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VOIP: What You Really Need to Know

Aug 17, 2007
For the past ten years, the internet has played a huge role in everyone's lives. From computer games to managing finances and new flourishing industries, the World Wide Web has been thriving in everyone's eyes. Now that it has entered all of our homes, it has started to take over our phone lines as well. Of course this is no surprise, as internet phone calls have always been in the background. However, recently, VOIP (also known as Voice Over Internet Protocol) has finally caught thousands of people's attention.

For those who don't know, VOIP has become the latest way to connect with others. In simpler terms, it is a phone call that comes directly from an internet connection. It is not only going to be the future of the telephone industry, but it will attract thousands of consumers because it comes with a lot of different advantages. No matter how budget conscious you are, you will most likely love VOIP's affordability. We all have experienced outrageous long distance fees and extravagant monthly bills. For this reason, many telephone subscribers feel that VOIP is a blessing in disguise, as the prices and fees are twice as low. On the other hand, there are some downsides to this form of service. Unfortunately, businesses are going to have to deal with downtime and the possibility of a bad connection. After all, the internet always has occasional issues, and may require extra attention and additional fees. Nevertheless, as long as they give it a try for a few months, the benefits are usually overwhelming. Regardless of potential problems, large firms like IBM have embraced it with open arms.

In order to use VOIP, all you need is a VOIP program and a microphone. Surprisingly, many VOIP programs are free or very affordable to buy. With a pair of speakers and a phone number to dial, you are easily on your way to using VOIP. Due to the popularity of wireless internet, anyone can place a phone call, no matter where they are. It is a convenient alternative, especially if you are displeased with regular telephones. For this reason, there are already thousands of users becoming regular VOIP users. In the future, most homeowners will be a customer.

If you do not want to use this form of VOIP, there is another alternative. There are specialized VOIP phones that often come with video conferencing. This is a great product for any business that has long distance clients or other offices. Companies like IBM love the fact that they have a VOIP system, because it offers such affordability and convenience. No matter what type of package you are looking to get, VOIP offers it all. It is not only going to be a bargain for people who are dying to save money, but soon everyone will be using this new form of technology.
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