The State Of VOIP On The Mac Platform
Voice Over Internet Telephony - VOIP use is headed to over 30 million users by 2010, a sign of VoIP’s growing popularity. This combined with Apple Computer's rapidly growing market-share opens up an ever-wider range of Macintosh VOIP solutions. In spite of this rapid VoIP growth, there is some PC bias in the hardware technology and internet telephony programs that make the most of VoIP. However, it seems VoIP providers are finally starting to realize the profitable and burgeoning OSX market of Mac users.
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OSX compatible VOIP Software and Macintosh friendly VOIP phones and handsets are out there for VoIP on the Mac. Some VoIP solutions provide Mac specific hardware and OSX telephone software apps and support - but you have to choose carefully.
iMac & MacBook Computers VOIP Ready
With their built-in iSight web cameras and microphones, the iMac and Mac Book line are VOIP ready right out of the box. But you may find background noise, audibility, echo and feedback problematic unless you can quickly adjust speaker volume and microphone input levels QUICKLY on-the-fly. Beyond Apples bundled iChat AV application, there's a ton of free VOIP apps you can quickly download and try out such as FaceTime and Yahoo Messenger for Mac v3 to dip a tow into the world of VO-IP telephony. You can start saving money on long-distance calling free or on a pay as you go by the minute option to landlines with very little upfront committment other than buying a handful of cheap Skype Out credits to make calls to landlines and mobile phones or with Yahoo Call-Out minutes to get started.
SIP Software Internet Phones For OSX
Best Softphone for Mac?A Softphone is one option to give your Mac computer an onscreen 'virtual' softphone telephone that looks and behaves much like a traditional cell-phone handset. SIP apps can be configured to the specs needed by a dedicated VOIP service provider (like Vonage or Lingo) to connect to their network, route you to landlines and let you connect across the street - or across the globe at a typically flat-monthly rate.
Making Mac Pro Towers and Mac Mini VOIP & Video Chat Capable
Lacking built-in microphones for VOIP use, or webcams for video conferencing needs, Apple Mac compatible VO-IP USB headsets are a smart purchase to make the most of your VOIP Mac experience. A good head-set (headphones + microphone) insures echo-free clarity, clear communications and hands-free operation. Or alternately use headphones or earbuds along with a microphone enabled webcamera for Mac Pro or Mac mini to complete your setup. There are a few select models of UVC compliant models in the Logitech webcam for Mac product line that make them an excellent choice due to thier superior optics, light sensitivity and quality built-in microphones.