If you can't decide which voice over Internet protocol service to utilise on your computer, smartphone or other Internet-ready device, comparing VoxOx and Skype can help. Both services allow users to communicate through the transmission of Internet data packets, as opposed to using traditional telephone networks. However, while VoxOx is better suited for users who want extensive social networking features, Skype is better-suited for users who want a simple, basic VoIP service.
The communications company that created VoxOx, Telcentris Inc., was founded in 2006. However, the company did not release its VoxOx VoIP service for public use until 2008. In comparison, Skype Limited, the software company that created Skype, was founded three years earlier in 2003. The company released its Skype VoIP service for public use in the same year of its founding. While Telcentris Inc. designed its service to be a unified platform, which brings together several different Internet communication technologies, Skype Limited designed its service specifically for user-to-user video and voice communications.
VoxOx and Skype offer free basic services. More specifically, users of the VoxOx service can communicate freely with other VoxOx users and users of Skype can communicate freely with other Skype users. However, when it comes to making outgoing calls to traditional telephone numbers, which are not part of the VoIP service, VoxOx and Skype charge users. According to Cult of Mac, VoxOx is the less expensive service for such calling applications. For example, Skype charges £1.90 for making unlimited outgoing calls from the U.S. and Canada to the U.S. and Canada, and VoxOx charges £1.50 for making unlimited outgoing calls from and to the same locations.
In comparison to Skype, VoxOx offers more features that enhance calling functionality. Unlike with Skype, when a user signs up with VoxOx, that user receives a free phone number; and moreover, that user gets to select his own phone number -- free -- provided the number is not currently in use. VoxOx also provides a voicemail service and a call forwarding system, which can send incoming VoIP calls to any landline or mobile phone.
Messaging And Networking
In addition to providing more calling features than Skype, VoxOx provides more messaging and social networking features. Specifically, VoxOx allows its users to send instant messages from the VoxOx platform to social networking platforms, including MySpace and Facebook; to instant messaging platforms, including AIM and Yahoo! Messenger; and even to other VoIP platforms, including Skype. Unlike Skype, VoxOx also allows users to post Twitter Tweets from its platform.
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- Cult of Mac; Skype-Killer VoxOx Relaunches, Adds Tons of New Features, iPhone App Coming Soon (Hopefully); Eli Milchman; January 2011
- CrunchGear; VoxOx: Not quite a Skype killer, but close; John Biggs; November 2008
- eWeek.com; VoxOx Is Legitimate Alternative to Skype, Google Voice; Clint Boulton; October 2009
- Telcentris: About Us