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Voice Over IP: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
7 Ways to Make Calls Without Paying a Cent
How To Make Completely Free Phone Calls To Any Phone Worldwide - Here is a list of things you can do to make calls to any phone, be it mobile or fixed, anywhere in the world for free, without paying a dime, and without being limited by accessibility.
Skype vs. Viber: Which is Better?
Skype vs. Viber: Which is Better? Comparison Between Skype and Viber Apps for Smartphones
Free SIP Providers
Free SIP Providers - Having a free SIP account is a great way of making free calls on the Internet. You only need to choose a SIP provider that gives you a SIP account for free. There are many of these. Here is my list.
Circuit Switching vs. Packet Switching
Difference between circuit switching and packet switching. What are switching and routing, and what are packets? Learn how packet switching makes VoIP better.
What is an IP Address Anyway?
IP Addresses - What is an IP address and how does it work? An IP address is a unique address used to locate and identify a device over a network. That device can be an electronic device, a computer, a server, a router or even an IP phone. It is the addressing used for the transmission of data packets over a network working with the IP protocol.
Pros and Cons of the Tango VoIP App
Tango is a free service that allows you to send free text messages, make free voice calls and make free video calls to your friends via your Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G network, using your PC or iOS and Android mobile device.
Anonymous/Virtual Phone Numbers
Annonymous Phone Numbers - Virtual Phone Numbers - Freaked to give out your real phone number? Here is a list of free and paid services that allow you to make and receive phone calls without giving out your real phone number. These services will give you a fake phone number that you could give here and there and even publish on the net, and never fear spamming again.
Thinking of Using Viber for Free Calls and...
Viber – Allows Free Calls and Group Messaging Using Your Mobile Number, without needing to register. It is available for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.
3G Technology - What Is 3G?
3G is a popular wireless network technology used mainly with mobile phones for mobile connectivity. In this article, 3G is defined and presented in both technical and practical ways. 3G has become very popular, especially with multimedia transfer to and from mobile phones and handsets. 3G also allows mobile users to make cheap and free calls using VoIP technology.
VoIP - What is VoIP?
VoIP - Also called Internet Telephony, VoIP (short for voice over IP) uses the Internet and other IP networks to make phone calls. VoIP allows you to make calls locally and internationally for very cheap and often for free. Besides the cost benefits, VoIP also offers a wide range of additional features that spice up your communication experience.
Want to Make Free Calls? Install Viber for...
Instructions on how to install and set up Viber on your Android and iPhone and make optimum use of it.
How to Connect a Bluetooth Headset to Your...
Here is a walkthrough of how to connect a Bluetooth headset to a mobile phone. I will be using a Jabra BT2035 as Bluetooth headset and a Samsung Galaxy Ace Android phone for the process. Don’t worry if you have different makes and models of the headset or of the phone, or if you have earlier or cheaper models, the functionalities are more or less the same, and some minor improvisations and inferences will get the job done. What you need is simple a Bluetooth headset and a mobile phone that has Bluetooth support.
Want to Get a Free Phone Number? Here's How
How to Get a Free Phone Number? Normally, you get a phone number only when you pay for a phone or VoIP service. The number comes with the service. There are a bunch of services out there that give you a free phone number, often in a package with a lot on interesting features. Here are some ways you can get a free phone number
Top VoIP Apps For iOS 7 2013
The top VoIP apps for making free and cheap voice and video calls on iOS 7 - year 2013.
How To Obtain a SIP Account
How To Obtain a SIP Account - SIP is a protocol that gives you a unique identification (a SIP number or address) on the Internet that you can use as a phone number or email address to make and receive voice calls for free to any other SIP user worldwide, or for cheap to any other landline or mobile user. Here is how you can get a SIP account.
VoIP Service
Tuitalk is a voice service that allows users to make completely free international calls to any phone,
How to Download Skype on Any Machine
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Reasons for Choosing Voice over IP - VoIP...
VoIP Pros - Why should you use VoIP? What are its advantages and how does it make voice communication better than regular PSTN phone? Here is a list of advantages and benefits of using Voice over IP.
