VOIP Plan Comparisons

VOIP rocks!

I originally created this unbiased VOIP (Voice Over IP) plan comparison chart back in December 2004 to display the costs and features of the most popular consumer VOIP plans. If you're thinking about going with a VOIP plan, it's a must read.

The chart focuses on unbundled VOIP providers with open systems. (It currently includes VOIP plans from AT&T, BroadVoice, Earthlink, Lingo, Packet8, Verizon, VoicePulse, Vonage, VoxFlow, and AOL.) It does not compare the VOIP bundled offerings from cable operators like Time-Warner or Comcast, nor does it provide information on exclusively DSL-bundled services such as Speakeasy. The demise of SunRocket is a clear sign of the volatile nature of the industry. This round of consolidation may just be beginning and the old guard may very well be the ultimate winners.

Since signing up for AT&T's CallVantage VOIP telephone service (in the summer of 2004), I've never looked back. My overall VOIP call quality is excellent and my monthly phone bills have been cut by two-thirds. With unlimited long distance, I can yak to my heart's content without watching the proverbial egg-timer each time I make a call. Among the big VOIP players, the most popular features like voice mail, call waiting, call forwarding, caller ID, and 3-way calling are provided at no extra charge.

Tell that to your local phone company the next time they try selling those features to you at extra cost!

While we've come to take free unlimited long distance for granted with the VOIP plans, some digging has turned up a whole bunch of interesting options with regard to international calling. How about unlimited calls to Asia or Europe? It's for real and it's for a whole lot less than you might think ...

VOIP Plan Comparison Chart - Updated 10/04/2007


  Provider Plan Monthly Activation Equipment Voice Mail Call Waiting Call Fwd Caller ID 3 Way Calls Long
Distance
Features of Note

Internet Phone Service

Pingo
AT&T CallVantage Local Plan $19.99 $29.99   X X X X X .04 per minute Call Log, Phone Book, Locate Me, Speed Dial, Do Not Disturb, Safe Forward Number, Fax and Modem Support, Directory Assistance, Personal Conferencing, E-911
CallVantage Service Plan $24.99 (first month free for online orders) $29.99   X X X X X Free - US, Canada & Puerto Rico
CallVantage 2-Line Plan $49.99 $29.99   X X X X X Free - US, Canada & Puerto Rico
BroadVoice Unlimited In-State $9.95

$39.95
(Save $30 if you BYOD.)

$14.95 X X X X X Unlimited within primary number state, 3.9 per minute to other states Anon Call Rejection,
Call Forward (Always, Busy, No Answer, Selective),
Call Hold,
Call Notify,
*69 Call Return
Call Transfer
Call Waiting, Distinctive Ring, Do Not Disturb, Last Number Redial, Speed Dial,
Voice Mail (Aliases& Dist Lists), Priority Alert, Simultaneous Ring
Unlimited World $19.95 $39.95
(Save $30 if you BYOD.)
$14.95 X X X X X Unlimited within US & 21 countries#
Unlimited World Plus $24.95 $39.95
(Save $30 if you BYOD.)
$14.95 X X X X X Unlimited within US & 35 countries##
Unlimited
Business
$29.95 $39.95
(Save $30 if you BYOD.)
$14.95 X X X X X Unlimited within US and Canada
EarthLink trueVoice trueVoice Unlimited

$29.95

Free activation
($29.95 value)
? X X X X X Unlimited withing US Call Log, Phone Book, Locate Me, Speed Dial, Do Not Disturb, Safe Forward Number, Fax and Modem Support, Directory Assistance, Personal Conferencing, E-911
trueVoice Basic $14.95 $29.95 ? X X X X X 500 minutes included, $.04/minute after
Lingo Lingo Link $7.95 $29.95 $9.95 shipping X X X     Free to Lingo Subscribers, .03 per minute US & Canada  
Small Talk $14.95 $29.95 $9.95 shipping X X X X X 500 minutes US, Canada, & W. Europe Anon. Call Rejection, Caller ID Block, Do Not Disturb, Redial, Speed Dial, 411, Simultaneous Ring, Universal Number, Simultaneous Ring, Local Number Portability
Talk 365 $195 per year $29.95 $9.95 shipping X X X X X Free - US, Canada, & Puerto Rico
Chatter Box $21.95 (first month free) $29.95 $9.95 shipping X X X X X Free - US & Canada. International - See List of Countries***
Global Gabber $34.95 (first month free) $29.95 $9.95 shipping X X X X X Free - US & Canada. 300 minutes International - See List of Countries**
Business Unlimited $49.95 (first month free) $29.95 $9.95 shipping X X X X X Free - US, Canada As above, plus free fax line with 500 minutes
Packet8 Freedom Annual $199.00 per year $29.99 Free with rebate X X X X X Free - US & Canada Caller ID Block, Call Return, Do Not Disturb, Anon, Call Blocking, Distinctive Ring
Freedom Unlimited $24.99 $29.99 Free with rebate X X X X X Free - US & Canada
Freedom Unlimited Global $29.99 $29.99 Free with rebate X X X X X Free - US, Canada, and Europe +++
Virtual Office Unlimited Extension

$39.99 per extension

$18.95 $99.99 X X X X X Free - US & Canada Auto Attendant, Business Class Voice Mail, Extension to Extension Dialing
Business 2000 $34.99 $18.95 $29.99 X X X X X 2000 minutes US and Canada Find me/follow-me, Simultaneous ring, 7 digit local dialing

SunRocket
is TOAST.

