VoIP Phone: Connecting The Entire Planet
Standard telephone lines will soon be a matter of yesterday. With
the development of Internet telephony, that is experiencing a real
take off, people are more and more tempted to take full advantage
of the new technology against the old one. Voice over Internet Protocol,
or VoIP, is now today’s news. With an Internet connection,
a computer and a subscription to a VoIP provider, you are now at
the same pace as the technology.
Let’s see how VoIP telephony is better than the regular landline.
First, you are not tight down to your home through your telephone
number. If you have Internet connection and a computer, you can
have access to your number, from anywhere you are. Your PC will
not be blocked during the time you talk on the phone, and you will
still be able to use other programs. Cell phones work great with
this technology, so if you have a mobile device that can be connected
to the Internet, there you are.
In the same network, or from VoIP to VoIP, the phone calls do not
cost you anything. In case you want to connect with other networks,
you will have to pay, though.
The quality of the sound delivered via Internet is far better than
when talking on a regular phone. This is an advantage that cannot
You can also add as many features as you like with your VoIP. Because
all the VoIP providers include such options in their basic plans,
you can really enjoy all they have to offer. You can talk to anybody
you like, you can see that person, you can talk with more than one
person in the same time and so on.
The analog signals transmitted are transformed into digital signals
by VoIP. This means that they can be delivered through the Internet,
and the quality of digital over analog is not to be denied. This
ability also allows to use your standard phone as a VoIP device,
with only one additional device.
Keep in mind that the main requirement for your VoIP phone to work
is to have a very good quality broadband Internet connection. The
VoIP phone will connect with the network and it will then work at
the possible quality provided by the network. Your regular phone
can also serve as a VoIP device, but, for that, you have to ask
your provider to give you an adapter. With the necessary VoIP software
installed on your computer and a set of microphone and earphones,
you can place your calls as you wish.
When you discuss the terms of your contract with the provider for
a VoIP phone, there are certain things that you must be aware of.
For instance, if you mostly plan to call and talk to people that
are from other state than yourself, then you can choose the area
code they have. This means that you will be able to place calls
to that area as if you are placing local calls. Your option will
result in savings on the bill. There are many things that can be
discussed here, so it is better to see what your provider is willing
You can make phone calls over the world with your VoIP phone, local
calls, long distance calls, even international calls. You can also
call people on their cell phones. The good news is that only you
are required to have all the equipment necessary for your VoIP phone,
and the other person is not. You may even talk to more people at
the same time, if this is what you wish.
Some drawbacks are to be considered when you decide to install
a VoIP phone. For instance, in case of a power outage, your VoIP
phone will not work, unlike landline phones. Also, a constant connection
to the Internet will be needed when making calls and talking. These
dependencies are negative aspects, but they can be solved. For instance,
you can store your messages in your voice mail box, when you cannot
Not all the VoIP providers can grant you access to certain services,
like calling the emergency number 911, or directory assistance.
So, it is advisable to search for a provider that can give you these
options. You also must know that there will be a difference when
you call 911, then when you make your call from a standard telephone
line. The service is available, though, in case you need it.
The best thing about your VoIP phone is that you can make a phone
call anywhere you want you, which means that distances are no longer
a problem for communication.