Free SIP Softphone Apps
Free SIP Softphone Apps - Having a SIP account gives you a lot of freedom to communicate through VoIP. Among the benefits is the ability to make and receive free phone calls to other SIP users worldwide, and to be able to use a softphone software of your choice, without being tied to what one VoIP service provider offers. But which are the best free SIP softphone apps and where to get them from? Here is my list
Apps for Free Text Messaging
Apps that you can install on your iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Nokia device to send and receive free text SMS messages.
How to Use Skype on Your Android Device
If you want to install and use Skype on your Android phone or tablet, here is what you need to know. Skype for Android is a must for some and a simple way of saving money on cheap calls for others. Skype for Android offers free video calling with great quality.
WhatsApp – Free SMS Messenger
WhatsApp is a free app that allows you to send and receive SMS and MMS messages free to your contacts using your mobile phone. WhatsApp works on Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phonoe and Nokia.
How Many Mega Bytes for One Minute of...
How much data do I need to count for my voice calls through VoIP while estimating my mobile data usage?
Top 5 Wireless IP Phones
Top 5 Wireless IP Phones - Wireless IP phones are becoming very popular within VoIP networks due to the fact that they allow mobility and scalibility. Here is my top list.
How Can I Make Free Skype Calls On My Mobile...
Free Skype Mobile Calls - Here are ways in which you can make completely free calls on your mobile phone using Skype, to call people locally or internationally. Skype is not that much enhanced for mobile calling, but its popularity requires it to be mobile for so many people.
Apps for Free Video Chat on Your Computer
Apps and services that allow you to make free video chat sessions on your computer running either Windows, Mac or Linux.
Looking for a New VoIP Provider? Here Are the...
VoIP Service Providers - Most households and small businesses wanting to replace their existing phone lines with VoIP choose among the residential subscription-based service providers. Here is a list of the top service providers of this type.
How to Make Voice and Video Calls in GMail and...
How to Make Voice and Video Calls in GMail and Google+ - Just like with Skype, Yahoo! Messenger and many other tools using VoIP technology for communication, Google has its tool for making voice and video chatting. You can use it embedded within your browser while being logged into your GMail or Google+ account.
Google Voice Review
Google Voice Review - Google Voice is a phone service that gives you a number to call all your phones. It also gives you voicemail transcription into text, plus many other features. Local incoming and outgoing calls are free, and international calls are very cheap. Here is a review of the service.
What is Skype?
What is Skype? With more than 340 million registered users, Skype is the most popular voice communication service in the world. Skype can be used on a computer to communicate (call) with a person locally or abroad for free.
Mean Opinion Score (MOS) - A Measure Of Voice...
Mean Opinion Score (MOS) - Mean Opinion Score (MOS) gives a numerical indication of the perceived quality of the media received after being transmitted and eventually compressed using codecs. MOS is expressed in one number, from 1 to 5, 1 being the worst and 5 the best.
VoIP Cons - VoIP Problems and Pitfalls
VoIP Cons are an issue, although VoIP has great pros. While VoIP's benefits outnumber its disadvantages, you should be aware of the VoIP pitfalls as a user, so that you have a better VoIP experience.
Three Ways of Making a VoIP Connection
There are three ways in which you can make a VoIP connection: Computer to computer, phone to phone and computer to phone or vice-versa. Let's see these in more details.
Data Usage Monitor Apps for Your iPhone and iPad
Here are ways in which you can monitor your 3G and Wi-Fi data usage on your iPhone, iPad and iPod. There are apps that you can download from the Apple App Store or use simpler ways. This finally allows you to better use your data plan and avoid costs above what you expected.
Want to Install Skype on Android? Here's How
Installing Skype on Android is notmally easy and straightforward if you have a listed device, but it can be a challenge otherwise. Here are three ways which you can download and install the app.
VoIP and Bandwidth - How Much Bandwidth Do I...
Bandwidth determines connection speed. It is one of the most important, and in some cases, the most expensive requirements for using VoIP. There are different types of Internet connections giving VoIP bandwidth; which one should you use?
KakaoTalk Review – Free Calls and SMS
KakaoTalk is a VoIP service with more than 50 million users that allows you to make free calls and participate in free SMS group messaging with any user in the world using the same app.
