Take advantage of internet phone calls (VOIP)

By: Colin Brin

Voice Over IP (VOIP) is a relatively new technology. Voice OverIP allows people to leave behind the old and very traditionalanalogue phone networks and now adapt in favor of the very newand very progressive Internet-based calling systeminfrastructure. Using this technology for your communicationsactually works out cheaper for you in the long run as it meansyou won't need to pay for calls if the people you are callingand speaking to are also using the same VOIP system.

Voice Over IP runs on several different types of infrastructure.This is the main reason why you should take the time to do yourhomework and find out how it works and what is involved, beforeyou even consider setting up a Voice Over IP network at yourhome or place of business. When you do your homework you willsee that invariably VOIP offers lots of advantages over andabove the standard traditional telephone based analogue servicethat most people are currently using. Let's take a moment toexamine some of the advantages of using Voice Over IP.

The main advantage of Voice Over IP is to be honest - the cost -the cost benefit goes directly back into your pocket. Andbecause Voice Over IP uses the infrastructure of the Internet tomake outgoing calls, you will never need to pay your traditionalphone provider to maintain a telephone line or for phone andline rental. In addition, many Voice Over IP service providersallow customers to make long distance calls that attract minimalor no long distance charges at all. Many service providers evenoffer customer VOIP packages that allow you to opt fordiscounted internet call rates so you can save even more.

But what about this for a benefit? If you have Voice Over IPsoftware installed on your PC and you want to speak to someonewho is also uses Voice Over IP, then you are able to talk for aslong as you want without having to pay a single cent. This isbecause your voice is actually transformed into digital datapackets rather than audio, and the data is transferred in asimilar fashion to that of email. Voice Over IP also makes itvery easy and cheap to conduct conference calls and video calls.

There are, of course, some minor disadvantages to using VoiceOver IP and you should consider these before you embark onsetting up Voice Over IP. Since Voice Over IP is a relativelyrecent and largely untapped technology, Voice Over IP is proneto experience more errors than using a normal phone would. Inaddition, if you experience a power failure, then you would beunable to make a call, like you could with a traditionalanalogue phone. In any event, Voice Over IP is something thatyou should investigate for your own home and business needs andyou should consider it soon while the rates are cheap and thedeals are good

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