VoIP Versus Traditional Phone Services

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) – enable you to easily make phone calls through a computer network. It works by converting the voice data or signal from your telephone into a digital data/signal enabling you to speak to anybody with a regular phone number.

VoIP phones also make you change your perception towards long distance telephone calls. People prefer to use VoIP technology because it more cost-effective than the traditional phones, making them save 50%-80% of their phone bills. Below are listed some of the advantages and disadvantages of using VoIP.

VOIP offers you:

  1. Lower cost per call – great helps you save communication costs especially in long distance calls allowing you to save as much as 40% in international call tolls
  2. Allows you to talk with many people at the same time without any additional cost
  3. You can call a local number, mobile phone, long distance number or international number from any location without additional cost
  4. The other person with whom you are trying to communicate with has to get the same program loaded and running on his computer.
  5. As long as you are connected to the internet, you can make or receive internet phone calls.

 

Aside from the great benefits and advantages in using internet phone, there are also some downsides. The main problem is as you can imagine voice data communication must be a real time stream (you couldn't speak, wait for many seconds, then hear other side answering) - the risks involved with poor internet connections, lost signals, and dropped data packets. Below are listed of some other problems of using VoIP:

  1. Not all VoIP services connect directly to emergency services.
  2. The risks involved with poor internet connections, lost signals, and dropped data packets.
  3. It only works if your computer is switched on and the VOIP software is running.
  4. The other person with whom you are trying to communicate with has to get the same program loaded and running on his computer.
  5. Poor quality of the sound- phone calls often have lot of delay with lot of echo.
  6. To get lower bandwidth you need additional processing power that makes digital phones more expensive than analog phones.
  7. You must have a DSL router or a second computer set up to run a second phone line. With traditional phone services, a phone jack is in almost every room.

Today we can see a real revolution in communication world. That technology has the potential to completely rework the world's phone systems because the internet has grown very much in the last years and it is free that's why could be the right communication media for future. It may be the right solution but it may not be suitable for everyone.