Skype vs Grasshopper
Virtual PBX Comparisons
Skype vs Grasshopper
Skype is a software application which enables users to make calls over the internet to other users of the Skype application. Frequently used to communicate with internal employees or with friends, family and business associated internationally, Skype also offers instant messaging, file transfers, SMS, video conferencing, screen sharing, and more. Skype offers a number of different solutions to fit the needs of individuals and small business looking to make and receive phone calls.
What plans does Skype offer?
Skype's base package offers users on its platform the ability to talk (voice), chat (instant message), and collaborate (screen share) with other users of its application.
Skype to Phone:
This solution enables users to make internet phone calls to land lines and cellphones in the US, North America and around the world for small monthly fee using the Skype app.
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This solution provides users a local phone number to receive calls via the skype app on in 23 different countries/regions around the world. You pay a flat rate for unlimited calls from each of these locations. (Prices vary based on location.)
Skype for Business:
Skype also targets small business users with its ‘Skype for Business’ solution. Skype for Business is part of your Office365 plan and includes features such as:
- Online video and audio meetings for up to 250 people
- Find coworkers and schedule in Outlook
- Enterprise-level security and central management of employee accounts
What’s the difference between Skype and Grasshopper?
- NEW: To really get the most out of Skype’s feature sets, its necessary that both parties have downloaded and installed Skype’s app where as Grasshopper allows customers to make and receive calls on their existing phone and send and receive text messages through their mobile app without requiring the other end to download anything.
- Inbound vs Outbound Calling Skype is great for outbound calling while Grasshopper focuses on inbound calls. Skype can help a company save money on outbound calls, especially on international calls. Grasshopper focuses on giving businesses the ability to sound professional when taking inbound calls from prospective or current customers.
- VoIP-based While Skype is internet-based (VOIP), Grasshopper is based on actual phone networks. VoIP requires you to have a strong internet connection to use the phone service. You can use Skype to call mobile or land line phones, but you’d have to opt for a paid plan.
- Phone numbers Skype currently offers SkypeIn numbers, allowing you to get inbound calls through Skype. SkypeIn numbers are local numbers and include voicemail and call forwarding. Grasshopper allows you to have toll free or local numbers for your business and includes features like auto-attendant, voicemail extensions, SMS for business, after-hours settings, and more.
- Get a local or toll free number, call forwarding, voicemails transcribed, unlimited extensions and more!
- Plans starting at $29/month
Using Skype With Grasshopper
Because Skype and Grasshopper have such diverse features, they can be used together to create a great small business phone system. You can combine Grasshopper and Skype for both inbound and outbound calling.
- To use Skype for inbound calling, you can forward your Grasshopper number to your SkypeIn number.
- To make outbound calls, you can dial out with your Skype account directly (caller ID will show your Skype number) or forward Skype to your Grasshopper number, where you can make outbound calls that show your Grasshopper number.
Using Skype with Grasshopper