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What Is VoIP? Know it now

Voip phoneAs the internet continues to evolve, so does our ability to communicate with people near and far. One of the areas of communication that is making the most of these advances, and the increasing speed of broadband connections, is VoIP. But what is VoIP? And how does it work? Most of us may have heard of it, and many of us used it. Its benefits for business are beginning to be fully realised and its applications at home are also impressive. Here’s a guide for those of you unfamiliar with VoIP telephone systems and what they do.

What exactly is VoIP?

VoIP is just a fancy acronym for Voice over Internet Protocol. Basically, it means that instead of making a phone call using a landline, you can place and receive calls over the internet. In many cases you just use your current phone, but instead of plugging it into the wall, you plug it into a VoIP compatible modem or router. VoIP is also sometimes referred to as internet telephony, which is basically a family of communications – phone calls, faxes, etc – that can be placed over the internet. Whatever it is called, VoIP is rapidly becoming a real option for private and business users. There is an ever increasing host of VoIP providers offering plenty of incentives for your business as well.

Cost is the biggest attraction

Because calls are placed over the internet rather than landlines, VoIP calls are significantly cheaper. VoIP does not use traditional carrier networks so costs are kept extremely low. In many cases VoIP to VoIP calls are free, national and local calls are charged per call rather than by time, and international calls are usually charged in cent increments per minute. This makes it very attractive to home users and also companies who may be looking to streamline their business phone systems.

Voice quality and security

VoIP converts your voice into data and streams it over the internet, as opposed to traditional calls where your voice is literally carried over wires or cables. So one of the downsides to VoIP is that some of these voice “data packets” can be lost along the way, meaning call quality can be compromised. This was certainly the case when VoIP became mainstream in 2004. While the technology was impressive, it did have its limitations. Now, with the development of improved software and faster, more reliable broadband connections, the call quality has become more consistent. Security is always an issue when using online services and VoIP services have been hacked in the past. But good providers will have taken every precaution to prevent this from happening.

How do I get VoIP?

There are plenty of options so you will need to do your research to determine what best suits your needs. There are browser-based providers that are proving particularly popular – in most cases with these services, computer users do not need any extra hardware. Many big telecommunications providers are also making it easier for customers to go “naked” – that is, do away with fixed landlines altogether. There are significant cost savings to be had by going “naked”, but it’s important to remember that VoIP numbers can be harder to pinpoint in times of emergency and power outages will mean you are without a phone altogether.
Published by IzajAhmed Shaikh.
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I am, Mr.IzajAhmed Shaikh, a Computer Professional and a Pro. Blogger, who belongs to Shahabad, Karnataka India. My basic Qualifications are B.Sc., and M.C.M. done from University of Pune., formerly known as, Poona University,. I like to write articles based on my personal experiences.

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