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The Use of VoIP Technology and Internet Phones Today
Today’s consumers have three main options when opting for VoIP service including PC-to-PC and PC-to-phone service, IP phones, and ATA converters.
Getting set up for PC-to-PC or PC-to-phone service typically involves downloading some free or low-cost software. Provided the user has a high speed internet connection, they can make PC-to-PC calls to other subscribers at little or no expense with nothing more than a microphone, soundcard, and speakers. If the user wishes to make PC-to-phone calls, there are many low-cost packages available.
IP phones resemble traditional telephones, but they feature Ethernet connectors. They install using a simple router connection and typically contain within all the hardware and software needed to make IP calls.
ATA stands for analog telephone adaptor. These devices are simple to install converters which convert the analog signal from the phone into digital data. ATAs are often supplied by VoIP providers and involve a simple plug in type connection, although special software is sometimes required.
There’s no getting around the fact that VoIP service is much easier on the pocketbook than traditional long distance service. In fact, most consumers cite lower phone bills as their main reason for switching from traditional to VoIP service.
Consumers also love the fact that VoIP service now has many of the bells and whistles of traditional service. While most traditional phone plans tack on extra monthly charges for voicemail, call waiting, caller ID, and other add on features, these are typically provided for free with VoIP service. In addition, since the phone connection is actually a broadband connection, users can send documents and photos at the same time they are having a phone conversation.
Members of the military and those who travel for their jobs or pleasure state the portability of VoIP service as a reason for making the switch. As long as there is a broadband connection available, the VoIP service travels with the subscriber. The user simply needs to bring along their IP phone or a headset.
VoIP technology is expected to grow in the years ahead to the point that VoIP systems will all but replace traditional phone systems. This will provide consumers with even more options in terms of calling packages and equipment. Clearly, VoIP is the technology of choice when it comes to selecting a phone system for home use.