VoIP is the acronym for Voice over Internet Protocol. Another name for this technology is IP Telephony, Internet Telephony and Internet Calling. It is an alternative to the traditional phone system. More importantly, it is a way to make and receive phone calls that are either very inexpensive or entirely free. Better yet, now days (end of 2017) an actual phone set is no longer a requirement.
Advantages of VoIP
The chief cause for switching to/choosing VoIP is cost. That is true for both residential and business communication costs. While there are savings in local calls, the bigger savings is in international costs. VoIP has redefined voice calling worldwide, while allowing also the use of a computer / mobile device other than the home phone for communications.
Skype is one of the pioneer services of VoIP. It played a huge role in the popularity of this new way of communication. It introduced free worldwide free instant messages, voice and video calls. And it is continuously changes the way we connect with one another.
What you need
All you need in order to use VoIP for free is a mobile phone / computer with microphone and speakers, a descent internet connection and a connection to a VoIP service. You don’t even need a telephone wire. As long as you have a Cat5 or Cat6 cable for your computer network, you are set.
The Future of VoIP
Thanks to this technology’s wide use throughout the world, improvements and new development are constantly being made. It may even replace POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) one day. But we are not there yet. In the meantime, whether you are a businessman talking daily to people overseas, or a parent speaking to your child who’s taking a semester abroad, free voice / video calls are at your fingertips. Use them.