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The Vonage Competitors - Which One Will Save You The MOST?

Updated on January 23, 2013

Vonage is One Of the Most Well-Known Internet Phone Services on the Market...

But are they truly the best? Or the cheapest? Considering that Vonage has over 2.4 Million Subscribers, you might tend to think so.

CLICK HERE TO SEE MY TOP PICK FOR A VONAGE ALTERNATIVE. International calling from $14.16 per month.

Recently I was looking for a cheaper alternative to my cellphone service. I've spent over $1600 this past year on my phone and internet and I really need to find a better alternative.

Internet telephone -- AKA VoIP -- is one of the cheapest ways to get home service. For those of you who have never looked into it, the whole premise is that with a VoIP provider, your internet can double as a phone line.

Here are the most popular and best-reviewed Vonage Competitors on the Market. I'll rank them from worst to best.

Here's to converting your outrageous phone bill into a Hawaiian vacation instead!

Note: I am an affiliate of many of the programs below and receive compensation for enrollments. Full Disclosure is Awesome!

Voipo

We'll get into Voipo in More Detail in a Minute

But for now let's just say that it is an incredibly economical option and one worth looking closely at. Right now you can get home phone service for as little as $6.21 without installation or hardware fees.


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Magicjack Plus

One of the First in The Industry

Initial Price: $69.95

Yearly cost: $29.95/year

Magicjack was one of the first internet phone companies. Their first device was a little clunky -- it required you to leave your computer on all of the time if you wanted to receive calls.

They've improved since then with the Magicjack Plus. All you do is plug it into a wall out let and plug in your internet connection and your telephone. Pretty simple.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that say otherwise, and while Amazon reviewers give it 3 stars overall, almost half of them rate it as a 1-star, or dissatisfied, reviewer.

Plus, the internet forums are full of horror stories about their recurring billing policies.

If you are insistent in shopping at this price point, I'd recommend the Nettalk instead.

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Features

Can make 911 calls

Free 411 directory assitance

Provides Voicemail and Voicemail to text service

Call Waiting

Caller ID

Call Forwarding

Nettalk Duo

Promises an Incredible Amount In A Tiny Package

Initial Price: $49.95 / $64.94 Wi-Fi

Yearly Cost: $29.95 /year

The Nettalk Duo is an incredible little machine. Hook-up is the same as with the Magicjack, but if you choose the Wi-Fi version then all you have to do is plug it into your wall and plug the phone into it.

You can typically pick up a Nettalk device for a couple of pennies less than the Magicjack. And,the DUO2 is matching the Magicjack in reviews with 3 stars. Sound quality is somewhat hit-and-miss but overall you seem to get better reviews out of it than you do with the Magicjack. Not that much better, mind you, but better.

And, it seems a little better than Magicjack to cancel if you decide to leave them.

Once again, you get what you pay for, and, for the price, the Duo might be worth the gamble.

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Features

Can make 911 calls

Free 411 directory assitance

Provides Voicemail and Voicemail to text service (Google Voice handles voicemail)

Message Waiting Indicator

Call Waiting

Caller ID

Call Forward

Anonymous Call Blocking

3-Way Conference Calling

Obi 110 Vs. Vonage

Obihai is an entirely different class!

Initial Price: $69.99

Recurring Price: Optional. No cost with Google Voice.

The Obi 110 was developed to make it easier for people to take advantage of the many different VoIP providers out there. It is a very flexible device and can work with It can work with Callcentric, Sipgate, Vitelity, Voip.ms , to name a few. The most popular use is to pair it with Google Voice.

Depending on how you are setting up the Obi, it can be a little more complicated but is still within the grasp of pretty much any computer-comfortable person

The biggest advantage is that you are not tied into any one program, but that you can use phone service as it is provided by a wide variety of companies.

One of the most attractive things about the Obi 110 is its 4.5 star reviews on Amazon. Sure, it costs more, but you'll make up the added cost in not pulling your hair out like you are apt to with the Magicjack or Nettalk.

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Features

Cannot make 911 calls

Cannot provide a local phone number

Provides Voicemail and Voicemail to text service (Google Voice handles voicemail)

Message Waiting Indicator

Call Waiting

Caller ID

Call Forward

Anonymous Call Blocking

3-Way Conference Calling

Ooma Offers a Great Vonage Alternative

Initial costs: $150

Montly costs: $4 or $9.99

Ooma. It has a cool name and a bunch of raving fans. Could it get any better?

