VoIP solutions imply VoIP problems.
In the past, the problems that need VoIP solutions centered
around the quality of the voice signal. Well, today's
VoIP is not your father's VoIP. The problem of old has
led many companies to VoIP solutions that mean a clearer
signal than is possible with current analog landline
There are however, three main
issues, where VoIP solutions will need to be found in
over for VoIP to take over the world. Emergency 911
services, power outages and mobile VoIP phone service
will all need solutions before VoIP will be able to
replace the other telecom services worldwide.
to worry, though, the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) has mandated that all phone service companies
must offer standard e911 service by September
2005. This means that not only will the VoIP service
providers have to offer this service, but the
local phone companies will have to open up their
emergency 911 services to the VoIP providers.
This has met some resistence with the local Baby
Bells, as you might imagine.
Power outages are the second
safety feature that needs to be overcome with creative
VoIP solutions since right now a residential power outage
does not mean local phone service downtime. It is reassuring
to many people to have their local phones "live"
during a power outage. Using one's cell phone is the
current workaround for those who already have residential
VoIP service, though many VoIP companies are starting
to add power backups to their hardware offerings.
The third VoIP solution that
is needed for world domination is a way to replace cell
phone service with VoIP phone service. Currently, wireless
(or wVoIP) is dependent upon the location and reach
of the WiFi hotspots. The WiFi hotspots do not have
nearly the reach of the current cell phone microwave
systems and may not be feasible on a large scale. It's
unlikely that you're going to hear "Can you VoIP
me now?" anytime soon.
the VoIP solutions for the cell phone service replacement
dilemma may just be a hybrid cell-VoIP service. Currently,
there are cell phone manufacturers who can developed dual-purpose
cell phones that can connect with VoIP to hotspots when
in a hotspot area and when outside the area use the standard
cell phone network. This dual system will save the caller
money when they are in hotspot areas such as airports,
hotels and café's.
No matter what though, VoIP solutions
are on the way. The technological cavalry is coming
and in the not so near future, you'll be saying to your
neighbor, "Got VoIP?"