By: Brian DeVault

VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol has been providing low cost communication alternatives to homes and businesses with an internet connection for years. It continues to make progress in simplifying phone calls in a quick, affordable manner, but the technology would fool you into thinking otherwise. VoIP is a dependable technology that takes analog audio signals, such as a phone system, and it turns that into the digital data that we commonly transmit over the internet. In other words, it takes what normally costs a lot of money through a phone service and provides it reliably through your internet connection. It’s typically a lot cheaper, sometimes even free. You bypass the phone company entirely and you use revolutionary technology that is changing the way homes and businesses place calls.

Flexibility and Ease of Use
VoIP technology provides unmatched flexibility that allows homes and businesses to discontinue use of their conventional phone systems, or even continue to use them by installing VoIP adapters or converters. These devices are very similar to the USB drives we use in our computers. Once the device has been installed, signals start getting converted immediately and the signal is fast, much like the internet speeds we have around the country.

A Real Phone Number
VoIP is no different from your actual phone number. Many VoIP systems come with a unique personal phone number.

Integration with Computers
Perhaps one of the biggest assets to VoIP technology is that it’s integrated with your computer, or at least your internet connection. That makes using the technology doesn’t take you out of your comfort zone. You can continue using Skype or other applications and it integrates seamlessly.

Many Countries are Running Scared, Including the UAE
Phone services are big businesses and the affordability of VoIP communication has many countries running scared. The UAE for instance, United Arab Emirates, has recently blocked Skype and other VoIP technologies. Official statements specify legal reasoning for the action such as privacy issues, voice hacking and phishing concerns, and other vulnerabilities. However, many are skeptical and believe that VoIP was blocked because of its growing popularity and threat to communication services.

If you have questions about VoIP technology or how to get setup for your home or business, be sure to reach out and contact us.