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LIFE AND DEATH: How to give your dying cell phone battery a pick me up

We’ve all been in the unenviable position when our cell phone battery is clinging to life, that 2% bar starring us right in the face.

You try everything to preserve the life of it, from refusing to talk to anyone who calls or completely swearing off text messaging until you can race home or to the office to find a charger. And when you do, you’re probably huddled in a corner, near an outlet, taking calls and finally texting until your heart is content.

But does it really have to be that way?

The cell phone battery, or the lack of how long your phone stays charged, is truly a love and hate relationship between consumer and gadget. You love your cell phone and all it has done for you, including that time it alerted you about the snow storm en route or allowed you to breeze through that boring sales meeting while matching “Mad Men” on Netflix.

Yet, it’s hard to not get incredibly frustrated when the battery reaches zero before the end of your work day. The easy solution is to assume that the phone dying prematurely is the work of the company who makes the phone. One viable and proven knock on cell phones is that the smarter and more complex they get, the quicker the battery dies.

This “catch 22,” however, needs looked at a little closer to truly understand the relationship between advanced technology and the person using it. The battery only can do so much in the face of adversity, in this case the consumer, and it losing steam by lunch time probably has more to do with how you use the phone, rather than how it’s made.

If you are multitasking and using several apps at once but refuse to close them out when you’re finished, that could easily be the root of the problem. Most cell phones also don’t respond well to screen brightness that hits 100% for the entire day. If you are apt to check your battery distribution, you’ll be shocked to see that most of what’s draining your phone and your patience is having a screen brighter than the sun. Even knocking it down a few pegs could prove highly potent in fixing the issue.

Of course, the apps you are using probably aren’t helping either. If you’re doing a quick weather scan, playing a few games here and there or sporadically checking news and sports scores, you’ll be just fine.

Those who are catching up on television shows, or hitting the Fruit Ninja or Candy Crush circuit a little too hard won’t have to think too long to figure out why their phone is being sliced or crushed by those battery sucking game applications.

Your phone is meant to handle a sizable portion of data, gaming and fun, but keep in mind that few devices, unless you use it while it’s always plugged in, won’t ever be able to meet your criteria or high standards when it comes to battery life.

Tone down your torrid pace, and your phone will return the favor by staying strong for at least a few more hours.

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Passing the PAS Test for VoiP

When you decide to switch your business over to VoiP, there’s a lot of planning to do. In our last blog, we looked at some general tips for making the switch to VoiP and the importance of budgeting several months to get the job done. This time, we’ll take a closer look at getting the right hardware and passing the PAS test to make sure your system works correctly.

Figuring Out Your Network Infrastructure

A crucial step in getting everything together is determining your network infrastructure and the hardware needed to create it. You’ll most importantly want to determine whether your infrastructure can handle new tech that will allow you to bolster voice quality from your current capacity. As an example, traffic shaping and virtual LAN systems can use relatively low bandwidth while making sure vocal quality is a priority.

Power and Switching

Power and switching makes up the PAS test, which is crucial to pass before fully instigating VoiP across the board. It’s important to make sure all existing desktop phones are capable of both power and switching or you’ll have to upgrade.
Phones also need to be powered via Ethernet connection and have LAN switch ports built into the sides. With a working LAN port, phones can work both as an IP phone and a PC phone. You’ll also need to look at the bandwidth supported by the phone. If you’re running a large company and need lots of bandwidth to make this switch, check the phones to make sure they’re capable.

Considering Softphones

Another option when considering hardware is to set up softphones. Perhaps not for every employee, but for those who work remotely, travel frequently, or are just a little more tech-savvy than most. A softphone doesn’t require you to buy an IP phone or any external hardware. It’s simply a program on your computer with a phone-like appearance. You can attach a headset to a desktop or laptop and use it normally. With a softphone setup, you’re not as limited. Likely many companies in the future will be ditching phone hardware entirely for a fully digital approach like this.

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Planning for VoIP for Your Business

Switching over to a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system can save your company lots of money in the long run, but it’s not something you want to implement without some careful planning. If you’re wondering how long it takes, you should plan for several months.