The Ooma setup consists of a device about the size of your answering machine. You can either plug it into your internet with an ethernet cable, or you can purchase the additional Wi-fi adapter and set up your Ooma device anywhere inside your wireless internet network.

Quality seems to be the biggest selling point on the Ooma. You will find a few users whose internet is simply too slow for the Ooma to work smoothly with it. However, for the most part, the Ooma gets rave reviews. It does not seem to have the connection problems that plague the Nettalk and the Magicjack.

Oh, and no contracts. Take that, Vonage.

What is so neat about the Ooma network is that you only have to pay government regulatory fees to use their phone system. For most people that is going to run abour $4 per month. Not too shabby of a phone bill, if you ask me. Plus, unlike most of these other companies, Ooma can provide you with a local phone number so your family doesn't have to call you at some whacky, long-distance phone number.

Click Here To See The Ooma Telo Setup On Amazon

Features Ooma Free (Only Pay Regulatory Fees ~ $4.00/month)

Basic Caller ID

Call Waiting

Voicemail

Local Phone Number

Phone number Porting ($39.99)

911 Service + Sends text alert to peronal phone.

Online Call Log

Bluetooth Compatible (with optional accessory)

Wi-Fi Compatible (With Optional Accessory)

Added Features With Ooma Premier ($9.99/ month)

Instant Second Line - Make or take calls even when one line is busy.

3-Way Conferencing

Multi-ring / Call Forwarding

Google Voice Compatibility

Free Calling To Canada

My Favorite Vonage Alternative

I think probably my favorite Vonage alternative could be Voipo. It does have a monthly fee like Vonage does, but it costs much less and seems to offer a better package.

As with the other programs reviewed here, Voipo does use a special device which plugs into your internet. They lease the device to you free of charge for the time that you have the program, saving you money right off the bat. They also don't charge any activation fees -- another money saving feature.

As with the other devices on this page, the Voipo allows for free calls inside the United States. And, as with the Ooma Premeir package, it provides Free calling to Canada.

However, they also throw in 60 minutes of international free calling to other countries. You can also buy more airtime by the minute if you need it.

The features list on Voipo really blows away the competitors. Want to keep your current phone number? Sure, and they don't charge extra for that. Want a local phone number? Not a problem. Need call waiting and call conferencing features? You betcha. Want Voicemail that you can also view online? Of course Voipo has that.

Voipo also seems to hold their own when it comes to sound quality. Provided you have a good internet connection, you can expect sound quality rival to the Vonage -- but likely less than the Ooma

And, if you decide to cancel, you just go to their website and fill out a cancellation form and return your box. Just that simple. They refund the months you have not yet used. The Generous refund policy makes this the most risk-free alternative to Vonage

Plus, they maintain their own active forum for customers to vent, seek advice, and talk about life as a VoIP user. Often the owner of the company - Timothy Dick - hops in and answers questions and offers advice. Of course, they have a customer service department you can talk to as well. However, offering a forum shows just how confident Voipo is in their product.

Click Here to Look at the Voipo Program

Currently, you have two payment options

Month-to-Month: $15

2 Years, Paid in Advance: $149

Voipo Features

- Caller ID w/ Name

- Call Waiting w/ ID

- Three Way Calling

- Call Forwarding - Send calls to your cell phone!

- Call Blocking - No more pesky telemarketers!

- Do Not Disturb

- *67 Outbound Caller ID Blocking - Hide your Identity!

- *69 Call Return - Missed a call? Call it back!

- Keep Your Current Number

- Choose Your Own Area Code

- Keep Your Number If You Move

- California-Based Tech Support

- e911 Service

- 711 Service - Its the only program I've seen that is 711 compatible for deaf and hearing impaired.

- 411 Directory Assistance

- Unlimited Speed Dial

- View Voicemails Online or Have Them Emailed To You

- Voicemail SMS Notifications

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What do you think of VoIP? - Is Vonage best? or are you voting for one of the Competitors?

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      anonymous 23 months ago

      Hey author, Have you ever tried Unovon.com? I have been using this for over 20 months without any problems. it is 9.99 + tax for one year and 15.99+ taxes there after. Voice quality is great

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      NO Vonage has hidden limits on their "unlimited" plans!!! they also list in their fine print that they "monitory" your calling - translation listening and tracking who you call.... Not a good business practice....

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      pauly99 lm 4 years ago

      I have Nettalk and although I have problems with it at times (I then just tell the caller that I am going to hang up and call again which usually fixes the problem), I am saving some $40 a month off my old AT&T plan.