VoIP refers to voice over internet protocol, which is a means and instance of transmitting voice communications over the Internet, including the Internet itself. VoIP services are commonly offered by telephone companies, or by software providers. VoIP services allow users to place voice calls through a protocol-based system that operates on the Internet backbone.
The primary advantage of a VoIP service is that it allows you to make phone calls directly from your computer to any landline or mobile phone. VoIP uses your IP address to identify your computer and then proceeds to connect to the Internet instead of using your phone line. VoIP technology enables you to make calls and carry out other VoIP functions from anywhere with an internet connection. VoIP services work like a telephone network using digital signal extensions (digital vhdp’s) rather than traditional analog signal extensions.
Digital phone services and digital voice mail services are two different components of VoIP.
Digital voice mail services are sent via email attachments. These digital voice messages can be saved to your computer and forwarded to others. Voice mail messages also use digital packets that contain information such as the date and time stamp, telephone number, the extension for the message, and an embedded digital signal that identify the message sender. Voice mail systems may allow you to send messages to faxes and return calls using your VOIP phone number.
Other applications of VOIP technology are for voice over broadband connections, long distance phone calls, and IP telephones. Voice over broadband is a communication system that allows you to make phone calls over a broadband high speed internet connection. You can do this either with a wired VOIP service or, more commonly, with a VOIP phone service. Long distance business phone calls can be made using a broadband internet connection instead of using a traditional telephone line. And, with an IP telephone system, one can establish a virtual phone number and then use it to place calls without using a traditional telephone handset.
Another application of VoIP is to make calls over the internet.
This service is referred to, in general, as VOIP calling. Internet phone systems are generally referred to as IP phones, and they are available for use with computers and, in some cases, even with mobile phones.
Many small businesses use voice technology to improve their business communications system. Because of the high costs involved with using a traditional phone system, especially if you have several branches that use the same number, internet telephony offers a viable alternative. By using a special Internet connection, users are able to place phone calls from anywhere in the world where there is an available telephone connection, at a significantly reduced cost.
The benefits of this type of communication are twofold. First of all, by eliminating the need for long-distance charges and traditional landline-based telephone charges, VoIP technology reduces overall spending for both organizations and consumers. Secondly, while VoIP technology allows users to make and receive calls over the internet, it also offers them the ability to “talk” to people even when they’re on the move, which can be particularly important for businesses that travel extensively.
Of course, not all businesses are ready to adopt internet protocol as their means of communication. To this end, there are still other methods available for those who wish to make the switch to a more cost-effective and convenient system.
- For instance, businesses may choose to use a dedicated IP phone service.
- If this is the case, then the internet protocol used in the communication will be different from the one used in a voice system.
- In addition, because of the differences in the technology, the cost may be different as well.