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If you’ve never heard of VoIP, get ready to change the way you think about long-distance phone calls. VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a method for taking analogue audio signals, like the kind you hear when you talk on the phone and turning them into digital data that can be transmitted over the Internet.

How is this useful? VoIP can turn a standard Internet connection into a way to place free phone calls. The practical upshot of this is that by using some of the free VoIP software that is available to make Internet phone calls, you’re bypassing the phone company (and its charges) entirely.

Looking at the South African market, we are very limited when it comes to this kind of technology and for small business, even more so, as most have high monthly fees and require specialised equipment.

But I found a Gem, quite by accident, and it has saved me a fortune, in that Telkom charge R179 (approximately) for your landline rental, then about 65c per minute for Telkom to Telkom calls and R1.30 for Cell calls, I am paying 39c a Minute for calls to Telkom numbers and 69c a Minute to Cellular numbers.

All you need to do this is a PC, Internet Connection and a PC Headset (some routers like the Huawei B315 allow you to actually connect your analogue phone to it and use it as a VOIP device.

FreshPhone offers no monthly fees and you use software called Zoiper to make and receive calls.

The nice part is that you can load Zoiper on an Android phone and while connected to your home or business WiFi you are able to make and receive calls from there using your FreshPhone Settings.