What Do You Know About VoIP?

What is VoIP

VoIP is an acronym for voice over internet protocol, aka voice over ip phone. A VoIP, in essence, is a computer phone that allows you to make phone calls from your computer to anyone in the world, e.g., PC to PC, PC to phones ? landlines or cells.

The voice signal converts to data packets and travels across the internet through a VoIP platform, and then converts back to voice at the receiving end of the communication exchange. Leading telecom experts are projecting that 75% of the world's communications will be done on VoIP within the next several years.

What Kind of Equipment Do I Need?

You will need a computer with internet access and an inexpensive microphone if your computer does not have one built in. Although most VoIP voice over ip phone providers require high speed internet connections, there are a few that can be used on dial-up connections.

How Can I Place a Call or Receive a Call?

Basically, the same way you would a regular phone, except on your PC. When you download a VoIP voice over ip phone line on your computer, a phone usually appears on your screen. The computer phone acts like any other phone in that you can dial numbers on it from a pad, or click on a contact's pre-programmed name, and press the call button. You will then hear the phone ringing to the party you have called and can talk to them when they accept the call.

When receiving a call, the phone will ring on your computer and you can click to accept the call and talk, or let it ring (based on the number of rings you have set up) and forward the caller to your voicemail.

What Kind of Features Does a VoIP Phone Have?

Typically a VoIP voice over ip phone not only has audio capabilities, but also three-way calling, text messaging, and contacts list. Some VoIPs even have webcam capabilities. In addition, there is usually a button to click that can indicate to others when you are available, unavailable, away, or off line.

Who Can I Call Using a VoIP Phone?

Most reputable VoIP computer phone providers limit PC to PC calls among their own subscribers for privacy purposes so that the quality of sound is not compromised.

Most reputable VoIP voice over ip phone providers have their own patented technology.

Some VoIP solutions providers require limiting PC to phone landlines or cells to their own subscribers, while others do not.

Advantages of VoIP

? With VoIP computer phones, you have unlimited talk time to anyone in the world from PC to PC for a flat monthly rate

? Most VoIP voice over ip phone providers offer drastically reduced costs for calling PC to landlines

? Most VoIP's offer reduced costs for calling PC to cell phones, however, prices often vary depending on the cell phone carrier.

? Savings of up to 80% off current phone bills.

What are the Costs for VoIPs?

Typically there is an activation fee which varies between $20.00 to hundreds of dollars, although some are hidden. Monthly fees, after enrollment, varies between $5.00 per month to $99.95 per month. If you do not have a microphone on your computer, you would have to purchase one. Cost is between $5.00 to $40.00.

Things to Watch Out For with VoIP Services

? Hidden costs

? Unsecure lines - meaning anyone can listen to your conversation because of shared servers or open platforms, thus making you vulnerable to viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and unscrupulous hackers, which ultimately can corrupt your computer and create a costly computer crash.

? Inability to be used with dial-up connections

? Public listing of your name and/or phone number

? Many VoIP services have spyware.

Dee Scrip and her close friend Andy Murray operate the website http://www.whypay4calls.com. Where you can experience a 7 day free trial with a secure line on patented technology. NO contracts, obligations, or hassles!

In The News:


ARRL

Hurricane Watch Net, VoIP Hurricane Net, WX4NHC Stand Down from Maria Activations
ARRL
The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) stood down on September 20 after 60 hours of activation for Hurricane Maria as did the VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center. The International Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network ...


VoIP firmware upgrade to enhance features on certain telephone models
Penn State News
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A telephone firmware upgrade to enhance security features, improve the visual display and provide additional call-handling features on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone models 8811 and 8851 at all Penn State VoIP ...


How Can My Small Business Benefit From a VoIP Phone System?
Telecom Reseller (press release)
The top VoIP phone systems integrate seamlessly with diverse software and hardware tools. For instance, Forbes recommends that companies use Skype for Business and other VoIP implementations to aid collaboration. If you're a small firm that's ...


Reuters

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on internet calls
Reuters
“Access to VoIP (voice over internet protocol) will reduce operational costs and spur digital entrepreneurship – that's why it is such an important step in the Kingdom's internet regulation,” it said. Saudi Arabia - which introduced the ban in 2013 ...
Saudi Arabia opens itself to Skype, WhatsApp and other internet calling servicesTechCrunch
Saudi Arabia lifts VoIP ban on FaceTime, Snapchat, SkypeLanka Business Online
Saudi Arabia set to lift ban on VoIP callsTelecompaper (subscription)
AMEinfo -New Straits Times Online
all 201 news articles »

Explosion-Proof VoIP Portable Phones Market to Witness Enhanced ...
MarketWatch
Global Explosion-proof VoIP portable phones Market [https://www.radiantinsights.com/research/global-explosion-proof-voip-portable-phones-2016 ] is expected ...

and more »

TG Daily (blog)

How to Start a VoIP Company
TG Daily (blog)
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is chosen over using local phone company landlines by many people. With a stable internet connection you can save enormous amounts of money on phone bills, hardware and maintenance using VoIP instead of normal ...


