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    Using the internet to make phone calls and faxes; easy ways to do it

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    Using the internet to make phone calls and faxes; easy ways to do it

    Voice over the internet protocol (VOIP) is starting to be all over the news. Basically if you have a dsl or cable modem high speed data line you are almost ready to make free voice calls to other people and can talk for free 24 hours/day if you want.

    To do this you need the following:

    1. dsl or cable modem high speed line otherwise your voice will sound weird
    2. headset (microphone and headphones or you can use just the speakers in your computer and just have a microphone)
    If you are old fashioned and prefer a 'telephone' here is one that I use that makes you feel like you are using a telephone but in reality it works like a headset

    http://www.sigaco.com/sg100.shtml

    You can buy them easily by going to www.ebay.com and typing in VOIP handset in the search and you'll find them ranging from $10-25 or you can go to a computer store and find a USB telephone handset like the one in the picture.

    Now you have various options of free systems to use to talk to others. Currently I use this one which I think is superb:

    http://www.google.com/talk/

    The problem is that the other person needs to use the same system to use googles but it is free, high quality and easy to use. Just get your family or friends to sign up also on google.

    But lets say you have special needs such as needing your own telephone number. An example of how neat this can be is if you have a child studying in England. Just sign up at:

    https://secure.sipgate.co.uk/user/index.php

    You are given a telephone number which can be dialed in England and it will go right to your computer.

    But let's say you want a telephone number and the ability to call others? I suggest:

    www.skype.com

    You can buy long distance minutes and call anyone in the world from your computer cheaply. You can also buy a telephone number in a few countries that will ring to your computer running Skype Skype is a very very well run company.

    Another option is:

    http://www.stanaphone.com/

    Like Skype you can use it to call long distance but you also are given a US telephone number which allows you to receive telephone calls no matter where you are located.

    If you also need a fax number or answering service (one number does both) consider:

    http://www.j2.com/jconnect/twa/page/homePagePlus

    If you just want a free fax number in the US consider:

    https://www.efax.com/en/efax/twa/signupFree

    Perhaps 25 years ago I remember people talking that the telephone and communications would become very cheap or even free. I believe that the time has come. It only takes some simple adjustments to benefit from it.

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    Great info, thank you!!!

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    Thanks , my knowledge in VIOP was limited to skype only.

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    Sometimes I have to talk to people in foreign countries .Thatused to cost me a lot of money . Internet really reduce the cost of making international calls .
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