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VoIP provider comparison… Part 1 – The costs

July 17, 2007 by · 10 Comments 

Voip_world

Being that I habitually like to try out many different types of VoIP providers… I wanted to see which ones truly saved me money (in this part of the study), being that most people use them just for this reason alone.

I do realize that because different people have different calling needs, that the conclusions that you can derive from my study may not apply to you, however, here is what I found in an example scenario I use often (calling from the UK to a Mexican Mobile):

Skype (on a PC) – $ 0.336
Truphone (on a WiFi enabled phone) – $0.611 (They offer free calls to landlines though)
Gizmo Project (on a PC & on a Wifi enabled phone) – $0.319
JaJah (on a regular phone via a PC launch) – $0.206
Rebtel (on a regular phone)- $0.22 (but uses local airtime as well)

So in this case, it seems that using Jajah may be the cheapest.. and Truphone the most expensive because they may be offsetting their ‘free to landlines’ with their ‘to mobile’ rates.

However, Calling the States from the UK (this is where it gets interesting) ?

Skype (on a PC) – $ 0.021
Truphone (on a WiFi enabled phone) – Free (for a limited time that keeps on getting extended)
Gizmo Project (on a PC & on a Wifi enabled phone) – $0.019
JaJah (on a regular phone via a PC launch) – $0.181 (if you’re calling from a mobile phone in the UK, and $0.03 if you’re calling from a landline)
Rebtel (on a regular phone)- $0.018 (but uses local airtime as well)

Truphone wins (can’t beat free), but Jajah got very expensive all of a sudden if you’re calling from a mobile phone (which I always do), it seems Gizmo and Rebtel stay constant in their competitive rates, and Skype is not far behind.

In conclusion, rates can vary wildly with different incentives depending on where you call most. So perhaps cost alone can’t determine an overall winner (unless you only call one country).

Stay tuned for Part 2 where I’ll compare other features of these providers.

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