VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a technology that enables you to place calls over a broadband internet connection rather than the basic telephone service. VoIP is also marketed by other names including Internet phone service, Broadband phone and Digital voice - schemes by different providers employing the same base technology.
How to Use VoIP
In order to use the VoIP feature, you will need high-speed internet access provided by a cable or DSL connection. It requires up to 90kbps in speed which all depends on the voice compression algorithm used by the service provider. With your broadband connection intact, simply pick up the handset, dial a number and carry on with a conversation. It’s that easy. Even if the person you want to call doesn’t have a VoIP-based phone, you can still communicate as the connection is enabled by your provider.
The Benefits of VoIP
• All of your calls are covered under one monthly fee. This actual cost will depend on your VoIP service provider.
• No hidden fees. Unlike those questionable charges that show up on your monthly phone bills, there are no regulatory fees or taxes charged for internet-based phones, making the service far more affordable.
• Cheaper long distance and international cost. The Internet is one of the largest networks in the world, allowing you to make calls from the UK to Australia. Most VoIP service providers have reasonable rates for internet calls. However, in an awe inspiring effort, providers such as Siemens have developed phone, such as the Gigaset S685 IP, that allow you to make internet calls at no charge when signing up with their network community.
Features of VoIP
When using VoIP, your voice is first converted from an analog signal into small packets of data. Next, these small packets are transmitted over a broadband connection to your service provider. This is the basis of internet communications, making it a perfect platform for VoIP phone calls.
VoIP consist of many features, including the following:
• The ability to store incoming calls to voice mail.
• The ability to send voice mail as an email attachment, enabling you to access it on any computer.
• Multi-line function. Many VoIP service plans allow up to three people to participate in a single call, allowing you to make plans with all your friends at one time.
• Call waiting and caller ID. These features are typically offered at no charge by VoIP service providers; privileges you generally have to pay for with your local phone provider.
Now that you know a bit more about VoIP, you too can take advantage of this affordable and sensible method of making calls.