Characteristics of VoIP

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Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is becoming a popular method of communication for individuals and businesses.

Connection

  • Unlike a traditional phone that uses a landline, VoIP uses the Internet to place and route calls to a destination.

Data

  • VoIP converts voice information into data packets, similar to the packets used to download files on the Internet.

Physical Equipment

  • The physical equipment for a VoIP line is simple. All that is required is a computer and a server. Some more powerful services such as landline replacement companies also require a special modem.

Pricing

  • The price of VoIP phone plans are usually much cheaper then landline phones, with some plans charging $20 a month for unlimited local and long distance.

Pros and Cons

  • VoIP is much cheaper and offers the same features as landline phones. But there is always the chance of someone listening in by tapping into the data packets and that your phone depends on your connection to the Internet as well.

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