Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a technology that allows you to make telephone calls using an internet (or private network) connection typically over a broadband connection instead of your standard phone line.
With VoIP, analog voice calls are converted into packets of data. The packets travel like any other type of data, such as e-mail, over the public Internet and/or any private Internet Protocol (IP) network.
Voip vs landline
A landline telephone is the traditional wired phone that we all grew up with. It connects one phone to the public telephone switch network through physical phone lines. It uses the phone jack in your wall to connect to the legacy network and connects to the final destination of your call by hopping along the circuit-switching parts of the networks.
VoIP on the other hand, uses an IP phone or a softphone to make calls using IP over the Internet. A VoIP phone converts the sound of your voice into data packets and then sends them to the target destination.
So by switching from traditional analog phone lines to a VoIP provider, the first thing that you’ll notice is a massive drop in your telephony costs. VoIP telephony is much more cheaper than using telco providers (local or national) and many companies have halved their telecommunications costs by simply switching to VoIP. We all know how expensive long distance calls can be, right? With VoIP, long distance calls are almost free of charge
How VoIP is Different Than a Landline
VoIP converts audio signals from your speech into digital data that travels via broadband Internet (fiber optic, DSL or cable) to its destination. Instead of plugging into a traditional phone jack, the phone line is plugged into a VoIP adapter, and the adapter is plugged into a modem or your computer. While it sounds a bit technical, VoIP is fairly easy to use.
Thanks to the convenience and cost savings offered by new technology, many busineses are saying goodbye to traditional landlines. In fact, Small business owners are now wondering if it’s time to also cut ties with their phone company in the office. One popular landline alternative is voice over internet protocol (VoIP).
Round One: Sound Quality
Landlines generally provide outstanding sound quality. Whether you’re communicating with a new client or conferencing with your international team, voice clarity and dependability are paramount.
VoIP connections are usually good, but because data is sent over the Internet, their quality can’t be considered 100% reliable like a landline call. Crackling, echoes, and interruptions are a few of the potential difficulties with VoIP communication.
Round Two: Reliability
Landlines are more reliable than VoIP. A phone line is not powered the same way electricity is, so even when the power goes out or is interrupted, you’ll still have phone access.
If the power goes out, you’ll lose your Internet connection and as a result lose VoIP service. Even if there isn’t power outage, whenever your Internet service is disrupted, your VoIP service will be impacted. If your business doesn’t have reliable Internet service, using VoIP could be risky. Even if you decide to use VoIP for your business, you may want to keep basic landline service in case of VoIP interruptions.Mobile Data Next