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If you want to set up your first VOIP network, here's what you absolutely need to have before you can make calls:
* A high-speed Internet connection.
* A VOIP phone service (like Vonage, Skype, etc.).
* A phone, microphone or speaker phone.
* An adapter to connect your phone to the Internet connection.
If you want to use a computer-based VOIP service, like Skype, or any of the MSN/Google/AOL/Yahoo talk clients, you will also need to have a computer connected up to the Internet. But if you're going to use a regular phone for VOIP, a computer is not required.