Voice over internet protocol or VOIP as it's commonly
called, has been around for many years but until now
the quality and the speed of an average home computer
and the lack of Broadband has prevented the use the
By using the latest technology most of these problems
have now been overcome. Millions of consumers now
have the faster internet system to their home computer
called Broadband so we are seeing a big reduction
in the cost of local and overseas phone calls.
Why is VoIP cheaper?
The difference between using VoIP and the landline
system is that a VoIP call goes via the internet and
a landline call travels over a copper wire cable.
The cost to create and service a land line system
is more expensive thank travelling via the internet
which does not need a physical link. Australia has
also suffered from lack of competition with Telstra
monopolising the provsion of all landline phone services.
What is the difference in costs between VoIP
Charges to all capital cities in Australia on VoIP
cost about 10 cents for an unlimited call. Telstra
calls cost between 17.5 and 30 cents depending on
your line rental plan and then you pay for any extended
time after 3 minutes. Calls to London, New York, Paris
and Rome on VoIP cost about 3 cents per minute while
using Telstra can cost $3.10 for the first hour plus
extra charges if you extend your call.
What do you need to use VoIP?
Consumers will need a Broadband internet connection
or if they have a paid cable TV, such as Optus or
Foxtel they simply ring their service provider and
get a broadband connection. The cost should be about
$29.00 per month.
What if I haven't got Broadband?
If you haven't got a Broadband connection the cost
is about $29.00 a month to be connected and for maximum
convenience you will need to purchase, a special device
called an Analogue Telephone Adaptor (ATA) to attach
to your phone. In the average home this expense is
more than compensated by the saving
you make on phone calls. There are many
different varieties of ATAs on the market but if you
are prepared to make call via your computer you will
not need an ATA.
Is VoIP here to stay?
VoIP is certainly going to become more popular as
the technology improves and people become more aware
of its advantages. There is no doubt that VoIP is
here to stay.
VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a method
for taking analog audio signals like the kind you
hear when you talk on the phone, and turning them
into digital data that can be transmitted over the
How is this useful?
VoIP can turn a standard Internet connection into
a way to place free phone calls. The practical upshot
of this is that by using some of the free VoIP software
that is available to make Internet phone calls, you
are bypassing the phone company (and its charges)
A new revolution in cheap telephone calls is making
its way into thousands of homes, bringing with it
savings that many families could only dream of making
in the past. Voice over IP (VoIP) makes it possible
to use data pipelines normally reserved for internet
traffic for local, national, international and mobile
calls, totally by-passing tradition fixed phone lines.
The result is hugely reduced bills for all calls.
you make many short phone call you can take advantage
of a timed local and national call plan for $5 per
month. This means that your local and national calls
are charged at 1 cent per minute. If you make lots
of 2 or 3 minute calls this equates to 2 or 3 cents
per phone call compared to a minimum of 17.5 cents
on the standard Telstra line rental plan.
technology is sound too, having been tried and tested
since the late 1990s.
The technology is gaining popularity amongst households.
Over a decade ago people were using VoIP but the technology
wasn't good enough. Now its so good that all of the
big companies are using it.
What do I need?
(1) A permanent broadband internet connection (ADSL,
wireless or cable).
(2) VoIP adaptor for maximum flexability but calls
can be made via your computer alone.