The latest technology where the voice is superimposed over data lines is bringing about a sea of change to the telephony sectors in the world. VOIP, or Voice Over Internet Protocol, is a much cheaper option for such telephonic usage.
The internet has now proliferated to almost every nook and cranny of the world at large. Most every house has an internet connection available, and is paying a fixed monthly charge for using it. The net connectivity is also, in most cases, broadband which is one pre-requisite for voice to be superimposed over this same line. These two are all that is required for converting ones internet at home to a voice enabled system for making phone calls.
A study reveals that one can save about 40 percent on local calls. When making international calls, the saving element works out to a staggering 90 percent. There are no regulations on the usage of voice over the internet as yet. There are just too many interlinking issues that the internet, as it has developed into today, which would not permit such restrictive regulations to be placed upon VOIP usage.
VOIP also has the advantage of permitting more than one person to talk or listen. Conference calling also exists, which can all be executed over the single connection that is established over the internet.
One does require some extra software that would enable such VOIP tasks to be executed, but this is available for free. Some of them, like Skype, are so popular that most every computer connected to the net today has this application installed in it. With no extra hardware required to be installed for converting ones internet connection into a VOIP enabled system, this solution works out to be the cheapest option by far.