This article aims to answer the common question of “What is VoIP?” Many people are asking it nowdays as it seems to have come out of nowhere. Read on for this brief VoIP Intro….. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a technology and an emerging set of applications which allows you to make phone calls over a Broadband Internet connection. VoIP can be used to call any telephone anywhere in the world. It doesn’t matter if the person you are calling has VoIP or not, as this is all taken care of by your VoIP Service Provider.
VoIP telephone calls can be made either by using a Personal Computer (PC) connected to the internet, or by a standard telephone which will need to be connected to the internet using a special adapter. Also, newer IP/Broadband Telephones are available, which can connect directly to a cable modem or internet router. Over the last few years, VoIP has become increasingly popular and is already starting to replace existing telephone networks, with some people and businesses choosing to cancel their traditional phone line and use VoIP instead. The main reason people and businesses are switching over to VoIP is because of the significant cost savings that can be made over a traditional service provider. Long distance and International calls are much cheaper, and VoIP Service providers do not have the extra burden and costs to maintain the exiting telephone networks, allowing them to provide their services at greatly reduced costs.
VoIP provides similar features to traditional phone systems, such as voicemail, call forwarding, call waiting, caller ID, call blocking etc. VoIP also offers new features which do not currently exist on traditional phone systems, for example, the ability to have a virtual number – a telephone number from any available area code. This allows you to receive calls from people outside your local calling area with the caller paying only for a local call.
So there you have it, a brief VoIP Intro that answers the “What is VoIP?” question. If you would like to find out more about VoIP, visit the VoIP Articles page where you can find further information on all aspects of the VoIP technology.