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We follow strict editorial guidelines and are committed to bringing you unique, independently researched, and valuable information. This list has been updated regularly for several years now. Every month, we re-test the tools to ensure pricing, features, and quality accuracy.

We shopped and signed up with each vendor on this list. We analyzed them according to pricing, available phone options, introductory offers, money-back guarantee, other important system features (voicemail, call handing, call controls, and more), limitations, user experience (mobile and desktop), technical support, onboarding, and each provider's inbound and outbound calling features.

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Our latest report reveals our picks for the best business VoIP providers for 2024. Written by VoIP experts and analysts who conducted extensive hands-on research with leading vendors.

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When comparing VoIP providers, look for the following features and capabilities:

  • User Portal: Most VoIP providers offer a desktop and mobile user portal to access all your system features–making and receiving calls, call handling tools like transfer and call parking, sending texts, checking voicemail, and monitoring queues. Look for a cloud-based user portal that enables system users and supervisors to manage and access all phone system capabilities with just a few clicks on any device.
  • Call Routing: Call routing handles incoming calls and navigates them to the right agent or department. For more advanced routing capabilities, look for automatic call distribution (ACD) features that determine where to route the call based on data like business hours, customer information, menu selections, and agent skills.
  • Interactive Voice Response (IVR): An IVR system is an automated self-service phone menu that presents inbound callers with dial-tone options to direct their call to the right user, department, submenu, or announcement. Advanced VoIP providers offer drag-and-drop design tools to create IVR call flows linking users, submenu options, announcements, and capabilities like appointment booking.
  • Call Queueing: Call queueing organizes incoming calls into hold queues when your agents are busy. From the agent dashboard, team members can view the calls in their queue, each call’s wait time, and call users back with one click.
  • Call Recording: Many VoIP providers offer automatic or on-demand call recording. These call recordings are stored with each call’s data in the call log, where business owners can download, share, or review them for evaluation purposes.
  • Call Transcription: Some VoIP providers offer call transcription, which generates live captions for agents. Transcriptions are stored within each call’s log for evaluation purposes, download, or to help agents review call details. Advanced phone systems will use call transcription as the basis for AI-based features like customer sentiment detection, action items and conversation topics, and canned response suggestions.
  • Call Monitoring: Call monitoring enables supervisors to supervise phone calls by listening quietly, whispering private guidance to the agent, barging into the call as a third party, or taking over the call entirely. Also known as “listen, whisper, barge, takeover,” call monitoring helps with phone-system supervision, feedback, and agent accountability.
  • Call Analytics: Business VoIP providers offer real-time and historical caller analytics that give insight into agent activity and productivity, call volume, call trends, and more. Supervisors can customize and view dashboards with a variety of visuals, filtering metrics by agent, department, or the whole team–over any time period.
  • Virtual Phone Numbers: Companies can purchase local and toll-free numbers from area codes around North America and the globe, easily assigning these numbers to team members
  • Communication Channels: VoIP phone systems generally offer not only calling, but unified communications capabilities that include texting, video conferencing, and internal team chat. Users can manage and jump between these channels from their UCaaS app dashboard, interacting with customers and internal teammates.
  • Voicemail and Call Logs: Agents can customize their voicemail inbox and greeting, and access call logs with the option to call contacts back instantly. Many software systems also include voicemail transcription, and the option to forward voicemail notifications by email or SMS.
  • Contact Management: Teams can build contact profiles and share them amongst all users, building background information for each contact. Team members can make notes on contact profiles, track previous interactions and sentiment scores, and sync customer information with integrated CRM platforms.
  • Integrations: VoIP software programs usually integrate with popular third-party software solutions–like CRM platforms, databases, analytics tools, and calendar apps–for unified functionality and data that syncs across apps.

Here are some of the key benefits of using VoIP:

  • Cost savings
  • Flexibility and mobility
  • Better customer service
  • Scalability and global presence
  • Advanced features
  • Business insights


1. Cost Savings

VoIP is generally 30-50% cheaper than traditional landlines because it reduces hardware needs, IT and staffing demands, and calling costs.

