Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is fast becoming the way for the world to communicate and the VoIP market jungle is full of baby companies wanting your business. According to a new report from eMarketer, the popularity of VoIP telephony services will continue to see significant growth for at least the next four years.
VoIP is the technology used to transmit audio as data over the internet to either a computer or to a landline phone. Also, one high speed internet connection can serve for multiple VoIP telephone lines, thus allowing the conference calling feature to be useful. Depending on the company you choose you may able to combine your internet service with your phone service into one lower monthly bill. All supplier of VoIP must provide a reliable 911 service based on a FCC ruling. As companies compete for business, rates and serviced options continue to improve.
You need three things in order to use VoIP: 1. a high-speed Internet connection (either cable or DSL) 2. Broadband phone adapter (provided by the VoIP service provider) 3. Any standard (analog or digital) phone. To make a VoIP telephone call, the user has to have two things, a high-speed Internet connection (256kbs or higher) and a broadband telephone adapter. In most situations, it is best to have the router built into the broadband phone adaptor, so that if the user is making a telephone call and on the computer at the same time, the router knows to give most of the bandwidth to the phone call, thereby reducing lag time and the frequency of dropped calls. All phone companies offer conference call facilities using just the telephone, but with VoIP, conversation is just the beginning. Family members in Ohio can call relatives anytime in Florida on a local call. All the party in Florida need is to have broadband service to receive the call.
VoIP is a technology that has been around for several years, but has only recently begun to develop and advance into a real alternative to regular analog phone systems. With VoIP, you can simply enjoy much cheaper phone calls by utilizing your existing PC set up and data networks. If you are a long distance caller you could be involuntarily making VoIP calls without using a VoIP Broad Band phone and at normal land line costs. The advent of VoIP service providers has caused the cost of long distance calls to be dramatically reduced. If you want to reach across the globe using VoIP, then compare long distances charges of various service providers before choosing the best one for your needs.
Copyright © 2007 Will Jones
Will is a retired Research Food Technologist who worked over forty years with a major Fortune 500 food company in the Midwest. Product and process development of various types of foods were Will’s expertise. Will’s interests include reading, cooking, fishing, travel and golf.
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