International calls become necessary in a lot of situation and in today's growing international businesses, it has become absolutely necessary to maintain international contacts on a regular basis.
This is why people are making more international calls than ever.However, even though the costs have been reduced significantly since the first days of telephony, it is still a forbidding amount to deal with if you need to make calls regularly. In fact, sometimes it is not because of business that we need to make these calls. It is because of personal reasons. May be it is your spouse who is across the continent or in another part of the world altogether. May be it is your long lost friend or your lover who stays far away. It might even be because your children who have gone to study abroad. For all these reasons, you should not have to step back and not be in touch just because the phone bills are forbidding. But we all have to be realistic here, money is hard to come by and we all need to make a living. But why hold back when there is an alternative to this. Yes, there is a low cost solution that makes it possible to have long chats over an international call without having to worry about the bill.This is solution is called VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol. As the name suggests, it is all about carrying your voice over the Internet and making it audible somewhere else. And the same is done to the person on the other end of the line and that means you are carrying a normal telephone conversation over the Internet. And the best part about this is that it is quite cheap. In fact, if you do it on your computer, all you have to have is a fast Internet connection, like broadband and you will not need anything else. So except the broadband bill, which you would have to pay anyway to access the Internet, your International call is completely free of charge. But this would normally require the other person to have a computer as well. You will be making a computer-to-computer call usually.If you don't have a computer or if you want to be able to make the calls from your analog phone, many companies have brought out VoIP phones that allow you to make calls like you usually would but the only difference would be that your phone would connected to a modem and your call will be placed over the Internet and not the fixed telephone lines or mobile networks.With special VoIP services you can call other phone numbers from your computer and they can be either local or long distance. But your costs still remain very minimal. They will only be small fraction of the bill you would've incurred through your normal telephone. So VoIP is really the intelligent way to make international calls and save money while at it.