A writer over at Slate has done an exhaustive series of testing. Why am I not surprised that the best of the bunch was what I use primarily as my VoIP provider, CallVantage.
While I agree with assessment of Packet8 and Vonage, I have had an entirely different experience with BroadVoice, which has been nothing but positive, including using a WiFi phone. This brings the attention to the fact that one person's experience in one location, over one broadband provider will not mean that the next person will have a similar experience. Network topology clearly impacts the experience, which is why the auto-grooming QoS feature of CallVantage sets them apart.
I'm also surprised AOL wasn't in the trial, nor SunRocket, but maybe that will provide for another report by the writer later in the year.
It looks like the spinout of Net2Phone from IDT is over and that the parent is taking in the child.
I also think that this means that IDT is moving more and more into the VOIP space and that by this move continues the trend of consolidation and acquisition that Yahoo began with their Dialpad buy.
The rationale is straightforward. Canada is seeing VoIP adoption. Why should their citizens have to pay extra for the same products. While this won't make Jeff Bezos lose sleep, Marcelo Rodriguez and Paul Crick are making a move that gives them an electronic storefront and service operation in a country that is already VoIP friendly and which leverages their existing supplier relationships.
The buy would follow Microsoft's strategy of buying a company with technology that compliments their core strategy. The Placeware acquisition would be a good example as does LookOutSoft which integrates into Outlook.
I Skyped with Skype PR princess Kelly Larabee this afternoon trying out the Skype Pocket PC client on the new Samsung i730. While I couldn't (yet) get the Bluetooth headset to work with the Skype client, I could use the speakerphone without any issues.
The call was clear as a Bell (well better actually.)