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Are you eager to know 'What is Voice over Internet Protocol?' VOIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol is one of such emerging technologies that has emerged as a revolution in the field of communication.

Are you eager to know "What is Voice over Internet Protocol"? The world is growing at a faster rate every day with various technological advancement and up-gradation. It seems so concise with emerging technologies that we remain connected from any part of the world to any part. VOIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol is one of such emerging technologies that has emerged as a revolution in the field of communication.

In common language, VOIP can be described as the latest technology that uses the high speed internet connection or broadband connection to make calls instead of traditional phone calls. VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is also known by various other names such as IP telephony, Internet telephony, voice over broadband (VoBB), broadband telephony, and broadband phone.

The technology emerged in the early 1990s when the computer researchers generated the idea of sending voice data over an internet connection. With this idea they developed the software that enabled the transmission of voice from one computer to another with the help of a modem, sound card, speakers, and a microphone. But the quality of the sound was very poor at that time and hence not very successful. Moreover, the extent of the technology was very limited as the communication was possible between the computers which had the same communication software installed. Later in 1998, with the development of technology, the voice communication from PC to phone was made possible.

The major advantage of using VOIP services is you can make call to any telephone anywhere in the world devoid of the fact that the the person you are calling is having a VOIP service or not. But in some cases both the person should have this service. Moreover, it avoids the tolls charged by ordinary telephone service to make the calls cheaper.

The process of VOIP involves the transfer of voice information in digital form by breaking them into discrete packets which is absolutely different from the conventional method of using the circuit-committed protocols of the public switched telephone network (PSTN). VOIP telephone calls can be made both by using a Personal Computer (PC) or by a telephone with an internet connection. Today many IP or Broadband Telephones are also available, that can be connected directly to a cable modem or internet router instead of using an adapter. This service provides not only the traditional phone facilities such as voice mail, call forwarding, call waiting, caller ID, and call blocking but much more of that. Using VOIP services you can you can get a virtual number from any available area code. In addition to that you can receive calls from people outside your local calling area and the caller has to pay only for a local call.

Over the last few years, VOIP has become extremely popular all around the world and is used extensively these days both for personal as well as commercial uses. It has helped to synchronize the world to a single platform. There are many VOID service providers that helps you to choose the best of them. Some of the major VOID service providers includes Vonage, Packet8, iConnectHere, ViaTalk, Vonics Digital, VoIPNet, Skype and NetZero Voice.

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Posted on: December 28, 2011

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