  • Less hardware: VoIP applications use desktop and mobile apps to make and receive calls, texts, and even faxes. This means you don’t need to have a VoIP phone, or any hardware beyond an Internet-connected device.
  • Quick setup: Hosted PBX VoIP systems require minimal setup–simply purchase subscriptions, assign phone numbers, and your agents are ready to call
  • Reduced maintenance and staffing needs: Since VoIP requires no onsite hardware, you reduce the need for maintenance costs, upgrades, and IT staff


2. Flexibility and Mobility

Compared to landlines, one major advantage is that VoIP works anywhere you have Internet: in the office, at home, at a coffee shop, in the car, or even on vacation.

  • Hybrid and remote teams: VoIP supports hybrid and remote teams because administrators can purchase phone numbers and assign them to users in minutes, no matter where the agents are based
  • On-the-go business functionality: Users can make business phone calls, message teammates, or join video meetings from their mobile phones on the go


3. Better Customer Service

Business VoIP enhances a company’s customer service in multiple ways: improved routing, quicker service and self-service, more ways to connect, and stronger customer context.

  • Improved routing: VoIP phone systems often include built-in IVR, automatic call distribution functionality, and intelligent routing options like skills-based or relationship-based routing
  • Quicker service and self-service: Tools like IVR help callers reach the right agent on their first try, also providing fuller customer context so agents can provide quick support
  • More ways to connect: A VoIP-powered phone system enables your company to connect with customers in multiple ways–self-service, VoIP call, SMS, or video


4. Scalability and Global Presence

VoIP service providers offer DID phone numbers from around North America and the globe, including toll-free numbers. Companies can purchase numbers and assign them to employees instantly, making it easy to scale up or down.

  • Scalability: Add new users to your company account instantly, no matter where they’re located, simply by purchasing a new subscription and assigning a phone number
  • Global presence: Purchase local, toll-free, and vanity business numbers around the country or globe


5. Advanced Features

Even small business VoIP solutions include dozens of native features that traditional phone systems cannot match. Integrated within the dashboard and interface, these features promote efficiency and team collaboration.

  • Efficiency: Routing and queueing features organize inbound calls, so that agents spend time and effort interacting with customers, rather than rerouting calls
  • Collaboration: Video-meeting tools like breakout rooms and whiteboards, team chat and file sharing–these features unify remote and hybrid teams, enabling ideation


6. Business Insights

Get analytics, AI, and monitoring features to support supervisors and administrators with business insights.

  • Analytics: These reports provide information about channel usage and caller behaviors so that administrators can make more informed staffing decisions and which features to purchase.
  • AI support: Advanced VoIP systems use AI for automatic transcriptions, conversation and video analysis, and even live speech recommendations for agents. This improves performance and training.
  • Monitoring: Call monitoring tools help supervisors track teams, providing better evaluations and feedback.

While business VoIP offers plenty of benefits compared with traditional landline, cloud-based telephony also has a few drawbacks:

  • Learning curve with new features
  • Requires a stable internet connection
  • Difficulties with emergency location tracking
  • Hidden fees


Learning Curve with New Features

When first switching to a VoIP provider, some teams and users may struggle to adjust to the new features and interface.

Agents must learn to navigate the software dashboard and call controls, such as transfer and parking. When handling calls via the mobile app, agents may struggle to differentiate between work calls on their business number and personal calls on their mobile number.

Similarly, administrators may struggle to set up routing tools like auto attendants and call queues. While providers aim to make these tools user-friendly, it’s easy to make mistakes when designing an IVR call flow. Admins may also face a learning curve with analytics features, which typically include many customization options.

These complications are often more of a challenge with teams that aren’t tech-savvy or who have become very familiar with your previous phone system. However, with some guidance and tech support, teams typically adapt to their VoIP platform within a few weeks.


Requires a Stable Internet Connection

Since VoIP uses the Internet to connect calls, users must have a stable Internet connection with sufficient bandwidth at all times.

Each VoIP call generally requires roughly 3 Mbps of bandwidth. If your local network can't provide this bandwidth, calls begin to suffer with issues like latency, jitter, or dropped calls.

Most routers can easily support multiple VoIP calls at once. However, users should be mindful of their available bandwidth when sharing a network with others–especially those engaging in data-heavy activities like video conferencing, gaming, or streaming.


Difficulties with Emergency Location Tracking

Emergency services like 911 have a much easier time identifying your location when you make the call from a landline.

Emergency services like 911 utilize the address registered with the caller’s carrier account to help track their location. Since landline phone systems link to a single physical address, dispatchers can quickly identify the caller’s location on landline calls.

