Staying connected with the ones that you love can do a lot for you when you're abroad for a job or school. Cellular phones and land line phones aren't always the best and they can add up to big bills when you need to talk to someone more frequently. A good way to stay in contact without the expense is to look into VoIP phone systems. Not only are these reliable connections, but they can also span continents and miles to make the distances seem a little less long.
This VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone system is connected over the internet, which allows users to take advantage of one system of connection - which is far cheaper than relaying the calls through traditional land lines. In doing this, more people can be connected at any one time, without tying up any phone lines during peak times, as the internet's storage and transmission capabilities are almost limitless. What's more is that as long as you can connect to the internet, you will be able to place a call - and it's simple to find internet and wireless connections nearly everywhere you go.
In order to take advantage of this system, you will need to make a few changes. First of all, you will need to establish an internet connection that has DSL or cable speeds. This will allow you to more easily connect to others. Then, you will need to find a company that can handle the VoIP process. There are more and more of these companies each year as their technology improves and the demand grows. You will need to buy a phone that is able to be connected to the VoIP system, but these generally aren't any different in form than your regular phone and can even be cordless; they just need to be able to hook up the internet system in order to receive the signals.
You can even have your old phone number in many cases, so there's no need to switch that number if you don't want to. The phone works in the same way as a traditional phone, but you can also place calls over your internet connection on your computer so the service remains portable. Some companies are also offering flash drives that act as receivers for the internet signals needed to talk to others on the system. This allows you to simply plug in the drive wherever there is a computer and still use the services that you're paying for with your VoIP contract. Another option is simply purchasing prepaid phones, as they often help with lowering your phone rates.
Generally, you will pay a flat fee for calls in the local area as well as for calls in the international system - allowing you to stop counting minutes and dread your bill each month. You will want to see what the specific restrictions will be for your particular plan.
With VoIP, you will be able to stay in touch no matter where you are or where you go. And with that kind of technology, you aren't too far out of reach from anyone.
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