Packet8 (and its parent company, 8x8 (News
)) is based out of San Jose, California, and offers VoIP
services that are aimed at the home, home office, and small business market.
Although it may not be marketed as expensively as Vonage (News
), Packet8 is unique—by virtue of the fact that since 1997, the company has been dedicated to offering both voice and video to customers via its VoIP and videophone services.
Vonage may have been first to actually announce a videophone service two years ago, but there was no sign of it for long thereafter. Packet8, on the other hand, got there first, and today offers the award-winning Tango videophone, which allows you to send and receive full-motion video and clear audio to other Packet8 subscribers with no delay over any broadband Internet connection.
Compared with other VOIP providers, Packet8's pricing is competitive. As an example, Packet8's Freedom Unlimited Plan costs $24.99, placing it on a par with Vonage. And those who sign up for the annual plan can get it for under $20 per month.
The Packet8 VoIP service plans are broken down into residential, business, and international categories. The actual device and other hardware employed also factors into which service plan will work best for you.
Brian Solomon is a Web Editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To see more of his articles, please visit Brian Solomon’s columnist page.
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