You can talk for cheap with VoIP. VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, and this technology is making waves and changing the face of telephony. The first major area undergoing a makeover is price. With VoIP, talk is cheap! VoIP is the technology of taking audio and transmitting it as data over the Internet. This is known as Packet Switching networks. This is in contrast to Circuit Switching- the network used by standard telephones. Basically, Packet switching is cheaper than Circuit switching. If you want to talk cheap, then VoIP is your answer.
When VoIP first surfaced during the middle part of the 90's, there were many companies that offered free VoIP services over the Internet. Today, many of those companies are no longer 100% free, but charge a small monthly fee. However, there is still a form of VoIP that is not only cheap but also absolutely, unequivocally free. This is Instant Messaging. Many Instant Messaging programs are now combining VoIP for free. This allows Pc-to-Pc calls. Instant Messaging calls also allow for conferencing, so you don't have to limit your conversation to two people. Some of the most popular free Instant Messaging programs that allow free VoIP Pc to Pc calls include: Skype, Yahoo, AOL, MSN, ICQ, I Connect Here, Glo Phone, Buddy Talk, and Babble.
These programs are an excellent way to talk with friends and family members for no cost whatsoever. Even downloading and installing the programs are free. Now that VoIP is gaining in popularity, we can expect to see many more users joining our buddy lists. All that is required to use Pc to PC Instant Messaging is the program, speakers, a microphone, and of course, your buddy. While it doesn't seem that many Pc to Phone services are going to come back and offer free services, you can always utilize Pc-to-Pc instant messengers. They allow users to call worldwide and have no limits on talk time.
Not only is Pc-to-Pc instant messaging cheap, but many residential customers are discovering that VoIP main services cost considerably less then standard telephone services. Most companies offer unlimited free long distance when you choose the unlimited monthly plan for your service. International rates are also extremely cheap. It is important to do your homework and browse various plans before selecting the option that is right for you.
Another cost effective reason people prefer VoIP is that many of the calling features often provided for a fee with Circuit switched networks are provide free of charge with VoIP services. These include Voice mail, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, and *69. You will need to check with your VoIP service provider for an exact listing of features available with your selected plan.
Businesses are also discovering that talk is cheap with VoIP. Not only are the business services cheap, but the cost of wiring an office or complete building compared to VoIP integrated services is much higher.
For Call Centers, VoIP is a much more cost-effective choice. Many call centers are choosing to outsource their work to employees overseas. VoIP can make this a reality. By creating a virtual call center, employees can be based anywhere, worldwide, and still be connected to the main center. Home employees also benefit from the virtual call center. Customer service representatives also appreciate the software packages that are made possible with VoIP. Interactive Voice response and Desktop Computer telephony applications are greatly enhanced by VoIP. Customers can have their needs met in real time transactions. Also, call transfers can be made much more efficiently, increasing customer satisfaction and overall company productivity. Overall, VoIP provides tremendous savings for employers.
Mobile employees also benefit from the cost efficiency and flexibility provided by VoIP. For employees who travel a lot, work out of mobile offices, or in sales, cell phone charges can be very expensive. Especially if they move out of their network range and are hit with roaming charges. By using VoIP, mobile employees can stay plugged in to their head offices, but they will always have a phone, wherever they have a high speed Internet connection. This means if they are staying in a hotel, all they have to do is connect their telephony adapter to their modem and telephone, and they will instantly have their phone working. This avoids all roaming charges and increases productivity
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