A Look at Internet Voice
Technology (VoIP) for Residential
Over the past several years, VoIP technology has made remarkable
stides. IP Telephone’s advanced VoIP data-compression-rate, superior
quality, and the wide spread reach of residential high speed Internet has allowed
constomers less expensive solutions with a wide variety of features than we
might ever previously enjoyed. Today, many VoIP providers are providing free equipment along with competetive
price points that will lower telephone bills by up to 60% or possibly
How Does VoIP Work
Voice over Internet Protocol, commonly known as VoIP, uses an existing high speed internet connection to initiate
and terminate phone calls as opposed to the use of your regular phone line. It works
by converting your telephone calls into little data packets and transmits the
packets over an existing High-Speed Internet connection, like email, and is
terminated to a traditional telephone
What's the advantage of VoIP? BY utilizing your High Speed Internet connection
as opposed to your traditional telephone line is more cost effective. You can place VoIp Calls to anywhere in the world,
anytime of day for less money while still getting traditional telephone features like Call
Forwarding, Call Waiting, 3-way Calling, and Caller ID.
One very common misnomer about Voice over IP is that it utilizes a lot of bandwidth, when, the fact is, VoIP data is a compressed type of
traffic. Each VoIP call uses 14 Kbps of bandwidth. Most high-speed Internet connections fluctuates from 1-40 Mbps. The 14 Kbps is insignificant and you will not notice a slow down of your internet connection while making a VoIP Call.
The VoIP Disadvantages
If you're considering VoIP to replace your regular
phone service, there are several things you
should consider when shopping the different VoIP providers.
Most VoIP provider services will not work during power
outages unless you take precautions to provide yourself some backup power. Since VoIP is run over a high speed connection, it relies on a router which is powered by electricity unlike a traditional telepheon line.
Additional steps for setting up, VoIp 911 Calls where you
will need to pre-register a physical address for so emergency services would know where to respond to in the case of an emergency.
Different VoIP providers offer optional VoIP packages to be customized to
your specific calling and telephone needs. Actual utilization, preferred calling features, and future
expansion needs will be the deciding factors when
selecting a VoIP package.
It is a virtual guarantee that you will spend less on calls with VoIP.
The monthly telephone service itself generally cheaper than
your traditional telephone company's monthly fees, the included enhanced features you get
with VoIP are much more flexible and useful and are offered
as included features. Features like:
Voice Mail – Generally web based voicemail which allows for emailing and easy saving of emails.
Call forwarding – Forward your voip calls to your cell phone, office telephone,
or any other number for that matter.
Portability – You have the ability to take your phone adapter anywherein
the world, use your same VoIP telephone number, and call for free anywhere in
the United States and Canada
SoftPhone – this application is a VoIP software program and can be installed on
any PC and will work the same way as any VoIP
3-way conferencing Call
A Digital Phone Adapter – These are also commonly referenced as VoIP telephone adapters, are given free of charge by your VoIP provider.
A Telephone – . A traditional Telephone will do.
A VoIP Service provider – There are several available.
Here are a few you might want to check out: