With the rise of technology in the modern era being dominated by the desire to communicate and create efficient methods of sending and receiving information, it comes as no surprise that we have created new and simplified methods in order to communicate with one another. VOIP phone services, an acronym for Voice over Internet Protocol, does this exactly, allowing us to move away from the necessity of the telephone when it comes to communication, and opening up new arenas in which we can contact each other.
Gaining huge popularity in recent years, VOIP has become a staple in the way we communicate, by taking the familiar landline option that runs through your local phone company and discarding it in exchange telecommunications that work through an internet service provider at an additional charge to the regular monthly package. There are many different types of VOIP services, with the most familiar brand being Skype, released in 2003. This technology allows the user to transmit their voice and other multimedia content, such as visuals, over IP networks through the conversion of the media into transmissible data packets that are then switched back into audio or visuals once they reach their destination.
VOIP also allows us to make calls from any operating device as long as it is connected to the internet, an upgrade from regular phone services, which had limited us to the telephone.
A regular telephone line, on the other hand, requires that circuits be opened and be kept open during the duration of the call. It is in part due to this that regular phone services are so much more expensive than VOIP. In addition to this, traditional phone companies charge more for their services due to the extreme competition in their older industry, which is always causing prices to fluctuate. VOIP services, however, as not a cost all of their own, but rather a minimal extra charge the customer is required to pay to their internet service provider.
This added fee covers and gets rid of all high charges on things such as long distance calls, as well as the ease with which you can receive messages and calls while you are away from home since the number is not tied to a particular location. It is due to this that VOIP phone services have quickly become the method of choice for the businessman and traveler.