What is VoIP and why should you use it?

Do you keep hearing about something called VoIP? Have you been told you should be using it but you are a little confused as to what it is, or why you should care?

If so, here is a quick rundown on what VoIP actually is, as well as why you should be using it.

What is VoIP and how do you use it? — VoIP is short for Voice over Internet Protocol and is nothing more complicated than using the Internet to call people you would normally call via telephone. That is how simple VoIP actually is.

So how do you use VoIP? By downloading a program that allows you to connect to someone else who is also online, and using that program to call them just like you would use a telephone.

The big advantage to using many VoIP systems over a telephone, however, is that you can actually see the person you are speaking to if they have a camera on the device they are using. They can see you if your device also has a camera.

What is a typical VoIP service? — The most well-known VoIP service on the Internet today is Skype.

Skype connects two computers, two cell phones, two tablets or a combination of all three devices so that people on one device can talk to people on the other.

As Skype also allows video, you can see the people you are speaking to. This is one of the reasons why Skype has become so popular, as people love calling mom and dad or their friends or boyfriend and being able to see them as they speak.

Why should you use a VoIP service? — There are, of course, many reasons for using a VoIP service. They can be everything from saving money to the ease and convenience of it.

Saving money is the big reason so many people use a VoIP service, however. That is because the cost of telephone calls have not really decreased in price that much over the last decade, and people got tired of receiving such high monthly bills.

With many VoIP providers, however, all those phone calls they would normally make suddenly became free, which is why millions of people now use a VoIP service every week.

VoIP is also very convenient as you can connect a VoIP program to your PC, your phone and your tablet, and use it to speak to people regardless of where you are or which device you are using.

Which VoIP service should you use? — There are so many VoIP services nowadays, it really is up to you to decide which one will work the best for your needs.

The easiest way to choose is to join a service like Skype so you can see how it works then, once you have made a few calls on that service, start checking out others to see if there are any you like better.

You can, of course, use more than one VoIP service depending on your needs at a particular time, so do not feel the need to restrict yourself to just one.