In my humble opinion.: Vonage service is reliable VOIP service for residential. You can call the 1-800Number for technical assistance if you have phone issue.

MagicJack:

  • Phone Handset: Yes – device must connect to the USB workstation or laptop then to your Phone handset
  • Security Concern: Reserves the right to monitor the numbers dialed to tailor ads
  • Installation: Easy install. Plug the USB device to the compute, it will install the software for you, then connect the phone handset to the other end. Automatically pull software updates.
  • Customer Service: You get online chat customer service only.
  • Price: $39.95 one-time fee for device. $19.95 per year recurring fee.
  • Similar Products: Jalah, Talkster, Rebtel, Mobivox, etc.
  • In my humble opinion: If you’re not concern about privacy and no live customer service. Save $ to your pocket.

Skype In/Out:

  • Phone Handset: No – through headset, microphone and speaker. Yes – thorough Skype Go subscription service
  • Security Concern: Encrypted
  • Installation: Download file, installation of software. Skype reminds for software updates.
  • Customer Service: Forum, Search Knowledgebase and through your Skype account.
  • Price: Optional Skype WIFI Phone for $99.95, $2.95 per month for US and Canada, and $9.95 per month for Unlimited World Plan.
  • Similar Products: Jalah, Talkster, Rebtel, Mobivox, etc.
  • In my humble opinion: Good for business communication if the other party is also using Skype. A good alternative for residential phone. Using a headset and mike is recommended.

Visit their respective website for additional information. Share your thoughts.

Thank you.

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