VoIP Vs Traditional Phone Services
Voice over Internet Protocol, or more commonly knowns as VoIP, is a comparatively new technology that allows voice communication over the internet. In other words, voice over internet protocol services use your high speed broad band internet connection to transmit the data packets as opposed to the copper wires in a traditional phone line system. In the next few paragraphs, we will be seeing a brief comparison between voice over internet protocol services and traditional phone line services.
The major reason as to why voice over internet protocol services are better than our traditional phone line service is because of its ease of installation, features and pretty low rates. All the components one may need to start using voice over internet protocol is a computer, a high speed broad band internet connection and an Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA), which the voice over internet provider will offer to the costumer as part of the package deal. There is no need for any sort of costly equipment or installation and with the Analogue Telephone Adapter in place, one can use his/her normal telephone set to make voice over internet protocol calls. In regards to cost, most voice over internet protocol service providers charge 25$ while traditional phone line system providers charge a lot more and with separate tariffs for long distance and local calls. At no extra charge, you typically get the features you would pay the phone company extra for, like caller ID, call waiting, voice mail, and call blocking. You also typically get unlimited or high-usage local and long distance calling throughout the country at no additional cost with voice over internet protocol.
Furthermore, another aspect that differentiates VoIP services and traditional phone services is the formers' flexibility. That is, while normal telephones are permanently linked to the telephone lines, ATAs can be taken anywhere in the world along with you. Then, by attaching it to a normal telephone and an internet connection, you can make VoIP calls to any other ATA in the same network for no additional cost.
With VoIP services, the customer can opt to own virtual telephone numbers in any place covered by the VoIP provider. That is, if you want your friends or peers in another state to be able to make calls to your VoIP phone without any additional cost or for local call cost, what all you have to do is to get a telephone number in that state and have the respective call routed to your ATA irrespective of your current physical location. By doing so, the maximum the caller may have to shell out for calling you will be the cost for a local call. This is a facility that is non-existent in the traditional phone services domain.
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.