What is it?
Before we can learn about Skype
we need to have an
What is VoIP?
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is
simply the transmission of voice traffic
over IP-based networks.
The Internet Protocol (IP) was originally
designed for data networking. The
success of IP in becoming a world
standard for data networking has led to its
adaption to voice networking.
The Economics of VoIP
VoIP has become popular largely because
of the cost advantages to consumers over
traditional telephone networks. Most
Americans pay a flat monthly fee for local
telephone calls and a per-minute charge
for long-distance calls.
VoIP calls can be placed across the
Internet. Most Internet connections are
charged using a flat monthly fee structure.
Using the Internet connection for both data
traffic and voice calls can allow consumers
to get rid of one monthly payment. In
addition, VoIP plans do not charge a per-
minute fee for long distance.
For International calling, the monetary
savings to the consumer from switching to
VoIP technology can be enormous.
There are three methods of connecting to a VoIP network:
Using a VoIP telephone
Using a "normal" telephone with a VoIP adapter
Using a computer with speakers and a microphone
Types of VoIP Calls
VoIP telephone calls can be placed either
to other VoIP devices, or to normal
telephones on the PSTN (Public Switched
Calls from a VoIP device to a PSTN
device are commonly called "PC-to-
Most common type of VoIP call
Calls from a VoIP device to
another VoIP device are
commonly called "PC-to-PC"
Things you will need to make
VOIP PC-to-PC calls:
Computer (Desktop or Laptop)
Broadband or High Speed Internet connection
Microphone (standard audio or USB connection)
Skype software loaded on computer (FREE)
What can Skype do?
Getting started with Skype
Three easy steps to make a call
VOIP Software applications
Yahoo Messenger- http://messenger.yahoo.com/
VOIP Buster- http://voipbuster.com/en/index.html
VOIP / Skype
What people are saying
Discussion and Questions