Use of VoIP/Computer/Internet to call India

Popularity of voice over Internet Protocol is surging in leaps and Bounds. VoIP enables phone calls to be carried over the Internet and is one of the most economical phone technologies available.

The key to making the most of VoIP is understanding the technology, its basic forms and what you might expect to pay for them.

Understanding VoIP?

VoIP refers to voice calls that are routed over internet. In simple terms voice is turned into data and transferred just as normal internet traffic and then converted back to voice for the listener to hear. So basically VOIP uses your personal computer and the internet network it is connected with to make the international calls.

VoIP is relatively inexpensive.

Services like Jaxtr promises free voip to India

VoIP calls are just data riding over the Internet. So they are no different from e-mails, instant messages or Web pages, which all can be distributed for free between Internet-connected machines that is computers. As internet these days is also available on wireless devices, such as cell phones and handhelds, that are set up to receive online information so VoIP works with them as well.

But some VoIP services charge more than others.

When you connect VoIP from computer to a phone, call has to go through internet leg of journey and then landline network to receiving end. Landline network costs charges, so this configuration is more costly than if VoIP is just between computers.

What is needed to use VoIP?


Internet connection. It can be dial-up but broadband will give better service.

VoIP software. Mostly it is available free to download and install. Sometimes you don't even have to do that, you can use VoIP direct from providers website.

Microphone and speakers. Off course you require them.

What does it cost to call to my country say India.

Computer to computer is mostly free. Computer to phone is charged but typically, it's lot less than traditional methods. Costs varies from country to country and provider to provider.


A good resource on making cheap calls to India

Skype Rates for India

Destination ยท Rates per minute: US Dollar excl. VAT US Dollar incl. VAT
India $ 0.154 $ 0.177
India - Mobile $ 0.170 $ 0.196
India-Ahmedabad $ 0.154 $ 0.177
India-Bangalore $ 0.170 $ 0.196
India-Hyderabad $ 0.154 $ 0.177
India-Madras $ 0.154 $ 0.177
India-New Delhi $ 0.154 $ 0.177

Vonage Rates for India


Country Code Rate/Min
India 91 $0.17
India (Cellular & Premium) 919, 9192-94, 9197-99 $0.18
India - Ahmedabad 9179 $0.17
India - Andrah Pradesh (Cellular & Premium) 919440, 919848-49, 919885 $0.16
India - Bangalore 9180 $0.18
India - Baroda 91265 $0.17
India - Calcutta 9133 $0.17
India - Chennai (Madras) 9144 $0.18
India - Ernakulam 91484 $0.15
India - Gujurat 9126-28 $0.17
India - Hyderabad 9140 $0.18
India - Jallandhar 91181 $0.15
India - Mumbai (Bombay) 9122 $0.17
India - New Delhi 9111 $0.17
India - Pune 9120 $0.18
India - Punjab 9116-18, 91162, 91164-65, 91170, 91176, 91178-79, 91183, 91185-86, 91188, 91191-92, 91197, 91199, 911610-12, 911614-19, 911630-34, 911636-39, 911676, 911682, 911685, 911720-22, 911724-29, 911820-25, 911827-29, 911870, 911872-79, 911890-91, 911893, 911895-908, 911985 $0.18
India - Punjab (Cellular & Premium) 919814-15, 919872 $0.18
India - Tamil Nadu (Cellular & Premium) 919444, 919840-41, 919884 $0.16
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Popularity of voice over Internet Protocol is surging in leaps and Bounds

VoIP enables phone calls to be carried over the Internet and is one of the most economical phone technologies available.

The key to making the most of VoIP is understanding the technology, its basic forms and what you might expect to pay for them.

Understanding VoIP?

VoIP refers to voice calls that are routed over internet. In simple terms voice is turned into data and transferred just as normal internet traffic and then converted back to voice for the lisner to hear.