VOIP – Voice Over Internet Protocol: A Beginner's Guide

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VOIP – Voice Over Internet Protocol: A Beginner's Guide


Also known as Voice over IP or VoIP, it is a way of making phone calls using an Internet connection instead of a regular phone line. VoIP is a technology that takes analog audio signals, like your voice, and converts them to digital signals that are then transmitted over the Internet. A broadband or high speed internet connection is needed and can be provided through a cable, DSL or other local area network. A computer, special telephone adapter or a specialized phone are required to use this service.

VoIP users can make a call directly from their computer, a special VoIP phone, or a traditional phone connected to a special adapter. This technology can turn a standard Internet connection into a way to place phone calls. Some companies offering VoIP service include features that may not be available with traditional phone service without the user pays additional fees. The other advantage to VoIP is that you may be able to avoid paying for both broadband and traditional phone service since all your calls are transmitted over the internet.

There are some things to be considered before switching from your traditional telephone service to a VoIP service. Some VoIP services do not work during a power outout without the provider offers some kind of backup power. Also telephone service is lost whenever the internet connection goes down. One of the most important things to consider before switch is whether or not the provider connects directly with emergency services through the 9.1.1 system, which is not all service providers do. Lastly not all VoIP providers offer directory assistance and white page listings.


Source by Carlos Webber

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