What Affects Voice Quality in VoIP Calls
Voice Quality in VoIP - There are a number of factors that directly affect VoIP voice quality, namely bandwidth, your equipment, the location of your hardware, weather conditions and compression algorithms. Here is how you can try and get decent VoIP voice quality.
VoIP for the iPhone - Services and Applications
VoIP for the iPhone - VoIP Services And Applications for the iPhone - Here are ways for iPhone users to make free or cheap phones calls to any place around the world using their iPhones. The listed VoIP applications and services are compatible with and specifically designed for the iPhone.
What is SIP and What is it Good For?
SIP allows people around the world to communicate using their computers and mobile devices over the Internet. It is an important part of Internet Telephony and allows you to harness the benefits of VoIP (voice over IP) and have a rich communication experience. But the most interesting benefit we derive from SIP is the cutting down of communication costs. Calls (voice or video) between SIP users are free, worldwide
Apps for SIP on Android
Here is a list of apps that allow you to use SIP on Android. They are clients that can be downloaded and installed from Google Play and configured with any free SIP service, for free VoIP calls.
Making Free Calls on The iPad
Making Free Calls on The iPad - If you are one of the users of Apple's iPad, then you want to make the most of the investments you have made on your iPad. Using VoIP on your iPad can make you save a lot of money and save you from using your expensive GSM minutes to make calls. You can use the iPad to make free local and international calls just like you would using a simple computer with an Internet connection, because the iPad has something of both a computer and a phone.
Everything You Need to Know to Get Free Text...
You want to be able to send and received free text messages and sms on your android, iphone, blackberry, windows phone or nokia smartphone? Here is what you need.
Making Free Calls on iOS with FaceTime Audio
How to make free voice calls worldwide on FaceTime Audio with the new iOS 7 on your iPhone and iPad. Requirements, setting up and making calls.
What is Nimbuzz?
What is Nimbuzz? Nimbuzz is a web messenger app based on VoIP that allows users to make free voice calls and chat, and cheap voice calls to any destination worldwide. It also has other features, but no support for video so far.
Recording VoIP Phone Calls
Thanks to VoIP call-recording tools, you record your phone calls and conversations and save them for later use. While this can be trivial for personal use, it does have great managerial value for businesses.
VoiP Codecs
Here is a list of the most common codecs used in VoIP for voice encoding and compression, with comments.
Phonebooth Free - Free Local Phone Number That...
Phonebooth Free Review - Phonebooth Free service offers a free phone number for your area that you channel incoming calls to different phones, fixed and mobile. It poses as a serious alternative to Google Voice, and also offers a paid upgrade for outgoing calls. The Phonebooth Free service is offered by Bandwidth.com, which is a major player on the VoIP market. The features offered for free is comparable to Google Voice and its paid rates are around the market’s average.
Learn How to Make Cheap, or Even Free VoIP...
VoIP on BlackBerry - VoIP allows you to power up your BlackBerry device to make cheap or free calls, both local and international. Plus it gives you lots of features that you wouldn't get with your cellular provider.
What is OTT?
What is OTT? Also known as over-the-top service, OTT is making many happy consumers, especially in the field of Internet TV and telecommunications. VoIP and video conferencing and services that people use above the network of service providers, without the latter being in control or deriving any benefit from it.
Top 5 VoIP Wireless Routers
Top 5 VoIP Wireless Routers - VoIP wireless routers are used for linking wireless LANs to the Internet. They are also called gateways, and they enclose a lot of functionalities. Once you have it working, you can connect any wireless device like IP Phones or even computers to it through Wi-Fi connections. The routers in this list have been chose based on their popularity, performance, ease of use, features and scalability.
LINE – Free Mobile Calls and Messages
LINE allows free voice calls and free messages over your Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry devices, but also on your Windows and Mac computer. It also offers a lot of other features. it has a huge userbase. Read review.
How To Send Fax over IP
How To Send Fax over IP - Here are ways you can send and receive fax messages over an IP network and the Internet. IP faxing allows you to send fax messages locally and internationally for cheap and at times for free, and has many other advantages.
What is a Data Plan?
What is a data plan? In this article, we define a data plan and see how and who it can help, what does it cost and what are its pre-requisites. We also look at how to best use a data plan so that one can make the most of it without paying too much.
