Still thinking about switching from a fixed-line service to a VoIP ( define - news - alert) telecom plan? It is my pleasure to inform you that there is a huge selection of providers in North America to choose from—probably a whopping 400 of them or more.
In my search for a universal VoIP list I stumbled upon a VoIP Provider List online. The Web site lists VoIP providers serving countries all over the globe. As I scanned through the list, the Web site lists a total of 320 providers in the U.S. and 60 in Canada. I thought this Web site was the mother of all VoIP provider lists, but I quickly learned I was a little off this time.
This morning, I came across a press release that highlighted another VoIP provider list: VoIPAction. According to VoIPAction’s VoIP North America Directory, there are over 400 VoIP Service Providers fighting for new subscribers and market share in the exploding North American VoIP marketplace. The directory is comprised of over 400 Service Providers and 450 VoIP Carrier Network and Equipment Suppliers in the U.S. and Canada, including business name, Web site address, personnel contact, e-mail address and telephone number.
VoipAction’s list provides descriptive info including a free 17-page Learning Guide on VoIP for consumers and small businesses to help them learn more about VoIP, how it can save them money on all their calling needs including long distance and international phone calls, and all about the advanced calling features available when switching to VoIP-enabled calling services and products. The site also provides info tools that help VoIP providers connect with each other and with the media, including a free VoIP Industry Kit for journalists and news writers who are interested in developing articles on the industry.
Chris Lewis, Founder of VoIPAction said: “VoIP is so new to the Internet that the Search Engines and Directories have not caught up with the industry growth, and probably won’t for at least another 12 months. In answer to this, we conducted a large amount of online research to compile these Directories which now make it easier for businesses in the VoIP marketplace to connect with each other and build mutually profitable relationships”.
“With the FCC’s November 9, 2004, announcement that Internet Telephony calls are Interstate in nature and thus subject to Federal jurisdiction, this clearly opens up the marketplace to even more competition, lower prices and more consumer choice. We can expect to see many new product and service offerings from existing and new VoIP vendors as the competition heats up”.
The VoIP Directory is currently available for purchase online. Data is delivered in Excel format allowing fast and easy importing to contact managers or e-mail marketing platforms, or for sorting by telephone area code.
|Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was
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