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How to Choose a VoIP Phone Service and Products including Skype and Vonage

January 3rd 2006

How to Choose a VoIP Phone Service and Products including Skype and Vonage

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Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) may be a great way to lower your phone bills.  It is definitely something you should consider if you make long distance calls.  This is what you need to know before you leave your regular phone service behind and begin the process of converting over to VOIP.

There are three ways to place a call using VOIP services.  ATA (analog telephone adapter) is the simplest and most common way users make VOIP calls.  This method allows you to connect your standard phone to your computer.  Your ATA adapter converts your phone signal to a digital signal that can be sent over the Internet.

Providers like Vonage and AT&T CallVantage are giving the adapters away free with their service.  This makes the service a turn-key operation.  Just pull the adapter out of the box, make the connections, load the software and begin making your calls. 


IP Phones have RJ-45 adapter that connects directly to your computers Ethernet connector on your router.  All of the necessary software and hardware are built right into the IP phones.  It is expected that Wi-Fi IP phones will be available to allow users to make VoIP calls from any Wi-Fi hot spot.

The third way to place VoIP calls is computer-to-computer.  All you need is a microphone, headphones or speakers, a sound card and software.  Unlike the other VoIP services, this service is absolutely free.  The drawback is that you can not call a personís phone.

You may want to consider optional features before you decide on a service or product.  Some of these features include: Caller ID, call waiting, call transfer, repeat dial, return call and three-way calling.  Some carriers may offer a call filtering service using caller ID to allow you the route calls to certain departments.  You can forward the calls to a particular number based on the caller ID.  You can give the caller a busy signal, route them to voice-mail, play a recording, or even send the caller to a funny rejection hotline.


The VoIP phone has many advantages over the regular phone service.  Greater bandwidth and digital lines allow for more calls over the same number.  Prices of the services may vary so investigate all of your options before you decide.  

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By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer

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