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VoIP: An Alternative To International Calling Cards and Access Numbers

February 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 125

Many people all over the world are converting to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) as their method of contacting people who live in other countries. Traditional methods such as calling cards and international access numbers although still offer great value and flexibility the demand may be drying out. With low quality phone calls and having to register for many this is a hassle and an inconvenience that many know is not required.

So what is VoIP and how can it be much better than the good old trusted calling cards?

What Is VoIP?

VoIP allows voice communication over internet protocol networks, otherwise known as the internet. Analogue voice calls are converted into packets of data and travel over the internet or over an internet protocol network.

Both parties must download and install VoIP software on their computer. Once connected both users can benefit from free calls, including video calls with the addition of microphones and web cams.

VoIP calls can also be made through land line telephones and mobile phones. By carrying out further research it is possible to discover apps that can connect through Wi-Fi or via the internet and benefit from VoIP also.

The Benefits Of Using VoIP

The most highlighted benefit of using VoIP is definitely the fact it is free, with no restrictions on usage. With the capability of being in contact with anyone in any country in real time is a huge technological advancement. With other benefits of having group calls that can include many different people with and without video, similar to online conferencing. This can ensue that families who live hundreds of miles apart can now communicate and interact in a way that previous generations would have appreciated.

Additionally, unlike other international call providers as long as there is a decent internet connection the quality will be very high. But, where slower connections are only available then expect some lag or stutter during calls. Also, for many having to ensure both parties have a decent internet connection and the ability to download software and connect with each other may not be the best choice for many.

Although the benefits of using VoIP are great calling cards and access numbers still serve a purpose in the UK and will continue to be very popular. With the ability to get cheap calls to Poland, USA, India, Germany and many other countries worldwide with no required subscriptions, accounts and completely hassle free and with access to call from a land line or mobile phone, it's flexibility is unmatched. Although it's not free calls can be as little as 1p per minute from both land line and mobile phone to many different countries worldwide.

Harvey McEwan writes to offer information and advice on a variety of areas, from technology to holiday destinations. Read through Harvey's other articles here to find out more.

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