Cheap talk: Making calls over the internet


Making calls over the Internet can slice heaps off your telephone bill. Tim Dean explains how to get set up for savings.

Telecommunications is currently going through a revolution, and we have digital technology and the Internet to thank. It?s all due to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), and it?s changing the way we make phone calls locally and around the world.

The big difference with VoIP is that instead of our phone calls being routed over the old telephone networks, VoIP phone calls trace their way to their destination using the Internet. The end result is a drastic reduction in call costs compared to the old telephone networks.

In the not too distant future, the vast majority of our voice communications will be running over VoIP. In fact, big telcos such as Telstra have announced their intention to migrate to VoIP technology in their backend networks over the next several years. However, you needn?t wait for them to catch up ? you can save money by using VoIP technology today.

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to VoIP services, which can make finding the right plan a fairly complicated procedure. VoIP also still relies on broadband and PC technology, so you need to do your homework before you try and set up a new VoIP account.

This guide will take you through the basics of VoIP and give you some tips on choosing the right plan and getting it up and running.