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By Mark Woodcock

VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is poised to take the telephone industry by storm. It works by using the Internet to direct telephone calls, rather than land-based cable lines that are used with traditional telephone. Among the advantages are better affordability and greater functionality. Extra services that cost a great deal more with traditional telephone companies are often included in standard VoIP service, such as caller ID, call waiting, and conference calling. In addition, other features can be used along with VoIP, such as video conferencing and email forwarding to your phone. Because of the boom in VoIP, there are getting to be many VoIP service providers out there. It is important to look at all the options and research each provider before signing up with one.

Some of the things that you should look for in a VoIP service provider include pricing, features offered, and guarantees. The costs for VoIP are traditionally lower than with land-based telephone service, but the prices can still vary depending on the options you choose and the service provider you go with. Usually, pricing starts at around $19.95 for unlimited calling packages. It can go as high as $59.95, though. It is important to remember that while long distance is included in the package price that often does not include international calling to some countries.

The features available from VoIP service providers are quite impressive, and the technology can be used for your home telephone service, as well as business service because of the interactive features offered. What features are offered it dependent on the VoIP service provider, and that is why it is important to explore the options before making a choice so that you get exactly what you want and need. Comparing the features is just as important as comparing the monthly costs.

One advantage to VoIP over traditional telephone service is that you can often transfer your current phone number to your new service. This is not the case with every VoIP service provider, however. Again, check into this if it is an important factor in your decision. The easiest way to keep your current phone number is to use high-speed Internet service through your cable company, rather than a DSL line. The DSL line requires a phone line, which will force you to keep a land-based phone line for your Internet service.

In the event of an emergency in your home, you want to be able to call 911 for assistance. Many VoIP service providers do offer some form of 911 services, but some do not. This is important information to know for future reference.

A final item to check when you are researching each VoIP service provider is the guarantee they offer their customers. It is customary for providers to offer 100% money back guarantees in the event of customer dissatisfaction. You will need to inquire about the specifics of each guarantee with the applicable providers.

The best way to get information on a VoIP service provider is by doing research. Looking at provider websites online is a great way to get basic information. You might also want to call each provider to speak to a representative, that way you can get a real feel for their customer service and willingness to assist customers. And, try to talk to another VoIP customer. Getting a first hand account of the experience of using this new technology will help you decide whether you want to use it or not, as well as help you gather information about the best VoIP service providers out there right now. Taking advantage if VoIP technology can be an interesting, easy, and cost saving endeavor.

About The Author: Mark is a director of 3 Internet Companies, is a published author and has written many articles on a widespread number of topics. All his articles may be reproduced provided that an active link is included to www.voip-services-provider.com