To make a phone call over the internet
you'll need a microphone, speakers, a sound card and an internet connection,
(preferably a fast one).
You'll also need the right software - but
more on that later.
Most new computers will have a sound card
already installed. Look at the back of your computer for small plugs labelled
'Mic' and 'Speakers' or 'Line out'. That's your sound card!
You may have to buy the speakers and
microphone to plug in here.
How can I make a phone call on the
There are two ways to make a phone call
over the internet - computer to computer and computer to phone.
Making calls over the internet is great
because it's so much cheaper than calling using your regular phone and often
Now you can call that cousin in Germany
and talk all day!
Phone calls over the internet use a
system called 'VOIP' or Voice Over Internet Protocol.
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Computer to computer calls
This is probably the easiest way to make
a call over the net, and it's definitely the cheapest. Systems like Skype allow
you to talk to anyone, anywhere for free.
Computer to computer calls are usually
free, no matter where you are calling. The only thing you'll need will be the
There are several companies offering free
software that you can use as
Sites providing free or cheap calls
Free Internet phone - Conference calling
- video Conferencing