July 27, 2007, Newsletter Issue #51: Get a Phone for Your Computer

Tip of the Week

You have to call it an accessory, since you CAN make calls without it. But one of the most popular new VOIP accessories available for Residential VOIP networks is a VOIP-enabled phone. While you can use standard phones with most commercial Residential VOIP services and a special adaptor, VOIP phones plug directly into your computer through a USB connection. You can use these phones with compatible computer-based Residential VOIP service, like Skype, or even Google Talk or MSN or AOL Instant Messenger. Worth it? Depends on how much you use the service like a regular phone. If more than one person uses the VOIP service, it might make sense. Otherwise, you're probably better off with a headset.

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