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February 19, 2013 Simplifies Process of Buying VoIP Hardware

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

VoIP has evolved from being hype and a buzzword to something more realistic – almost a necessity – that is, if you want to remain competitive. Businesses and households are slowly reconciling to VoIP, hoping to put an end to their daily voice and data headaches, but this can backfire if they’re saddled with the wrong type of hardware for their system. understands the ‘feeling of being lost’ while attempting to choose a phone or hardware that’s required for a home VoIP system, and has narrowed down the search by identifying six top residential VoIP providers that sell or offer free VoIP hardware .

So what hardware is required?

With residential VoIP service, subscribers who prefer to stick with their old phones need an ATA (analog telephone adapter), which converts the analog voice signals from an ordinary telephone into digital IP packets sent over an IP network.

By itself, an ATA for a two line phone can cost $100. The VoIP ATA must be compatible with the VoIP service provider or IP PBX (News - Alert) phone system.

IP phones are the alternative to an analog telephone with an ATA, and typically offer superior call quality.

ITP is said to offer a great deal of flexibility for prospective customers in need of multiple lines. It offers a Linksys (News - Alert) adapter and router at no extra cost, and its residential two-line plan ($18.99/month and less than $10 for a single line) can support up to two phones.

Its range of plans makes it ideal for all types of telephone users.

VoIPo’s basic plan is much cheaper that that of ITP, but of course customers have to sign a two-year contract to be eligible for this. It does offer its own proprietary adapter on a free lease as part of all its plans, which is a consolation of sorts.

Phone (News - Alert) Power is giving you two for the price of one. Customers that opt for the special 119.76 for a one-year plan get a second year for free. That includes a lease on the ATA and router that support two lines.

That does sound good, averaging out to under $5 per month.

AxVoice also leases its free adapter as part of all its plans, reportedly offering the most economical pay-as-you-go Internet phone service plans for the U.S., Canada and abroad. Its VoiP device is easy to set up as well. (News - Alert) offers its Grandstream HT702 adapter as an add-on used to connect an analog phone to a VoIP service. This can service two lines, and although it retails for $84, it comes at no extra charge with its basic plan at $8.88/month. Customers are sure to find this attractive.

Edited by Braden Becker

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