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Montreal Consumer VoIP Services
In Montreal and throughout Canada, consumer VoIP phone service is widely available in many different forms. VoIP can be used for local, long distance, or international calling from or to VoIP devices and landline or mobile phones.
VoIP services are widely available in Canada because there is very light regulation of the industry and because there are many providers operating in the market. In addition, broadband internet connectivity, which is often required to use VoIP services, is also widely available in homes, business, and even for mobile users.
As a result of so many players in the market, many different types of VoIP services can be purchased. A number of VoIP services can be used for free calls, even for free international calls.
Given the many different types of VoIP calling options, it can be quite confusing to figure out what will work best for your needs. Some VoIP services are primarily meant to be used from a computer, others work from regular phones, some work from both.
In terms of international VoIP calling, there are no restrictions on calls to or from Montreal VoIP - at least not at the Montreal end of the call there aren't. However, there may be local VoIP regulations in other countries (e.g., India) that do impose limits on making calls to or receiving calls from Montreal via a VoIP service. If you are calling from a country which regulates VoIP, you'll need to look carefully to see what specific types of VoIP calling will be allowed.
For all of the above reasons, you may need to spend a few minutes figuring out what your VoIP possibilities are for calls to Montreal. Hopefully the comments below will give you a better idea of the options.
Read below for more details on different types of VoIP calling to Montreal.
Outbound International VoIP Calls from Montreal
Outbound international VoIP calls can be made from Montreal to most any location worldwide. There are no limitations at the Montreal end for making such calls. However, there may be limitations at the destination location. If you experience problems or have trouble finding a provider, you should check local regulations for any restrictions on receiving VoIP calls in your country.
Let's look at the outbound VoIP calling options.
1. VoIP call originates on a VoIP-enabled device in Montreal.
Outbound international calls that originate on a VoIP-enabled device in Montreal are legal and can be made if your VoIP service provider provides this type of connection option. Devices that can be VoIP-enabled include PCs, smartphones, and VoIP digital phones.
Using a VoIP-enabled device, you can make outbound international calls to other VoIP-enabled devices and/or to regular landline or mobile phones. However, regulatory limitations on VoIP calling in certain countries may limit your connection options - in particular, 'dial out' calls from Canada to landline or mobile phones can pose a problem in some countries. As well, you will need to confirm that your Canada VoIP calling plan supports 'dial out' calls.
2. VoIP call originates on a regular landline or mobile phone in Montreal.
You can originate VoIP calls on regular landline or mobile phones in Montreal. There are many ways to do this, including the following connection options: 'dial in' VoIP calling, calling card VoIP, web-activated VoIP (i.e., web / SMS callback), and VoIP phone service.
You need to confirm which connection options your VoIP provider supports. If you need a provider, please check our list of recommended vendors.
There are many VoIP providers which offer outbound international VoIP service from Montreal. Check our list of recommended VoIP providers for some options (click button below). Not all VoIP service providers offer all connection options.
VoIP for Inbound International Calls to Montreal
There are no restrictions on receiving inbound international VoIP calls in Montreal. Inbound international VoIP calls to Montreal can be made from most any country worldwide using a variety of connection methods and service providers.
VoIP usage is restricted in some countries, so your options may be limited by local regulations. Please confirm the specific connection options your service provider offers.
Inbound VoIP calling options to Montreal are as follows:
1. VoIP call terminates on a VoIP-enabled device in Montreal.
Inbound VoIP calls that terminate on a VoIP-enabled device in Montreal are allowed - assuming you are able to make such calls given your location and service provider. VoIP-enabled devices can include PCs and smartphones.
Many VoIP providers offer this type of service - though in certain countries such connections may be restricted by local regulations.
2. VoIP call terminates on an Canada landline or mobile phone.
You can also receive inbound international VoIP calls on a regular phone in Montreal - as long as your VoIP service is configured correctly to make such calls. The inbound VoIP call can originate using any type of VoIP connection - calling card VoIP, web/SMS callback, softphone, etc. - but some connection options may require adding a 'dial out' feature to your service plan.
Again, local regulations may prohibit certain types of VoIP calling at the origination end of the call.
Inbound VoIP calls to Montreal can be made from most any country worldwide. However, in some countries, local regulations may limit some of the possible connection options.
To find an international provider to call Montreal, please consult our list of recommended VoIP providers (click button below). For this list, we have chosen some providers with nearly worldwide reach that will allow you to make Montreal calls - even from countries with tight VoIP regulations. In addition, you may be able to find local VoIP providers that may suit your needs, too.
VoIP for Domestic Long Distance Calls within Canada
VoIP can be used to make domestic long distance calls anywhere in Canada with no problems. Local calling is permissable, too.
Here are the long distance calling options.
1. VoIP voice call originates and terminates on VoIP-enabled device.
This type of VoIP long distance calling is allowed throughout Canada - there are no restrictions of any sort. You simply need to have VoIP-enabled devices at both ends of the connection. Devices that can be VoIP-enabled: a PC, a smartphone, or a VoIP digital phone. In some cases (e.g., with Skype), you may be limited to calling people using the same VoIP service as you.
2. Voice call originates on a regular landline or mobile phone, but terminates on a VoIP-enabled device.
This type of VoIP calling, referred to as 'VoIP dial in' or simply 'dial-in' calling, is allowed in Canada - assuming your VoIP provider offers dial-in calling.
3. VoIP call originates on a VoIP-enabled device, but terminates on a regular landline or mobile phone.
This type of VoIP calling, called 'VoIP dial-out' or simply 'dial-out' service, is permitted throughout Canada - assuming VoIP provider offers dial-out calling.
4. VoIP call originates and terminates on regular landline or mobile phones.
VoIP calls that originate and terminate on the regular PSTN telephone network are allowed in Canada - assuming your provider offers this type of call connection. Usually making these types of calls involves using providers that offer calling card VoIP, VoIP callback, or VoIP digital phone service.
Check our VoIP provider listings (button below) to find companies offerings these types of long distance services. Not all VoIP service providers offer all of these connection options. For instance, a web-activated VoIP provider (aka VoIP callback provider) will generally only support the 4th type of call. You will want to choose the type of provider that best suits your calling needs.
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