VoIP is an acronym for Voice over Internet Protocol. A VoIP service is either a broadband connection (VoIP) phone service or a computer-to-computer service. VoIP telephony offers a high-end telephone experience with much greater ease than traditional telecommunications. VoIP allows users to make calls from computers at much faster speeds and with much greater flexibility than using regular phone services.
There are three varieties of VoIP: broadband, cable broadband, and mobile VoIP.
These three types of VoIP have various advantages and disadvantages when compared with analog phones. The three types of VoIP are:
Free VoIP: This is one type of free VoIP that uses your PC as an intermediary between your VoIP provider and your telephone system. The advantages of this type of VoIP work are that you do not have to buy anything; however, there are some disadvantages to this type of VoIP plan. Your VoIP phone service may not be compatible with all systems or may not work at all if your VoIP provider does not support VoIP phone service. Your VoIP provider may not provide any help with installing the VoIP software on your computer. Also, the free VoIP work may be very limited in the features it offers. It is also possible that the VOIP provider you are using could cut off connections at any time without warning.
Hybrid VoIP Systems: Some VoIP providers offer a hybrid form of VoIP. These types of VoIP are often used for calls made outside the United States but use the same technology and protocols as those used within the United States. Some companies that offer this type of VoIP can offer long distance calls at no extra charge. You may pay a low monthly fee for long distance calls that are sent to other countries. Many VoIP providers offer this kind of service, but it is often limited to only making local long distance calls. The systems are so different that many people cannot understand why they are paying extra for long distance calls when they do not make them.
Presubsscription VoIP Services: Some VoIP service providers offer plans or services that require you to sign up for a long-term agreement before you will be able to make a call. In this type of plan, VoIP is included as part of the service and the customer pays a monthly fee for this service. The subscriber is then restricted to making calls during the subscription period and cannot make any calls or receive any calls after the subscription period has expired.
Call Routing With A Broadband Internet Connection: Some VoIP providers offer features that allow you to route voice calls to either a toll-free number or a voicemail box. If you have a broadband internet connection, this can be a very useful feature. Most VoIP providers allow you to set up a voicemail account where you can store your favorite voicemail messages. You can then use a regular telephone to call these numbers or you can even call them from your computer with your Skype or Microsoft Office programs.
Web Conferences: Some VoIP services may offer you the ability to make calls from your computer or from your smartphone. These types of systems typically use your web browser as the tool to enter information into a form. You can send the information through email or you can send it over the web to someone else who you are in contact with. VoIP lets you make conference calls over the internet from anywhere with a regular telephone network.
There are many other VoIP options that you can choose from.
Some providers have software-based systems, while others allow you to use your PC as a modem. You can also use a combination of software and PC services to implement your business VoIP system.
- You will find that most VoIP services require that you sign a one-time software license for each subscriber.
- This is often very inexpensive if you compare it to the cost of a conventional long-distance or international telephone call.
- VoIP software-based systems also tend to be less costly than software-based systems that use a telephone connection.