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Through e-mail and instant messaging, the Internet has made communication around the globe immediate, inexpensive, and convenient. Now, over the last decade, the Internet has begun to have a sizeable influence on phone service. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), or broadband phone service, allows callers to place phone calls using an Internet connection rather than a traditional analog phone line. Because of its simplicity and affordability, VoIP has already attracted more than 3.6 million users in the United States alone, according to TeleGeography Research.

To help consumers navigate the ever-expanding world of VoIP phone service VoipReview.org was founded in 2003. VoipReview.org was the first and is the most comprehensive comparison shopping and information source for VoIP service. The site helps consumers worldwide find, compare, and purchase broadband phone service based on availability, plan ratings, features, and prices.

VoipReview.org is a free, easy-to-use resource for consumers who want to learn the basics of VoIP phone service, consumers who are ready to get started and choose a VoIP provider, and current VoIP users who are looking for a new provider or plan. Today, VoipReview.org helps about 60,000 consumers each month gather information and purchase VoIP phone service.

VoIP 101 – What’s the Buzz About?

VoIP has generated a ‘buzz’ in the technology industry and amongst consumers largely due to its affordability. VoIP works by transferring voice signals over Internet lines and public/private networks in contrast to the copper wires used with the traditional landlines. Users need only a broadband Internet connection and a telephone adapter to get started. They can place calls using ordinary telephones, computers, or special VoIP phones depending on each particular provider.

Without the need for traditional analog phone lines or expensive equipment, VoIP presents an easy and much more affordable alternative to traditional phone service. VoIP providers offer flat-fee calling plans for local and long-distance calls, with international calls costing much less than traditional phone service. For example, many VoIP providers offer calling from the US to the UK for only 3 cents per minute, which is even less than most users of traditional analog phone lines pay for their long-distance calls within their own state.

Through e-mail and instant messaging, the Internet has made communication around the globe immediate, inexpensive, and convenient. Now, over the last decade, the Internet has begun to have a sizeable influence on phone service. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), or broadband phone service, allows callers to place phone calls using an Internet connection rather than a traditional analog phone line. Because of its simplicity and affordability, VoIP has already attracted more than 3.6 million users in the United States alone, according to TeleGeography Research.

According to a 2005 survey by Consumer Reports, people who have adopted VoIP service are reportedly saving near $50 and more every month and enjoy a variety of digital services that many phone companies do not offer, such as electronic voicemail, three-way calling, online phone logs and call forwarding.

With constant improvements in technology, the emergence of more competitive providers, and user-friendly resources to help educate consumers, VoIP is making its way into the mainstream and into households across the country. According to Gartner, a leading research and analyst firm, VoIP will be the primary phone service in more than 22 million U.S. households by the year 2010, and 30 percent of U.S. homes will have abandoned traditional analog phone lines altogether.

The Definitive Authority on VoIP

VoipReview.org was founded to educate consumers on the features and benefits of VoIP and to help them make smart and informed decisions about plans and providers. To ensure that consumers get the best deal on a VoIP service plan every time, VoipReview.org is constantly establishing new relationships with broadband phone company providers, bringing even more options to the consumer. By offering all VoIP providers equal opportunity to be included on the site, VoipReview.org remains the most comprehensive and objective VoIP resource available online.

VoipReview.org is also the market leader in consumer and small business VoIP services with its Commerce Partners program – an avenue with by which other technology or VoIP-related websites can use VoipReview.org search tools and content by embedding them into their own sites. The embedded search tools are tightly integrated into partner sites, allowing them to retain visitors and generate revenue from consumers searching for VoIP providers.

As VoIP technology gains ground and makes its way into households worldwide, VoipReview.org remains the definitive authority on VoIP information and services through its devotion to being an independent and straightforward information source for consumers. For more information, visit www.VoipReview.org.

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