Many of us will have come across the acronym VoIP but still don’t know what it is or what its benefits are. Anyone who uses a smartphone or computer to make calls will be familiar with the term VoIP which stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. Broadly speaking the technology uses the internet to transmit and receive voice data and is not that much different to making a phone call using a regular telephone line. Technically however, there are some major differences.
Which devices does VoIP work with?
You can make a VoIP call using any device connected to the internet that also has a microphone and speaker. This means that smartphones, tablets and PC’s all have the ability to allow you to use VoIP technology to make a call. What most people are unaware of is that these days many landlines are now using VoIP technology and are no longer analogue.
What software does VoIP require?
If you wish to use VoIP then you will need to sign up to a service provider such as Vonage. A lot of people have WhatsApp installed on their smartphone which also allows users to make and receive calls using VoIP technology. PC users have a wide variety of service providers to choose from and enterprises prefer sophisticated services offered by companies with a long track record such as Vonage.
How much does VoIP cost?
There is no single answer to this question because it depends on which service provider you are using to even the device and network and of course where you are calling. If you are making a VoIP call using your home network you will be paying nothing or next to nothing for local calls and will probably have signed up to a monthly package for a small fee that allows you to make cheap international calls from a provider such as Vonage (some service even offer free international calling). If however you are using your smartphone on a mobile network to make a VoIP call then you will also be paying for your data usage as well.