Top Video Conferencing Applications and Services
video conferencing - Video calls and video conferencing considerably enhance your communication experience. Video conferencing is now affordable for everyone, with very little investment on hardware. It requires only a webcam and headset. Many applications and services are free.
The ATA, Its Features and Functions
What is an ATA? Learn about Analog Telephone Adapters and their functions and features, and how they are used to make VoIP connections.
IP - The Internet Protocol
IP Protocol - What is the Internet Protocol (IP) and how it works. This article talks about the protocol, IP routing, voice and IP, the TCP/IP protocol suite, IP packets and IP addresses.
Using VoIP on the Samsung Galaxy Tab
Using VoIP on the Samsung Galaxy Tab to make free calls or cheap calls. A list of VoIP applications and services that support the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Turn Your iPad into a Phone
Turn Your iPad into a Phone - Power your iPad with VoIP and use it as a phone to make and receive free and cheap voice calls.
Software-Based VoIP Services And Applications
VoIP Software - Software-based VoIP providers often provide softphones, which are applications software that act as a phone on your computer, along with their service. Skype is an example. Here is a list of the common softphones and services, with lots of alternative to Skype
What is a SIP Address?
SIP is used to make calls over the Internet and other IP networks. A SIP address is a unique identifier for each user on the network, just like a phone number identifies each user on the global phone network, or an email address. It is also known as a SIP URI or a SIP profile
What is Softphone?
Softphone is software that allows you to make phone calls using a computer. It is a term used in contrast with hardware-based phone calling where dedicated hardware is used for making calls.
Alternatives to Viber
Alternatives to Viber - IM and VoIP Apps for Smartphones
Fongo Review - Canada VoIP Service
Fongo review - VoIP service for Canadians
Gmail Calling Review – Google Internation...
Gmail Calling Review – Google now offers the possibility of making and receiving international calls for cheap and free. Standing as a competitor for Skype by offering similar services, Google Calling allows people to make free PC-to-PC calls and cheap calls (as low as 2 cents per minute for some destinations) to and from mobile and landline phones. 2 cents per minute is not the cheapest on the market, but is among the cheapest, and it definitely cheaper than Skype.
Gizmo - Free VoIP Calls to 60 Countries
Gizmo allows you to make free calls to landline and mobiles phones to 60 countries, and offers free voicemail service. It presents itself as a serious competitor to Skype.
Skype on BlackBerry – How to Use Skype on...
Skype on BlackBerry - Blackberry devices are good candidates for making the most of wireless/mobile VoIP, in view of saving on cost and enhancing communications with additional features. BlackBerry users haven’t been happy with Skype so far; there is no full-fledged Skype client for BlackBerry. So here are a few other ways you can use the service on your BlackBerry machine.
What Does 4G LTE Mean Anyway?
LTE Glossary - What is LTE? LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and is a new 4G wireless broadband standard. LTE is still in its early days, but the advantages it proposes over existing wireless mobile standards like 3G, WiMAX and GSM making an interesting enhancement if not replacement for these.
MagicJack VoIP Service Review
MagicJack is a small device that allows you to make unlimited free calls, without paying monthly bills. You can just plug it to your computer on one side and your regular home phone on the other side and start making and receiving phone calls.
IM and VoIP Apps That Use Your Phone Number to...
IM and VoIP Apps That Use Your Phone Number to Register - No Username and Password, No Login and Logout
iNum - A Worldwide Phone Number To Ring Your...
iNum - iNum is a service that provides a global phone number that can be used to ring on your phone anywhere you are in the world. In other words, it transcends boundaries and distances, thereby eliminating the worries of area codes and expensive rates.
Reasons for Choosing Voice over IP
Why should you use VoIP? What are its advantages and how does it make voice communication better than regular PSTN phone? Here is a list of advantages and benefits of using Voice over IP. Page 2.
How to Make HD Skype Video Calls
How to Make HD Skype Video Calls
VoIP Hardware Equipment - Common VoIP Hardware...
VoIP Hardware Equipment - Here is a list of the most common hardware equipment you will use for VoIP: Phone Adapters (ATA), Routers, IP Phones, Headsets and Handsets.
How to Obtain a Phone Number That Rings...
How to Obtain a Phone Number that Rings Multiple Phones - Here is a list of services that give you a phone number that rings multiple phones on incoming calls.
