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Zoom Phone VoIP Review (2022)

A flexible household name in VoIP communications

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In a Nutshell

Zoom’s VoIP add-on, Zoom Phone, is a feature-packed addition at a great price. Used by over 2 million people worldwide, Zoom Phone integrates well with the Zoom video conferencing app and other software. It’s user friendly and offers advanced metrics on call use. Zoom’s security issues in the past are a cause for concern, and its per-user pricing can cost more for businesses with many employees. But it’s an excellent VoIP service we recommend.

pros

  • Excellent modular pricing
  • Massive list of software integrations
  • User-friendly interface

cons

  • Has suffered security breaches
  • Per-user pricing can get expensive for big companies

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Zoom Phone Pricing & Plans - How much does Zoom Phone cost?

Zoom Phone comes in 3 plans, all of which can be paid for monthly or annually. Yearly accounts get a discount of up to 20%.

The Pay As You Go plan includes all the features of the software, but calls are charged on a per-minute basis. Each country has its own pricing, and you’ll also pay for local toll-free numbers and SMS.

For those who plan to make many calls in the US & Canada region, the $15/user/month Unlimited Regional Calling plan is appealing. 

Companies operating outside of the US must choose the Pro Global Select plan. This offers unlimited domestic calls in 1 of the 40+ countries Zoom supports. 

On top of this, you can buy an unlimited international calling add-on that costs an additional $120/user/year. This gets you unlimited calls across 18 countries.

Zoom also offers quite a few add-on services payable monthly. Toll-free numbers and additional phone numbers cost $5/month each. You can even lease hardware from Zoom, starting at $5.99/month/device. Finally, real-time call queue analytics and reporting cost $25/user/month.

Zoom Phone, therefore, has affordable, transparent base pricing. The cost certainly can add up if you have a lot of users who need the additional add-on features, but the modular nature of the pricing makes it very flexible.


Pay As You Go

Unlimited Regional Calling

Pro Global Select

Price

$10/user/month

$15/user/month

$20/user/month

Multiple devices

Yes

Yes

Yes

Unlimited domestic calling

No

Yes

Yes, 1 country

Unlimited international calling

No

Optional, to 18 countries

Optional, to 18 countries

Zoom Phone Available Features 

Zoom Phone impresses with its many features that don’t just make VoIP a viable alternative to traditional desk phones but improve on them in just about every way. Beyond the usual features such as call transferring, call blocking, call forwarding, and voicemail, Zoom Phone adds some extra-useful features to the Zoom app.

Call monitoring

Admins have call monitoring options, such as being able to listen in to a call with neither party being aware, taking over a call from a junior member of the team, or giving advice to one party of the call without others being aware. Supervisors can use the Barge feature to force a call to become 3-way, too.

Elevate to meeting

If you’re in a phone call, you can elevate the call to a video meeting without the participants needing to start up a separate application. Zoom Rooms can be assigned a direct phone number, and you can run multiple Zoom Phone calls and meetings concurrently.

Support for existing infrastructure

Unlike many VoIP providers, Zoom can be used with existing VoIP hardware. There’s a long list of compatible desk phones from leading providers, and you can assign, provision, and manage desk phones from a central administration portal.

If you currently have a PSTN service provider, you can redirect the voice circuits to the Zoom Phone cloud PBX. This way, you keep all your existing service provider contracts, special calling rates, and phone numbers, but you’re able to take advantage of Zoom Phone features. For companies with a long service contract on favorable terms with a current provider , this can be a flexible way to migrate to cloud-based VoIP services with minimal cost and disruption. 

Contact center support

With all Zoom Phone plans, you can set up different routing options based on the time of the day, and powerful queuing capabilities can automatically distribute calls to those available. You can set music to play on hold. 

Integration with popular contact center software like Twilio Flex and Five9 is available out-of-the-box, and you get advanced analytics on the calls your contact center has been making.


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Security and Reliability

When you use the Zoom desktop application on your computer or the Zoom mobile app to make calls, voice data is AES-256-bit encrypted. 

If you use hardware devices with Zoom Phone, they use AES 128-bit encryption using SIP and can be upgraded to AES 256-bit encryption on certified devices. Zoom maintains a long list of the supported desk phones and the levels of encryption each offers.

During the early years of the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom saw a massive uptake in users. It was also affected by multiple high-profile security issues, including credentials being hacked, Windows login credentials being leaked, and over 530,000 Zoom credentials being shared on the dark web.

