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How to save money with free phone calls from PC

The cost of making calls outside of your service plan is normally pretty high. That’s especially true for international calls. We’ll tell you how to save money with free phone calls from your PC and make you aware of the pitfalls too.
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VoIP

Telling you that VoIP stands for voice over internet protocol probably doesn’t say all that much about the way this free of charge service works. The basics are that using a VoIP service means that the phone call is carried over the internet rather than through the phone exchange. As a result of this, there’s no charge for making the call. The freedom to call any person anywhere in the world for free is a major boost for everyone, even if you don’t have friends and family abroad so how does it work?

How it works

With a phone call on a telephone exchange, the phone line is basically one pipeline of information that flows backwards and forwards between the callers. With this sort of phone call, the data is split into small packets of data which are pushed along the line and then decompressed at the other end. Carrying information this way means that multiple calls can be carried on one line making the calls cheaper for everyone.

Free internet calls

Now you know how it works, you’ll need to find out where you can go to take advantage of this type of service. A service like Viber or Vonage offers users who have downloaded the same program, the ability to call each other for free. All you need is an internet connection and you’ll be able to make free calls. There are a few downsides to this type of phone call. In order to get the call for free, you’ll need to call smartphone to smartphone or PC to PC. Any deviation from this will lead to charges. You’ll also have to make sure that you have unlimited internet or a bundle with plenty of data. The call won’t be free if you go over your data limit as a result of it and get charged more money by your internet provider.

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