What is VoIP?
What can it do for you -
VoIP and IP telephony are becoming increasingly popular with large corporations and consumers alike. For many people, Internet Protocol (IP) is more than just a way to transport data, it’s also a tool that simplifies and streamlines a wide range of business applications. Telephony is the most obvious example.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is simply the transmission of telephone calls over IP-based networks.
VoIP is also the foundation for more advanced unified communications applications—including Web and video conferencing—that can transform the way you do business. The Internet Protocol (IP) was originally designed for data networking. The success of IP in becoming a world standard for data networking has led to its adaptation to voice networking.
Some history: it’s actually not a new solution at all. VoIP has been around in one form or another since 1973 when it began as an experiment by the US Department of Defense (Internet also was a US Military network as you may know).
The number one reason to switch to VoIP technology for telephone service is for sure costs reduction. VoIP has become popular largely because of the cost advantages to consumers over traditional telephone networks. VoIP based phone services offers cheaper international long distance rates which are generally 10% of what is charged by traditional phone companies. Its portability makes it a very good option and you could avoid expensive hotel phone charges and cell phone roaming charges. What is required is a good Internet connection.