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Today, any broadband device with access to Internet can be used as a telephone with the right hardware and software. Using a technology called VoIP, or Voice over IP, companies like Vonage, located at www.vonage.com have developed software to call anywhere in the world for a fraction of the price to call using a traditional phone. One product that they offer, SoftPhone, is an add on service to Vonage's call plans. SoftPhone enables you to use your computer as a phone with its own phone number. VoIP is an emerging technology; however, keep in mind that it is not as reliable as the phone today. But a VoIP technologies develop, competition between companies offering it and traditional phone companies will heat up.