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If we’re talking about VoIP services (which stands for voice over Internet Protocol), it’s hard to decide which product is the best. Would it be Skype (owned by Microsoft) or Google Voice? Since it’s so hard to choose, we sketched a brief comparison between the two.

However, before starting to compare the two products, it’s important to know that there isn’t necessarily one product which is the best among all. What you can decide though is the one that better fits your needs, whether you are using it for personal or professional needs.

One particularly useful feature is the fact that both of them allow you to use video chat. Skype has been famous for this since ages, and Google Voice is catching up. However, there is a catch. With Google, you can only use this feature if you integrate the Voice and Video Chat plug-in, not in the Google Voice itself, which is a minus.

What Skype has over Google is the international calling option free of charge. Meanwhile, with Google you would have to install the aforementioned Voice and Video Chat plug-in in order to make such calls. However, keep in mind that this does not also extend further to mobile phone or landline ones.

An advantage of Google over Skype, on the other hand, is that it allows its users to send free SMS, as long as they are domestic. With Skype though, you have to buy Skype Credit in order to send SMS, and the rates vary from country to country. In the US, for instance, a message costs 11.2 cents.

Last but not least, both systems offer you free voicemail. Though this is good, Google Voice further lets you to listen to the voicemail you received in real-time and also to answer it anytime, which is a plus.