|What is VOIP?
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a technology that allows you to make voice calls using a broadband Internet
connection instead of a regular analog phone line. There are several different VOIP services available to the
consumers. Some VoIP services may only allow you to call other people using the same service and others may
allow you to call anyone who has a telephone number including local, long distance, mobile, and international
numbers. Also, some VoIP services only work over your computer or a special VoIP phone and other services allow
you to use a traditional phone connected to a VoIP adapter.
How does VOIP work?
VoIP services convert your voice into a digital signal and carry through the Internet. If you are calling a regular
phone number, the signal is converted into a regular telephone analog signal before it reaches the destination.
What Kind of Equipment Do I Need?
• A broadband (high speed Internet) connection is required. This can be through a cable modem, or high speed
services such as DSL or a local area network.
• A computer, adaptor, or specialized phone is required. Some VoIP services only work over your computer or a
special VoIP phone, while other services allow you to use a traditional phone connected to a VoIP adapter. If you
are using your computer, you will need to need the software on your computer and install an inexpensive
microphone as well to be able to talk. Special VoIP phones plug directly into your broadband connection and
operate largely like a traditional telephone. If you use a telephone with a VoIP adapter, you'll be able to dial just as
you always have, and the service provider may also provide a dial tone.