Limited Edition $9.95 - - X X X X X 200 minutes US, Puerto Rico, Canada, and 41 SunSpots### Anon. Call Rejection, *69 Call Return, Speed Dial, Call Logs, Click to Call, Enhanced Voicemail, Distinctive Rings, Do Not Disturb, Find Me
Monthly Edition $24.95 - - X X X X X Unlimited calling US, Puerto Rico, and Canada, 2 free directory assistance calls and $3 International credit each month
Annual Edition $199 per year - - X X X X X Unlimited calling US, Puerto Rico, and Canada, 2 free directory assistance calls and $3 International credit each month
India Edition $199 per year - - X X X X X Unlimited calling US, Puerto Rico, and Canada,$.10 per min calls to India, inc. mobiles. Earn 20% credit back at end of year for calls made to India.
SunSpots Edition $299 per year - - X X X X X Unlimited calling US, Puerto Rico, and Canada, 41 SunSpots###
Global Edition $349 per year - - X X X X X Unlimited calling US, Puerto Rico, and Canada, $20 monthly International credit
Verizon VoiceWing 500 $19.95

$19.95 (may be waived)

$8.00
(shipping & handling)
X X X X X 500 minutes of local and long distance calling, US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, then 4 cents per minute Back-Up Number, Caller ID Block, Do Not Disturb, Voice Portal, Repeat Dial, Speed Dial, Address Book (w/sync), Call Logs, Enhanced Call Forward, Directory Look-up, Simultaneous Ring, Click-to-Dial, Call Back, Caller ID Block
VoiceWing Unlimited $24.95 $19.95 (may be waived)
$8.00
(shipping & handling)
X X X X X Unlimited in US, Canada, Puerto Rico
VoiceWing Multi-line $44.95 $19.95 (may be waived)
$8.00
(shipping & handling)
X X X X X Unlimited in US, Canada, Puerto Rico
VoicePulse America
Unlimited
$26.49 $29.99 $49.99 X X X X X Unlimited in US Telemarketer Block, Filters, Multi-Ring, Scheduled Do Not Disturb, *69 Call Return, # 7-Digit Dialing,
Contact Lists, Distinctive Ring, Speed Dial, Do Not Disturb, Call Hunt, Find Me
Local
Unlimited
+200
$15.89 $29.99 $49.99 X X X X X 200 minutes free, then
3.9 per minute
Business
Unlimited
$48.75 $29.99 $49.99 X X X X X Unlimited in US
Vonage Basic 500 $14.99 $29.99 $9.95 (shipping) X X X X X US, Canada , Puerto Rico, 500 minutes free, then
3.9 per minute
Click-2-Call, Call Return, Caller ID Block, Repeat Dialing, International Call Block, Ring Lists, Call Hunt, Vonage V-Forcast
Premium Unlimited $24.99 $29.99 $9.95 (shipping) X X X X X Unlimited US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Italy, France, Spain, UK and Ireland
Small Business Basic $39.99 $29.99 $9.95 (shipping) X X X X X US, Canada, Puerto Rico 1500 minutes free, then
3.9 per minute
Small Business Unlimited $49.99 $29.99 $9.95 (shipping) X X X X X Unlimited US, Canada, Puerto Rico Italy, France, Spain, UK and Ireland
VoxFlow Residential Class $24.95 ? ? X X X X X Unlimited in US Speed dialing, Global Portability
Small Business Class (dedicated fax line) $48.95 ? ? X X X X X Unlimited in US
Phone System Class $48.95 ? ? Hunt groups available X X X Unlimited in US

NOTE: Some VOIP plans may charge for calls to Hawaii and Alaska. This list is not the be all, end all ... always check with each provider for the specific features and benefits of their plans. You can also expect to pay various pesky little (i.e.: $1-$3) monthly charges for things like Regulatory Recovery Fees, Universal Service Funds, and E911. The devil is the the details.

* Lingo's Western European VOIP plan includes: UK, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Luxembourg, Vatican City, Norway, Portugal, and Spain plus Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea. However, this does not include calls to mobile phones, premium and special service numbers in these areas. US includes Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands and calls to cellular phones.

** Lingo's Global Gabber VOIP plan includes: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, San Marino, Singapore,South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and Vatican City. Calls to mobile phones, premium and special service numbers in these areas are not included. U.S. includes AK, HI, PR, USVI and calls to cellular phones.

*** Lingo's Chatter Box VOIP plan includes: UK, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Luxembourg, Vatican City, Norway, Portugal, and Spain plus Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.

+++ Packet 8's Freedom Unlimited Global plan includes: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Moscow-Central, Moscow-Suburb, St. Petersburg, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Chile, Sao Paulo, Caracas, Puerto Rico, Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Israel.

# BroadVoice Unlimited World VOIP plan includes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, and Vatican City. Calls to mobile numbers outside the US and Canada are not included.

## BroadVoice Unlimited World Plus VOIP plan includes: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, and Vatican City. Calls to mobile numbers outside the US and Canada are not included.

### SunRocket's SunSpots include: (Countries) Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Vatican City. (Cities) Caracas, Guadalajara, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Lima, Mexico City, Monterrey, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, St. Petersburg, São Paulo

Still on the fence? Read the Gnomie VOIP survey results.