On the other hand, while businesses using VoIP register an address with their service provider, many employees don’t make calls from this physical address. Instead, employees frequently call from home or on the go, and can be based anywhere in the US. When these callers dial emergency services from an address that isn’t linked to the company’s VoIP account, dispatchers have a much harder time pinpointing the caller’s location.


Hidden Fees

In addition to your monthly VoIP service subscription, VoIP costs often incur additional “hidden fees.” Hidden fees cover things like state sales taxes, government expenses, and emergency 911 fees.

These fees typically end up costing about $10 monthly per user, on top of the monthly VoIP service subscription you pay your provider.

To select the best VoIP provider, look for the following in a business VoIP offering:

  • Unlimited calling
  • Available phone numbers
  • Sufficient features and channels
  • Ease of use
  • Integrated apps
  • Call quality
  • Uptime


Unlimited Calling

Ensure that your choice offers unlimited calling to the countries you call most often.

While most VoIP providers support unlimited calling within the United States and Canada, some providers also support unlimited calling to Mexico and dozens of other countries. Consider the areas you call most, compare each provider’s fees, and ensure that the provider offers unlimited calling to mobile numbers–not just VoIP and landline numbers–in the countries you plan to call.

Metered calling: Teams with especially low call volumes, such as 5 to 6 calls per day, may find the best value in a metered plan, which charges by the minute. Not all providers offer metered plans, but many do.


Available Phone Numbers

Choose a VoIP provider that offers the phone numbers you want in your desired area codes.

Specifically, look for a service that meets your needs in these areas:

  • Phone number types: Make sure that your VoIP phone system includes not only local numbers, but toll-free numbers and vanity numbers as well
  • Phone number availability: Most VoIP providers offer local virtual phone numbers based throughout the US, and some offer global numbers. Search your prospective provider’s catalog of available phone numbers, to ensure they have plenty in your desired area code.
  • International business numbers: If you want to establish a local business presence outside of your primary location, make sure you select a provider that offers business phone numbers around the world


Sufficient Features and Channels

As outlined above, a VoIP solution offers much more than calling: advanced plans include routing, queuing, analytics, collaboration tools, and communication channels.

Determine which features and channels your company prioritizes most, then compare each provider’s pricing plans. Aim to find a plan that offers all the features you want, with minimal extras.


Ease of Use

Before choosing a provider, evaluate each system’s overall intuitiveness and ease of use. The best way to get a feel for ease-of-use is to watch YouTube tutorials and take advantage of free trials.

  • App dashboard: The user dashboard and interface should feel spacious and intuitive, making it easy to access important features. The left-hand menu should be easy to navigate.
  • Call management: Agents should be able to monitor their queues, view caller profiles, and access live call controls with ease
  • Notifications: Users should be able to easily view and organize new tasks as they come in, including queries from customers and internal communication items


Integrated Apps

Most VoIP phone systems support integrations that unify functionality with popular third-party software tools.

In particular, look for the following integrations:

  • CRM systems: Salesforce, HubSpot, SugarCRM, and more
  • Communication platforms: Asana, Slack, Microsoft Teams, Google Workspace


Call Quality

VoIP generally provides clearer audio than landline, but VoIP call quality varies based on several factors: your location, the devices you use, and your provider’s supported codecs.

VoIP codecs are the part of VoIP software that compress audio data for transmission. Older codecs like G.711 and G.729 compress a limited range of frequencies, therefore limiting call quality. More recent codecs like Opus and G.722 transmit a wider frequency range with lower bandwidth demands, thus supporting clearer call quality.

Research each option’s codecs by Google searching “[provider name] codec”. Prioritize providers that support the Opus codec, which is the highest-quality codec on the market today.



VoIP uptime refers to the percentage of time that your VoIP service provider is functional and working. VoIP is generally equally reliable to PSTN landline, with most providers guaranteeing over 99% uptime across all plans. However, some VoIP providers offer 99.999% uptime on their higher-tier plans, for guaranteed connectivity year round. Before deciding on a provider, inquire about each plan’s uptime and decide if 99.999% uptime is worth the cost of upgrading to a higher-tier plan.

In our experience, we have not noticed a major difference between the 99% uptime of lower-tier plans and the 99.999% of higher-tier plans. We don’t recommend upgrading to a higher-tier pricing plan for the uptime increase unless your company deals with highly critical data that cannot withstand a few hours of downtime per year.

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