Chapter One. What Is “Voyp”?

You may have heard the term Voice over IP, Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP in discussions of Internet phones. You may even have some inkling that this term refers to the use of the Internet to transport your voice to another caller. After all the work you have done to get your computer on the Internet, phones would seem to be even more complex.

It really is not as complicated as it sounds. Although Internet protocols are inherently complex and require careful configuration, many Internet phone services take on the complex part of that setup and make phone service available to subscribers via preconfigured telephone devices. ...

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