Uploaded on Feb 1, 2010
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Making phone calls over the internet --also known as VoIP, or Voice Over Internet Protocol -- can be a cheap and easy way to lower your phone bill.
Some VoIP may have limited 911 service. Ask the provider you're considering whether they connect to local emergency services.
Step 1: Check your service
Verify that you have the necessary high-speed internet connection. A T1 line or cable internet or DSL hookup should all be sufficient.
Step 2: Compare
Compare the various VoIP providers by searching online.
Some VoIP providers let you call anywhere at a flat rate or for a fixed number of minutes, while others charge long-distance fees. Shop around for a plan that works for you.
Step 3: Sign up
Sign up for the VoIP service you settle on.
Make sure you choose a full internet phone service -- not just a PC-to-PC connection. Dialing to a regular phone using the latter can be difficult and expensive.
Step 4: Install the ATA
Once you've signed up, install the ATA. Plug one end of your Ethernet cord to the back of your modem or router. Then, plug the other end into your ATA.
Step 5: Connect phone
Connect your phone to the adapter by plugging the phone cord into the phone port of your adapter. It's best to use a cordless phone so your VoIP isn't tied to a single location.
If you want to connect multiple phones to a single adapter, look into getting a multi-handset cordless phone.
Step 6: Check for dial tone
Check to see if there's a dial tone on your phone. If there is, you're ready to call!
Did You Know?
VoIP software first appeared on the market in 1996.
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