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How to use IP technology to save on your phone bill

By Jakob Jelling
http://www.sitetube.com

Today’s digital world is powered by the internet. Communication in the 21st century has been completely revolutionized by this medium. We use it to send and receive e-mails, chat and Instant Message other people and blog. However, all these operations cannot be performed in ‘real time’ (with the exception of chatting). The use of IP to make telephone calls makes even this possible. Now you have the technology to make PC-to-PC, real time telephone calls, without any costly service provider in between. That too in exactly the same way as you would operate a landline.

The use of VoIP technology or Voice over Internet Protocol is projected as the new revolution in the field of telecommunications. VoIP works out to be much cheaper than a conventional landline. There are a number of reasons for this. In the first place, existing phone lines use cables made of copper wires to transmit voice signals. Thus, while making a telephone call you have to factor in the infrastructure costs too. VoIP does away with precisely these infrastructure costs and thus works out to be much cheaper. It makes use of existing data cables to transmit signals without any extra expenditure.

VoIP is a software to convert the analog signal (which the normal phone lines use) into a digital signal, which can then be sent over the internet. This is precisely the same methodology as that used the sending and receiving of e-mails – and the cost is exactly the same i.e. free. You do not need an actual physical connection between the two parties to make a call – an internet connection is enough. The software for VoIP is available free over the World Wide Web and thus there are no actual installation and transaction costs.

However, there are certain initial costs, which need to be kept in mind. VoIP works best with a broadband internet connection (for example, ADSL, or permanent wireless or cable connection). Also, you will need to buy a handset or headset, which will plug into your computer. Though, as broadband grows in popularity, the cost of this service continues to drop. The software needed to operate VoIP is also very user-friendly. In the initial stages of the technology development VoIP did encounter some problems, like the echoing of voices, reception not being very good and delays between speech transmissions. These days, with the technology increasingly better, the voice quality is very good, almost as good as a landline and no more speech delays or echoing is encountered.

VoIP is a boon for both households and corporate houses. It can be used to make phone calls, almost free, to anywhere in the world. You have to just plug your specially designed into a broadband connection and start making calls – bypassing all installation and hardware charges.

About the author
Jakob Jelling is the founder of http://www.sitetube.com. Visit his website for the latest on planning, building, promoting and maintaining websites.

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