For many people around the world the days of paying exorbitant long distance rates are over. That is because millions of broadband Internet users are discovering that they can maximize their Ethernet connection by adding Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony to their regular Internet service. VoIP allows people to send long distance calls over the Internet, bypassing regular public telephone lines and saving up to 80 percent on long distance charges. VoIP works by instantly taking the words you say into the telephone and compressing them into voice data packets, which are then sent over the Internet to the person you are calling. All you need to get started with home VoIP service is a broadband Internet connection (either cable or DSL) and a telephone VoIP adapter from a VoIP service provider.
Home VoIP service holds a number of advantages over standard public telephone service (called Public Service Telephone Network, or PSTN), with the first being cost. There are many home VoIP service providers out there, and all of them are competing to attract new customers. This competition, when coupled with the fact that VoIP is exempt from most of the taxes and levies that PSTN providers must pay, means that a VoIP account is significantly cheaper than a local PSTN account. In addition, by using VoIP you are adding value to a service (broadband Internet) that you were already paying for.
Finally, home VoIP providers have international long distance rates that leave PSTN long distance providers weak with envy, and almost all home VoIP calling plans feature free calling within Canada and the U.S., meaning you can contact all of your friends and family in North America anytime you want, for as long as you want (depending on the plan you choose), completely free - all at a price less than you are now paying for telephone service on PSTN.
Home VoIP service does not just help with outgoing calls. Home VoIP has the novel features phone users have come to love: caller ID, call waiting, three-way calling, and more. It also adds a new twist with voicemail you can receive by email and portable equipment that can be used at any broadband Internet connection in the world. Home VoIP also allows you to add virtual telephone numbers to your account from almost any area code in the world, which will allow friends and family in that area code to phone you (through your virtual number, which is forwarded to your home VoIP) without paying long distance charges. Home VoIP is an emerging technology that is exciting, affordable, and available now. So if you would like to start saving money on your telephone costs, check out home VoIP today!