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How does a VoIP company offer tremendous savings to residential consumers? VoIP industry and services explained.

About the VoIP provider industry and service…

If you are considering a VoIP company service provider, you are not alone. On January 1, 2004 there were approximately 150,000 residential VoIP customers. It is estimated that by 2007 there will be over 4.5 million VoIP customers. A lot of the large Telecom companies, like AT&T, Qwest, and SBC, are creating VoIP products as we
speak. Some people say the quality of VoIP calls is not as good as traditional phone service, however the quality is much better than cellular service. On a quality scale of 100, it is our opinion that regular telephone service gets a quality rating of 99, VoIP service a 98, and cellular service an 85. Like traditional phone lines, there is no delay when speaking on a VoIP phone. Click here for a list of the most popular VoIP service providers currently available.

How does VoIP service work?

In simple terms, a VoIP service allows you to use your broadband (high-speed) connection to place telephone calls inexpensively over the Internet ( Click here  for all of the broadband carriers available in your area. Plans start at $26.95/month). You can call anyone that has a phone number. The person you are calling does NOT need to be using a VoIP provider in order for you to call them. The VoIP company provider compresses your voice into digital packets so it can easily be sent over the Internet. The digital packets are reassembled back into the conversation at the receiving end. By having the call go through the Internet, you can avoid long distance carriers completely. The quality is excellent, and the cost is only a fraction of what traditional phone companies charge. Click here for more advantages of using a VoIP service.

What Equipment do I need to be able to use a VoIP service?

There are 4 items you need to get started with VoIP Service
  1. A high-speed Internet connection. Exp.DSL/Cable, Ethernet LAN, WiFi, T-1 or T-3 lines
  2. A DSL/Cable broadband router that will allow you to split your internet connection allowing you to be on the telephone and use your computer to surf the internet at the same time. Popular router manufacturers are D-Link, Linksys, Motorola, and Netgear and can be bought at CompUSA.com or your local computer retailer for less than $30.
  3. Any regular telephone.
  4. A phone converter device (provided by the VoIP carrier).

Your equipment will be set up as follows:
Internet connection from the wall ---- > Connects to the Router------> which connects to the provided phone converter ------> which is connected to your regular telephone.

As you can see, although the technical aspect of VoIP can be quite complicated, luckily, the VoIP providers have made it as simple as Plug-and-Play. Your VoIP service will be set up within 5 minutes as soon as you receive your telephone converter in the mail.

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