VoIP, an exciting new Technology by Joe Calden
not often that a new Technology comes along that can change fundamentally
the way we live our lives. VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol,
is one such Technology. The Telephone has become an indispensable
part of our everyday lives and is therefore one of the most important
technology inventions of modern times. VoIP is changing the way
we use the telephone making it more flexible and cheaper to use
for both individuals and business users alike.
Instead of transmitting calls over a traditional phone network, VoIP uses
the Internet or a data network such as a Virtual Private Network (VPN). The recent
widespread availability of high speed internet access has made this a real alternative
for home users. The cheapest way for individuals to use VoIP is from computer
to computer. All that is needed is freely available software and you are ready
to make calls to another user for only the cost of using the Internet. Call plans
are available from VoIP providers that will allow you to call any phone anywhere
in the world at a cost much lower than the normal standard phone charges. For
this you will need a special VoIP Phone or an adapter to allow use of your standard
phone. A real advantage of this is that you can plug your phone into the Internet
anywhere in the world and it is the same as if you were at home.
For Business users there are big cost savings and advantages for Employees.
For employees that are hot-desking or have to work out of different offices,
they can make any phone their own by simply logging on to the system. This flexibility
is also available away from the office as long as they can connect and log into
the corporate network. The phone can now also become a computing device with
a screen, connected to the company network it can be used for video conferencing
or simply looking up the company phone list. This allows the phone to be used
in a way that is impossible with the traditional system. Companies now only have
to maintain one network for both data and telephony. However there can be a significant
cost involved in setting up a company system but the return on investment can
be short, usually less than a year.
For more information on VoIP go to www.world-of-voip.com
About the Author
Joe Calden writes for www.world-of-voip.com