In the recent years a technology that has been doing rounds and gaining popularity is the Voice Over Internet Protocol, or more commonly known as VoIP. This technology has a growing potential to completely revolutionize our standard phone system. In the most simplest terms, it allows you to make phone calls and even receive them through your standard broadband internet connection. There are currently numerous voice over internet protocol service providers available in the market and even other carriers have started expanding their networks towards voice over internet protocol. The aim of this article is to give you a better understanding of the basics of voice over internet protocol and its benefits. This technology has the ability to seamlessly integrate into our daily lives and completely replace our traditional phone line system.

There are a number of ways to use voice over internet protocol, a few of them are as follows:

PC-to-PC The most popular way to make cheap calls is through a computer. Calls are usually free or fraction of the cost of a normal telephone call and sound is usually near to CD quality. Users need to install relevant VoIP software such as MO-Call or Skype, access to high spend broadband or Internet connection, a microphone and speakers.

IP Phone Looks like a normal telephone but is connected to the Internet rather than the local telephone network using an Ethernet connection.

ATA (Analog Telephone Adaptor) is an adaptor/device that connects standard home telephones to a digital telephone system. This enables users to make normal telephone and VoIP calls.

Mobile VoIP With mobile phones getting more advanced and the popularity of mobile applications or apps, mobile VoIP has become more useable. Installing applications offered from MO-Call or Skype enables mobile users to take advantage of low VoIP rates.

PC-to-PC VoIP calling still remains the popular way to make VoIP calls and with the recent uptake of smart phones, VoIP providers are introducing mobile apps to push the mobile VoIP revolution forward. With mobile apps like MO-Call or Skype that are currently available, using VoIP on the move is becoming more of a reality. Such mobile apps make it possible for mobile users to avoid the expensive roaming charges that mobile operators charge when overseas or aboard.

Firstly, there are various unique benefits in switching to voice over internet protocol in place of your standard phone line system. Amongst the many benefits, one of them is that calls within Canada or the United States of America are usually included in the pricing. Another great benefit is that international call rates are extremely low and especially if you only call specific countries. Furthermore, it offers all the standard phone line system features with other extra added benefits. Not only this but voice over internet protocol is easy and simple to install.

However, do keep in mind that there are a few cons to voice over internet protocol system as well. One of them is that this system does not work during a power outage unless you have a back-up battery system. Secondly, voice over internet protocol might not be compatible with some Northern communities??? emergency system. Also, call quality depends a lot on the quality and speed of your internet. But never the less, these aren???t problems that can???t be dealt with. Each of these are quite easily solvable.