Want to Save Money on Mobile Communication? See...
VoIP for Mobile Phones - If you intend to considerably cut down the cost of your mobile calls, here is a list of VoIP services that can allow you to save up to 95% on mobile communication. Part of some services are even free.
Is Skype a VoIP Service or VoIP App?
Is Skype a VoIP Service or VoIP App? Before answering this question, let us see what both VoIP Service and VoIP App mean.
Skype for the iPad and iPhone
Skype for the iPad and iPhone - How to install and use Skype on the iPad and the iPhone. A step by step guide.
SIP Profile
The Session Initiation Protocol is complementary with VoIP since it provides signaling functions to it. Apart from VoIP, it is used in other multimedia technologies as well, like online games, video and other services. SIP provides the necessary signaling for creating, modifying and terminating sessions with one or more communicating participants.
VoxOx Review - An Application To Unify All Your...
VoxOx is an application that allows you to do voice calling, video conferencing, emailing, instant messaging, texting, social networking and faxing in one same application. It also acts as a VoIP softphone.
Unified Communications - What Is It?
Unified Communications - Unified communications (UC) is a new technological architecture whereby communication tools are integrated so that both businesses and individuals can manage all their communications in one entity instead of separately. In short, unified communications bridges the gap between VoIP and other computer related communication technologies.
Viber 4.0 Updates – Viber Out and Voice...
Viber's new udpated to version 4.0 comes with new features likes calling to landline and mobiles not using Viber, more stickers, push to talk, improved performance etc.
Making a Conference Call With Google Voice
Making a Conference Call With Google Voice
Top 4 Phone Adapters (ATAs)
Top 4 Phone Adapters (ATAs) - An ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) is a device which makes the link between a PSTN phone line and your VoIP network. You should have one if you don't want to buy expensive IP phones. ATAs are connected to the ADSL router on one side and to your phone on the other. Here is my top list of ATAs.
How Much Bandwidth is Required for Skype HD...
How Much Bandwidth is Required for Skype HD Video Call?
What is IPv6?
IPv6/IPng - IPv6 is a new and improved version of the IP protocol. In this article, you will learn what IP is, what its limitation is, and how this has led to the creation of IPv6, of which there is also a brief description.
What is a Data Packet?
A data packet is a basic unit of communication over a digital network. A packet is also called a datagram, a segment, a block, a cell or a frame, depending on the protocol. When data has to be transmitted, it is broken down into similar structures of data, which are reassembled to the original data chunk once they reach their destination.
How To Configure a SIP Softphone App
How To Configure a SIP Softphone App - You can use a SIP-based VoIP softphone app to make and receive voice calls without being tied to one specific service provider. For that, you just need a SIP account and the softphone app installed on your computer. Here is how you can configure the whole to get going with the VoIP calls. The steps will be quite general, X-Lite taken as example.
Using Your 3G Mobile Phone to Make Free And...
You can use your 3G mobile phone to make free or very cheap phone calls to any destination worldwide using VoIP applications and services.
Truphone Review
Truphone review - Truphone is a mobile VoIP service that, through a free application that is installed on a mobile phone, allows users to make free or cheap local and international calls from their mobile phones. The main target users of Truphone are iPhone and BlackBerry users, while it also aims at those using high-end business phones or smart phones.
Everything You Need to Know about Getting...
Getting a VoIP Phone Number - You need a phone number to be able to make and receive calls to and from a fixed or mobile phone. Most people switching to VoIP want to keep their existing numbers, thus raising the issue or phone number portability.
VoIP Service - Choosing the Right VoIP Service
VoIP Service - Before choosing a VoIP service, you have to decide which type suits you best. Choosing the right VoIP service allows you to derive the maximum benefits. The type of VoIP service you choose will depend on how you will communicate - at home, in the office, with your mobile or on your computer.
What is a DECT Phone?
What is a DECT phone? DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology. In simple words, a DECT phone is a cordless phone that works with your landline phone line. It is the type of phone set that allows you to roam in the house or in the office while you talk. While a DECT phone is technically a mobile phone, we don’t use this term for it, as the nature of a mobile phone and a DECT phone are basically quite different.
What is The Difference Between VoIP and IP...
