How does voip and free calling software work?

In this short article i will be explaining briefly about the working of Voip and the free calling softwares.
Technology is evolving drastically in the mobile industry.
Due to the advancement in the carriers from 2G standards to 3G or in the Wifi technology most of the smartphone users are utilizing this service for making free calls. Basically the free calls happen based on the VOIP technology (Voice Over Internet Protocol).

How does Voip work?
VOIP is a revolutionary technology. It is a protocol framed for transmission of text, images, voice and other multimedia signals over the internet. In other words, Voip is a method of converting our voice signals into digital data and transmitting it on the internet using the TCP/IP (Ethernet) protocol. Voip packs the data (data packets) before transmitting them over the internet. With voip you can make call all over the world using internet connection/wifi instead of your service provider’s network. Hence voip has many advantages compared to the traditional phone system like, the call rate are very cheap, most of the times they are free (depends on the source & destinations locations, mode of phone call (pc to pc etc)). Call can be placed using mobile phones, IP Phones, PC and even traditional telephones connected to the Voip adapter called as ATA – Analog Telephone Adapter. As the traditional telephone doesn’t have the Ethernet module inbuilt for digital data transmission so this ATA device helps to overcome this limitation. It basically includes the necessary software and hardware which converts our voice into digital and transmits it over the internet. Voip is also called as Internet telephony or IP telephony and is very helpful for business purposes. Cisco, Nortel, Tesco are some of the manufacturers of IP telephones

How does free calling softwares work?
Softwares like Skype, Viber, Tango are the free calling softwares which can be used on iPhones, Android, Windows Phone and Symbian Os based smartphones. With these software one can make free video/voice calls locally or over a long distance. They can be downloaded freely from the app store or directly from their website. These softwares use the voip technology for making calls. When we place a call using the software app listed above, it actually bypasses the network provider’s service (and its charges) and uses the internet for routing the phones calls. Usually these app providers have a voip server which basically services the clients (phone devices). All the phone calls goes through this server before reaching to the destination.

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List of Free Calling Softwares

Below is the list of free voice/video calling software applications for all major operating system platforms which can be used with Mobile Phones as well as desktop pc. Using these softwares services you can call the other party with no charges at all. Because these softwares use the VOIPtechnology (Voice Over Internet Protocol). Voip is a method of transmission of voice signals, multimedia signals over the internet. With voip you can make call using internet connection/wifi instead of your service provider’s network all over the world. But there are some conditions –
1. Both the parties should have an internet (For Mobile Phones preferably 3G network/WiFi connection is required).
2. Both the parties should have this software installed.
3. Call can be placed and received only if this software is running.

    • Skype:

Most popular software and freely downloadable app on the net. This software supports all major operating systems like Windows, Apple’s iOS & Mac, Android and Symbian. Both the parties should have an account on skype to access the service. With Skype you chat using their instant messaging and you can call from skype to skype on –
1. Mobile to Mobile
2. Mobile to PC
3. PC to PC
Mobile to Landline or PC to Landline requires a premium account.

    • Tango:

Tango application is also free calling service. It uses the same address book as that of the device, synchronizes with it and shows a tango tag against the contact if they are registered to tango hence with just a click you can place a free call to the tango user. This synchronizing feature is not available in the Skype. It works with iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Windows PC. It can be downloaded freely from app store or android market place and registering on tango is quiet simple and easy.

    • Viber:

Viber application also allows free calling and sending messages. It’s a lot simpler than Skype but it you can’t make video calls from it and there is no desktop client for talking to those on a computer but it does have some advantages, such as the lack of need to create an account. Viber just uses your mobile number to make the calls (although the actual call is made over the Internet) and similar to tango viber also uses your existing phonebook numbers instead of having to create and add new contacts, as on Skype. If you just want to talk to someone using an Android or an iPhone (a version for BlackBerry phones is in works), Viber is a lot easier and simpler choice.

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