How To: Make Cheap Phone Calls with VOIP

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KarinaB

I worked for a call center and we were using VoIP phones. I don’t want to image how much such a company would have to pay if it weren’t for these phones. I myself use Skype a lot. This way I can keep in touch with friends from across the ocean.

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toronto2001

You can make calls without going through Google Voice right from your gmail account. Right now, calls are free to the US and Canada and, the best part, it works from either Canada or the US. The sound is perfect, crystal clear on both ends. No need to set up Google Voice, which we can't do in Canada anyway. Just log into your gmail account and start calling your peeps. Hurray for Google!

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JohnP

 I have been playing with G Mail phone calls all of yesterday. Works terrific. with a good boom mic and headphones, no better calling experience. The folks at the other end say that I sound crystal clear.

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stringdg

How come you guys don't mention Magic Jack? Something against them? Great provider. Cheapest on the market. Easy! Skype is not the only player in the bus. Unless they are friends of yours.

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da_samman

Probably the reason is because Magic Jack isn't so magical.  There have been numerous complaints of poor call quality, dropped calls, PLUS the fact that there is no online support, you have to call in to get help.

I think these reasons alone are enough to NOT recommend Magic jack.

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CowboyMC

This article was too short! Did not cover the topic properly. Seems like someone needed to put together something quick and dirty.

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tornato7

go to hell

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EarthBoundMisfit

I bought a magicJack 5 yr license for 59.95. A one-time payment that amounts to $1.71 a month for 5 years. Top that.

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Marcbman

By linking a Google Voice account to a Sipgate phone number PC to Phone should be free. This was mentioned not too long ago in another MaxPC article. I'm amazed you didn't mention it.

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theresapartyinm...

Wait I thought the cameras on laptops were just to take pictures with. Well no shit VoIP exists. Welcome to 2005.

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Rivethead

I'm not trying to promote anyone, but I've been using ViaTalk for about 6 months now and have nothing but good things to say about them.  Called tech support twice to tweak some settings and it's been trouble free.  Two phone lines in/out on one one phone number, unlimited minutes and more options on their login dashboard than I'll ever use - and it's $189 a year plus one year free.  That's less than $8 month.  Just a happy camper so far...

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csspwner

How come Google Voice wasn't included. Google voice is free and can be used to make PC to phone and Phone to phone calls when paired with a program like Gizmo5, or other SIP software.

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codepath

Google bought Gizmo5 and is no longer accepting new accounts. They may be rolling that tech into GVoice.

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Mosher

because most of us are still on the other side of the Gizmo5 fence!

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