ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

VoIP Benefits from an Improved Internet

Updated on October 3, 2011

Evolution of VoIP Services

It's interesting to follow the path of VoIP systems and understand where they come from. One can imagine the basic idea of VoIP forming as an experiment once people realized that all voice is just data. When the Internet originated, it was probably little more than a technological curiosity. Those of us old enough to remember, know that the early Internet was very different from what it is today. It was never "always on" and the upload/download speeds were pathetic (by today's standards of course.) Dropped connections and dial up services were the norm. So VoIP hardly got any traction or mind share, though the concept was well developed even at that time.

But the evolution of broadband changed the game altogether. Suddenly the notion of conducting real conversations over the Internet wasn't so crazy after all. Sure, it might not be very convenient - you had to remain plugged in to your computer and use a headset, but it was pretty doable. And it's just gotten easier over the past few years as broadband has seeped into every household and speeds have made bandwidth limitations for VoIP non existent.

Voice is just data
Voice is just data

Wireless Internet Access

This is pretty basic. VoIP is an Internet application after all and it's common sense that it will improve with better Internet access. But few people could have predicted the sudden upsurge of VoIP services. With the help of a few heavyweights such as Google, VoIP has come within the reach of every consumer.

But what is even more startling and potentially scary for carriers is the explosion of wireless VoIP. Most of us live in wifi worlds today and having customers switch to VoIP using wifi is their worst nightmare come true. Wifi bypasses the carriers completely and leaves them with no measure of control whatsoever. No caps and no degradation of service. But technological improvements like 4G are also beginning to sound the death knell of traditional telecom services. Voice is "just data" and a reliable Internet connection is all we need to replace the telcos.

They might need to be dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming, but the change is inevitable as 4G rolls out and smartphones worm their way deeper into not just the US, but the entire world. In many ways, the US is curiously primitive when it comes to mobile phones and it's only when other countries lead the way that the average American consumer becomes aware of what he or she is missing.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)