Internet Phone Systems
Internet phone systems are the communication wave of the future and are already gaining consumer steam. Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP phone systems have already moved from the largely corporate resting place to typical American homes. This new communication trend provides a variety of advantages over the old way of telephone communications and has only minor disadvantages that will largely be corrected in the near future. Advances like video phones are no longer a distant possibility for the average person. Free long distance calls will soon be a routine plus to consumers.
It is estimated that a communication explosion is about to take place among average consumers who are still paying high monthly bills to their standard phone companies. As Internet phone systems get the kinks out for wide consumer use, even in rural areas, major communication systems will merge in many households. Using broadband connection and a computer almost anyone will be able to make a simple telephone call without paying that huge bill. All that is needed is DSL or a cable connection that provides broadband connection and VoIP phone systems will be accessible in many areas.
Voice over Internet Protocol works by transmitting the spoken language over computers through broadband connections. Consumers can dial the number they need to reach and a computer or system that is connected to the Internet will forward the call through the Internet to the phone system or computer they are trying to reach. The receiving end of the call will answer with a ring and the call is complete. The key to VoIP phone systems is the digitizing of sounds just as computers can digitize pictures. A person's voice is digitized and sent through broadband connection to another destination. This allows the easy merge of digital voice and picture production so that video phones will sooner rather than later become commonplace among typical consumers.
Corporate America has been using web telecommunication for some time. This convenient form of communication is relatively common for over 70% of corporate businesses. Internet phone systems, however, will become more and more commonplace for most Americans. As broadband connection becomes more easily accessed in rural areas, soon the average person will realize the advantages of these telephone services for their personal, home use. Once anyone has a computer, they will be able to access DSL or cable and the portal to high tech communication will open.
At this point, there are a few disadvantages to VoIP phone systems for the masses that are expected to be overcome in the near future. Not everyone has access to DSL or cable which restricts the use of broadband connection in many areas of the country. Until DSL or cable is provided in rural and out of the way places, this new technology will continue to be out of grasp for consumers. A few other disadvantages such as 911 access and no listing in local telephone directories can be a disadvantage to some consumers. These problems are already being addressed and before long it will be possible for almost anyone to enjoy the benefits no matter where they live.
Many consumers will enjoy the often lower charges for Internet phone systems that will be possible as well as receiving free long distance calls. Savings through free long distance calls are a major plus for many consumers and will be worth it for them to tap into web telecommunication by choosing DSL or cable connections. Another feature that many consumers will find attractive is access to video phones. Digitized pictures have always been an alluring feature for any median such as the new camera phones that are so popular today.
Many businesses will find VoIP phone systems helpful not only for the lower charges and long distance savings. These advancements make it possible for any size company to offer different area codes for their phone numbers throughout the company. This can enhance their business image as a national company even if they are smaller since web telecommunication will not be using local phone lines in any particular location as do the old type of phone systems. Communication possibilities for the future continues to provide interesting, productive and money saving features through further development of broadband connections which include the new wave of these telephone services.
In order to prepare for the introduction of Internet phone systems in your area, check out the accessibility of DSL or cable for your home or office. If it is not yet in your area, stay current on the quickly changing communications landscape for your area. This revolutionary telecommunications movement is no longer just accessible to corporations and large businesses. You can find further information through many online sources regarding Voice over Internet Protocol for any projected use you may have in mind. "Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6)
Computer Phone SystemOffice computer phone systems are becoming more common among small and large businesses, university campuses, and home offices, through connections to broadband, high-speed communication services. One of the first things a new user will notice that is really different from other phone systems is the omission of area codes. Now, no matter where a call is going within the caller's area code, dialing seven digits will complete the connection. The seconds saved by dialing only seven numbers will add up during a day when telephone traffic is heavy. In addition, this system offers the same conveniences a businessperson can receive through conventional telephone set-ups.
Call forwarding can be an important feature on any business telephone because of the freedom it offers to the business owner. One doesn't have to be present in the office to receive important calls. Along with this feature of the computer phone system comes the ability to do it from any computer if someone forgets to forward calls before leaving the office but thinks of it later. Since computers are so prevalent, finding a public station in a restaurant or hotel is usually not a problem. Also included in the package is caller ID, which allows a person to know who's on the other end of the line before picking up. Of course, one must choose a phone with a display window to view this information.
With land telephone service there is a list with the monthly bill that logs all incoming and outgoing calls from the billed number. There is no record of calls missed because there was not a completed connection. However, with office computer phone systems, you can get a log that shows missed calls in addition to all those that were completed. It can be an advantage to know who was trying to call but did not get through, and didn't leave a message. This service is unique to the high-speed computer phone system. Call return, the ability to dial 69 and immediately call back the last number that dialed in, has been available for landline phones for some time, but there is a fee above the regular monthly bill for the computer phone system service. These phones provide this service free of charge.
Call waiting is another regularly available feature that has a twist with the computer phone system. Instead of just hearing a beep letting a person know there is someone calling while he is on another call, there is also a display of the name and number of the caller so a decision as to whether or not to accept the call can intelligently be made. A simple press of the flash button or switch hook will put the current caller on hold while the second call is accepted, then the same procedure gets back to the original call. That procedure is the same as with landline phones.
Because of the unique connection, placing calls to persons on the computer address list is simplified by simply clicking on the telephone connection by a name, and the number is automatically dialed. This feature, called "click to call" is a timesaver, especially when making a series of calls for a meeting. Also, where there is more than one line in an office, different rings can be chosen so they are easily distinguishable from one another before answering. This is particularly important if each line represents a different business the owner is running. The businessman, when setting up office computer phone systems, can make the choice.
Most people have addresses and telephone numbers stored electronically in a cell phone, or handwritten in a pocket directory, and another list on the computer that is used only for online communications. With office computer phone systems, all of that information can be electronically stored, and will be accessible to the telephone through the click to call mentioned above. On the other side of the coin, there are times when a person doesn't want any telephone connections to disturb him while he's working on something, or in conference with someone. That's when the "do not disturb" feature comes into play. This feature of the computer phone system sends calls directly to Voicemail where callers will hear a message stating calls are not being accepted. Quiet is valuable for recuperating from stress and prayer, and its value is even mentioned in Scripture. "Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven." (Psalm 107:30)
Still another feature of the office computer phone systems is one that allows calls to multiple numbers, one after the other, so that if the businessman is visiting several clients and doesn't want to miss a call he's expecting, the call can follow him to wherever he's going. Cell phones have allowed people to be connected any time of day or night already, but some of these features not found on the cell are particularly beneficial to business offices through their electronic connections. It may well be the wave of the future.