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Phone Power

Phone power is a solid VOIP services provider. You get incredibly cheap international rates, and it's loaded wth features. But there is a monthly fee, so it's best for high volume callers or those who need the extra features.


Telna

You can find long distance providers with lower rates, but they have monthly fees attached. Telna gives you great rates, no fees, and attractive features.

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Nobelcom

Nobelcom provides super cheap rates with minimal hassles. Use a dial-around, a virtual phone card, or an app to make calls. There is no contract, no hardware needed, and it's prepaid.
But be careful about fine print, like expiring credit and "weekly maintainance" fees on some plans.

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VOIP versus virtual phone cards versus long distance carrier comparison

Compare three options for US and international long distance calling. These three services are attractive for both personal and business users.

Phone Power is one of the leading VOIP providers. Nobelcom sells virtual phone cards and apps that are easy to use with phones and cell phones. Telna is a standard residential long distance provider with low international rates and useful extra features.

Service Plans and Costs

 

Plan 1:

$99.95/year ($8.83/month)
Unlimited free calling to the US & Canada
Free
(prepaid for actual usage)
No monthly fee or minimum usage requirements

Plan 2:

$24.95/mth
Unlimited free calling to 75 countries*
Cheapest rates include weekly
maintainance fees**
Optional extra features for cell phones and toll free numbers

 

* Unlimited free calls to 75 countries excludes calls to cell phones in certain countries.
** Nobelcom's very cheapest rates come with weekly maintainance fees (e.g., 69¢/week).
Get a local US phone # or keep your current one
Yes, in most cases
No
Yes
Get a cloned 2nd line free
Yes
N/A
N/A
Get a US toll free number
Yes
$5/mth
No
Yes
99¢/mth
Add more US local #'s
Yes, add virtual numbers for $5/mth each
N/A
No

Free Adapter

Yes
N/A
N/A
Adapter Shipping Fee
$14.95
N/A
N/A
Int'l
Rates*
Australia 2.5¢
Brazil 1.4¢
China 1.3¢
India 3¢
Japan 4¢
Mexico 1¢
Philippines 13¢
Russia 3.2¢
Thailand 2¢
Australia 1.9¢
Brazil 1.9¢
China 1.4¢
India 1.4¢
Japan 3.4¢
Mexico 1¢
Philippines 8¢
Russia 1.9¢
Thailand 1.4¢
Australia 4.8¢
Brazil 6.9¢
China 3.9¢
India 12¢
Japan 6.9¢
Mexico 4.9¢
Philippines 18.9¢
Russia 4.9¢
Thailand 6.9¢

 

*Some rates above are for calling specific cities in the country. Rates for other cities and cell phones may vary, and rate may also change over time. You are responsible to check specific, current rates on the provider's website.
Phone Power includes 100 free minutes to many of these countries, and unlimited free calling with the World Plus plan.
Nobelcom's cheapest rates include maintainance fees, but by paying slightly higher rates these fees can be avoided.

Telna provides low rates with no fees and the convenience of a land-line plus extra features for people on the move.
Special Features
 
Toll Fee Number
Yes
No
Yes
US/Canada incoming call rate
4¢/min
N/A
99¢/mth
Toll Free Monthly
Fee

$5/mth plus

N/A
99¢/mth

 

Phone Power and Telna give users the ability to redirect toll free numbers to any phone number in the US or worldwide.
Fax
Receive
Yes
N/A
Yes

 

Faxing may be unreliable with VOIP services depending on the fax machine and factors.
Includes an app for cell phones with same low rates
No
Yes
Yes

 

 

911

Yes
No
Yes
Enhanced 911
Yes
No
Yes (standard on land-lines)

 

Enhanced 911 means your name, address, and location will automatically be sent to emergency operators. The user must register this information in advance and keep it updated for it to work.
Extra Features Included in the Basic Service
 
Call Other Users For Free
Yes
No
Discounted
Voice Mail
Yes
No
N/A*
Voicemail Delivered By Email
Yes
No
Yes (with Telna Mobile)
Call Forwarding
Yes
No
Yes (with toll free number)
Call
Hunting
Yes
No
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Call Waiting
Yes
No
N/A*
Caller ID
Yes
No
N/A*
3-Way Conference Calling
Yes

No

No
Do Not Disturb
Yes
Yes
N/A*
Block Call By ID
Yes
Yes
N/A*
Anonymous
Call Block
Yes
No
N/A*
  * These features are usually from the local service provider for line-based phones.
Account Management, Billing and Payment
 
Manage Account Online
Yes
Yes
Yes

Billing

Auto billing to credit card
Prepaid to credit cards or other options
Auto billing to credit card or get a bill in the mail

Set Up Fee

Yes, amount depends on the plan
No
No,but your company may impose a switching fee

 

*Be sure to read the cancellation policies (termination fees, etc) and the terms and conditions when signing up.

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Important: You are responsible to read each provider's "Terms of Service" and verify any and all details in the chart. fees. Rates, terms, and other details may change over time, so I cannot guarantee that the information above is accurate or current.