VoIP phones are a growing segment of the telecommunications industry. VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phones allow users to make phone calls using broadband Internet connections. VoIP phones are usually sold as bundles with various services. VoIP phones are an increasingly important tool in many businesses to cut costs while increasing efficiency. VoIP is rapidly replacing traditional PSTN (plain old telephone network) service.
VoIP phones work on the principle of converting analog voice signals into digital data, which can then be transmitted over the Internet using an IP network. VoIP phones use voice over IP technology for placing and then transmitting phone calls over an IP network, like the Internet. There is no difference in the quality of voice as it is carried over the public switched phone network. However, the difference is that instead of being placed over the public network, the calls are placed and received over an IP network. This improves call quality.
Many people are switching to VoIP technology because of its many advantages. It is useful for business owners who want to decrease overhead and expenses associated with long-distance and international phone calls. The cost savings related to VOIP phones are made up for by the fact that the time to setup and run a VoIP service are significantly less than that of traditional analog phones. It is also considerably more convenient to use. Traditional analog phones generally have to be placed near the person receiving the phone call and users would have to reach out to touch the receiver.
Most VoIP phones have a feature wherein the incoming call can be minimized so that the user will not be interrupted when they are in the midst of something important. The most popular VOIP technology is based on ATA or Analog Telephone Adapter technology. It is a connection between a broadband internet connection and an existing residential telephone network using digital wiring. With this type of system, you get good quality audio transmission as long as there is no substantial interruptions.
The benefits of VOIP over traditional phone systems landlines are fairly obvious.
One is that there are no long-distance charges. Landline telephony used to be a common practice but because of its expensive nature, it was rarely used outside major metropolitan areas where the number of residential homes and businesses were high. In fact, many people use VOIP only inside their homes or offices.
Another advantage of VOIP systems over traditional phone systems is that you do not need a separate line just for that. The connection can be used for multiple purposes such as voice and data, fax and other communication protocols and applications, and even internet applications. ATA adapters can be placed anywhere there is an Internet connection such as offices, homes, or even businesses. The ATA adapter connects the VOIP system to the public switched phone network (PSN) and vice versa.
One of the major advantages of IP phones is their convenience because you do not have to learn any new protocols when you switch from analog phones to VoIP phones. There is no transition period when switching from analog to digital because it is basically the same technology. All you have to do is configure your VoIP settings so that it uses the default settings. You do not have to learn any new protocols because all the protocols that are used by analog phones can be converted to work over IP and vice versa.
There are a lot of other benefits of VoIP phones.
- For instance, an ATA adapter is only required if you have a SIP-based voice and data service.
- If you are using an analog telephone system (also known as ISDN), you will have no requirements for an ATA adapter.
- VoIP phones will also work with any POTS (plain old telephone service) even if it is an old line connection.