If you have not come across the term VoIP by now, you must have been living in a cave. This is because VoIP is arguably the most successful technology of the last decade. If you haven’t heard the term, it is more than likely you are already using the technology without knowing. If you are familiar with the term but do not know what exactly it is then you have come to the right place because here is everything you need to know about VoIP.
Using the internet
VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol which essentially delivers voice and video over the internet. Simply put it is a much cheaper alternative for making and receiving calls. The technology converts analogue voice into digital data that is sent over the internet and upon arrival at destination is converted back into voice. VoIP can be used from either a PC, mobile device or special VoIP phone. There are a wide variety of services to choose from including basic free ones, that require users to be at their computers to communicate as well as more sophisticated subscription services that allow calls to be made from traditional phones to any number.
Cost effective solution
Obviously if you want to use VoIP you will need an internet connection plus either a VoIP-enabled phone, software on your computer and of course a service provider. The main reason for the astonishing rise of VoIP is its cost advantage where calls are either very cheap or free. Companies all over the world have manged to reduce their monthly phone bills whilst also improving employee interaction. For regular folk, VoIP is fun and free way to communicate with friends and family using computers or mobile devices.
Most people use VoIP without knowing
The first commercial VoIP service can trace its origin back to the 2004 with Skype, now owned by Microsoft being one of the fist apps to use the technology. Skype remains one of the most popular VoIP apps globally but since 2004, there has been an explosion in the variety of service providers and if you have been using WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Google Talk, then you have been using VoIP without even being aware that is what you have been doing.
VoIP will replace traditional telephony
Most of the apps mentioned are in general free to use, however if you wish to use VoIP as a replacement for traditional telephones, then it does cost money. The good news however is the cost is still far cheaper than traditional telephony, so expensive international calls cost almost 90 per cent less. The rapid growth of the VoIP industry is comparable to the internet during its initial roll out during the early 90’s. An increasing number of individuals and businesses are now aware of VoIP’s advantages and are adopting the technology. It is expected that major advancements will continue to be made and ultimately it is inevitable that VoIP will replace the entire traditional phone system at some point.