Voice over IP (VoIP) allows you to make telephone calls using digital computer networks.
14:48 24 May 2017
VoIP is an exciting technology that allows you to maximise your Internet connection and save on your monthly cellphone bills. It works by converting voice signals into digital data packets to allow users to make and receive phone calls via Internet protocols (IP). Thus, it makes for a better alternative to traditional landline and cellular phone calling. However, it has a greater potential for degraded voice quality as well as dropped calls when the underlying network links are under heavy load.
VoIP calls are made using applications such as Skype and Apple’s FaceTime Audio, which run not just on smartphones but also on computers and tablets. Making and receiving calls from these services require only a subscription along with a standard microphone and audio headset.
VoiP service providers offer their solutions over most kinds of broadband Internet, requiring about 100Kbps for best quality. However, VoIP service is less reliable when compared to analog phone service that are connected to power mains. During power cut, for example, VoIP phones are unlikely to work and if they do, the sound quality is likely to suffer due to network contention.