VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is an internet program which lets you converse via speech and multimedia communications over a network, such as the internet. VoIP is also usually used for audio-visual calls. Some VoIP applications permit you to hold audio-visual and conference calls online for free. Additional applications might require a payment in which you pay to access the additional features. External or internal webcams will allow you to see the person you are talking to, whereas a microphone will allow to speak to them, this again is usually built-into the computer; however you can purchase an external one.
To use VoIP for web conferencing, it is best to have a solid internet link. We recommend having fibre optic broadband; though web conferencing is still possible on other broadband links. If you still have a dial-up internet link you will not be able to take part in audio-visual conferencing; though audio conferencing is still possible.
Find the VoIP application that most suits your necessities. Skype is the most widespread VoIP application at the moment and offers both free and paid forms. If youâre planning on having group calls then you will have to purchase the paid form. Though, it may be worth exploring other applications such as; Google Video Chat and iChat.
Most VoIP applications permit you to import your contacts from a file. If you havenât previously got a file of your contacts, produce an excel sheet, then click on the âImport Contactsâ selection in the VoIP application.
If any of your contacts have an audio-visual icon next to their name then you can start a video call with them. Though, audio calls will still be accessible for all contacts.