Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has been rewriting the ways we communicate for a while now. Thanks to VoIP, transmission of both video and voice calls through the internet is possible, with the quality and speeds getting better year after year. For sure, VoIP has simplified and made communication much cheaper.
There are VoIP service providers who offer their services through free software on the internet, commonly known as Softphones. Communication between two softphone users are free so long as both users have an account with the same VoIP service provider.
VoIP is much more than just the ability to make a call. There are three types of VoIP services available in the market, and they include;
It is an easy way of connecting your analogue devices like your analogue phone to an IP telephony network. Some major VoIP service providers provide free ATAs as part of their service. All you need to do is to remove the ATA from its package, plug the power cable from your phone into the ATA, and voila! You can now make calls through the IP telephony network. As simple as that. In very rare cases, you will find ATAs that might have extra software that will need to be configured using your PC.
IP Phones - They have striking similarities to the normal analogue phones. They have a keypad and handset similar to those of analogue phones. However, these IP phones use a larger RJ-45 Ethernet plug and not the smaller RJ-11 Ethernet plug used by the normal analogue phones. A VoIP phone has inbuilt features and the right software that enables it to make a call through the IP telephony network. Therefore, as long as your phone is connected to the internet, you can make your call from anywhere on the globe.
Computer-to-computer – This is one of the cheapest ways to make a VoIP call. You don’t have to incur the high costs charged by telecommunication companies when making international or long-distance calls. All you will incur are monthly charges that are way more affordable. To enjoy this mode of communication, you will need to install a software in your PC from a VoIP service provider for free or at a very low price. Apart from that, a microphone, a speaker and a sound card will come in handy. Then get a stable and strong internet connection and finally, go wild.
There is nothing as sweet, fast, reliable and as affordable as the communication that VoIP offers. With the free VoIP software available for download on the internet, all you need to do is press a button, and the way you communicate will change forever.