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VOIP : Voice over IP Phones

Internet Phones

Introduction

Voice over IP phones has changed the way people communicate with each other, no matter in which part of the world they are. Now people in the UK can make long distance calls at 1/10th the cost over the traditional phone network. There are many companies in the UK offering Voice over IP phones services. One of them is Switch Call. Most of the companies offer the special phones as well as the services, while there are some companies that offer only Voice over IP phones and some companies that offer only Voice over IP phones services. in the next paragraphs we discuss further on Voice over IP phones.



More on Voice over IP phones

A Voice over IP phone looks like any other phone. The only difference is that instead of attaching it to the traditional telephone switching network you attach it to a computer. Voice over IP phones uses digital data to be transmitted over the Internet while in the case of traditional phone network, analog signals are passed. In the case of Voice over IP phones, there is a special adaptor that has to be attached to the phone. The other end of the adapter is connected to the computer, which in turn is connected to the internet. Voice over IP phones work the same way as a traditional phone and also looks the same. All you have to do is subscribe to a Voice over IP phone service. The installation costs are reasonably priced and the plans are also cheap. In the next paragraph we discuss the different types of VOIP services.



Different types of VOIP services

The different types of VOIP services are

ATA – ATA refers to analog telephone adaptor. In the case of ATA you have to connect your standard phone to a computer having an internet connection. The ATA is a converter that converts analog signals into digital signals and then the data is transferred through the internet. At the receiver’s end the data is again converted to analog mode.



IP Phones - Voice over IP phones look just like normal phones, but the only difference is that instead of using the RJ11 connectors, RJ 45 Ethernet connectors are used. The IP phones are connected to the router and consist of software and hardware onboard to handle all the IP calls.

Computer to computer
– In the case of computer to computer you can make a voice call through VOIP software. Both parties should have common VOIP software. Both the parties can speak through a mike and hear through the speakers. You can purchase a head mike for the same. There are no extra charges, other than charges for the internet.

 

Conclusion

Hence we see that as internet penetration increases in all countries, the circuit switched network will be eventually getting converted to packet switched network. As a result the costs for making local and international calls will come down considerably. With VOIP over IP phones, you can make a call from anywhere you have internet connectivity.




 

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