However, since 2020, Zoom has had very few security issues. It appears to have patched all the major holes in its software. Plus, Zoom is one of the most reliable providers we’ve tested. It’s very rarely unavailable, and the quality of calls is always high.

Zoom Mobile App

Zoom Phone is integrated into the Zoom app that’s become a household name. The Zoom mobile app, available for iOS and Android, was downloaded 485 million times in 2020 alone.

Because you use the Zoom video conferencing app for access to Zoom Phone functionality, there are a lot of useful features rolled into 1 app. Having Zoom on your phone allows you to participate in video meetings, send and receive phone calls, share content with others, and send chat messages.

This all comes together to make Zoom on mobile an extremely powerful VoIP app.

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Zoom Phone Integrations

Zoom is a company that’s embraced integration with other apps, making it an extremely powerful option for companies looking to streamline and optimize their operations. Zoom has a massive app marketplace, filled with integrations with over 1,800 other apps. If it's software that’s used in business, it probably already has an app linking it to Zoom.

Around 60 of these apps are designed specifically with Zoom Phone in mind. Big names like Google Workspace, Microsoft Teams, and Slack all have apps for Zoom Phone, and there are also many tools for measuring the productivity of a sales force or tracking organization spending.

And if you need your own bespoke solution, Zoom has a well-documented and powerful API, making it relatively easy to hook up your in-house systems to Zoom and Zoom Phone with just a few lines of code.

Help and Support

Zoom offers 24/7 support by phone, email, and live chat. The online documentation is great, too, with hundreds of tutorials on the various products that now fit under the Zoom brand. There are video tutorials, live training, and a bustling community forum. This makes rolling out Zoom across your organization easy, as you can just ask new users to watch Zoom’s provided training videos.

Zoom goes further than most companies with its documentation on how to use the software and how to develop solutions using the software’s API. Too many VoIP providers keep this information vague, and Zoom gets top marks for making it easy for your company’s developers to integrate Zoom into your workflows.

How Zoom Compares to Other VoIP Providers


Zoom Phone

GoTo Connect

8x8

Comcast Business

Base price

$10/user/month

$24/user/month

$15/user/month

$44.95/user/month

Free trial

No

14 days

No

No

Mobile app

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Video calling

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Integrations

Yes - Many

Yes

Yes

Yes - Minimal

Support

24/7 phone, live chat

24/7 phone, live chat

Phone, email, live chat, knowledge base

24/7 phone, support site

Zoom Vs GoTo Connect

GoTo Connect’s cheapest plan starts at $24/user/month, though it does include unlimited domestic calling and unlimited extensions. GoTo Connect requires a $29/user/month plan to unlock video conferencing features, though, so Zoom is better value for money for most businesses.

Zoom trumps GoTo Connect in software integration, too. While GoTo Connect has some integrations, notably with Microsoft 365, Slack, and Salesforce, Zoom offers many more options.

Zoom Vs 8x8

8x8’s marketing focuses on how it’s more secure than Zoom, highlighting Zoom’s high-profile security breaches. 

8x8 is priced very similarly to Zoom Phone. Unlimited voice calls to 14 countries come in at $24/user/month, which is slightly lower-cost than Zoom, which requires add-ons for comparable international voice service.

8x8 also has good call handling and metrics. It goes beyond Zoom in functionality for contact centers, with skills-based routing, social media management, and speech analysis.

Zoom Vs Comcast Business

Comcast Business VoiceEdge is a similar service to Zoom but puts more focus on hardware phones. With a one-time installation fee of $29.95 per seat and a monthly cost starting at $24.95/seat, you get hardware phones, unlimited nationwide calling, and inexpensive international calling.

Comcast Business costs more than Zoom, then, while Zoom does support a long list of hardware phones if you want to go that route. This makes Comcast Business a hard sell, particularly as customers often report issues with contracts and service quality.

Is Zoom Phone Right for Your Business?

Zoom Phone is a natural VoIP choice for companies that have moved to use Zoom for video conferencing, as employees will already have the Zoom app on their computers and mobile devices. Add the competitively-priced VoIP component, and your team can make and receive domestic and international calls all from the same app.

