Actually, this kind of voice technology is not anything really new, as there were programs available more than 10 years ago that you can download to your computer for free and then place long-distance phone calls. The major drawback was that most of the Internet users of that time were using dial-up connections, and so the telephone calls they made often suffered from major quality problems.
Today, quite a few Internet users are using broadband internet services instead which allow for high-speed internet access. This makes VoIP technology much more effective and useful, and so voice quality has improved dramatically, even to the point where it rivals that of land line telephones.
Although most VoIP providers today no longer offer their programs for free, you can still get a good idea of how it works by using programs such as Skype or AOL Instant Messenger that allow you to essentially make free telephone calls to other people on the internet that have the same program. The drawback is that they not only have to use the same program but also be on the internet at the same time you are, and have the program running on their computer. By using these programs though, you'll be able to communicate with others in real time, and most likely come to understand why VoIP is getting so popular.
Once you realize the potential of VoIP technology, you can examine some of the service plans offered by VoIP companies today. And right away, you can begin to see that you will be able to save considerable amounts of money on your long-distance telephone calls by using this internet communications technology. Most residential plans that offer unlimited long-distance telephone calling within the US only cost about $25 per month or even less. And if you select a plan with limited minutes instead, you may be able to save an additional $10 a month or so.
Additionally, many of the VoIP companies are bundling options such as three-way calling, voice mail, call forwarding, caller ID, and others, in with their regular service plans at no extra charge. This is often a considerable savings over regular telephone companies, as they usually upcharge their customers for these features.
As you can see, VoIP internet telephone calling has a lot to offer for many consumers these days, so why not investigate it for yourself and see what all the fuss is about?