But in addition, my Google Voice account has been set up to ONLY send and receive calls to my home number. so when I send an SMS to anyone else or to any other number that’s not part of my primary Google Voice account, it doesn’t send to my home phone number or VOIP enabled number. This has allowed me to keep a few things in mind when looking for the cheapest SIP providers. Here are my top three tips:
When looking for the cheapest SIP provider, don’t fall for free services. When I first looked for the cheapest SIP provider, I thought that offering free sending and receiving calls would be a great deal. It turns out that the cheapest sip deals do NOT include free sending and receiving calls! However, some providers do provide ‘pro bono’ SIP calling. If the cheapest sip deal doesn’t offer this, then my advice would be to look elsewhere.
But if you don’t have a subscribing fee and don’t need unlimited calling plans, then don’t let anything else distract you from finding the cheapest sip deal. The way most providers are set up is to offer unlimited calling to cell phone numbers. Some providers also offer unlimited local calling to cell numbers. Most importantly, many providers ONLY allow sending and receiving of SIP/SIP packets between their own servers and your computer or cell phone. Meaning that if you want to talk to someone overseas, you’ll have to use a third party service.
So how can I get around this? Don’t talk with anyone using your cell phone number. This really isn’t rocket science. If you’re serious about saving money over the long haul, then don’t text and talk with anyone who doesn’t offer Google Voice. And if they don’t offer Google Voice, then find another provider.
I use Google Voice for everything but voicemail. I get all the voicemail messages through my online email account and delete them when they get too old or annoying. Google Voice also gives me a couple of different options: Auto Answer and Call Forward. Which I don’t usually use, but it’s there if I want to. Ajstringham said:
You can’t do that in Google Voice. So I suggest that you use AWeber as your primary provider. They offer Google Voice features too, so you can filter messages, put yourself on hold, etc. But really, you can set that filtering to kick in during times when you are away from your cell phone and just need to get a quick message in. But you can still receive those messages – same goes for voicemail.
Ajstringham said: “If you’re using Google Voice, which I recommend, you may have noticed there is a separate setup for Blackberry users. In fact, Verizon discontinued support for Blackberries earlier this year. Hopefully this won’t change.” I don’t know if Verizon has stopped support, but I have a Blackberry, so I wouldn’t worry about it. I have been able to send and receive messages with Google Voice as well as T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile.
If you use Skype, Viber, OTT VoIP like Blue tooth and others, and you don’t use Google Voice for your business needs, then you should seriously consider an independent provider. It’s like switching to another phone company, where the service is better and more flexible. But you don’t want to pay more than you absolutely have to, which is why it’s important to do your research and find a provider who will provide quality services for the same prices as the big guys – at least those who are competing. You just might be surprised!