What are broadband phone services (VOIP)?
phone service (also called Internet phones) use the Internet
instead of normal telephone circuits to transmit their calls.
In the telephone industry, this kind of service is known as
VoIP (voice over Internet protocol).
Thatís a fancy way of saying that your phone connects
through your modem over the Internet to any phone of any kind,
anywhere in the world.
most people may not understand about broadband phone service
is that once you install it, which is easy, your phone will act
just like it always has. You
use the same phone, and it rings, you dial, and you answer your
phone in the same way that you always have.
best thing about broadband phone service however, is that
you have some enormously beneficial features and controls over
your phone service that you would never see offered by any phone
being able to simply add a local line, anywhere in the country and
have people dial that number just like they would for the business
down the street and set it up in a few minutes.
of the main selling features of broadband/Internet phone
services is that because your conversation goes over the
Internet, you donít ever use your installed phone line.
There are no long distance call charges and no local
service connection charges from Ma Bell.
makes this kind of service incredibly versatile for small
businesses that only need one or two lines.
Where local telephone company basic line rates for small
businesses start at $50-75 per line and then go up with those
annoying little extra fees that they dream up (and of course
donít forget long-distance rates), broadband/Internet phones
are cheap. About
$50 per month will get you unlimited minutes anywhere in the USA
and Canada, and itís pretty cheap to call most other places as
now, there are a limited number of choices for broadband/Internet
phone service (Vonage, Broadvoice, AT&T, and Primus)
unless you want to start to get into some very sophisticated phone
servers and software setups.
However, new VoIP services are being launched every day.
the beginning of 2004, you could count them all on one hand.
Today, they are all over.
Within 10 years, we believe most phone systems will be VoIP
and by getting a jump on it, you will save tons of money in the
short-run and have a better understanding of what you are buying
You have to have a high-speed Internet connection such as
cable, DSL, or T1. Even
if you have another line for dialup (seems like a bit of
redundancy anyway), the speeds of data transfer are not great
enough to give you any kind of quality connection.
Over dialup, connections, your Internet phone would sound
like that cell phone connection that just about to go, only
getting about 1 out of 4 syllables.
Your broadband/Internet phone is subject to the same
conditions as your ISP connections.
If your connection goes, so does your phone connection.
Despite what many people think, Internet phone calling is
not free. There are
some unlimited plans but they are geographically limited.
Others will charge you a basic per minute fee or give you a
certain number of minutes per month.