VoIP Hurricane Net to Activate
ARRL
The VoIP Hurricane Net will activate at 2300 UTC Friday, September 8, until Saturday, September 9, at 0600 UTC to track the impact of Hurricane Irma, expected to affect Cuba and the Bahamas, and of Hurricane Katia, expected to reach southeastern Mexico.


NextAdvisor (blog)

5 VoIP Security Threats and How to Safeguard Against Them
NextAdvisor (blog)
VoIP Security Switching your traditional analog phone to a VoIP service gives your phone system a lot of new capabilities, but it also opens you up to a new set of potential security issues. You shouldn't let this scare you off from using VoIP, though ...


PR Newswire (press release)

Exordium Networks, Inc. Awarded a 2017 INTERNET TELEPHONY ...
PR Newswire (press release)
DALLAS, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Exordium Networks, announced today that they have been named an INTERNET TELEPHONY Hosted VoIP ...

and more »

Voip-Pal.Com Posts Letters from Former Chairman, Dr. Thomas ...
GlobeNewswire (press release)
BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Voip-Pal.com, Inc. (“Voip-Pal,” the “Company”) (OTCQB:VPLM) has posted a series of letters ...

and more »
Google News

The Calling Card Alternative

For a few years now, the calling cards business is... Read More

VoIP and 911 Warning

Be leery of your VoIP phone system in case of... Read More

Lower Videophone Prices Allow Individuals Accessibility

VoIP service providers are now offering videophone at the lowest... Read More

Using a Bluetooth Headset with your PC

BluetoothFor those of you not familiar with the term, Bluetooth... Read More

Google Joins the Internet Phone Revolution

Its not so long ago that the idea of free... Read More

Telecom Industry Transition: WiFi, VoIP, WiMax - The Wireless Age is Already Here

VoIP on WiMax will make the latest 3G technologies obsolete... Read More

How to Never Pay a Hotel Phone Bill Again

The protocol is increasingly being adopted as the standard means... Read More

Finally Voip Worth a Look!

Everyone can Benefit from this Technology! Voip will be next... Read More

6 Important Things You Should Consider When You Are Selecting A VoIP Provider

The following are 6 very important factors to consider when... Read More

Consumer Review on CallWave Call Alert Service

Missing phone calls while you are online?Are you thinking of... Read More

Text To Speech - Its Simple

Looking for a natural voice speech engine? Curious about what... Read More

VoIP 101: Voice over IP for Beginners

For those who have never heard about the potential of... Read More

VoIP: Finally Worth a Look

Dear Internet Friends, Hundreds of thousands of consumers collectively save... Read More

Take Advantage of Internet Phone Calls (VOIP)

Voice Over IP (VOIP) is a relatively new technology. Voice... Read More

Will the Bell System Survive? A Massive Transfer of Wealth from Bell to VoIP is Underway

Will the Bell System Survive? A Massive Transfer of Wealth... Read More

World On IP Community versus Telecoms Monopoly

World on IP community versus the TELECOMS' monopoly or a... Read More

VoIP is Less Taxing than Traditional Telephone Service

When it comes to VoIP Broadband Telephone service, there are... Read More

VOIP

This article contains the excellent information about the Voice Over... Read More

VoIP - What is the Problem?

In the beginning, when the Internet Protocol was first designed,... Read More

Get a ?Virtual Phone Number? - Eliminate Long Distance Charges with VoIP Phone Service

There's a revolution brewing in the telephone industry. But it's... Read More

The Dangers of Peer-to-Peer Systems

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) systems do not operate on secure lines, thus... Read More

VoIP Phone Home?

The movie Extra Terrestrial (ET) coined the phrase "phone home"... Read More

Use your Computer to make Cheap Long-Distance Telephone Calls

What is 'VoIP'?Simply put, VoIP refers to the carriage of... Read More

Instant Menaces or Instant Messengers?

Many vendors offering Instant Messaging (IM) services have added new... Read More

Try VoIP for Free - No Commitment, No Hardware

Try VoIP Before BuyingSo you like the concept of 'cutting'... Read More