VoIP vs. IP Telephony - Most people use the terms ‘Voice over IP’ (VoIP) and ‘IP Telephony’ interchangeably, equating one to the other. What’s the difference between the two, if there is any?
Ooma Review- Free Phone Calls, No Monthly Bills
ooma Review - Ooma is a VOiP service that allows completely free calls to all users, landline and mobile, to the US and Canada, and very cheap international calls. ooma rids you of monthly bills. You just have to buy the device once off and you never pay after that for making calls.
What is Latency?
What is latency and how can it affect voice quality in VoIP? Latency is the time between the moment a voice packet is transmitted and the moment it reaches its destination. It of course leads to delay and finally to echo. It is caused by slow network links. This is what leads to echo.
Using VoIP on Android Phones
VoIP on Android - Android is an operating system specially adapted for mobile phones and handsets launched by Google. If you are using a phone running Android, like the Nexus One, the HTC Hero, the Samsung Galaxy, to name but a few, you can take advantage of the power of VoIP to make free or cheap calls on your mobile. Here are the services and applications you can choose from.
Security Threats In VoIP
Security Issues in VoIP. While VoIP has become one of the mainstream communication technologies, VoIP users face a series of security threats. Let us see these security issues.
Mobile VoIP Services
You can make calls on VoIP through your mobile phone, allowing you to cut down on your mobile communication costs.
Is Your Phone Number Portable?
VoIP Phone Number Portability - One of the main questions you have to ask yourself before deciding whether to port your number or not is whether the number is actually portable.
How To Save Money On Phone Calls
Here are ways you can save a lot of money by cutting down your communication costs with VoIP. This article shows you ways to make free or very cheap local and international phone calls with IP telephony.
Voxofon Review – Cheap International...
Voxofon is one of the many phone services that offer the possibility of making international calls using mobile phones for very cheap, compared to the high rates of pure GSM and other traditional services. Calls are initiated using GSM network and the rest is handed over to VoIP.
Fring - Free Mobile VoIP Calls
Fring is a VoIP application and service that allows free mobile phone calls, chat and instant messaging. It is a softphone that can be directly installed on a smart phone and works on 3G, GPRS or Wi-Fi network.
Turning Your iPod Touch Into A Phone
Here is how you can turn your Apple iPod Touch into a mobile phone and make free or cheap local and international calls on it.
Can I Keep My Existing Phone Number While Using...
Phone Number Portability With VoIP - Will My VoIP Service Provider Allow Me to Keep my Existing Phone Number? Yes, and in some cases, No. It depends on the company.
Free Home Camera Surveillance System
Free Home Camera Surveillance System - How to build your own home camera surveillance system at home using Skype's free video calling and hardware that you already have.
What is Ethernet?
What is Ethernet? Ethernet is the protocol that controls data transmission over a Local Area Network. It is by far the most popular and most commonly used protocol for LANs.
WeChat Review
WeChat Review - Mobile Communication App Loaded With Features - high quality free voice and video calls, free emoticons, group chatting, social networking etc.
The Functions of a PBX
PBX - A PBX (Private Branch Exchange) is a switch station for telephone systems. It consists mainly of several branches of telephone systems and it switches connections to and from them, thereby linking phone lines.

The main technical roles of a PBX are: To switch between telephone users thereby creating connections; To make sure the connection remains in place properly by keeping its resources; To record the quantities, statistics and metering related to the calls

What is Visual Voicemail?
Visual Voicemail - Visual Voicemail explained. With visual voicemail, you have a list of the voicemail messages displayed on your phone’s screen or that of your computer. You also have a menu with several options, just like for email. The options allow you to navigate, arrange, manage, listen, re-listen, delete, call back, send back a message etc
How Google Voice Works?
How Google Voice Works? Is it a VoIP service like Skype? Google Voice is not a VoIP application or service, but leverages on VoIP technology to make calls cheap. It also aims at unifying communications.
What Are the Requirements For Being Able to...
Even though broadband is recommended for high quality voice, a simple dial-up connection of around 64 kbps will work for voice calls.
Gmail Voice and Video Chat
Gmail Voice and Video Chat Plug-in for Voice and Video Chat in Your Browser
WiFi – WiFi Explained
WiFi is also referred to as WLAN, which stands for wireless LAN, and 802.11, which is the technical code for the protocol. Learn more here.
