9 Best VoIP Providers for Startups

What’s your current favorite VoIP provider and why?

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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1. Skype

Almost everyone has it because it’s free and easy to install and set up. Although the quality suffers a bit from time to time, Skype is still one of the best free VoIP providers around.
Brett Farmiloe, Internet Marketing Company

2. RingCentral

You can control the RingCentral service through your mobile device, and you can redirect incoming calls to specific staff members at your choosing. You can also direct the provider to ring-specific devices of yours.
Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

3. SimpleSignal

When the free and cheap VoIP services just won’t cut it, you need to go with a more robust system, and SimpleSignal is a great option.
Rishi Narayan, Underground Printing

4. Revonix

I’ve worked with Revonix for office phone systems in the past, and they’ve been very reliable for me. As a business, that’s my preference. However, if you’re talking about personal use for meetings, I’d suggest Skype. It’s free to use, and it’s universally accepted as the leader in the space, so others will be comfortable using it with you.
Andy Karuza, Brandbuddee

5. Grasshopper

We’ve been using Grasshopper for all of our businesses for at least three years. It’s simple to start, manage and scale, and its customer service is always top-notch.
Elton Rivas, One Spark

6. Speek

I absolutely hate traditional phone conferencing systems that have convoluted 800 numbers and crazy long PINs that are impossible to remember and even harder to enter while driving. With Speek, the organizer sends out a URL that everyone goes to and enters in their names and phone numbers. Instead of dialing in, the service calls you. It’s super easy, and I plan on never using traditional systems again.
Seth Talbott, AtomOrbit

7. Google Voice and Google Hangouts

Google Voice and Google Hangouts are becoming scary good. During working hours, I initiate the vast majority of my calls from my browser. Most people have no idea I am using VoIP.
Patrick Vlaskovits, The Lean Entrepreneur

8. QuikVoIP

The reason I love QuikVoIP is because of its features, which include ring groups and drag-and-drop call flow. They also provide a cell phone service that integrates with your office without having to use any third-party apps, so one bill includes both mobile and office phones. Bestof all, it has an API that lets us build our applications without having to open up an account with Twilio or Plivo.
Jose Paz, Quik Is

9. Broadvox

Broadvox has been around since 2001 and has cutting-edge phones and all the latest business phone system features in a managed service that are easy to buy. The company is trusted behind the scenes for VoIP providers who need big trunks, so running your phone system in the cloud is a piece of cake for them. It’s a great service after the sale too.
Robby Hill, HillSouth