VOIP, VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL
SUCH AS VONAGE, NET2PHONE, SKYPE, PRIMUS LINGO, TIMEWARNER, AT&T CALLVANTAGE
Consumer guide to frugal living to long distance phone services
Including telephone, cell phone, telecommunications, telecom, definitions, glossary and how-to information
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TERM: VOIP, VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL|
EXAMPLES OF SERVICES: Vonage, Net2Phone, Skype, Primus Lingo, Timewarner, ATT Callvantage
DEFINITION: This phone service uses a broadband internet connection and usually provides unlimited calling for one monthly fee.
HOW TO CALL: A standard phone must be connected to a convertor which is then connected to a high speed broad band modem.
COST: One monthly fee covers unlimited calling, although there are less expensive plans with a limited number of minutes per month. There is typically an activation fee.
BILLING/PAYMENT: You receive one monthly bill each month with a flat fee.
EXAMPLE: A major company offers unlimited calling for $24.99 a month plus a $29.99 activation fee.
COMMENTS: Voip is a new and evolving technology. The quality and clearness of the connection can vary considerably. It is movable meaning that you can carry your phone and convertor to any broadband connection and make calls. It also offers a number of digital features such as viewing your voice messages almost like email and allowing friends, say from your old home area, to call you as though it were a local call.
Voip service is not yet very portable as you will have to find a broadband connection to plug into.
A better choice for price and portability may be a prepaid long distance service which can be used from any phone, anywhere, anytime in the USA for a flat 2.9 cents a minute. The quality of the connection is excellent and unless you talk every month over about 15 hours you will pay more.