Zoom Phone’s integrations with the Zoom video conferencing app and other software through the App Marketplace elevate it above most other VoIP solutions, which often feel disconnected from the other software used in your business. And with the option to use hardware phones and call monitoring features, Zoom Phone is an excellent choice for SMEs.

Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need a Zoom account to join a meeting?
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To join a Zoom meeting as a participant, as long as the meeting host has changed a few settings to allow guest participants, you don’t need to create an account with Zoom. You can join a meeting by opening a link in your browser. The host must set Authentication Profiles to be disabled, or create specific authentication exceptions that allow guests to join. They must also disable the Only Authenticated Users Can Join from Web Client setting. Finally, they should have a “Join From Your Browser” link enabled in their settings.
Is Zoom free to download?
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Zoom is free to download and use. The biggest limitation of the free plan is that group meetings have a 40-minute restriction. To unlock longer meetings, plans start at $149.90/year. To use Zoom Phone, the VoIP component of Zoom that allows you to make calls to standard phone numbers, you’ll need one of the company’s Zoom Phone plans. These start at $120/user/year.
What’s a good alternative to Zoom?
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For video conferencing alternatives to Zoom, we recommend Microsoft Teams or GoToMeeting. These both offer excellent pricing and a long list of features. If you’re specifically looking at an inexpensive VoIP alternative to Zoom Phone, Grasshopper VoIP cuts out a lot of the extra features to offer a rock-bottom price. It lacks good integration with other software, though, which might slow your business down. 8x8 is another good alternative, particularly if you run a contact center. 8x8’s contact center features go beyond those offered by Zoom, offering more advanced metrics and skills-based routing.
Richard holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, and he has worked in the tech sector for over 20 years. Highly skilled in website development, SEO, and marketing, Richard has worked with and developed software for huge brands like Samsung, ASDA, and Prudential Insurance. He has written for an array of popular tech websites, covering topics that include web hosting, consumer and business technology, and SaaS platforms.

Zoom Phone customer reviews

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a month ago

Zoom is easy to use and very user friendly. I like that it is also free for the purposes for which I use it.

1 months ago

Zoom makes it so easy to hear people over your computer as well as see them. It is amazing that all of this can be so easily done on a computer.

1 months ago

It is a great service and I never any issues. No blips, lag time, blurry images or any other problems.

2 months ago

Works well and is easy to use on my computer. Zoom was easy to setup and call other people, I can see multiple people using various computers all at the same time.

2 months ago

Zoom is super easy to use, you can easily add as many people into the call as you want. It works great and I would recommend it.

2 months ago

Zoom is a great service. I have used the service many times. I'm very happy with them and would recommend them to my colleagues.

2 months ago

Zoom is a great way to connect with multiple people simultaneously by transmitting both voice and pictures clearly. It's been very helpful for conducting my business durning Covid.

2 months ago

Very smooth application. Clear connection with no drop calls. Very good user interface and very good graphic interface. Zoom is very user friendly with International and local capabilities. I like that I can use either my computer or my cell phone. The video quality is very clear and excellent on all my devices.

2 months ago

I like Zoom because of their great picture quality and ease of use. The sound quality is also very good and it is very secure to use.

2 months ago

I love Zoom because its does quality work like an app should do. They have great customer service available to you anytime you anytime you need help.

2 months ago

It's an excellent way to attend meetings without exposing myself to the Coronavirus.

2 months ago

It's great for me in my business to be able to have a video conference with several people at the same time without any problems.

2 months ago

For me I find Zoom has been a great platform to use for my business since the pandemic first started. It's great to do meetings or take classes online.

2 months ago

I would recommend to all. Zoom works very well and the reception and voice clarity is excellent. Everybody in the office loves it.

3 months ago

I use Zoom for my business and it always works great. I like how clear the image and sound are..

3 months ago

It's free to use for smaller business and the ability to not have to be in person during Covid was invaluable. It was easy to use for all participants. The cost for smaller groups was non-existent and therefore made it a perfect fit for our meetings.

3 months ago

While not technically a VoIP, I find Zoom is terrific for conferencing and was especially useful during Covid.

3 months ago

I find with Zoom there is no lagging in the video and it's easy to navigate around on the site.

3 months ago

I love Zoom as it is a reliable platform that is very user friendly and inexpensive. I have their global calling included with my subscription for just .99 cents per year for a 3 year contract.

4 months ago

Zoom is a quality product that provides an easy to use app with very reliable service for daily usage.

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