VoIP Phone Service Overtaking Traditional Connectivity: A Paradox Or Not

The one buzzword that has taken over the internet community these days is the increasing popularity of VoIP phone service. Switching from copper wire phone service to VoIP is the only way out to escape from paying hundreds and thousands of dollars on monthly business or residential phone bills. Though it is a trend-setter in itself VoIP service providers are competing to offer best VoIP plans and services to customers worldwide.

VoIP is basically based on the system of routing voice conversations over internet networks or any other IP based networks. The services of VoIP vary according to each provider and their communication protocols. The companies offering these services are known as 'providers.' The protocols used to carry the voice signals over IP networks are known as 'VoIP protocols'. These services are used mainly for commercial companies as they effectively help to reduce costs incurred.

The basic fundamentals of VoIP is that it has to convert voice signal into digital packets that are transmitted over a network such as Internet. In case, a caller is calling a regular phone number then the signal gets converted to a regular phone signal. But, Voice over IP also allows making direct calls from the computer or a traditional phone that is connected to an analogue adaptor. In addition, the internet VoIP phone services can locate wireless hotspots in areas such as parks, airports and cafés that allow the users to utilise VoIP service wirelessly.

With VoIP phone services, it is possible for the users to accomplish tasks that may be difficult with the traditional phone services. Some of them can be listed below:

  1. It is possible for callers to get calls automatically routed to the VoIP phone. This is regardless of the place and one should be connected to the internet. That is to say that users can receive calls from any place of the world.
  2. With the Internet VoIP phone service, it is possible for the users to talk for long duration of time and receive the same bill every month. This is because of long distant call plans introduced by companies from time to time.
  3. It being location independent, the users can utilise the service from any place of the world with high speed internet connection.
  4. VoIP service has the power to integrate with various other services. This may include messaging, video conversation, audio conferencing, managing an address book and informing interested parties about someone else's availability online.
  5. A very interesting feature of VoIP is that it can be set to ring simultaneously a phone and a mobile. It is a part of call forwarding. What the user has to do is to set up the phone number to ring the mobile phone too and then disable the Voice mail. What happens next is that when a call is received on the home phone number, the mobile too rings simultaneously. The user then can pick any of these gadgets to receive the call.
  6. Nowadays, various service providers offer emergency call numbers that help users to connect instantly with others.

Many interesting features are available with VoIP Phone services. When it comes to long distance and international calls, there is no comparison of Voice Over IP with other traditional methods of connectivity. People nowadays are facilitated with the latest technology to bring the best services by VoIP service providers. Internet connectivity is a must and even traditional phones can be used to make international calls for a fraction of the historically known astronomical prices.

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Originally posted by kristenkiya to TheDigest.com