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VoIP - What's Needed for VoIP

1. First, you will need a VoIP service provider.

This will be the company to replace your traditional phone company and provides the core VoIP technology, any additional service offerings and options, and most often interconnected VoIP infastructure.

2. A high-speed broadband Internet connection is also needed for VoIP.

This can be residential or business DSL, a cable modem, or any other accessible local area network. VoIP needs speeds of up to 90Kbps depending on voice compression algorithms chosen by the voip provider. This is almost double the level of bandwidth dial-up offers (maximum speed of 56Kbps) so broadband service is considered a requirement.

3. You will also need a normal telephone and VoIP adaptor...or specialized VoIP phone...or a computer with supporting software.

Depending on your VoIP provider, your service may only work over your computer or a special VoIP phone, while others will allow you to use a traditional telephone coupled with a VoIP adapter. If your service calls for a regular telephone and VoIP adaptor, the needed adapter will normally be supplied by your VoIP provider when you sign up for the service, and you'll almost always be able to dial the exact same as you would with a normal phone line. Special VoIP phones plug directly into your broadband connection and also operate largely like traditional telephone services. If you use your computer, you will need software supplied by your voip provider and an inexpensive headset...or microphone if you already have sound capabilities.