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Tech News World: Making VoIP Calls With Your Android Phone

If you live or work in an area with marginal cell service and want to use your Android smartphone to make and receive voice calls, you can. The key is to piggyback on an Internet connection at your location using the Internet bandwidth there to carry your voice traffic.

This method of calling works using Voice over Internet Protocol technology (VoIP) — a form of calling over computer networks without traditional telephone copper wire. You are abandoning your lackluster cellphone signal and routing your voice traffic over a WiFi router, and down into the depths of the Internet pipe.

There are two approaches to setting this up. One involves SIP, or Session Internet Protocol, a signaling technology called that’s widely used in commercial VoIP applications. The other is to use the proprietary Internet calling system Skype. Skype simply involves downloading an app and opening an account, whereas SIP can be complicated to set up, with cryptic settings.

Both of these approaches let you make calls anywhere you have access to a WiFi router. As with many technology projects, it’s not a bad idea to set up both for redundancy purposes, and to play around until you find the solution that suits you best. I’ve found the Skype Android app with paid (US$60 per year) incoming number to be better call quality than SIP, yet SIP is a significantly cheaper solution because the incoming number is free…..Learn More

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