By Alok Saboo on April 12th, 2009
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the cheapest of them all? Today, we revisit this debate on who is the cheapest VoIP provider? Well, let me first qualify the objective. We are looking for an overall cheaper VoIP provider and not necessarily the cheapest provider for “all destinations”. You may find another provider that offers cheaper rates to a particular destination.
I looked through the rates of several VoIP providers and came up with ActionVoIP as one of the cheapest VoIP provider. SmartVoIP, another Betamax offering, recently revised its rates (after I wrote that article) and forced me go over my decision again. I have summarized the rates for a few countries (which are important VoIP markets) for both ActionVoIP and SmartVoIP in the table below (rates in Euro cents).
|Australia (landline)||0.5||0.5||Italy (mobile)||7.5||7.5|
|Canada||0||0.5||Sri Lanka (landline)||4.5||5|
|China||0||0.5||Sri Lanka (mobile)||6||6|
|India (landline)||0.5||0.5||United Kingdom (landline)||0||0.5|
|India (mobile)||0.5||1||United States of America (USA)||0||0.5|
As can be seen from the table, SmartVoIP now does better for a lot of countries as compared to ActionVoIP. You can call India for 0.5 cents (33 paise – this is the cheapest call rate for India we have found so far), Pakistan for 4 cents, Sri Lanka for 4.5 cents, etc. through SmartVoIP. ActionVoIP offers cheaper calls to Brazil, Australia and some other countries (not included in the table). Further, SmartVoIP offers 120 free days wherein you can make free VoIP calls to several countries including China, Canada, USA, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, and a large part of Europe. Both offer local access numbers and SIP support. Both score low on customer service.
In summary, it looks like things are moving in support of SmartVoIP for the crown. So, if you are looking for one “cheapest VoIP provider” you should definitely consider SmartVoIP. You should definitely check the rates for your particular destination and then make a decision.