VoIP calls are a cheap way to make local and long distance phone calls. It really is that simple! A VoIP call uses the Internet to make a call and it save you money because it allows you to bypass expensive telephone networks. VoIP calls are a local-to-local call – no matter where the final destination is.
How Expensive Are Long Distance Rates with VoIP Calling?
Most VoIP providers include unlimited long distance or charge low per-minute long distance rates.
A normal long distance call moves data (which, in this case, is represented by your voice) across multiple telephone networks. It uses a local switch to access a database that then identifies your long-distance carrier and then uses their service to connect the call.
But with VoIP calls, the only networks that are used are the local networks in each location, as well as the VoIP provider’s network and routing equipment in addition to your broadband Internet connection. Cutting out these middle men is one of the reasons that VoIP calls can save so much money on long distance calling. Plus, using your existing Internet connection to place calls is a money-saver, too!
Furthermore, local and long distance calling is often included in your VoIP service plan. Most VoIP providers offer plans that give you unlimited local and long distance calling! However, if you have signed up for a Pay As You Go plan, your calls are likely charged per minute. Still, these per minute charges are at a very low rate.
What Type of International Rates are Available with VoIP?
Residential VoIP plans come with low cost per-minute international calling rates.
International VoIP calls work the same way as long distance VoIP calls: A VoIP call routes the call from a local network to the internet, and (hopefully) to the local network in the country you’re calling.
For countries like France and Australia that possess large Internet networks and large phone networks, VoIP calls can be completed very cheaply – oftentimes, they cost no more than a long distance call.
Calls to countries or areas within another country that don’t have extensive Internet or phone networks tend to be more extensive: the VoIP call has to use more expensive networks in order to route the calls correctly.
So, the ultimate question when it comes to making VoIP calls is: do you want to save money? Yes? Then you’ve come to the right place! By switching to a VoIP calling service, you can save up to 75% on phone services.
Can You Make Free Calls With VoIP?
Certain providers allow their users free on-network calling, and other providers include a set number of minutes.
You can also make VoIP calls for free. Obviously, Skype is the most famous of the free VoIP calling services. But other VoIP services, such as CallCentric, offer free VoIP call programs, too. The only thing you need to do is call on your VoIP network.
It doesn’t cost the VoIP provider anything to let them make a call on your VoIP network, so they pass the savings along to you. Pretty convenient, huh?
Have we answered your questions about VoIP calls? If not, please check out our VoIP FAQs, where you will find 5 reasons to switch to VoIP and even a Speed Test that will evaluate the compatibility of VoIP services with your internet.