5 – Regular telephone with VoIP rates
It's great to make calls from your computer at very low fees but, what if you could just use your regular land-line phone? Well, you can do that too! In order to do that you have several options:
Buy a VoIP telephone hardware. The VoIP phones look like a regular telephone but they are like a computer inside. They connect to the Internet and take advantage of the offer you have subscribed to in the steps 2 and 3. These telephones can cost a couple hundred bucks.
Buy an adapter for your existing telephone. If you really like your telephone and want to use it as it is, you can purchase an adapter that will do the VoIP part for your existing telephone. The price of these devices are also around a couple hundred bucks.
Buy a USB telephone and connect it to your computer. The USB phones are usually cheaper than the standalone VoIP phones but you need to have them connected to your computer. To put it more bluntly, USB phones are basically a microphone, a loudspeaker and a keypad nicely packed to look like a traditional telephone.
Last but not least, you can make VoIP calls without any hardware or software installation at all. To do this you have to subscribe to a VoIP offer that allows you to make two-party calls (Diamondcard.us can do that under “Call now”). When you want to make a call you have to go to your provider's website and inform your telephone number and the number of the person you want to call. Shortly after doing this you will receive a phone call and you will be connected to the destination phone number. Mind that you will pay two calls, one for each telephone that is communicating. Since the rates are quite low, this can be a smart solution at times.
That's it! Don't hesitate to post your experiences with Free and Open VoIP in the comments and asking questions about things I may have not explained very well.