The traditional phone has been in use for many years but with time and advancements in technology, our needs are also increasing. And something that has most recently replaced the traditional phone is Voice over Internet Protocol, which is more commonly known as VoIP. Voice over IP has a lot of benefits that you can use to better improve your communication and reduce your bills. However, when selecting a voice over IP service there are a few factors that you need to consider before making a final decision.

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To understand it better, what voice over internet protocol does is that it converts analog voice signals into digital data packets, which allows those packets of data to be transferred via cable lines (internet) and then they are converted back into analog voice signals at the other receiving end, so you can understand what is being said. Thanks to the internet protocol part in this, VoIP supports real time and two-way transmission of conversations.

Firstly, to get started you need to be fully aware of the type of internet service you have from your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Considering how VoIP works through the internet, VoIP works best with cable or Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) internet connection as they are faster – meaning that they can download and upload more bit of information (data packets) per second and because of that, you get better quality on your VoIP calls.

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However, do keep in mind that voice over internet protocol is not restricted by any internet type, whether dial up, prepaid, satellite, cable or DSL. The only drawback to using prepaid or dial up or satellite is a slower internet connection which will no doubted result in lower voice call quality. Although, if you currently reside in an area with slow internet connection, you can still use VoIP with just the compromise of low quality. But with the rate at which technology is progressing, it won’t be long before high speed broadband internet connection becomes a common thing.

Furthermore, one feature that benefits immensely almost every one, whether a business or an individual with personal use, is the cost. VoIP cost a lot less than a standard phone line system and even more so cheaper than the monthly mobile phone bills. Plus, if your DSL or broadband internet connection company also provides VoIP services then the cost only further reduces as you can easily get great combination packages when compared to buying from an independent or an outside VoIP phone service company.

Every voice over internet protocol provider is supposed to be setup so that they support 911 services in case of emergency. You see, with a traditional phone line, if you call 911, they can tell where you are calling from. But this same ability does not exist with a voice over internet protocol phone, so you need to register your voice over internet protocol phone with the service so that if you call 911 from your voice over internet protocol phone, the emergency responders will know where to go.

Now, here are some of the disadvantages of VoIP services over traditional phone services. VoIP is power dependent. That is, if the power supply goes off, VoIP facility also goes redundant just like your cordless phone or air conditioner. Functional glitches can also arise if the broadband connection or its switch develops some technical problem.