VoIP Providers & Features

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VoIP which is also known as Voice over Internet Protocol – an online telephony system which allows users to make cheaper and in some cases, almost free calls, worldwide.  With time, VoIP has transformed itself completely and upgraded itself with the latest technological advancement. This has made possible to communicate using VoIP on your computer rather than using a telephone system.

VoIP services are absolutely free while using computers and even with some mobiles and landlines. However, if it is being used to replace PSTN, then there is some costs involved. It is important to note that this cost will still be lower than the phone calls billing hence most of the people can now enjoy calling without any worry about the pricing. This is a great advancement in technology terms and VoIP has completely transformed the communications industry.

There are many VoIP providers having different rates for the calls you make. If you are making VoIP-to-VoIP calls which another terms mean that you are calling someone from your VoIP account and the other person also having a VoIP. It is usually free with most of the VoIP providers. However, if you are making international calls, then there are different rates available for different countries. If the user uses computer for making a call it is almost free however in some cases if there are some rates, they are usually cheap.

The only things you need in order to make a call are VoIP account and a good internet broadband connection. However, you must need to check the government regulations because in some countries including middle-eastern countries, the use of VoIP is banned. Also, various VoIP providers have different price lists and costs. It is a good idea to compare prices against the features mostly VoIP offers.

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Before purchasing a VoIP connection, it is also important to consider important points like what are your specific call requirements? In which countries will you make most of the calls? Because different VoIP providers offer different rates and they can change considerably so it is best to evaluate before you make a purchase. The easiest way to use VoIP technology is through a computer, all you need to do is to download and install the software and then by registering your account online, you can start calling all over the world. With the help of VoIP technology, you can almost call any landline or cellphone numbers around the globe. However, calling to a landline number will be much cheaper rather than calling on a cell phone.

With the advent of 3G technology and WiFi, the access of VoIP became much easier and cost-effective. It is just about downloading a VoIP application on your cellphone and start calling anywhere in the world with the help of an internet connection. In coming years, the technology will evolve and much better features will come along VoIP services.  Hence, it is wise to opt for this technology to gain a competitive edge in business world.

 

Bringing Home The Benefits Of VoIP

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There are various ways by which you can communicate using your VoIP telephony at home. You can either communicate from PC to PC or PC to phone or phone to phone via your VoIP phone system, cutting down rates and getting a better voice quality and so on.

VoIP is a proven technology when it comes to telecommunication. Businesses, large and small are seen using VoIP systems. Some set up the system in their office premise while others often outsource VoIP switching, billing and routing services to wholesale VoIP operators. By outsourcing these services, they save the investment that are otherwise spent on building, owning or managing VoIP soft switch and OSS infrastructure. The increase in adoption of VoIP services shows that businesses are reaping its benefits.

However, the advantages of VoIP technology can be brought home. In fact, many have already done it and are saving a great deal on their phone bills along with other advantages. If you often make long distance calls, be it for personal or business reasons, you know how your bills hurt your monthly budget. A VoIP system set up in your home could be your solution. Getting VoIP telephony for your home has gotten even easier with more broadband Internet users. The growing number of broadband users has resulted in increased availability and also reduced cost of broadband services.

Therefore, if you don’t have a broadband connection and a VoIP phone at home, you could think of getting one and start enjoying the benefits it brings. If you already have a broadband connection, then you can add a VoIP phone and cut down on the bills.

There are various ways by which you can communicate using your VoIP telephony. You can either communicate from PC to PC or PC to phone or phone to phone via your VoIP phone system at home. Let’s take a brief look at each:

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* PC to PC – This option requires both the calling parties to have VoIP systems, telephone headset or a microphone and PC speakers set up with a good bandwidth broadband connection. Once these are done, you can download a free software, install it and begin making calls via the software. Skype can be cited as an example of such a software. You can use it for voice or even video calls.

* PC to phone – This option requires you to set up a PC to Phone VoIP system. Just like PC to PC calls, you need a headset and an appropriate software which can be found on the web. This option requires your calls to be prepaid as you do with your cell phone. The advantage of PC to phone option is that it allows you to contact any phone.

* Phone to phone – One of the latest and best form of VoIP telephony, this option requires a VoIP ready phone or an adapter that can connect your phone to your broadband. Once either of the two is bought and installed, you can call any phone via your broadband connection.