Tips for Switching to VoIP

  1. Have a Time Buffer: Plan for it taking longer than you expect to be ready. Even if your business itself is ready, your internet provider may not be and could take a while securing the extra bandwidth.
  2. Build a VoIP Team: You need to have everyone trained before the system is implemented to prevent mass chaos. Have your team leaders in on planning meetings so they can effectively explain the process to the people they supervise when the time comes.
  3. Have the Right Equipment: The phones you have right now may not be compatible with operating over the internet via VoIP connection. Hopefully you have a dedicated IT person or department to help or you might consider hiring a consultant. You don’t want to switch over and not be able to make calls.
  4. Bandwidth: At this time, you’re going to have to take a careful look at your bandwidth. Making digital calls will take up extra space and may make the rest of your internet activities considerably slower. Perform a careful audit and consider upgrading your service.
  5. Emergency Services: With a VoIP system, it’s not going to know who to call in the event of an emergency. You may end up dialing 911 halfway across the country. Keep this mind or have at least one phone still tied to an analog line.
  6. Training: Most of your employees will not be familiar with this type of technology and might be reluctant to change their old ways. Prepare training guides or presentations with pictures and simple steps. You should also prepare an FAQ to reduce the number of calls going to your IT department. Keep in mind you may also have remote employees who need to setup this technology themselves.
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Do I Need a T1 or T3 Line for My Business?

If you’re planning on switching to VoiP for your business, you’re going to need to take a close look at how much bandwidth you currently use. In many cases, you may even need to upgrade your current internet plan, which may mean switching to T1 or T3. Even if you never implement VoiP, you may still need this type of service if you have a large company.

What is T1/T3?

T1 and T3 lines are each types of high-speed internet. T1 is a type of fiber optic cable or a copper line while T3 is a high-speed phone line. They’re like the DSL or cable internet you currently have at your home or office, but much, much faster. The average internet user doesn’t need as much speed as a T line provides and would find it economically infeasible. But for your business, it’s another story. They are both available pretty much anywhere except in severely remote areas.
The major difference between T1 and T3 for your purposes is that T3 is about 30 times faster than T1. You’ll have to determine how much speed you need in order to decide which makes the most sense.

Benefits of Switching to a T Line

If you own a business that requires lots of internet use, then you’ll see the benefits of adding a T line right off the bat. While the cost is higher, productivity will likely go up when employees are able to quickly navigate the internet. Depending on your company’s online presence, the increased productivity may offset the initial expense of increasing your bandwidth.
Switching to a T1/T3 line is going to be very useful if you plan on making the change to VoiP. With either connection, you’re going to be able to use normal internet functions and talk on the phone at the same time, without reducing connection speeds.
Companies who are heavily involved in internet use and development will certainly benefit from T1/T3 and probably already switched long before you knew what a T line was. With these high speeds, you can host several web sites from your office with a T3 line and download software and files at incredible speeds.

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Do I Have Enough Bandwith?

Anytime you’re dealing with a business’ computers, one question that always seems to come up has to deal with bandwith amounts. If you’re looking at using VoiP, you’ll have to ask yourself, “Do I have enough bandwith?” The amount of bandwith that you have available to use is essential to using VoiP, as it is fundamental to the technology and is also a major factor in determining the quality of the call.

What Exactly is Bandwith?

Before you find out whether you have enough bandwith, you should understand what bandwith is. It’s defined as a range of frequencies through which data is transmitted. The larger the bandwith, the more data can be broadcasted, and the faster the speed at which that can occur. There are two types of bandwith: upload and download. The upload is how much you send to the Internet, while download is how much you can receive from the Internet.
Typically, most Internet users associate bandwith with speed, which is measured in kilobytes per second (kbps) or megabytes per second (mbps). One mbps is equal to one thousand kbps.

What is the Normal Bandwith Requirement for VoiP?

