VoIP Broadband Phone Service: What Makes It Better Than The Telephone?
During the last few years, the new technology called VoIP gained
more and more supporters, whether they are normal people, that like
to communicate with one another, or businesses with greater needs
regarding communication means.
You may wonder what makes VoIP so special. We will try to answer
that. First, you must know, that on the first look, VoIP is not
so different from the regular telephone. You make calls, you receive
calls, as before. Only that the data is not transmitted through
telephone wires, but through the Internet. The immediate consequence
is cheaper calls.
VoIP is considered to be much less expensive than the telephone.
One reason we mentioned before. But service providers also offer
their clients many features for free, features that are usually
charged by telephone companies. For instance, communication between
two clients of the same network can talk for free.
There is no problem if you live on the right side of the Atlantic
Ocean. You can call anybody you want, even from other continents,
for free, as long as they have the same VoIP service.
Advanced features for telephone companies are standard features
for VoIP. Caller ID, forwarding calls, conference, they are all
included in any package offered by a VoIP provider. Some even offer
video capabilities and they grant you free access to video calls,
by using webcams, for free.
There are all kinds of advantages. For instance, you can redirect
a call to a specific telephone number, by using the VoIP software.
Here is how you can gain access to all these.
The first prerequisite is an Internet connection. You need to have
a broadband connection, so the quality and the speed are reliable
for your needs. Then, of course, you must have a computer or an
IP phone so you can actually make the phone calls. Your computer
works as a VoIP device, but only if you install on it a VoIP software.
This is not hard to do, as this software is available, free for
download, on the Internet. Because you want to be heard when you
make your call, buy a microphone and a speaker for your computer.
If computers are not exactly your thing, use an IP phone. This
can be used as any other phone and, plus, it will allow you to make
video calls. Just ask your VoIP provider for one and choose the
model that you like best.
If you do not want another phone, the solution for you is to transform
your old telephone into a VoIP device. What you need for that is
called Analog Telephone Adapter. This piece of equipment will do
the trick for you.
Here is how this works. A regular phone has an RJ 11 connector,
while an IP phone has an RJ 45 Ethernet connector. The ATA will
solve this problem, by connecting the phone with the computer and
making from your analog phone a digital capable device. It has two
slots, one for the RJ 11 connector and the RJ 45 Ethernet connector
for the other. Connect all these and you are done. Practically,
the Analog Telephone Adapter will use the original RJ 11 connector
of the telephone, but also the RJ 45 Ethernet connector, so it can
make the link between your telephone and your computer.
There are not only advantages when it comes to VoIP. There are
also drawbacks. For instance, if you experience a power outage,
your VoIP device will not work without it. Also, if the Internet
connection falls down, you will have the same problem. These are
risks that you must assume when you decide for a VoIP connection
instead of a standard one. Your line will not be able to work without
electricity or without Internet capability, so keep that in mind.
But, still, the advantage in affordability remains, especially
regarding distant calls and basic features included in the fee.
You will no longer have to worry about phone bills, once you have
access to all the free features offered by VoIP providers. You will
be able to call anybody you want for free, and you will have to
pay only for the fixed fee charged by your provider.