The Internet now offers a myriad, variety of software to solve almost every problem imaginable. The transformation is almost complete… “The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth”. New software that was introduced not too long ago is VoIP, or voice over Internet protocol. Many have heard about it by now, but what VoIP does and allows is that any person with an internet connection can now make phone calls through the net, to anywhere in the world, for a fraction of the cost of a traditional land line.
Even though VoIP has its advantages, there are some disadvantages as well; and this is because it’s still a relatively new technology, VoIP has a few kinks it needs to work out. But this shouldn’t be much of a concern for users, since standards are now being set and developed to make VoIP a lot more reliable, in order to achieve a bigger acceptance as an alternate phone communication.
The end users are the first to benefit from VoIP, as traditional phone companies are now offering lower rates for long distance calls to stay competitive with VoIP. Many of these phone companies are somewhat being threatened because of the almost non existent cost of VoIP.
As a primary VoIP customer, whether you are residential or commercial user, you should be aware of some of the advantages and the disadvantages of using VoIP.
Some Advantages Of Using VoIP:
1. Extremely Low Cost
When considering VoIP, look for VoIP providers that will charge fees on a monthly basis. Some providers will allow local calls for free and charge a small rate for overseas calls; so make sure that the VoIP provider you choose can meet your calling needs.
It is portability at it best because you can make phone calls regardless of your location, using an unique number assigned to you, after you plug your laptop or computer into an Internet connection.
Some Disadvantages Of Using VoIP:
2. Making Emergency VoIP Calls
3. VoIP Sound Quality and Reliability
As VoIP providers and the industry are still relatively in its infancy, they are welcoming consumer interaction, feedback and complaints regarding their service to further improve the quality. Most of the kinks however has been worked out, or are being addressed to gain global acceptance.