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What is VoIP?


VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol (Internet Protocol is referred to as IP)

Internet Protocol is the communication method used for all internet traffic, the computer you're reading this on currently has an IP 'address' for instance to enable it to connect and communicate on the internet.

Packets of data are sent to and from computers when communicating on the internet, talking to each other via their unique IP addresses.

VoIP uses this same communication method to send packets of voice information when you make a call from your computer to whoever you are calling.

 

Ok that's the boring bit out of the way, what can VoIP actually do for you?

Because you are already on the internet, probably paying a monthly broadband or dial-up charge for unlimited internet use you can take advantage of VoIP services to make FREE phone calls.

Sound good? Sound too good to be true? Well nothing in life is free but VoIP can be as free as you want to make it. If you ignore the fact that you are paying for your broadband connection (you had it already, right!) then yes, VoIP can let you make unlimited FREE phone calls to anywhere in the world.

What's the catch?

Well there are some and VoIPFAQ.net goes into more detail throughout the site but the main one for making free calls is that it generally has to be done via your computer using a free VoIP service such as Skype calling another user using the same free VoIP service.

Not a huge deal, especially if you only intend to be using it for social use, you'll only want to talk to your family and friends right? so with all of your family and friends using Skype for instance you can speak to each other completely free, wherever you might be in the world.

Businesses are waking up to this now and even they communicate using free VoIP services such as Skype, transatlantic calls become free and there's no need to rush your call, worried about how much it might cost.

If it's good enough for them then it's good enough for you.

 



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