With the advent if the internet which is fondly called the information gateway, it is becoming increasingly easier to automate tasks, cut costs and increase efficiency in each and every organization. Over the years, many new technological advancements that have all bettered the life of many have been invented and most of hem have been very beneficial to. These wonderful technologies all function by reducing the amount of time he would have spent on other projects and increasing man’s proficiency in what he is doing. More than ever before, man can achieve in the shortest possible what time what was hitherto impossible to do in a short period.

For instance, it is very easy to call up business associates anywhere in he world using of the latest inventions of technology often referred to as VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). In case you are wondering what VoIP is, it is simply a big name for a small task of making PC to PC calls and PC to phone calls using the internet as a medium.

“How possible is that?” you might ask. Well, it is; with some simple applications and software, all you have to do is input the person’s ID for free PC to PC calls and for PC  to phone calls, you may just spend some amount of money. For example, calls to UK, US and Canada, can be as cheap as 2 cents per minute. Examples of VoIP applications that you would have stumbled on and are probably using over time are Gizmo, and Skype. With these applications loaded up your PC, you can call virtually anywhere in he world as long as other users have it installed on their PCs.

With VoIP, you can easily give your friends your VoIP umber and they can easily call you on it from their land lines and mobile phones. You do not have to worry about being charged for the calls if you are the receiver. Besides your friends will call for far cheaper rates than it would cost to make phone calls to your phone. There are VoIP providers whose major services are to provide the gateway for the transference of all voice calls. They also help install the hardware in your home, office, anywhere you want it to get installed in.

Also using the internet and with the installation of the Analog Telephone Adapter, (ATA), it is very possible to make extremely cheap phone calls whose means of data transfer is via the internet. These information are then sent over the IP networks, converted into data like email and then gets reconverted into the voice mode by the time it reaches the receiver. This sounds like a long process but really is carried out in nanoseconds so you don’t even notice it.

Because VoIP is cheap, it doesn’t make it very low in quality. To install VoIP hardware and software, you need to have broadband speed. Anything short of that internet speed is very likely to cause poor performance. Most VoIP calls are as clear as normal calls if the internet speed is fast.

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