What exactly is VoIP?
VoIP is an acronym for Voice over Internet Protocol. VoIP is the method and technology for the transfer of voice and video sessions over broadband Internet connections, including the Internet itself. VoIP services use digital packets (or packets of information) for transferring voice and video sessions, instead of conventional phone lines or telecommunications lines.
VoIP is used to replace regular telephone lines and traditional telephones. Many businesses and households have switched from using regular telephone lines to VoIP because it provides them with a more convenient communication method. Traditional telephones are outdated and hard to keep in contact with; VoIP eliminates this problem. You can easily talk to people all around the world using VoIP services. And talking isn’t the only benefit of VoIP: other types of data, such as email and web pages, can be transmitted using the same network.
When you sign up for VoIP services, you will get a special phone number that connects you directly to the network. It also allows you to make telephone calls using your computer’s microphone and speakers. You don’t need a traditional telephone number to make VoIP calls using your computer; the number you see in your caller identification (your VoIP address) is enough. You can use a VoIP phone to make local, long distance, and international calls using the Internet connection provided by your Internet service provider (ISP). All VoIP services provide a private network that interconnects all the internal components of VoIP. This means you can talk to any person around the world just like you would if you had a traditional telephone number.
So how do VoIP phones work? VoIP phones use your PC’s sound card and speakers to make phone calls. In order to receive VoIP service, your PC must have an adapter and a high-speed Internet connection. The adapter is what receives VoIP signals and converts them into digital information that can be sent over the Internet and received by the receiver. Once the signal is received, it is converted back to a regular telephone number.
Why should you use VoIP rather than regular phone services?
The primary reason to use a VoIP phone service is the fact that there are no long-distance charges. When you are within a VoIP network, your phone service provider does not charge you a long distance fee for making and receiving calls. As an additional feature, many VoIP providers also provide free long-distance calls. This feature eliminates the need to buy extra long distance telephone cards.
Another reason to consider VoIP work is that it is not technically difficult to set up. There are several different VoIP providers and each one has their own set of instructions that you need to follow in order to set up a VoIP phone system. Also, because VoIP is a very straightforward phone system, it is extremely easy to install and use. Most people do not have to know any computer code in order to use a VoIP system. For those who do have some technical skill, installing a VoIP phone system is very straightforward.
One last reason to consider switching to a VoIP provider is because of the price.
With traditional phone service plans, calling rates are based on how much you use your telephone each month. VoIP services are charged on the same basis as your regular telephone service. VoIP providers offer a wide range of calling plans at low prices, so if you make a large number of long distance calls each month, it would be more cost-effective to go with a VoIP provider than to continue to pay the same rate as you were using before. This is especially true if you are making international calls.
- These are just a few of the reasons that it may be time for you to start switching over to a digital telephone system.
- If you have made the decision already, then you will probably want to take a look at what additional services that a VoIP service can provide for you.
- VoIP services have a wide range of features that allow them to compete with traditional phone services, and there are many VoIP services that offer free calls to any long distance number in the country.