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The Many Different Types of VoIP Phones

Updated on January 5, 2012

VoIP – Use It the Way YOU Want to

As a communication technology, VoIP is remarkably flexible. This is hardly surprising given that VoIP is built on Internet technologies whose very nature demands flexibility. As an IT application, VoIP can be programmatically manipulated in order to serve the needs of the users. This is in stark contrast to the traditional PSTN system which has a strict protocol and a rigid adherence to an architecture that is already decades-old. While this has served the POTS well in the past and has enabled it to become a standard form of communication which is installed by default in every new house, it is lacking behind the times and doesn't offer all of the great features that a new system such as VoIP is able to.

We might not realize it, but there are many different ways which are suitable for talking to a person other than the telephone. We are so used to the idea of picking up a device, pressing into our ear and listening, that we don't think any other method is feasible. But a moments thought makes us realize that there are many situations which require another arrangement. Call centers for example, have a standardized practice of making their employees respond via a headset and microphone combination. This mode of communication is uniquely suited to the special needs of the organization.

This doesn't mean however, that we cannot use VoIP with regular phones. Not only can we do so with what is called an "ATA adapter" which is used with a regular telephone to convert it into a VoIP one, we also have specialized VoIP phones which are uniquely suited to the technology underlying VoIP.

VoIP Phone Design
VoIP Phone Design

Special Features of VoIP Phones

The most notable difference between a regular PSTN phone and a VoIP one is that the latter has an ethernet cable attached to it rather than the regular telephone wire. It connects to the Internet directly. In this way, a VoIP phone is actually nothing but a specialized computer. One whose sole purpose is communication and whose entire form is dedicated to that functionality.

It will have configuration functions which enable users to program it to work with any VoIP provider necessary, and depending on the model it will also have unique features such as HD voice design which will maximize the effect of such a service. Choosing a VoIP phone system requires you to evaluate the needs of the users first. ITSP's offer hosted PBX accounts for every kind of business – large or small. Contact one now to find out how you can get started in less than 15 min.


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