By Alok Saboo on May 5th, 2009
German company, Voipax, has rolled out another VoIP service, Voipian. Voipian is, however, different from Voipax in several respects. Read on for a complete review of Voipian and find out if it makes the cut for you.
Voipian’s primary selling point is its 1cent untimed call to over 60 countries. That is right, you can talk (almost) forever at 1 cent per call. Let me repeat that again, it is 1 cent/call not 1 cent/min. You can make 1cent calls to over 60 countries including, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States any many more. You can find the complete list of countries here. Voipian offers cheap calls to countries not included in those 60 countries. Although the call rates are not the cheapest (Betamax offers better rates for most destinations), the rates are better than Skype, Rebtel, or Jajah for the most part.
Voipian also offers SIP support. The SIP settings for Voipian are:
- Phone Number: Enter your (home) phone number.
- User name: Enter your Voipian username here.
- Password: Enter your Voipian password here.
- Registrar: voipian.com
- Proxy: sip.voipian.com
All said, I am not terribly impressed with the offer. Firstly, the untimed calls are governed by the fair use policy, which is not explicitly stated. Secondly, many Betamax offerings offer free international calls to most of these countries. The rate to countries other than those included in the 60 countries is definitely more expensive than other players (you can get cheaper calls from other players like those covered on this site earlier). The quality and the reliability does appear to be high enough to compare them with Skype or Rebtel or Jajah. Considering their branding, it appears that they are competing with Betamax offerings.
In summary, Voipian does not offer a compelling value proposition for me to to make the switch. I would love to hear your opinions, if any…