Not the great debate of the last decade, but something business owners and entrepreneurs ask every day when buying phone service. So what exactly is the difference between VoIP and landline telephone service? A lot of people aren’t sure what VoIP is or how it differs from a traditional phone service. Although there are some similarities, this article will lay out the key differences between the two.
When you use a voice over IP (VoIP) service, you’re actually placing and receiving calls through your internet connection. The audio signals from your speech are converted into digital data (internet packets) that travel through the internet (fiber optic, DSL, or cable) to its destination. With a VoIP connection, you can send and receive calls from your laptop computer using a soft phone (software) and a headset. Your voice is digitized by the soft phone and sent through the internet to the person with whom you are speaking. (It’s also possible to use a standard telephone with a VoIP connection, but this requires an adapter that digitizes your voice and connects to the internet, replacing your laptop.)
A soft phone is just a fancy name for a piece of software that allows you to make and receive VoIP calls from your computer. The soft phone’s user interface looks similar to a traditional phone, with a keypad and screen. Your VoIP service provider should provide you with a softphone after you sign up.
Landline phone calls originate as analog audio signals (ordinary sound) that are transported over the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to a destination through copper wires and fiber optic cables. These wires and fiber optic cables are buried deep under ground and aren’t usually affected by storms, using power supplies maintained by the phone companies. Because of this, you can often make calls via landline even if the power goes out.
VoIP is typically cheaper than using a landline because it relies on the internet to send packets of voice data, whereas traditional telephony requires a dedicated line to get the call to its destination. Additionally, VoiP service providers don’t have the costs associated with maintaining a traditional telephone network. If you currently have a residential internet connection, then you could already be using VoIP to make and receive phone calls. Your phone provider may be converting your voice calls to digital packets and using an IP (internet protocol) connection to move the data packets from your voice calls to it’s switches, to be routed to the person with whom you are speaking.
VoIP is ideal for businesses that make a lot of long distance calls. Landline carriers often tack on a few extra cents per minute to deliver long distance calls to standard telephone, but there is no such charge when terminating the call (connecting the call) to a soft phone on your laptop. With a VoIP service, you only pay a small monthly fee and for the minutes you use.
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A growing number of organizations are beginning to realize the widespread benefits offered by cloud-based communication tools including small business who has experienced a variety of advantages through the implementation of voice-over-IP services and other forms of unified communications.
Using a VoIP system has several benefits for many businesses.
Saving Money. The cost of using a VoIP telephone is much cheaper than using a conventional phone.
Portability. The convenience and comfort provided by a VoIP telephone system is available all over the world.
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