Voice Over IP Phone
A Voice Over IP phone is the newest advancement in telephone technology by using the Internet to connect telephone calls. As an ever-growing trend in communications, the VOIP phone may eventually take over the traditional way that telephone calls are connected. For now, consumers are reaping the benefits and saving money on their phone bills. A huge benefit that will help subscribers is the fact that the service is much cheaper than traditional lines, especially for long-distance and international calls. There are a handful of new phone companies which now offer Internet telecommunications service exclusively. In addition, some major telephone companies are now adopting the new technology. Since the technology is still pretty new, disadvantages are just coming to light. It is important for a subscriber to examine both the benefits and the disadvantages before signing up for the service or entering into an extended contract.
Services are beneficial not just to consumers, but also for businesses. Businesses can use a VOIP phone to connect their employees under one system, eliminating the cost of long distance. This is a real asset for companies who run multiple offices in multiple area codes and usually amass a hefty long-distance bill. International companies also see the benefits of the systems because they can stay in contact with other offices across nations and oceans at an inexpensive price. Consumers benefit from a Voice Over IP phone in the same way. Rather than purchasing long-distance or international minutes at per-cent rates, the consumer can simply subscribe to an Internet connection and get unlimited minutes for calls. The connection carriers even offer smaller packages of 500 minutes per month to any location. Compared to the major local and long-distance telephone carriers, a subscriber could save up to 50% or more on a monthly communications expense bill. Another benefit is that many people who travel find the service to be extremely convenient. If one has a broadband connection during travels, they can take along the telephone and adapter and receive home calls at any location. A subscriber can also use the Internet connection to make calls to any location from anywhere with an adapter and a broadband connection.
Of course, there are some disadvantages. First, in order to get a Voice Over IP phone, a subscriber must have a broadband Internet connection in the home. If a subscriber already has one, then there is no problem. If the prospective subscriber does not have an Internet connection or are paying for a cheaper connection, then, by switching to broadband for the VOIP phone, there will be a substantial monthly increase. Broadband Internet usually costs anywhere from $35 to $55 per month, depending on the company that service is obtained from. But, one can save a lot of money by obtaining a broadband Internet and Internet telephone through the same company. Some major cable companies offer not only cable, but digital telephone service and a broadband Internet connection. Many offer special packages when combining all of their services. Getting basic cable, Internet telephone, and broadband Internet all together from one company can cost from $100 to $150 per month. Purchased separately would cost much more. "The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge" (Proverbs 18:15).
In the recent past, there was some controversy about this type of telecommunications service due to the issue of dialing 911. It used to be impossible to contact 911 through VOIP phone. Unfortunately, some customers had to learn this the hard way in dangerous and life-threatening situations. Since these occurrences, many of the Voice Over IP phone companies have made adjustments so that 911 does work through digital services. These companies now require that the customer keep an accurate address on file with them so that the company can patch their 911 call to the nearest 911 station. This also allows them to provide an accurate address to emergency services should one call in the event of an emergency. Before switching to an Internet connection, be sure to consider all options. Take the time to talk to a current telephone phone company about getting lower rates or a lower package. Most will work something out so that the subscriber still has most of the features they want at a good rate. If the current provider won't negotiate or there are features the subscriber can't do without, look into all of the Voice Over IP phone options. Most of these companies offer the exact same features for free as part of their services. If one does not have broadband Internet, it is important to find out the extra cost and take it into careful consideration. The fast speed of broadband is often what appeals to most of its customers. Overall, the best choice for a communications service should be a service that meets all needs and a budget.
Internet Phone ProvidersInternet phone companies have sprung up on the consumer horizon like flies on honey, and there is a reason. The honey is true telephone bill savings and each of these companies offering what is known as VoIP services can honestly give those price savings over the traditional landlines. In fact, estimates from some experts claim that very soon over fifty percent of all telephone calls made in the world will be made through the services of Internet telephone providers. What makes VoIP services so popular now is that it is not just price savings that can be offered to consumers but also a number of optional services from the traditional telephone companies that always were added on charges now come with IP telephony telephone service as a regular part of the Internet telephone service. So why should a consumer choose one of the many Internet phone companies for his/her service?
VoIP stands for voice over Internet protocol. It is also called IP telephony, but it all means the same. Instead of telephone service over the old two copper twisted wire service offered by the POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) now Internet phone providers can offer service from computer to computer, or from telephone to telephone through the same lines that the computer uses. Even the POTS, which is really an acronym coined by telephone company employees themselves is using this new technology to their own advantage. The bottom line is that for the consumer, there is a whole new way to save as much as three hundred dollars a year over the traditional landline telephone service.
If a consumer has a traditional landline telephone, it might be that DSL service from his/her existing company might be the choice. DSL stands for digital subscriber line and is a technology that allows the POTS Company to offer blazing speed for computer access and when bundled with digital telephone service, the telephone service charge will be at a smaller price than the traditional landline telephone. This particular type of service that is offered by the existing telephone companies to take advantage of their already in place logistical resources is only available within a particular radius of the phone company's main office in any area. Outlying customers would have to depend on Internet phone providers that offer cable connections using broadband technology for their service. But using a telephone service over the Web using either DSL or broadband cable services will get many standard services only viewed as options on the POTS menu of telephone services. These can include call forwarding, call forwarding ID, caller ID, call waiting, number blockage and many others.
Deciding on using one of the many Internet phone providers will probably come down to cost for most consumers. Here are some helpful things to remember when considering a broadband cable VoIP company. First, there are two ways Internet phone companies can provide service. One is through the computer itself and one is through a specially designed VoIP telephone, but in both cases broadband cable is required. If a computer is used for telephony purposes, then communication can be made by using an inexpensive headset combining a microphone and earphones. If a telephone is used, it may be interfaced with the computer and used as a regular phone.
As much as Internet phone providers try to downplay the issue, the quality for VoIP reproduction is still suspect from time to time. Whines, hisses, echoes and other odd sounds can be present on some calls, although all providers are working to improve the quality. Reviews of various IP telephony companies are easily accessible online and should be read with interest, because much of Internet phone companies' reputations are built on the customer service each one provides when services are interrupted or when individual customers are having technical difficulties and need a non technical speaking person to talk with them. IN addition, there is a problem that may not appear to be an issue until the day it arises and then the problem could be life or death in scope. Internet phone companies do not have traditional 911 services available to them. When a customers of POTS call 911, the dispatcher can tell right away the address from which the telephone call is emanating. When some dials 911 on a cell phone, the dispatcher can at least nail down the nearest cell phone tower location.
But the users of Internet phone providers do not have the technology in place yet to give the emergency dispatcher any information about address or name listed with the call. New government regulations are calling for these IP telephony companies to work as hard as possible to provide as much information as they can to local law enforcement in the event of a 911 call using VoIP technology. But this may not be enough in the case of an unfortunate need to use the service at some point. It can probably be said with some certainty that in the future, both the quality issues and the issue of 911 calls will be solved permanently for IP telephony customers. Until that time, consumers must be forewarned.
Internet phone companies can offer monthly payment as low as ten dollars for introductory rates. If total calling minutes are under five hundred, plans can be as low as fifteen dollars with some providers. But there is even better news available for those wishing to communicate with the God of the universe. First, he does not charge any fee and is open twenty four hours a day. If you are a regular subscriber of His, that is, you are His child through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, anything can be discussed without charge. If a person has not acknowledged their need for Christ, God will always listen to a prayer of repentance and faith in Christ, which opens the door to full and complete access to His very high speed telephone service about anything on your heart.