VOIP for Beginners
by Kathryn Lang
June 13, 2007
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand VOIP, but it might help. Voice over Internet Protocol is used by millions through out the world and many of the users don’t even know it. That’s because the customers know it by their server’s name, not by the industry terminology. Larger companies like Skype and Vonage and numerous smaller companies are providing subscribers with inexpensive phone service so most pay no attention to the man (or in this case, technology) behind the curtain.
VOIP uses protocols to make the connections between calls. This means that instead of using the same physical lines that the traditional telephony uses, VOIP comes to the caller via the broadband service that the computer uses – much like the emails that come in.
The best thing about the VOIP is that it costs so much less to use than traditional telephone service. Because it uses the protocols, subscribers can call anywhere in the world for just pennies a minute. With these kinds of prices, it’s no wonder that people are flocking to the service – even if they don’t know what it is.
The worst thing about VOIP is the quality of the phone calls. Many businesses are staying away from the service until the quality issue can be cleared up. Fortunately for everyone, the industry is hard at work to fix this problem.
For now, if you want to know the inner workings of VOIP, there are sites that can guide you on the path. The greatest thing about VOIP is that you don’t have to understand it in order to use it.
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