Computers can now serve as telephones. As long as users have the necessary connections and software, your telephone can read the signals coming through the wire and transform them into digital ones so that your voice and that of your caller’s can be heard.
This technique is referred to as VoIP, which stands for “Voice Over Internet Protocol.” The advent of broadband connections and their subsequent presence in most communities is what helped to move this technology forward.
With VoIP, you can talk with someone anywhere in the world (since it comes through the Internet.) In some instances, these calls are treated as local calls; in other words, there are no long-distance charges incurred. In other cases, you may have to pay a small fee or have the service added on to your Internet bill. Your Internet provider can give you cost information.
It is possible, using certain programs, to not only talk to someone in another part of the world, but to also see that person. There are several programs that provide this service; however, both users must have the appropriate software and hardware (a video camera) installed in order to see each other.
Even being able to talk to someone via the Internet is still pretty impressive. And with the improvements and updates being made in wireless technology, it is now possible to talk with someone from just about any location. Strategically placed routers make this possible.
If all this sounds like something out of a spy movie where the hero has access to all the latest gadgets, then you need to know that it’s now a reality. It is possible to do this, and usually the cost is relatively reasonable.
Depending on your Internet provider, it may actually be cheaper to utilize VoIP than to use regular phone service (both “landline” and cell.) Again, this will vary, so you need to check with your provider concerning how much it will cost.