One of the best parts about using Internet calling is that you can reach anyone, anywhere in the world.
There are several different ways to make Internet phone calls, and your Internet calling capabilities are largely determined by what provider you choose. There are many free Internet telephone services out there on top of many paid Internet telephone services...but the real question is, "What’s the difference?" As a consumer, you want to know which providers can fully replace your home phone service, and which providers are more suited towards incidental and occasional use.
Most free Internet calling services can only call other computers (PC to PC calls). Some of the free Internet calling services can call landline phones (PC to phone calls), too, thus improving their connectivity.
Some free VoIP providers, such as iEvaphone, are available through applications on websites and some (like TutiTalk) require you to download software. A downloadable Internet phone service is probably the better of these two options, as you don’t have to visit a provider website every time you want to place a call.
No matter which type of Internet calling service you use, all free Internet calling services need a computer and Internet connection in order to function. If you don’t have a computer or you’re attempting to call someone who does not own a computer, Internet calling is probably not the best calling solution for you.
Free VoIP providers can be great if you just need to deliver a short message or you call infrequently. But if you make calls often and have conversations that last longer than five minutes, a paid provider is a better choice. View some of our Residential VoIP providers.
Please note: most free Internet calling providers cannot support 911 calls. However, if you select a paid Internet calling service, 911 is often included (listed under E911). Check with your provider on how to ensure your E911 is set up correctly.