Making the Switch to Voice Over IP

Copyright 2006 Dave Markel

VoIP is very cost effective as the monthly fee is lower
than regular telephone networks. More than that, VoIP also
integrate call forwarding and call display, options that
are extra charged by the phone companies. Thus more and
more people are attracted by this idea and tend to replace
their phone lines with VoIP. Before taking such a decision
it would be a good idea to keep some things in mind.

You might lose your old number once you switch to VoIP.
This is not necessarily to happen, especially if the VoIP
provider offers local phone numbers but it would be wiser
to check this aspect with both your future VoIP provider
and current phone company.

Due to its characteristics, a 911 call from a VoIP
connection can't be tracked down and thus the operator
won't be able to determine your location if you are unable
to speak. Actually in order to make emergency calls you
will have to register your address with your VoIP provider.
Therefore it would be best to keep a standard connection in
case you ever need to make an emergency call. This drawback
could be solved in the future as the protocol undergoes
constant development.

Apparently, these drawbacks are no reasons not to switch to
VoIP as thousands of people decide to try the Internet
miracle. The first step to making your first VoIP call is
choosing the right provider for your needs. Most offer by
default call display or call waiting and forwarding but the
thing you really have to be careful is the fees providers
charge for overseas and long-distance calls. Consider the
people you use to call when choosing your provider.

VoIP providers also offer additional phone numbers most of
the times. Therefore, you can choose to have numbers in
different cities. The advantage of this option is that
people living in those cities can call you for the cost of
local calls.

Analogue Telephone Adapters or ATA are special devices that
allow you to use your standard phone with the VoIP service.
Although they can be acquired separately, most of the times
ATAs are supplied by your VoIP providers. The basic
equipment needed for VoIP calls is an IP phone, a broadband
modem and a router. Computers can be bypassed although they
make accessing the VoIP account easier while modems and
routers can be incorporated into stand-alone units.

Connecting to a VoIP account is an easy thing. You just
have to plug the IP phone into the router and the router
into the modem. Also, service calls don't require any
preinstalled equipment.
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