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Is Voice Over IP
Right For Me?
For those of you that don't already know,
Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) allows you to make telephone
calls using your internet connection. VoIP converts your voice
to a digital signal which is sent over the internet to where you
made your call. The digital signal is converted back to an
analog one when it reaches its destination. This allows you to
make calls to anyone you want, regardless if they use VoIP.
Setting Up Your VoIP System
Setting up your VoIP system is
simple. To start you need to have a broad band internet
connection. If you choose a company like Vonage for your VoIP
service you will need to buy their hardware. It is a rather
inexpensive purchase that is installed like a router; between
your computer and your internet connection. Plug in a standard
phone and you are ready to go. The VoIP phone works the same as
your traditional phone system.
What Are Some Advantages
The big advantage is cost savings. Since your calls
are made over the net there really is no long distance. So right
away you save on long distance charges. This is the primary
reason why VoIP has become so popular.
to VoIP is that it can allow you to disconnect your regular
phone line. If you have broadband internet there is no need for
you to maintain a telephone line as well. VoIP frees you from
having to have this phone line. More money saved.
secondary phone number from a different area code is also a big
advantage. With some voice over IP services you can get a second
phone number from an area code where you receive a lot of calls
form. For example, if your parents live in Toronto and you live
in New York you can get a second number with a Toronto area
code. Now your parents can call a local number to reach you in
New York. Now they save on long distance as well.
Disadvantages of VoIP.
With any new technology there are some
down sides as well. Voice over IP is no exception. With some
VoIP services 911 calls are not possible. In general this is a
small issue, after all how often do you call 911. However, when
you need 911 it is really important that the service works.
VoIP is power dependant. If there is a power outage your VoIP
phone will likely not work. Although this problem also happens
with most regular cordless phones.
If your internet
connection has periods of slow service this will have a negative
effect on your VoIP phone. The result will be calls where your
voice will be broken up and garbled.
It is quite likely
that you will not be able to access services you enjoy with your
regular phone service. Although features like voice mail, call
waiting, call forwarding, can be obtained with your VoIP service
directory assistance will likely not work.
You also may
not be able to use your current phone number. If you do not live
in a major center it is unlikely that you will be able to simply
roll your current number over to your VoIP service. This is the
problem I currently have and is the last stumbling block before
I can go with VoIP. The only number I can get would be for a
city 4 hours away. The result would be that anyone calling from
where I live would have to call long distance to phone me.
Anytime you have to make a decision to go with new technology
you have to way the advantages with the disadvantages. If you
can live with the few disadvantages that voice over IP currently
has you can save a lot of money on your long distance calls.
About the author:
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