VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) allows you to make and receive telephone calls over the Internet.    VoIP enables you to make cheap telephone calls over a broadband Internet connection.  You can connect to regular telephone numbers locally or in other parts of the world eliminating long distance fees.  The savings can be substantial, with lower fees and taxes levied by traditional telephone carriers.

A requirement for a VoIP connection is a high speed internet connection, such as cable, fibre optic, or DSL as long as the wireless provider’s bandwidth meets the minimum requirements for the VoIP provider you choose and their connection is stable enough to offer a connection without packet loss.

 What are the benefits of VoIP?

VoIP, it can save money for the home business person.  Entrepreneurs and small businesses are such great candidates for VoIP. In addition, added features such as Voice Mail, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, a web based control panel, Voicemail received as Email, Advanced Call Forwarding features, etc., at no additional cost.

You are not limited to just a certain local’s numbers, but can even choose one from another country.  In addition, you can add virtual numbers from other areas that will ring in on your primary number.  So, the benefits of VoIP are:

  • Lower monthly telephone bills; cheap Long Distance and cheap calls.
  • Unlimited monthly calling to certain locations eliminating long distance.
  • Lower prices on International calling.
  • Virtual numbers; numbers that ring in on a primary number and can be from other areas, even other countries
  • Portability or the ability to take your phone service with you.

What’s required for VoIP?

You will need a broadband Internet connection, such as DSL or cable.  In most cases you will need an “always on” type of connection with a bandwidth of at least 128kbps on both upload and download for a single VoIP voice connection (an uncompressed voice connection will use approximately 90kpbs on both the upload and download.  There are connections using a compressed voice “codec” that will use less.)

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