VoIP FAQ's or Frequently Asked
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What is VoIP?
VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet
Protocol or Voice Over IP. VoIP is the method by which
you can send your voice (analog data) over the Internet
(digital data) to an end-user who receives the message.
How does VoIP work?
A VoIP gateway converts the analog
voice data into digital data packets which are sent
over a broadband Internet connection to a VoIP server
that forwards the message to the receiving party.
How can I use VoIP at home?
You can use VoIP at home currently
with a free application such as Skype which lets you
talk from your PC to another person who also has Skype
on their PC for free anywhere in the world. You can
also get a VoIP phone with a VoIP service provider or
you can use your regular phone with a VoIP telephone
adapter plus a service provider.
I'm in business and would like
to replace my corporation's current PBX system with
VoIP. Is this possible?
Yes, many companies are doing
just this. VoIP is a very cost-effective method for
companies who want to upgrade their old PBX systems
and VoIP allows for new features that traditional PBX
systems simply do not. Also VoIP web conferencing has
come of age and also offers cost savings and many new
features not available with traditional web conferencing
When can I replace my cell phone
with a VoIP phone?
Most likely in the next couple
of years. Right now cell phone service providers are
developing cell phones that can roam for Wifi VoIP or
traditional networks in order to give you the greatest
savings dependent upon location. Wifi hotspots, however,
do not currently cover as much area as cellular does,
so it will take providers some time to work this issue
What is the biggest disadvantage
to going VoIP with my home phone right now?
The biggest disadvantage is that
currently all VoIP providers to not offer emergency
911 service in all areas. The FCC has recently ruled
though that this is a mandatory requirement that must
be completed by September 2005.