Internet Telephony Devices

Any VoIP customer will want to know Internet telephony devices inside and out as the decision is made to go truly high tech in the residential and business telecommunications arena. VoIP is an acronym for voice over Internet protocol and is the now and coming tidal wave sweeping the world of communications in both business and home usage. It is the tidal wave for one reason, and that reason is price. With the digital revolution have come Internet telephony products that cut the cost of landline telephone usage in half. But to understand the genius of these products, an understanding of the entire IP telephony system is in order. And while many people might think the old telephone system's goose is cooked and set on the dinner table, another actuality is really in play. The two twisted copper wires still entering the majority of houses in America that have provided analog telephone service for all these decades is finding a new partner in technology. And the twisted wire Mr. Bell is still in business after one hundred years.

With the onset of DSL services by the nation phone companies, Internet telephony devices have a huge future. DSL, the high speed Internet service offered by local phone companies, is a technology that sends digital signals over existing copper wire telephone lines. Most customers say that the difference between digital phone service and the traditional analog telephone signal in terms of quality is negligible. But your regular run of the mill telephone sitting somewhere at home or at a place of business will not work on DSL unless it gets some high tech help. Just like a computer needs a modem to enter the Internet, so does the old analog phone. So your local phone company will provide customers wanting DSL service with a modem to change analog into digital. Usually those customers wanting the advantages of high speed Internet service with DSL will also opt for the digital phone service also because unlimited long distance is included along with a host of standard features including caller id, call forwarding, call blocking and voicemail.

But the real toys for VoIP are available with cable connection service. Internet telephony products abound for those customers interested in using their computer for telephone service rather than the analog phone service. For some customers, the first step to real VoIP freedom is to download free software that enables any user of the software to talk to any other user of the same free software free of any charges. Free and free, a pretty cool deal. Buying a phone that uses a USB connection to any computer is not hard to find and actually very affordable. Some of the IP telephony phones are actually programmed to run with free downloadable calling software adding many features that the downloadable software program provides.

The amazing thing about most of the Internet telephony devices is that they are very reasonably priced. Cordless VoIP phones run from thirty dollars to about one hundred fifty dollars. Business phones meant to interface with an IP PBX are about one hundred and twenty five dollars. For the very small business needing only three phones, a VoIP business system with IP PBX can be found online for fewer than one thousand dollars. A system with eight phones can be purchased for less than fifteen hundred dollars. The cost of going high tech is very affordable, at least at the lower end of the project size. "If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will He clothe you, O ye of little faith?" (Luke 12:28)

Making the commitment to go with a VoIP configuration and investing in Internet telephony products to lower a telecommunications bill can certainly pay off in the long run. As the technology continues to advance, it will not be long until every aspect of business life will be interconnected, and there will no longer be excuses that a memo wasn't seen, a conference was missed, a project wasn't on time or someone was left out of the loop. For the business dragging its feet on making the switch to IP communications, managed telephony may be the answer. This term denotes the measured turnover from analog to VoIP technology, handled by an outside consulting firm. This measured approach allows the leasing or renting of Internet telephony devices and systems, perhaps one company section at a time, so that valuable man hours are not lost in the inevitable glitches of introducing any new system so integral to a company's health and viability.

Making changes are hard for anyone, and for an entire company, even if it is small, can be difficult financially and in the expected culture of the business. In other words, the unsettling of employee routines, adding new systems that might place more demands on employee productivity and adding what might be more complicated Internet telephony products that have to be mastered in a short amount of time are all issues to be faced in the change process. To remain competitive in a business world that is now global means that static is no longer an acceptable description for commercial thinking. Though perhaps kicking and screaming, companies will be brought into the IP arena. Just as a leopard cannot change its spots to stripes, even if desired, all humanity cannot make itself acceptable in God's sight except through a Savior of God's choosing.

IP Telephony Equipment

If the choice is to go with IP telephony systems either at home or in business, there are probably a number of things of which someone ought to be aware. IP telephony is another way of expressing what is known as VoIP telephone service. VoIP stands for voice over Internet protocol, a fancy term for phone service with your computer. It is estimated by many experts that over half of the world's phone calls even now are being done with the VoIP configuration, and the percentage is rising daily. Of course, the main reason for anyone be it a residence or a business for using IP telephony equipment is for the price savings over the POST. The POST is the phone company employees' own term of endearment for the plain old simple telephone. That's the two-copper-wire- twisted-together-service that has served the world for over one hundred years.

IP telephony systems are based on two different kinds of configurations. The first is called DSL which stands for digital subscriber line. This is the technology that your dear old POST had to invent to save their business lives going into the twenty first century. This ingenious technology allows digital quality phone service to be placed on the old copper wires that all phone companies from the 1950's still own. Compared to the cable broadband communication service, DSL may a little slower when used for computer downloads, but the difference might only be negligible except for the most computer savvy. But the biggest reason someone might want to use DSL over the POST service is for all the options that this protocol offers for no additional cost. In years past, some of these additional services weren't even available from the POST Company, and if they were, they could cost as much as an additional twenty or thirty dollars each month.

But IP telephony equipment is all based on computers today, and new services are as easily added in many cases as a newly developed piece of software. So IP telephony systems providers are able to give consumers the much desired and sought after services once only available for the customers with deeper pockets. With the onset of computer capability have come routine services such as caller ID, call forwarding, call forwarding ID, voicemail, call me find me, three way calling, conference calling and many more features. So whether it is DSL service from the phone company or broadband service over the Internet from a brand new generation of IP providers, the stay in touch features of IP telephony hardware can thrill the most ardent of communication aficionados. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1)

If a person is using their own phone as a simple telephony system, he/she will only need one special piece of IP telephony equipment, and that is a modem. The modem will interface between the phone outlet and the regular landline telephone that is found in most homes already. In many cases, the POST company will now offer unlimited local and long distance calling for a flat rate each month, instead of listing each long distance call made over the past month. In most cases, the POST service is eager to bundle a customer's IP telephony, satellite television and high speed computer link together, saving the customer a large savings over each service being purchased separately each month. But the DSL is not the only option for those wanting one of the many IP telephony systems available.

While the term VoIP can be used with DSL, it is usually identified with broadband cable's offering into the world of IP telephony equipment and service. One of the drawbacks to using DSL for an IP telephony system either in business or in the home is the restriction on where DSL can be offered. It is limited to a certain radios around the local phone company's main office. But for other customers outside the radius or those who prefer a broadband cable connection, true over the computer telephone service is available. And there are two ways that this can be achieved. First is to use a specially designed VoIP telephone that would connect directly to a broadband cable. A person might want this instead of buying a second computer for somewhere in the house. The second way is either to connect a phone to the computer or use a combination headset and microphone to talk.

Using any of the IP telephony equipment options means that all calling, both local and long distance can be had for one low monthly flat fee. For a business that already has cable to send data each day, it's the end of one of the bills each month and all calls can be sent alongside the data stream. For a company wishing to completely move from landline to IP telephony systems, there are many vendors ready to offer both the equipment, installation and customer service to set up a totally non-landline telecommunications configuration. For about $2500.00, a business can buy a base system, eight phones and the software to run the system. Adding a few additional calls is only a few hundred dollars more and the beauty is that the system can continue to grow with a business. If a company spends two hundred dollars a month for POST service, it would not take very long for the system to pay for itself.

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