IP Routing
IP Routing - Routing is the process during which data packets are forwarded from one machine or device (technically referred to as a node) to another on a network until they reach their destinations.
Personal Tools For Recording VoIP Calls
VoIP Call Recording - Here is a list of some of the most common software tools you can use to record your VoIP calls for your individual use.
Quality of Service - QoS and VoIP
QoS and VoIP - Quality of Service is an important issue in VoIP service provision. QoS is the differentiation between different types of traffic and classes of service such that one is favored over the other in terms of bandwidth utilization. In VoIP, QoS considerations favor voice traffic.
The SkypeOut Service
If you want to phone someone from your Skype softphone using your computer, you can do so using SkypeOut, which allows you to make phone calls to just anyone with a PSTN phone or cell phone, and not just a Skype softphone user.
Top Connection Speed Tests
Online Speed Tests - Not all online bandwidth speed tests are good and accurate, but there are some that stand out. Here is my list of preferred online connection speed tests.
What is a PBX?
What is PBX? PBX stands for Private Branch Exchange. It is a PSTN telephone network used within a private enterprise. Users inside a PBX share outside lines which they use to make phone calls external to the PBX. A PBX specifically made for VoIP is called an IP-PBX. Asterisk is a good open-source PBX software.
UMA Explained
UMA stands for Unlicensed Mobile Access. It is a wireless technology that allows seamless transition between wireless WANS (e.g. GSM, 3G, EDGE, GPRS, etc.) and wireless LAN (e.g. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth). This means that a user can initiate a call over GSM, for example, and the calls switches from the GSM network to the office’s Wi-Fi network once the user walks into range. And vice-versa.
ChatON vs. WhatsApp
Compare Voice Over IP (VoIP) applications ChatON and WhatsApp to see which has the features and services you require.
Software Based VoIP Services
Software Based VoIP Services allow users to make free calls to other people using the same service on their computers to any destination in the world. The calls are make through an application called a softphone installed on a computer or portable device. Read more here on this kind of VoIP service.
How Does VoIP Allow Calls Between IP Networks...
How Does VoIP Allow Calls Between IP Networks And PSTN? VoIP works on IP networks and the PSTN uses landline networks with phone numbers.
Running VoIP on a Wireless LAN
Wireless VoIP is the deployment of VoIP over a wireless LAN, using the Wi-Fi technology. It has got the great advantage of mobility, but suffers form someo shortcomings as well.
Conference Call Problems and How to Address Them
Audio conferences carry a certain nunmber of problems that have to be dealt with in order to have effective conferences. Here is a list of those and how to remedy them.
Estimate Your Data Usage – Data Calculators
Data calculators are here to help you estimate how much data you need for your mobile and broadband data plan.
Using WiMAX Technology
Using WiMAX Technology - WiMAX is a wireless technology for wide area networks that offers Internet connectivity for large areas. In this article, we explore WiMAX considering its requirements, performance and cost.
IP Phones - Special Phones for VoIP
IP Phones - There exist a number of phones which are designed specially to be used for VoIP. We normally call them VoIP Phones, IP Phones or SIP phones. These phones very much resemble a normal POTS phone, but they are equipped with an internal ATA.
What is PSTN?
What is PSTN? Public Switched Telephone Network
Before Installing Skype App on Your Smartphone:...
Your mobile communication cost can be cut down using Skype's new mobile phone service. You can just download and install the softphone application on your 3G or WiFi mobile phone or handset and register for free. You can communicate for free with other Skype users or pay cheap international rates for users of landline or mobile phone networks.
Connection Speed Tests
Online Connection Speed Tests - Bandwidth meters give you an idea of how suitable your connection is for a certain task online, e.g. voice over IP. Let us see how they work, whether they are accurate, how to interpret their results, what factors affect these, and which speed tests to use.
Integrating Skype Into MS Outlook
Integrating Skype in MS Outlook - It is very convenient to just click on a contact's name or any personal information about them in their email messages or contact details to call them. And the call can be free. This can be achieved by integrating a VoIP softphone service like Skype into your MS Outlook email client. Here are ways in which you can achieve that.
