Monday, October 20, 2003

NET PHONES: A GUIDE TO DIGITAL DIALING

NET PHONES: A GUIDE TO DIGITAL DIALING
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October 19, 2003 -- Here's a wrap up of what you'll need and what it will cost to get started with Internet phone service.
What you need:

Computer.

High-speed Internet connection.

Analog phone adapter (normally supplied by service provider)

Router (for DSL users - sold by service providers).

Any telephone.



Internet telephone providers:

Free World Dialup: Free, but you can only call other FWD users.

iConnectHere: 400 minutes in North America, $5.95 per month; 1000 minutes in North America, $10.95 per month.

Packet8: unlimited local and long distance, $19.95 per month.

VoicePulse: local unlimited plus 200 minutes long distance, $14.99 per month; local unlimited plus 600 minutes long distance, $25.99; unlimited local and long distance, $34.99.

Vonage: local unlimited plus 500 minutes long distance, $24.99 per month; local unlimited plus unlimited long distance, $34.99 per month.

* What is VoIP?

Traditional telephone calls are routed through normal phone lines. VoIP calls go over fiber-optic data lines.

* How much does the equipment cost?

The ATA is usually free from service providers, and a router is $100 or less. The only other cost is a high-speed Internet connection.

* Is it difficult to set up VoIP equipment?

It's usually very simple and just involves following directions and plugging in a few things.

* Are there a lot of hidden fees attached to VoIP?

Presently, VoIP is virtually unregulated, so there are no access fees or surcharges. The FCC may eventually regulate VoIP, and that may add charges.

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