Microsoft-owned $8.5 billion VOIP service Skype had finally put up its wings off yesterday with the company introduced the conversation ads for the service. The service is known pretty well and famous among users from across the world. The tech giant introduced the new Ads display units which will appear within the calling windows of users who do not have Skype Credit or subscription when they are making 1:1 Skype-to- Skype audio calls using Skype for Windows. While on a 1:1 audio call, users will see content that could spark additional topics of conversation that are relevant to Skype users and highlight unique and local brand experiences.
Well, this is Microsoft’s Skype – but still if in case if you don’t know what Skype actually is, then here I am to give you a brief, Skype is a Voice over IP (VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol) commonly refers to the communication protocols, technologies, methodologies, and transmission techniques involved in the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks.
But, now why I am telling you all this, I was thinking earlier today about Skype, there are also plenty of other VoIP options available either, but choosing the best one always remains top over the head, me as well as many of you love Skype, but still it is always better to look around for other options either, so for that, I am rounding up in this article ten alternate VoIP service which you can choose.
Phone.com was the first company to provide Internet voice technology worldwide, and in 1996 was one of the earliest successful Internet IPOs. Phone.com business and home phone services are packed with features that give you the communication tools you want at prices you can afford. Starts with a mere $8.88 per month for Virtual number and will go up to $94.88 per month for Enterprise level.
Phone Power is a broadband telephone company based in Los Angeles, California, providing telephone services to the continental US and Canada. The company package starts with $8.33 per month for Domestic Plans and $14.99 per month for International Plans. Along with this, Phone Power offers Hosted PBX for $54.95 per month and SIP Trunking for $55.00.
Google Hangouts, a recently introduced product from Google offers free video conferences with up to nine people on board at same time. It allows you to broadcast or record these conferences for a world-wide audience. The service can run directly from a Web browser, plus there is no need to download a client.
Oovoo is a combination VoIP, video-conferencing and IM program allows you to connect with anyone, anytime with video calls, video messages, phone calls and instant messaging. OoVoo lets you video chat with up to 12 friends for free. It also offers premium service for just $2.99 per month, which includes no ads, screen sharing option and over the top priority support.
FaceTime is a video calling software application developed by Apple for supported mobile devices running iOS, in addition to Macintosh computers running Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher. FaceTime is supported on any iOS device with a forward-facing camera and on any Macintosh computer equipped with a FaceTime Camera. The service costs you mere 99 cents for the FaceTime client.