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Telephony and VoIP Guide

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/28/2007 | Internet
Who would ever imagine that Graham Bell's invention would one day be on
computers networked all over the world. VoIP or Voice over Internet
Protocol as the name suggests, uses the Internet to call anyone of your
friends in any part of the world.

What makes this technology appealing is the cost. VoIP is a cheap
alternative to complex phone systems that you have never really fully
understood. How many times have you looked at your phone bill and just
shrugged off the number of calls charged to you. VoIP is a good
alternative for small businesses and offices that want the most out of
one kind of savings.

So what do you need to look out for when applying for a VoIP
service especially for those who are not technologically savvy? Here
are some helpful tips that you can consider when looking for a provider
that offers a cheap but reliable service.

Compare the price range from various providers first. There is
nothing like doing your preliminary homework. Make sure that you are
choosing from trustworthy and tested providers.

Always look carefully into the inclusion of hidden charges and if
there is a payment for termination of service and/or activation of

Ask if they offer e911 emergency service and find out how you can apply for the service.

Do not sign up for a provider that requires you to have an entirely
new phone system. The reason for getting VoIP in the first place is to
save some money.

Check online about the VoIP company background and business tenure. Check if theyve had complaints about their service.

Try using service providers that have already established a mass appeal.

You should look closely at what you need for yourself and your
family. If you are the kind of person that makes a lot of calls to
other countries, then you should look for a package that offers really
cheap international rates. If you get the bulk of your personal calls
from just one city, look for a package that will provide you with your
own phone number that people can call you with also at local rates.

When you have finished making your checklist and have looked into
all the factors, you will suddenly realize that you managed to find the
cheapest and most appropriate VoIP provider who can offer you the
maximum number of services at the minimum rates that you want.