Just like you need e-mail software to send and receive messages, you will need VoIP software to make Internet phone calls. Some of the VoIP software is FREE – much like a Yahoo or Hotmail e-mail account. For instance, the team that brought you the music-sharing site KaZaA is beta-testing free software called Skype. With this software, you can talk to any other Skyper in the world for free.
|Skype||Free||Call any other Skype user in the world
|Netmeeting||Free||Call any other Netmeeting user in the world|
|FreeWordDialup||Free||Call any phone in the U.S. and Canada and selected phones in the U.K. and Japan|
|Vonage||$15 - $35 / mo. + taxes||Call any phone in the U.S. and Canada|
|Net2Phone||$35 / mo. + taxes||Call any phone in the U.S. and Canada
|iConnectHere||$20 / mo. + taxes||Call any phone in the U.S. and Canada|
|8x8||$50 / mo. + taxes||Call any phone in the U.S., Europe, or Asia
The table above provides a good starting point for finding the VoIP services that best fit your needs. Most of the companies listed also offer IP telephones in addition to the software.
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