Getting phone service over the internet offers many benefits. With Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), you can often get unlimited long-distance and international calling and complete portability, which is useful for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and remote workers.
Viasat Voice is our top pick for VoIP since it doesn’t use up any of your internet data.
HughesNet Voice works similarly and comes in at a solid second place, but it has a longer contract (two years versus just six months for Viasat Voice).
Skype is okay for occasional use but it will use up a lot of internet data, which is really bad news for people with satellite internet who have restrictive data caps.
Unless you’re just using it for an occasional call to a friend overseas, we recommend satellite internet users steer clear of Skype and similar VoIP services that rely on home internet with fast, cheap data. If you’ll be using VoIP for work or frequent calls, you’ll save money (and data) by going with either Viasat Voice or HughesNet Voice.