Make Cheap Long-Distance Phone Calls Using your Computer

Written by Nathan Smith

Did you know that you can use your computer to make long-distance telephone calls to virtually any fixed line or cellular telephone inrepparttar world viarepparttar 105132 Internet? Were you aware that by doing so, you can save upwards of 80% in long-distance telephone charges? Welcome torepparttar 105133 world of 'VoIP' or 'Voice over Internet Protocol'.

What is 'VoIP'?

Simply put, VoIP refers torepparttar 105134 carriage of voice 'data' viarepparttar 105135 Internet. PC to Phone VoIP refers to using your Internet-connected computer to make calls to conventional telephones aroundrepparttar 105136 world usingrepparttar 105137 Internet. Whereas traditional telephone calls take place over fixed line 'circuit switched' networks, VoIP calls are routed throughrepparttar 105138 Internet using a far more efficient method known as 'packet switching'. Whilst carrying voice data more efficiently viarepparttar 105139 Internet is a benefit,repparttar 105140 main advantage That VoIP has overrepparttar 105141 traditional telephone networks is one of cost. For example, a typical PC to Phone VoIP call to a telephone inrepparttar 105142 United States from anywhere inrepparttar 105143 world generally runs at just a few cents per minute. Keep in mind,repparttar 105144 clarity/quality of PC to Phone calls is usually as good and in many cases better than that of a comparable Phone to Phone call.

How can it be so cheap?

Herein liesrepparttar 105145 beauty of PC to Phone calls. By usingrepparttar 105146 'free' Internet to route your calls, long-distance charges imposed upon you byrepparttar 105147 major telecommunications companies (Bell, Sprint, AT&T, etc) are all but eliminated. Furthermore, many ofrepparttar 105148 governmental levies and fees associated with usingrepparttar 105149 highly regulated 'traditional' telephone networks are also avoided. The result? Extremely cheap, long distance calling to conventional telephones aroundrepparttar 105150 world with little or no loss of call quality.

So how does it work?

In a typical PC to Phone call, your computer receives your voice input via a microphone and then translates your voice into a 'data packet'. This packet of data is then transmitted viarepparttar 105151 Internet to as close as possible torepparttar 105152 physical destination ofrepparttar 105153 conventional telephone you're calling. At this point, your voice 'data packet' is then switched torepparttar 105154 conventional telephone network and routed torepparttar 105155 telephone that you are calling. All of this data transmission, translation and switching takes place transparently and extremely quickly. The chances are excellent thatrepparttar 105156 person whom you're calling would have no idea that you're talking to them using your computer.

So what do you need?

In order to start making long-distance telephone calls using your computer, you'll need a computer that's connected torepparttar 105157 Internet, a microphone and computer speakers (a headset with a boom microphone is ideal). It's worth mentioning that although there are several companies that support bothrepparttar 105158 Linux and Macintosh platforms (e.g.,,repparttar 105159 vast majority of PC to Phone software is designed for use on Windows' compatible PCs. As far as your Internet connection goes,repparttar 105160 fasterrepparttar 105161 better (e.g., high speed Cable or ADSL). However, PC to Phone does also work on dial-up Internet connections (the way I accessrepparttar 105162 Internet).

The next thing to do is choose a PC to Phone Service Provider. These arerepparttar 105163 companies that providerepparttar 105164 software and infrastructure necessary for you to make calls to conventional telephones viarepparttar 105165 Internet. There are many Service Providers and each have their own benefits and rates so it's a good idea to shop around. Almost all of them allow for pay-as-you-go usage (i.e., on a per minute basis) however some also offer unlimited calling plans to certain destinations for a low monthly fee. Some ofrepparttar 105166 better known Providers include

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