New To VoIP ? - Learn The Basics Of Voice Over IP

By: Michael Williams

Are you new to the term Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)? If so, here is a simple explanation of how it works. VoIP technology takes the analog signals used by your traditional phone, changes them into digital signals, and then sends them over the Internet. How can this save you money? You are already paying for Internet service, when you combine your phone to your Internet you do not have to pay for space on the Public Service Telephone Network (PSTN). You are using the high-speed broadband for two applications, your phone, and Internet and pay only one low price per month.

VoIP technology is innovative and has the potential to change the way the world communicates. No longer is there only one way to call someone. With VoIP technology, you have three different methods you could consider for making a call.

The easiest method is by using an adapter that you connect your traditional analog phone into and then connect the adapter to your computer. This will then transform your phone into a VoIP phone. Several providers such as Vonage and AT&T are offering those who choose their service this adapter free of charge. It is very easy to set up: you take it from the box, connect your telephone to the adapter and then the adapter to your computer and you are ready to make calls. Some providers may also send additional software, but that is simple enough to install.

If you prefer you can purchase an IP phone that resemble traditional phones but instead of having a connection that would go into the wall, they come ready to connect to your computer. They are equipped with all of the hardware necessary to work immediately with the VoIP technology.

For those individuals who enjoy chatting with their friends and family on the computer you can also take advantage of VoIP technology. Providers offer free or low-cost software that you download. Then the only other equipment that you need is a sound card, high-speed Internet connection, microphone, and speakers. You can call anyone via computer-to-computer free except for the monthly rate that you have agreed to with the provider of your choice.

If you are interested in trying VoIP technology, research the various providers and the plans they offer. You will be amazed at what you are able to do with this new technology. Gone are the days when you could not talk to friends and family due to the high cost of the call. Now you can talk to them for as long as you like and relax knowing your phone bill will not skyrocket with long distance charges.

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