VOIP is a word you will hear more and more in the future. It stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. This technology is poised to change the way we communicate. It takes ordinary analog voice signals and turns them into digital ones. These 1’s and 0’s can then easily be transferred over the Internet.

You may not be aware, VOIP has been around a while. If you have a computer connected to the Internet, chances are you have VOIP. Almost every chat program, such as Skype, ICQ, etc., have VOIP built into their programs. Some, like Skype were built around VOIP for communication over the Internet.

So what is so great about VOIP?

  1. Cost: If you have a computer and a high speed Internet connection you can call virtually anywhere in the world for free. You are already paying for an Internet connection. Why pay for telephone service too.

  2. Ease of use: You do not have to buy new phones to use VOIP. You can simply plug in an adapter into your USB port, install software, and start talking. You can also just use your computer sound card and your microphone to communicate. It really is very easy.

  3. Portability: You can use VOIP anywhere you have an internet connection. This is a major advantage. This ability can save the business community, or traveling salesman considerable money. This economic advantage has made Voice Over IP a big hit in the corporate world.

VOIP offers the ability to save money and talk to anyone in the world. There are little or no long distance charges when using VOIP technology. There are many programs that you can utilize with VOIP to make calls with your computer. Skype is the most popular for PC and Mac.

VOIP should be important to you because it is the future of telecommunications.