I’ve been getting a lot of questions on how Skype compares to Axvoice, the VoIP Provider which is growing its customer base at a massive rate, and looking to take on the big boys. Here’s the scoop, condensed into an easy-to-understand summary:

Some of the better Axvoice Features

– 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
– Unlimited Calls To 20+ International Destinations
– BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
– No Signup Contracts
– Free Virtual Number
– Free Number Porting
– Softphone Support
– Paypal payment options
– E911 Coverage
– 800 Toll-Free Access
– G.711 & G.729 Support

Skype Pro Features Summary

– Free Skype-to-Skype calls
– Nothing per minute landline calls* – For calls to landlines within your country.
£21 discount on a personal online number – A SkypeIn number that lets people call you at local rates.
– Save on the move with To Go – International calls from your mobile at local rates.
– Voicemail
never miss a call – Pick up messages when you’re busy or offline.Let’s compare their closest-matching packages:

Axvoice Skype
Plan Unlimited International & USA/Canada Plan Skype Pro
Basic Plan Cost $22.99 $3.00
Phone Adapter Free N/A
Incoming Calls Unlimited Unlimited
User to User Calls Unlimited Unlimited
Outgoing Minutes Unlimited Unlimited
Free Countries 23 2
Money Back Guarantee 30 Days 30 Days

Skype compared to AxvoiceWith the number of calls to free countries, the Axvoice option seems best for those going long-distance. However, Skype have a massive user base outside the US, so it’s not unusual for the people you’d be calling abroad to have Skype, and would therefore be free to call.

As a service, the downloadable Skype software makes it simple to make calls with a simple set-up process, but Axvoice is targeting those people who want to retain their own physical phone, but want to get all the benefits that VoIP has to offer.

In short, it’s difficult to directly compare the two services, both having their own merits. To check out the full list of features and package options for yourself, use the links below:

   Axvoice Broadband Telephony

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Easy set-up – Plug & Play!
The Uniden 1868P is really very easy to set up, and you can be making calls in next to no time. Simply plug the network cable from your DSL internet modem/router into the WAN port on the 1868P and attach your computer by plugging one end of the included cable into the LAN port on the phone and the other into your computer’s ethernet port. This system is designed to take full advantage of all the features of Packet8 internet phone service, supplying seamless integration with voicemail, call waiting, and other VoIP functions.

Value for money
In terms of what you get for your $75 outlay, this VoIP system is hard to beat. The unit has a substantial feel to it, with an overall impression of quality build. The aesthetics won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s otherwise difficult to find fault with the design. Included in the box is: Base unit with built-in router and Packet8-compatible system, corded handset, coiled handset cord, cordless handset, remote charger stand, battery pack, battery cover, two AC adapters, RJ45 network cord, instructions, Packet8 service activation information.

Great sound quality
When we used the Uniden 1868P, we experienced some great call quality, especially when compared to other Packet8 phones. In all instances, there was no echo and very minimal delay, even on “long-distance” calls. Providing you have a quality DSL provider, we’re confident that you’ll love everything about this VoIP phone package.

Overall Rating: 8/10

§         Requires broadband and Packet8 VoIP service; brings Packet8 service to your whole house

§         Expandable to 10 handsets, 1 included; corded handset on base

§         5.8 GHz digital spread spectrum technology; base speakerphone

§         100-number shared caller ID/phonebook memory per handset

§         Built-in router and firewall; supports connection of optional analog telephone

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With the latest incarnation of the “dotcom boom” in full swing, and all the wads of cash that come with it, did anyone not foresee the occasional over-valuation amongst the myriad investments and MBO’s?  Unlikely.  Yet the admission this week from eBay that they paid well over the odds for Skype in their 2005 purchase was slightly less predictable.  After all, is eBay itself not one of the great dotcom success stories of our time?  The layman would expect a level of due diligence not seen in the market before or since.

For the record, the online auction company values Skype at around $900m less than it paid for it and set aside $530m to meet future pay-outs to some shareholders; the upshot of which is a current worth of $1.43bn compared to the purchase price of $2.6bn.  According to eBay, Skype only generated $90m in revenue for the 3 months to June 2007.

Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis recently resigned as executives in order to pursue other projects, including the online video firm Joost, which became available to the general public on Monday.  Zennstrom will become a non-executive chairman in the new Skype regime, but is widely expected to spend more time on new innovations.

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The Demon Voice over Broadband “Pay as you go” solution is free to set up and there are no connection charges and no monthly retainer. Calls to other Demon VoB users are FREE and call rates to International landlines begin from as little as 1p (UK Sterling) per minute. There is no minimum call spend and call charges are billed retrospectively at the end of each month.

All Demon VoB packages include a free softphone, voicemail to email and an 0845 number as standard. With the PAYG service you have the additional ability to make multiple voice calls simultaneously over your Internet connection.

Key Benefits

·         Calls cost from as little as 1p a minute to UK and international destinations.
·         Multiple voice calls allowed simultaneously over your chosen Internet Access.
Speak to other Demon Voice over Broadband users for FREE.
·         FREE softphone plus the opportunity to purchase hardware.
·         Low-cost calls wherever a suitable Internet connection is available.
·         An 0845 number as standard provides business continuity regardless of location.
·         Provides an additional phone line with no increase in line rental charges.
·         Ideal for when you are off-site and on the move: no need to carry an adapter around with you.
·         Online customer self management system for greater efficiency and control which includes:

·         Advanced call routing features
·         FREE voicemail to email service
·         Fax to email service
·         Set up additional numbers and accounts
·         Live call statistics so you can monitor use

·         Uses the industry-standard SIP protocol which can be used with any compatible IP phone or softphone.

There are also other packages offered by Demon, which include inclusive call charges to UK and International fixed lines. The monthly retainer fees are competitive, yet we have yet to hear any reports on the call quality and value of associated features and services. If you’ve used Demon VoB yourself, or have any comments on the service they provide, leave a comment below, and share it with your fellow VoIP Provider Guide readers.

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