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Compare VOIP Providers


There are dozens of VOIP service providers that use different infrastructures to allow for Internet-based calling. To assist you in finding the right provider to meet your needs, our VOIP provider guide compares the features and requirements of the some of the most popular VOIP providers for international communication.

VOIP Softphone Provider Comparison

Skype Google Hangouts / Voice VoxOx Viber ooVoo NimBuzz
Platforms
Mac
Windows
Linux
iOS
Andriod
Blackberry
Kindle
Options and Features
International Calling Subscription Premium account N/A N/A N/A N/A Some subscriptions to select destintions available.
Internaitonal Calling PAYGO View Rates View Rates View Rates View Rates View Rates View Rates
Local Number? Cost Varies by Location US Customers only US Numbers only Requires existing local number
Call Forwarding? Rates Apply US Customers only
Voicemail? US Customers only Video to Email Only
SMS? Sending Rates Apply; Unable to receive Android only Send Internationally; Receive only to US/Canada

Pros and Cons of Each International Softphone Service

Service Pros? Cons?
Skype
  • Subscription options to many countries.
  • Large user-base.
  • Rates have gone up recently.
  • Privacy concerns
  • In-app Advertisements
Google Hangouts / Voice
  • Free calls to US and Canadian landlines AND mobile numbers for those in US and Canada.
  • Confusing interface between Hangouts and Voice.
  • Restricted almost entirely to US customers.
  • Must use Chrome browser.
VoxOx
  • Integrates with other chat services
  • Requires a US mobile number to take advantage of most features.
Viber
  • Not US-based
  • No registration or account needed
  • No subscriptions available
ooVoo
  • Video chat with up to 12 other users for free
  • Focused on video chat and less on calling internationally
NimBuzz
  • Integrates with other popular chat services like Messenger, Facebook and Google.
  • Low on features
  • Unavailable from many countries.

These are just a small sampling of the VOIP softphone options out there. Perhaps there is a popular one based in your home country that most of your friends are already using that you can continue to use for free when you go abroad.

Learn more about VOIP Softphones »

Mobile Provider Comparison

WhatsApp RebTel Millitalk Fring VoiStunt
Platforms
iOs
Android
Blackberry
Nokia
Windows Phone
Options and Features
International Calling No; Just a messaging app that mimics SMS
Can send Voice Messages
Subscriptions for select countries. PAYGO Rates. In-app minute packages Subscriptions for 40 countries. PAYGO Rates. PAYGO Rates. The more you top-up your balance, the more "free days" you earn, in which you can call internationally for free.
Local Number?
However,you can use access numbers wherever you are to get local rates.
Voicemail?
SMS?

Pros and Cons of Each International Mobile Service

Service Pros? Cons?
WhatsApp
  • Free SMSs if you prefer to communicate via text.
  • Large user-base
  • No calling ability
  • Privacy concerns
  • Costs $0.99 to download
RebTel
  • Allows you to use your local minutes instead of WiFi or 3G to make international calls.
  • Doesn’t support video calling.
Millitalk
  • Unlimited calls to the US and Canada
  • Only available on iOS
Fring
  • Low rates
  • Doesn’t support video calling.
VoipStunt
  • Free calls to countries like Germany, Argentina, and Malaysia.
  • Doesn’t support video calling.

Learn more about Mobile App VOIPs »

Compare International Device-based VOIP Providers

Vonage MagicJack Ooma
Equipment Required? Telephone, modem, and Vonage adapter MagicJack adapter and modem when wired internet is available; MagicJack USB stick when only WiFi is available Telephone, modem, and Ooma adapter
International Calling? Unlimited calls to US and 60 countries with Vonage World; Global Calling mobile phone app, or PAYGO rates Only PAYGO rates PAYGO rates;
Unlimited calls to 61 countries $17.99/month;
1000 minutes to 61 countries $9.99/month
Local Number? Only American and Canadian numbers available Only American and Canadian numbers available Only American Numbers available; Choose your own number
Call Forwarding?
Voicemail?
SMS?

Pros and Cons of Each Device-based VOIP Service

Service Pros? Cons?
Vonage
  • Equipment at no cost
  • Most expensive monthly cost
MagicJack
  • Equipment is smaller and more portable than the others
  • No all-inclusive international calling plan
Ooma
  • HD quality sound
  • No recurring fees for calls to the US
  • Extremely high initial cost for the Ooma box

Learn more about Device-based VOIPs »

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