Voice over Internet (VOIP)
by Alan Linker
In a Comdex show that had very little to offer
there was a company that showed a very interesting product using Voice
over IP. AICO Systems, Inc. produces a real phone set called TalkPro,
instead of having to use a microphone and headset.
The unit hooks up to the USB or Ethernet directly.
The USB unit will work on a computer hooked up to the net using either
broadband or dial-up. Just plug it in and load the software and start
dialing. The Ethernet phone is even easier, just plug in to and Ethernet
jack and start dialing
is very clear and easy to use. The cost is much cheaper that most
telephone companies charge. With other systems you pay for every minute
or have to pay a large monthly flat fee, here you can call from TalkPro
to TalkPro and the call costs nothing.
If you call a line outside the service provider,
the cost is less than 4 cents a minute and to most counties around the
world the cost is less than 10 cents a minute.
You can also receive calls from outside the system
the caller dials a local number and enters your systems 7 digit phone
I find this service to be very convenient for
family or friends having to make many calls back and forth especially
when one is outside the country, since phone-to-phone is free. The
voice quality is very clear with very little delay and the best part is
the both end can talk at the same time just like being on a real phone.
Pricing for the phones start at $109.99 for the USB and
Ethernet start at $169.99, but they run specials on multipliable phones.
For more info on the service go to:
http://www.talkpro.net/products/index.html. and rates
AICO Systems, Inc
17800 Castleton St., Ste 318
City of Industry, CA 91748, USA