Many people have heard of Vonage or Skype. Vonage is a phone service that offers many great features with prices significantly lower than other competitors. So, how is it possible to provide better phone service for a price much lower than the communication giants? The answer is called VoIP.
VoIP is an acronym for Voice over Internet Protocol. If we translate this into plain English, it simply means transferring your voice through the internet.
There are tons of advantages for transferring your voice over the internet instead of using regular phone networks. Imagine using AOL messenger and chatting with someone on the other side of the world—but, instead of typing text, you are actually talking. You don’t have to pay more to your ISP (Internet Service Provider) for simply chatting with someone who is far away. But, if you would like to call a person using a regular phone, you would be charged depending on the distance between you and the person you are calling. VoIP simply allows you to call other people, no matter where they are, by paying one flat fee to the ISP.
Try VoIP for Free
If you would you like to try using the VoIP technology, you can do it for free. If you like it, you can even continue using it for free. Skype is a software program that uses VoIP technology. Skype allows you to call other people, who are also Skype users, for free.
VoIP technology has many advantages, like much lower costs or extra features that our regular landlines don’t come with. However, VoIP also has its disadvantages. First, in order to use VoIP, you have to have a high speed internet connection. VoIP simply will not work on slow connections. Secondly, if your internet connection is not sufficient, you may experience echoing, delay, or voice jittering. Sometimes there are also issues with calling emergency phone numbers like 911.
My husband uses Skype to keep in touch with his family in Poland. Not only does he get to talk to them for free, but we can set up our webcams so we can all see each other.
VoIP is a great technology that gives us more freedom in talking to our friends or relatives who live far away. However, some technical difficulties still need to be overcome in order to enjoy all the benefits of VoIP.