What is Residential VoIP?
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) involves using an Internet connection to place and receive calls. The rapid spread of high speed internet has made VoIP technology available for residential consumers at prices that are far less than those from tradition phone service providers. VoIP service typically includes features beyond that of traditional phones, such as caller ID, voicemail, call waiting, and so forth. VoIP services are sometimes referred to as digital phone services or Internet phone services so do not be confused when you see these ads that commonly use the digital phone service term. Instead of using traditional phone VoIP requires a high speed internet connection and a special Internet Protocol (IP) phone; however, a traditional phone can be used when coupled with a special analog telephone adapter (ATA). Aside from these differences there is no change with regard to making or receiving calls; you will find VoIP as easy to use as a traditional phone service.
There are so many choices out there for small offices and residential homes that when it comes to choosing the right VoIP provider the task can be daunting. The most important part is making sure to do thorough research on each provider.
A key part of what VoIP provider you decide to work with is the features that you need. For example, some people would like to have a fax line included so that they can work from home some days, which may tie up a line. Furthermore, some providers may include 911 service charges, taxes, and other service costs. These are things that you should take note of and discuss with potential providers.
A good way to see what type of plans and features are provided by VoIP companies is to visit their websites. Also, reading reviews of companies is a good way to find out how current users rate certain companies.
Another, important thing to find out is what type of equipment you will need. Some companies provide the equipment for you and others do not. Also, some companies require you to use certain IP phones. Others provide their services to work with all IP phones, but they only provide technical support for certain types of IP phones.
Switching to VoIP is a very big decision. It’s important to make sure that you cover all the bases before deciding on a provider. Taking note of what features you need and performing extensive research may be time consuming initially, but can save you time, money, and a headache in the long run.
Everyone is always talking about the next great thing in the technology industry. I know what you are thinking—this is just another confusing and daunting piece of technology that you will not understand. However, Internet home phone service is actually really easy to understand. Essentially if you have a broadband Internet connection you can get Internet home phone service; it is that easy!
Getting Home Phone Service Online
Getting home phone service online is easy to do. IP phone service uses your existing broadband Internet connection to place and receive calls. It works with both Ethernet and T1 lines (if you’re wondering what is T1, it is a lot like Ethernet, but the wiring is different). The connection is always “on” so that there is no interruption of service at any time. There is no added installation necessary in order to start using Internet home phone service.
VoIP is a term you’ll hear often when looking at Internet home phone service. VoIP stands for “Voice Over Internet Protocol” and simply put means voice communications over a data connection. Your home data connection to the Internet is broadband. A broadband connection – DSL, cable or satellite, allows you to have voice communications through your computer connection. While the home phone service goes through the broadband connection it is entirely separate from your ability to access the Internet or surf the web. You can perform both voice and data activities simultaneously.
Easy Hookup for Home Phone Service.
Not only does Internet home phone service save you money, but set up is so simple that you can do it yourself! There is no need for a special installation or a technician. Since the phone signal that is used for IP phone service is digital it will be necessary to connect an analog adapter or use a special telephone that has a built-in analog adapter, known as an ATA (analog terminal adapter). Then you simply need to plug in the telephone and you’re ready to go.
Pluses of IP Phone Service.
IP phone service gives you great options and tons of added benefits. The number one benefit noted by customers is the substantial amount of money saved. Where else can you get quality phone service for under $20 a month?!
Besides being cost effective, IP phone service offers many advanced features such as call forwarding, conference calling, call waiting, repeat dialing and unique voicemail options. One of the other great features of IP phone service is that you can opt to choose a new phone number in any area code or you can get an additional phone line, or if you choose, in many cases you can keep your own original telephone number and move it over to your IP phone service.
In today’s economy people are looking for any way possible to save money. This is especially true for parents who are about to, or in the midst of sending their children to college. If you are a parent with a kid in college or about to enroll, and are looking to save money read on. You could be saving up to $500 a year!
What do you need to do? Simply switch from a regular phone service to a VoIP broadband phone plan and it will help reduce some of those high college costs. Let’s look at the specifics for how VoIP will save you money. When your child moves to college the transition is usually difficult leading to an increase in phone calls home; during this time your phone service bill can easily exceed $60 per month. With VoIP you can get an unlimited phone plan to anywhere in the US and Canada. This includes long distance as well!
This in itself is enough to make me switch, but let’s also look at the vast array of features available with this technology as well. One of the most appealing features is referred to as “Virtual Numbers” which allows your child to call you free of charge even if you are a long distance phone call away. If you are away on business or they take a trip with friends, the rate does not change!
Another great feature is called “Distinctive Ringing” which lets you choose a different ring tone for each of your phone numbers, whether they are primary or virtual. This is beneficial because without even looking at the caller ID you can know if your child is calling you.
An internet phone system also has the great feature of “Call Transfer” which allows you to answer the phone call and then transfer it to another phone number, such as your daughter’s so you do not have to constantly take messages for your child who is no longer at home. If you would like to keep all three of you on the line at the same time, “3-way calling” takes care of this. Many VoIP service providers support this feature and it can be particularly useful if you have two children away from home and you wish to have a 3-way conversation. Saving you time but also keeping your family in touch.
The transition to college is difficult, let VoIP make it easier!