VoIP, short for Voice Over Internet Protocol, is a system of communication that redefines telephone conversations. The basic mechanism by which this technology works is that it converts the analog signals, which are the signals that are created when we talk, into digital signals, which can be transferred to the person at the other end via an internet connection. This way, the system very smartly eliminates the telephone company from the communication circuit, making calls almost free, and extremely convenient. VoIP phones are emerging as a popular choice in offices, as they facilitate communication between employees, while eliminating hefty phone bills.
According to recent reports, the VoIP system has the potential of completely replacing conventional telephones, and becoming the universal way of voice communication. These telephones most commonly work by the use of ATA, which is short for Analog Telephone Adaptor. This device is connected to an ordinary telephone, and is used to convert the analog signals to digital signals as mentioned above. This digital data is then transmitted via the internet.
Another common form of VoIP phones are the IP phone sets, which look like a normal phone, except for the fact that the RJ-11 connector is replaced with an RJ-45 Ethernet connector. These phones come with a host of useful features, which include caller ID, encrypted communication, call transfer, call hold, attendance (especially useful in schools and offices), conference calls, call park (a system in which a call can be put on hold at one station and resumed at the other), locally stored directories, etc. Another interesting addition to IP phones is the Wi-Fi phones, which enable users to call from any Wi-Fi hotspot.
The last way to use VoIP, and probably also the easiest, is through computer-to-computer transmission. This is becoming a popular way of communication in companies that have to communicate often with overseas clients, since all that’s needed for it is special software that’s available at a very low price. With this software installed, the user just needs a few basic accessories like a microphone, speakers, a cable, a DSL modem, a sound card, and an internet connection- preferably a fast one. This is probably the easiest way to make long-distance calls absolutely free. Any two people across the world can get started with talking through VoIP in an instant. All that they need to do is download the software, which is available for free online, and they’re all set to talk away for hours!
For a customized VOIP business phone system in Austin or other locations in Central Texas, contact us at Folkerson Communications at the following locations - Austin: (512) 977-0055, Temple: (254) 742-0064, Killeen: (254) 698-0016 and Waco: (254) 662-2255.
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