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Jumper Tells All
by Gary Woods

There have been a lot of ways to use your Internet Connection as a phone. The overall term for this kind of communication is called VoiP or Voice over internet Protocol. I first saw this technology back in the 90's when something called the iPhone arrived. Not that iPhone the original was a company long since gone the way of the Dodo Bird.

Anyway, I recently came across another manifestation of VoiP from a company called JumperTel who make a product called Phone100 USB. You just plug the phone into your laptop or PC and the software guides you through the installation. You then dial the number of another JumperTel user and talk as much as you want, as long as you want, for just $12 per year.

The phone is sleek, portable and very easy to get up and running even for total computer novices. They've positioned the Phone100 USB as an alternative to people who use international calling cards or Skye and want an easy way to stay in touch with family, friends of co-worker.

When a JumperTel user attempts to call you a dialog box appears on your screen alerting you that you have an incoming call. To answer the call press the green button on your Jumper Phone 100 or press the green telephone icon on the computer screen. You will also see the JumperTel user's number on the screen when you are receiving the call.

The Phone100 is very easy to use and could be a good way to keep in touch economically with people overseas. For more on this device check them out at

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc