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# USB SKYPE INTERNET PHONE
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Has anyone got one of these skype type phones ? what are the benefits ? im hopeless with technology....will i save money if i have one ?:confused:
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Katherine Dunn
Has anyone got one of these skype type phones ? what are the benefits ? im hopeless with technology....will i save money if i have one ?:confused:


You can save money with Skype if you do a lot of calls outside of the UK. If that is the case, you can either buy a Skype phone or you can use a headset.
#3
Skype is probably the simplest in terms of getting going with telephony over the internet. However, it's an enclosed system and you can only, currently, talk to other people who are using Skype. Skype makes use of your computer's resources and so you need to have your computer turned on to make and receive calls. This can add to the cost of using it if you want to be able to be contacted at any time.

Another route is VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) using SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) . This is an open standard and so, in most cases, people can talk to each other using any form of SIP software or hardware. Like Skype, the softphones rely on your computer being on continously to receive calls but you can buy hardware that plugs into a broadband router (or even replaces the router entirely) and turns almost any normal phone into an Internet Phone. This then means that you don't need your computer on to make and receive calls.


If you want to get started with Telephony over Internet, buy yourself a cheap headset and microphone and then find out what, if any, system your friends are using. Headsets are arounf the £10 mark and the softphones are normally free downloads.

http://www.voip.org.uk/

Skype:-
http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/

Others:-
http://gizmoproject.com/
http://freetalk.co.uk/
http://vonage.co.uk/
http://www.voipcheap.co.uk/en/index.html
http://voip.co.uk/


Please note, none of these are recommendations - just a few links so you can have a look around.
I'm sure I've missed somethings out, hopefully others can fill in more.
#4
That's a really informative post amdavies! thank you! Welcome to HUKD btw...
#5
amdavies
Skype is probably the simplest in terms of getting going with telephony over the internet. However, it's an enclosed system and you can only, currently, talk to other people who are using Skype. Skype makes use of your computer's resources and so you need to have your computer turned on to make and receive calls. This can add to the cost of using it if you want to be able to be contacted at any time.

Another route is VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) using SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) . This is an open standard and so, in most cases, people can talk to each other using any form of SIP software or hardware. Like Skype, the softphones rely on your computer being on continously to receive calls but you can buy hardware that plugs into a broadband router (or even replaces the router entirely) and turns almost any normal phone into an Internet Phone. This then means that you don't need your computer on to make and receive calls.


If you want to get started with Telephony over Internet, buy yourself a cheap headset and microphone and then find out what, if any, system your friends are using. Headsets are arounf the £10 mark and the softphones are normally free downloads.

http://www.voip.org.uk/

Skype:-
http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/

Others:-
http://gizmoproject.com/
http://freetalk.co.uk/
http://vonage.co.uk/
http://www.voipcheap.co.uk/en/index.html
http://voip.co.uk/


Please note, none of these are recommendations - just a few links so you can have a look around.
I'm sure I've missed somethings out, hopefully others can fill in more.



Would you have to pay for using this? I have a scype free at the moment, but the sound is not very good seems to be cutting me off all the time.
Irena
#6
Thanks.

Skype is usually ok for connections, you could try some of the other free softphones for just connecting to other people running them.

http://gizmoproject.com/

Is the one I use for calls with friends in the states, and it works the majority of the time.

FreeTalk and Vonage are both a pay for service but they tend to be much easier to set up and get working. They both come with the relevant hardware to plug into a broadband router, so you shouldn't need your computer on to make and receive calls - you'll need to check your quarterly phone bill to see if you can make any savings with this service.

Try here for some FAQs:-

http://www.voipuser.org/forum_view_23.html

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