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The cheaper way to keep in touch September 27, 2008

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I can’t tell you how many times my 78 year old grandfather has mentioned the price of a home phone line.  Every Christmas, Thanksgiving or just a routine visit, the subject of an increased phone bill comes up. Voice over Internet Protocol seems to be a great solution for him.  My grandparents have a computer and they don’t use the phone that much. This service also seems perfect for those that make lost distance calls more often.

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is simply the transmission of voice traffic over IP-based networks.  In Nadeen Unuth’s article on http://voip.about.com/od/voipbasics/a/whatisvoip.htm VoIP transmits the sounds you make over the standard Internet infrastructure, using the IPProtocol. You can use this service for free through your computer to another computer with a microphone and speakers.  There is a charge if you want to use your traditional phone to make calls.  You can buy an adapter or buy a special VoIP phone for about $100.

Due to the exceptional quality of our traditional land line phone services, customers using VoIP have noticed the slightest of discrepancies.  Two major issues seem to be the clarity and the echo sound in the phone. This can all depend on the type and speed of the internet connection being used. The reason this system is not flawless is because data has to be compressed and transmitted, then decompressed and delivered.

Nextiva www.nextiva.com is more for small businesses and offers a monthly package for $19.99, Vonage www.Vonage.com offers an introductory rate of $29.99 and will wave the registration fee.  Cisco focuses mainly on larger businesses although they do have services and features for families and small businesses www.cisco.com.

I am in the process of starting a small business and will most likely be using VoIP within the next month.  I use the internet for everything and an additional home phone line would be too costly. I was really interested in http://www.voip.com/. The web site was easy to use and they offer the option to choose a toll free number, which I would like. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VoIP

http://www.tech-faq.com/what-is-voip.shtml

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3 Responses to “The cheaper way to keep in touch”

  1. young42 Says:

    I am the keeper of our phone system at work and I get calls all the time asking us to go over to VoIP. Our IT department is a little skeptical because we were told if our internet connection goes down so does our phones. As a business who deals with the public for our entire existence we are nervous about that. Right now if our internet goes down, we can still talk to our customers. I think in the future this is going to be the only way to communicate. So we will probably be forced to get VoIP.

  2. har1eygur1 Says:

    I was curious about VoIP, I really had not heard a lot about it. I did a little research and found Microsoft VoIp Software Solutions http://www.microsoft.com/uc/voipasyouare/default.aspx?WT.srch=1 and it says despite what we have heard you can keep the current hardware. It says to, also, keep the routers, gateways, the PBX, and the phones and to let VoIP software evolve around your telephony for future communications. Software-based VoIP will be the next generation for voice communications. Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 can manage real-time communications, suchas instant messaging, VoIP, audio and video conferencing. At this website you can even download a trial.
    I may need to look more into this, it sounds interesting. We do a lot of phone time within a couple of departments in our office and I am not sure what type of phone service we have. I do know the name of the company, just not sure of this. We have what I call the company ghost, which we have also given a name, this ghost likes to disconnect us when we are on the phone. I am not sure if our IT person has looked into this service yet.

  3. andrew5952 Says:

    VOIP is something that me and my Fiancee used while I was in Iraq and Kuwait. We used the free versions of Skype, and because of the poor internet quality in Iraq, and the international distance, we often found ourselves with a 15 second delay on our conversations.

    I know that several of my friends and I use VOIP to talk. We don’t purchase the telephones or the subscription, so we can *only* use VOIP to talk to other VOIP computers. But when the conditions are right, I’ve noticed that I can have a conversation with my brother much more clear using VOIP than cell phones.

    I’m curious about the hidden costs of running a modem 24/7. I haven’t priced it out, so I don’t know if that would be a deal-breaker or not.


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