PC to PC calling is touted as the best way to make free phone calls; however, PC to PC calling has its share of problems. First, the person you want to talk with must be online when you call. Secondly, that person also needs to be using the same Internet phone software that you use. Finally, if you don’t use broadband to connect to the Internet (through cable or DSL), the quality of your call will suffer. With that said, when you can establish a PC to PC Internet connection with another person, free phone calls can be the reward.
What You'll Need
Depending upon the type of software you prefer to use, you can make PC to PC calls with anyone who uses that same software. You can choose among many online services to connect from PC to PC, but you’ll also need functional speakers and microphone for this system to function correctly. No matter the software you use, they usually all operate the same way. You’ll need to download the software and install it on your PC, and then either hunt for, add, or ask another person to use the same software. Make sure your speakers and microphone are functional, and then click on the contact’s name to initiate the call.
Features to Look For
While simple PC to PC calling is all some people might want, you can also look for added features depending upon the software you use. Video calling, for instance, requires a Webcam in addition to your headset or speakers and microphone. Some software will allow conference calls that may include up to ten people if those individuals use computers with an Intel Duo Core Processor. If you want to acquire a phone number for your PC, some software companies will offer numbers for a small fee. If you find a way to obtain a phone number, look for a voice mail service that will take messages when you’re away from your PC. Other features to consider include call forwarding, where you can send messages to other users; instant message, which is the same as chat; file transfer, where you can instantly send and receive large files safely; call logs that keep track of calls and chats, and; mobility. It would be nice to use your software no matter if you’re at home or on the road.