VoIP general guide

Added on: 2011-03-10 00:00:00 by: Emanuel
Voice over IP is one of the newest and fastest spreading communication technologies in the world. VoIP is a term used in IP telephony for a set of facilities for managing the delivery of voice information using the Internet Protocol (IP). In this article we will take a look on some popular VoIP software available for free.

The first that comes to mind is Skype. Skype is very popular with home users because it is reliable and easy to use. Beside the VoIP you get other options like using your web cam to make video call, chat with instant messaging and you can use it to transfer files to other people who use Skype. As a paid service you can use Skype to make international phone calls and send SMS using credit or a subscription method. You may use it on your Computer (Windows, Linux , Mac), phone (iOS , Android) and even on your TV. It's a well rounded software with many options that will fill your needs. For more details check out the feature page here.

The second one is Yahoo Messenger. Although it is famous mostly for its instant messaging Yahoo Messenger is equipped with a good voip setup. It is also easy to install and with just a couple of clicks you can start a conference call with your friends. The sound quality is not as good as Skype's and it falls a little short in terms of accessibility since it is only available for Windows and Mac. Nevertheless it is a decent alternative to those who already have Yahoo! Messenger as an IM client and don't want to bother installing a new program. For more details check out the feature page here.

Next on our list are 2 VoIP products that are more game orientated, Ventrilo and TeamSpeak. Ventrilo and TeamSpeak deliver the best performance for gamers, good sound quality with a minimal use of CPU resources. The interface is simple and easy to use, but setting them up is somewhat different then on Skype or Yahoo! Messenger where you only need the client and to register for an account. For Ventrilo or TeamSpeak you don't need to register on any page, you just need to download the client and get a server address. You can rent servers or join free public ones. You can also download the server kit for each of them to set up your own and start chatting with your friends. For more Ventrilo features check here. For TeamSpeak features check here.

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