First off, what is an internet phone? To put it as simply as possible, internet phone is a technology that lets us send phone signals through our broadband internet lines and the range of internet phone options available to consumers is expanding rapidly. Formerly a high-tech mess of headphones, microphones, and noisy tech, internet telephone technology is now fully developed and here to stay. Keep reading to learn about the different options that are available – including computer to phone and phone to phone services.
Computer To Phone Services: These services allow you to call any phone line from your computer. To set this up, you’ll need a computer connected to the internet and a headset with headphones and a microphone. These services are generally cheaper, but most people use them for outgoing long distance calls only. Because your phone is linked to your internet and your computer, both need to be up and running for it to work. Some of the larger Computer to Phone providers do sell phone equipment that lets you make and receive calls without being tethered to your computer. These phones, which cost around $100-$300 still require a subscription and internet access, but give you greater mobility and a more “phone-like” experience.
Phone To Phone Services: These phone services use your existing internet service to give you a digital telephone that operates like a regular telephone. Essentially, a small adapter connects your cable internet line to your telephone line, connecting the two. From there, you receive a regular phone number, a digital telephone, and the ability to make unlimited long distance calls for a small subscription fee. Again, your phone is connected to your Internet, so it’s always a good idea to have a backup telephone, like a cell phone, on hand in case of emergencies or black-outs.