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What is Voice Chat?

B. Miller
B. Miller

Voice chat is a method of communication that takes place over the Internet. Voice chat makes use of Voice-over Internet Protocol, or VoIP. It allows people to make phone calls to virtually anywhere in the world for free using a computer with an Internet connection.

One of the most well known voice chat programs is Skype™, which can be used online or on a cell phone with Internet capability. There are many other free voice chat programs available online, however, and they can be found by doing a simple search. These programs are often free, and must simply be downloaded and installed onto a computer in order to begin using them.

A webcam.
A webcam.

When using voice chat on a computer, it is often necessary to use a headset with an attached microphone. The headset may have one or two earpieces and may connect wirelessly to the computer, or may connect through a USB port. The microphone is typically attached to the headset and may be built into one of the earpieces, or it may extend from the headset and rest next to the jawbone.

A headset with a built-in microphone used for voice chatting.
A headset with a built-in microphone used for voice chatting.

This type of headset is especially popular with people who play video games online. There are many multi-player games that allow online interaction between players, and voice chat makes it possible for players to easily communicate while playing the game, without needing to stop and type a message. It is also commonly used in businesses where employees may work in call centers, accepting calls or making calls to people all over the world. Not only is this type of headset more comfortable for all-day wear than holding a phone up to one's ear, it allows employees to be more efficient.

Voice chat is used in the business world as well when a company may have multiple locations all over the world. Employees can sign into a chat program and hold meetings, or share documents that way, without needing to travel. This can save a company a great deal of time and money. Some people even use online voice programs to practice learning a foreign language with someone from another country.

Another method for using a voice chat program is through a webcam. When using a webcam, it is typically not necessary to wear a headset; instead, the webcam has a built-in microphone that picks up one's voice. This method of chatting online can be great for family members or friends who rarely get to see each other. Using any one of these chat programs can make it easier and less expensive to keep in touch with people all over the world.

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In this manner, a custom voice chat may be created. With numerous e-mails/voice mails/voice chats/and text messaging within a specific box, anyone can communicate with anyone on any linked computer.

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      A headset with a built-in microphone used for voice chatting.