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5. Networking > 58. VoIP Hacks

VoIP Hacks

The Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) lets you make phone calls over the Internet for less money than the normal phone system. But VoIP services can sometimes be flaky. Here’s a grab bag of hacks for getting more out of your VoIP service.

VoIP technology has been around for several years, but only recently has it begun to take off and be available directly to consumers. With a VoIP service, you pay a monthly fee, just as you do to your normal telephone provider, and you get services such as call waiting, caller ID, and similar features. Typically, VoIP phone plans are less expensive than traditional phone plans, and they’re often much less expensive for when you make overseas calls. They also offer low-priced “all-you-can-eat” plans for making phone calls in the U.S. They require that you have a broadband Internet connection such as a DSL modem or cable modem because lower-speed service doesn’t have a high enough bandwidth to deliver good enough voice quality.


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