If you usually speak to your parents, to family and to friends via the telephone and are getting a little tired of the money you are spending, it may be time to look into using a VoIP service instead.
Not only can you save a huge amount of money by speaking to people via VoIP, but it is also often a much more pleasant experience than is speaking on a telephone.
What is a VoIP system? — Of course, you may not actually know what a VoIP system is, which is why you may not be using one.
If you have heard of Skype, however, then you have heard of a VoIP system. VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, and simply means that you are able to use an Internet-connected device to speak to people anywhere in the world.
Skype is the most popular form of VoIP at the moment, and is the system millions of people use to speak to loved ones, business contacts, and others all around the world.
Why is VoIP so useful? — VoIP is useful, and very popular, as it is can be used on just about any Internet device.
That means whether you own a PC, an Apple computer, a mobile phone or a tablet, you can get a VoIP service connected to it in just a few minutes and then call and speak to anyone else who is connected to the same service.
As many Internet-connected devices are portable as well, this also makes VoIP very convenient as you can speak to people while you are at work, in a coffee shop, on the train, in a business meeting or anywhere else you have an Internet connection.
Using VoIP is often free — One of the major benefits to using VoIP is that many of the best VoIP providers offer it for free.
Look at Skype for instance. This is the most popular VoIP service and, unless you pay for the upgraded business access that gives you better quality video and better connectivity, using Skype for a typical VoIP call is completely free.
In fact, you can call anyone you like on Skype for as long as you like, and the company will never charge you to do so.
Many people call family and friends every week and spend hours on the call without paying one cent to connect or to speak. Imagine how much that would cost if they were to make the same calls via mobile phone or a landline.
You can see the people you are speaking to — Another wonderful benefit of a VoIP service is, depending on the service you use, you can see the people you are speaking to.
This makes it so much more pleasant to have a conversation as you get to see facial expressions, so there is far less chance of a misunderstanding occurring.
In business, this can be exceptionally helpful when it comes to being involved in business negotiations, as facial expressions are part of being able to see how well the negotiation is going.