If you have never heard of VoIP, then you should prepare yourself to change the way that you think about long-distance phone calls. VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, and it is a way to make cheap calls directly through the internet.

VoIP has the potential of turning your standard internet into a broadband phone connection which will allow you to access cheap calls locally, long distance and even internationally. By making calls in this way you get to bypass the phone company and their charges completely just by making cheap calls over the internet with your own broadband phone.

There are different ways that you can access VoIP from your own home, and there are different ways that you can utilise this awesome feature. You can use one or all of the following features to make cheap calls from your broadband phone, just pick and choose what fits best with you!

You can use VoIP through an ATA (analogue telephone adaptor) which connects your standard phone to your computer or directly into your internet connection (through a modem or router). This adapter then takes your traditional phone and converts the signal into digital data which can be transmitted over the internet.

IP phones are a specially designed broadband phone that look just like your  normal handset. But instead of having the standard phone jack connections these IP phones have an Ethernet connector that connect directly into your router. These broadband phones come with all of the hardware and software necessary onboard and can handle the cheap internet calls right away.

You can also use VoIP computer to computer, this is the way VoIP started and is where the whole concept of broadband phone calls developed. There are lots of different companies out there that offer very affordable hardware and software which will allow you to call a friend through your computer for free. The most common software that is used internationally in this way is called Skype. Programs such as Skype allow you to call anywhere in the world for no charge whatsoever. You can even update this calling system to use video calling if you have a webcam – it is revolutionising the way that we keep in touch with family and friends overseas, no longer will there be huge phone bills for calling long distance.

Regardless of the way you plan on using VoIP to conduct cheap calls from your own broadband phone. You can make these calls directly over the internet or you can add the VoIP broadband phone option right into your Naked ADSL plan. These plans usually include unlimited free local calls, heavily discounted long distance calls and very reasonable internationally calling rates. By doing it this way you will have a home phone that functions just like it would normally, but you have no line rental fees and you have cheap calls right from your own handset.

It’s up to you, but if you want to start saving big on your phone usage charges, VoIP is a great way to go and it’s definitely something to consider when you are comparing different broadband plans.