Voip Hardware And Voip Software - What Should I Use?

By: Michael Williams

The popularity of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is increasing in popularity. Those who use their computers for virtually everything can now also use them to make and receive telephone calls. Many providers of residential VoIP services offer competitive packages, excellent customer service, and features that you already receive with your traditional phone service provider. In order to use residential VoIP services you need to have a high-speed Internet connection. If you have a slower connection, the quality of your calls greatly diminishes. You will also need a modem and adapter that connects your phone line to your computer. The majority of VoIP services provide this in their packages.

There are two different types of VoIP for residential use: hardware VoIP and software VoIP. The primary difference is that with hardware VoIP you will need an adapter to connect your phone to your computer. With software VoIP, you install a special program for making and receiving calls with your computer. Whether you use hardware VoIP or software VoIP it is certain you will save money over using your traditional phone service.

Software VoIP works well if you were going to occasional use it or if you were traveling. You can have it installed on your laptop and take it with you. You can make calls from anywhere with your home number. Another benefit of software VoIP is that you can get very low International rates. Most providers of this type of service allow you to download the software free once you have established an account with them. All you need for this type of service is a computer with a sound card, speakers, and a microphone. With most services, all calls made within the network are free and you only pay for calls made outside the network.

Hardware VoIP looks much like your traditional phone as you use can use your phone. You connect your phone line into an adapter, which then connects to the computer. This type of plan typically offers limited calling plans throughout the United States and Canada or unlimited calling features.

Remember that residential VoIP services run on electricity so it would be wise to have a back-up plan in case the power went out. Do not sign a contract without fully understanding the charges that apply. Carefully review the plans that are offered and no whether you will pay a penalty if you decide to cancel the service. Check to see if there is an installment fee or fee for the equipment. Once you have decided on your residential VoIP provider - enjoy the new world of making calls from your computer.

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