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Making Calls on a Mobile Phone With VoIP Services

Updated on June 6, 2013

The Evolution of VoIP Technology

There was a time when using VoIP meant sitting clumsily in front of a computer struggling with the microphone and headset using a third-party application like Skype. In the days of dial-up, connections were poor and the consequent VoIP experience itself was severely lacking in comparison to the traditional PSTN phone system.

Oh how times have changed!

These days with the proper Internet connection, the PSTN phone system is severely outclassed by VoIP in just about every aspect. When it comes to call quality, VoIP can use advanced HD voice codecs to capture more of both the higher and lower frequencies of the human voice. Or if you compare the two based on features, VoIP again comes out ahead every single time.

What is perhaps more exciting is that VoIP completely changes the way you use the telephone system in the first place. It's not just an evolutionary improvement in quality. Imagine having a telephone number bound not just to a single device but to any Internet enabled hardware. With the old telephone system, we have gotten used to the limitations of being bound to a single phone. But with Internet-based technology like e-mail for example, there is no reason to be shackled in such a way. With VoIP, you can speak from your smartphone, your tablet, your PC, and even a dedicated VoIP landline if you choose.

Mobile VoIP Calling
Mobile VoIP Calling | Source

Mobile VoIP Clients

To get started with mobile VoIP, you need to contact an SIP hosted VoIP provider. There are many such services who will provide you with an SIP address so you can get started with free calls to others who have SIP addresses as well. But if you want to make and receive calls like a regular telephone system, you need to pay a fee and obtain a telephone number. Once you have that set up, you have to download and install a VoIP client on your smartphone. There is a lot of choice available and many applications are available on both iOS as well as the Android platform for free and others are paid.

The specific configuration of the VoIP client will depend on your service provider. Contact them or check out their website for instructions on how to configure the popular VoIP clients. When someone dials a VoIP number, your SIP server pipes the call to all your devices at the same time causing them to ring simultaneously. You can pick up whichever you are closest to at the time.

This is an example of a PBX phone system that is managed by a third party provider as opposed to having all the equipment and infrastructure at your end. You can get started today in as little as 15 min. without any capital investment!

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