Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) may very well be the wave of the future rushing over current technology, bringing with it the freedom from traditional phone service providers who have shuffled the phone service market into a conundrum of what quality phone service should be or cost. VOIP clears the way to a path of less resistance when it comes to how you want to have your phone services situated, what price you do or don’t want to pay and what you can expect to receive for those services.
What exactly differentiates VOIP from traditional land lines service and if you’re considering VOIP, why should you switch? VOIP, also sometimes referred to as Digital Telephone service or Internet Telephony is the manner in which voice communications are relayed over an Internet connection from one place to another. One of the true beauties of VOIP is that, compliments of the Internet, you can be anywhere in the world that a valid Internet connection is present and talk with anyone that is anywhere else in the world provided they also have an Internet connection or a land line that is capable of receiving the VOIP. This factor alone makes VOIP stand in the gap between the Internet and oftentimes dysfunction land lines and take phone calls to a new and outstanding level of communication.
The inside look at VOIP takes into consideration the functionality of the Internet connection and the incredulous speeds with which data can be conveyed and contrasts this to the functionality and limited conveyance of a land line. If you’ve ever picked up your phone and heard distinct chatter that was not a conversation in your home, you understand the difference.
There is no suggestion that VOIP is without its risks. No system is perfect and VOIP is no exception. Because VOIP operates exclusively through your Internet, if your service provider goes down or your connection to the server is broken for some other reason, you are also without phone service. It may be that, for this reason, many people who rely on VOIP also have a cell phone instead of a land line because the odds of the cell phone and VOIP being out at the same time are astronomically low if not virtually impossible.
Although VOIP is not still experimental, there are different high speed connections to the Internet based on the particular service provider you select. For example, one Internet service provider connects your cables within the home that run to your router to a dish the sits on top of your house. Obviously your Internet and VOIP are subject to the conditions that the dish can withstand. If the wind blows your television and Internet out often, your VOIP will be blown out often as well. For that reason alone, VOIP may not be the best choice for that particular type of service provider for your Internet and certainly not your VOIP; especially if you are using your VOIP for a business source for contacts.