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A new way to make VOIP calls RRS feed

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  • There are a number of ways to make telephone calls using the Internet instead of the traditional telephone company network (PSTN). You can download soft-phone software such as Skype to your PC and use your computer's microphone and speakers (or a headset) to make calls through its service.

    For home or small business use, you can sign up with a VoIP provider (such as Vonage, Lingo, or Packet8) and then connect its analog telephone adapter (ATA) box to your Internet provider's router or modem and to your regular phone. For a larger business, you can deploy a VoIP server and PSTN gateway on your network and then route multiple VoIP lines to your phones through an IP PBX system.

    Now there's yet another way to make VoIP calls and take advantage of the lower cost of long distance over IP. It doesn't require you to download and install any software to your computer—and you don't have to buy or rent any special equipment either.

    You don't have to sign a contract, and you can make calls from your existing home or office phones. You can even make VoIP calls from your mobile phone—without having to buy a new mobile phone with VoIP support.

    All you need is an Internet connection with a Web browser, a phone number, and JAJAH.

    What's JAJAH?

    JAJAH is a Web-based VoIP service that you can use to make free local, domestic, and international calls. Here's how it works: Go to the JAJAH Web site. You can try it out without registering—just enter your own phone number and the number you want to call in the appropriate forms fields, and click the green Call button. You can use a landline or a mobile phone. You can also call from an extension within an office PBX system.

    Your phone will ring; when you answer, it will ask you to hold while JAJAH connects the call. Then it will ring through to the number you're calling. The trial call is limited to four minutes. Creating an account is easy. You can enter up to three phone numbers that you'll use to make calls.

    And once you've placed a call, you don't have to stay at your computer. If you're using a cordless or mobile phone, you can change locations while talking.

    Saturday, March 17, 2007 4:16 AM

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