End of the line for traditional telephones?
A Quick Guide To VoIP Telephones
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is not a new technology. In fact it has been around since the 1970’s. However a growing number of business’s have cut costs by switching from a traditional land-line telephone system over to VoIP.
An increasing number of home users are opting out of the expense of land-line telephones in favour of VoIP and mobiles.
Here is a quick introduction to VoIP.
There are many host providers such as Vonage that offer premium packages which work out a lot cheaper than traditional telephone providers. These services simply require a broadband internet connection. You can use your existing telephone handsets. Instead of plugging them into the telephone socket, they connect to an adapter box that plugs into your router.
Instead of using the old circuit switching, VoIP uses packet sending technology that is usually associated with internet connections.
Furthermore you can usually keep your old telephone number.
In the early days of VoIP there were issues such as poor quality lines and echoes. However as broadband speeds have dramatically improved these issues have been resolved.
If you have friends or family abroad, then VoIP is definitely worth considering. The cost savings could be huge.
Here are some links for further reading on VoIP technology.