MO-Call Mobile VoIP Service Review
MO-Call Mobile VoIP Service Review - MO-Call is a VoIP service that allows you to use your mobile phone to make cheap or free international calls using your GSM network. You can use MO-Call VoIP service on over 2000 mobile models, including the popular iPhone 4, iPhones upgraded to the iOS 4, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian platforms.
Device Based VoIP Services
Device Based VoIP services are good for people who don't want to get bothered with monthly bills. You buy a piece of hardware and you make free calls ever after.
Ooma - What is ooma?
ooma - ooma allows you to make free unlimited free nationwide calls for free. ooma is one of the no-monthly bill companies, with which you only buy a device once and use it to make free phone calls ever after. Read more on the ooma device and the ooma service here.
OpenTok – Build Your Own Free Video Chat...
OpenTok was formerly TokBox. It allows you to build Your Own Free Video Chat App and Host Video Conferencing Sessions of Up to 1000 Participants on Your Web Site.
What is a Router
A router is a device in computer networking that forwards data packets to their destinations, based on their addresses. A router can also be said to do switching, but a router is different from a switch. The latter is simply a device to connect machines to form a LAN.
What Google Voice Cannot Do
What limitations does Google Voice have, it isn't and what it cannot do for me?
The Beginner's Guide to Wi-Fi Hotspots
Hotspot - A hotspot is a small area that gives wireless Internet access through WiFi. WiFi (also written Wi-Fi) is a wireless technology that allows LANs to be set up without wires between devices. So to have a hotspot, you only need to have a wireless router connected to a broadband Internet line. The router will generate the WiFi signals in a sphere and any WiFi-enabled computer or device in that sphere, which is finally the region of the hotspot, can connect while being inside it.
What is Android?
What is Android? Android is an operating system for mobile phones and tablet PCs. It is owned by Google and stands as a serious competitor to Apple's iPhone. Android is becoming more popular due to the fact that it is more open and runs on hardware built by many different manufacturers including Samsung, Morotola and HTC. Also, due to its open nature, there are tens of thousands apps to be downloaded and installed from the Android Market.
VoIP Features - Abundant and Useful
VoIP offers an abundant amount of interesting, useful and enhanced features, many of which come free with service packages from VoIP service providers. Which feature you want to include in your VoIP service package will depend on your communication needs. Here is a list of VoIP features you can get with your service provider.
Yahoo Voice Review - Yahoo Messenger's Voice...
Yahoo Voice Review - Yahoo Voice is part of the very popular Yahoo Messenger IM application and service, and as its name implies, it allows you to phone people worldwide either through PC-to-PC calls or PC-to-phone calls. Yahoo Voice uses VoIP technology and the outward calling part is handled by its partner Jajah. Its strong points are its great popularity, openness with community chatting and its cheap rates for PC-to-Phone calling.
Have I Got 911?
911 - Does your VoIP service allow you to make emergency calls like the 911? Here is what you can do to make sure you can make these calls any time.
Use Skype as Your Home Phone
You can use Skype as your home phone, or as a side service, in case your monthly bill from your traditional phone service becomes alarming. Skype's monthly subscription for local phones is interesting enough to try.
Viber for Windows and Mac
Viber for Windows and Mac - desktop and laptop computer
VoIPStunt - Software-Based VoIP Provider
VoipStunt is an international VoIP service based in Germany. It works in a manner similar to Skype, in that it has a softphone application installable on a computer, and a service which can be obtained online. VoIPStunt has gained some popularity lately among softphone users due to its free calls to PSTN (landline) phones over some common destinations. There is a list of countries to which you can call free, according to www.voipstunt.com, but how free is free? Can it be better than Skype?
Paltalk - Voice and Video Chat Tool and Messenger
Paltalk is an instant messenger app that has great features like video conferencing for up to 10 persons and thousands of chat rooms, but you have to bear with its advertisements. You can also make VoIP calls and chat in text mode.
Wondering What a Protocol Is? Here's the Answer
What is a protocol? Examples of protocols.
Groove IP - Free Calls Within US and Canada on...
Use Groove IP to make your Android device a free communication center. Use Google Voice and GMail calling to make and receive free calls on your Android device using Grove IP, over a Wi-Fi connection.

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