Understanding Voice Over Internet Protocol (voip).
Internet Voice, also known as Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP), is a technology that allows you to make telephone calls
using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (or
analog) phone line. Some services using VoIP may only allow you
to call other people using the same service, but others may
allow you to call anyone who has a telephone number - including
local, long distance, mobile, and international numbers. Also,
while some services only work over your computer or a special
VoIP phone, other services allow you to use a traditional phone
through an adaptor. The calls are made over a data network like
the internet. VoIP converts the voice to a digital signal that
can travel over the internet then converts it back to voice once
it reaches the other end. This enables you to speak to anyone
with a regular phone number. When placing a VoIP call using a
phone with an adapter, you'll hear a dial tone and dial just as
you always have. VoIP may also allow you to make a call directly
from a computer using a conventional telephone or a microphone.
Placing a Call
All VoIP Services are a bit different in the way you place a
call. If you have an adapter connected to your internet
Connection you can-just pick up your phone and dial the number.
The call goes through your local phone company to a VoIP
provider. The call proceeds over the internet to the called
party's local telephone company and the call is completed. You
can also plug a microphone headset into your computer, this is a
good option it you have a slow (dial-up) connection as it cuts
out some of the echo commonly heard in slow connections.
Utilizing a headset, the number is dialed using a keyboard &
routed through your cable modem.
Equipment Needed for VoIP
High-Speed Broadband connection, IP Phones (Softphones will
require PC) or Analog Telephone Adapters (ATAs) and VoIP Service
Provider, currently there are 505 in the U.S. alone, the best
known probably being Vonage.
When you looking for a VoIP provider be sure to check what the
they offer, some companies allow you to make calls only to other
subscribers of their service. But most companies will allow you
to call anyone, land line, cellular, local, long distance and
some companies even allow you to talk to more than one person at
Many people today use their cell phone as their primary phone,
with VoIP you could eliminate your landline phone altogether.
You can call anyone, any where in the world and talk along as
you want. VoIP calls do not have to pay toll or distance charges
so the possibilties for consumers and small business to save
money are the most attractive feature of Voice over Internet