If you’re looking for high-quality Voice Over IP, then it’s recommended you have a bandwith amount of at least 90 kbps. If you can, try to avoid dial-up connections at all cost. While a bandwith of 56 kbps will work, the quality will probably be low. Your traditional kbps numbers are 90, 60, and 30, with each delivering a different quality of voice. Your needs will be determined by the quality needed for your use and how many employees will be using the internet at any one time.
To test how much bandwith you actually have available to you, you can use online speed tests. Another option you have that may be better specifically for VoiP is a VoiP bandwith calculator.
The other factor to consider is cost. Bandwith is normally the most expensive requirement when it comes to using the Internet as a communication tool. Broadband, which is becoming more common, is getting cheaper and cheaper and is starting to offer speeds that are sufficient for Voice Over IP.

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Economy Got Your Budget Tight? Try Saving Hundreds On Internet Phone

Many of you have heard of Internet phone calls and they could to change the way you think about long distance phone calls. You can actually use your Internet connection to make cheap telephone calls anywhere in the world. Today we find several Internet phone service providers across the world that provide this service at little or no cost and can help you reduce your phone bills drastically.

Over the last decade, we have seen that the Internet and computer technology have changelingd the way people live, work and communicate. An Internet phone is one such revolution that has changelingd the way people talk with each other.

How does an Internet Phone work?

An Internet Phone uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which converts the voice signal from the telephone to a digital signal. This digital signal travels over the Internet and is converted back at the other end to voice so that you can speak to anyone with a regular phone number. VoIP sends voice information in digital form in discrete packets rather than in the traditional circuit based protocols of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and helps you use your standard Internet connection to make phone calls worldwide at a very low or no cost.

How to make a call using the Internet Phone?

To make a call using an Internet Phone, you can subscribe to an Internet Phone Service. Besides this, you need to have a good speed Internet connection in place. Some Internet Phone services allow you to use a regular telephone, as long as you connect it to an adaptor while others allow you to make calls from a computer or a special VoIP phone that doesn’t require an additional adapter.

Depending upon the service that you choose, one way to make a call is to pick up your phone and dial the number, using an adaptor that connects to your Internet connection. Another way is to use a microphone headset plugged into your computer. In this case, the number is dialed using the keyboard and is routed through the cable modem.

In fact your computer need not even be turned on in case you are making calls with a phone and adaptor or special VoIP phone. It’s just that your Internet connection needs to be active. You can even use your computer while you are talking on the phone.

How to choose an Internet Phone Service?

Depending upon the Internet Phone service that you choose, you might be limited only to other subscribers to the service, or you may be able to call any phone number, anywhere in the world. The call may be made to a local number, a mobile phone, a long distaste number, or an international number. You can even utilize the service for a conference call, that is, to speak with more than one person at a time.

Different Internet Phone Service providers offer various plans for making calls. Some providers offer their service for free, normally only for calls to other subscribers to the service. While others charge for a long distaste call to a number outside your calling area, similar to the existing, traditional telephone service. Still some other providers permit you to call anywhere at a flat rate for a fixed number of minutes.
Before choosing an Internet Service Provider you have to carefully look at his offering and balance it with your needs.

Benefits of using an Internet Phone Service
The biggest benefit of using an Internet Phone is that you can make cheap phone calls as you are utilizing an existing data network that is the Internet. Moreover since VoIP is digital, it offers features and services that are not available with a traditional phone. It gives you the flexibility to combine phone calls with business data and offers value added features like integration with software on your computer.

The Internet Phone also provides you with the ability to be mobile as you can take your phone anywhere in the world. Besides this, it provides you access to features like voice mail, caller ID, call conferencing, call forwarding etc.

The Flip side…

Despite the numerous advantages that an Internet phone offers, there are some disadvantages to utilizing the service. First, an Internet Phone is dependant on power. Your current phone runs on power that is provided over the line from the central office, so even if your power goes out, your phone connection still works. With an Internet phone, you cannot use your phone service in case there is a power failure. Unlike using traditional PSTN technology, that is dependent on a point-to-point connection, the Internet Phone utilizes the Internet and its web-like, multi-link network. Therefore if a traditional PSTN circuit phone line is down or cut for some reason, you will be unable to make a call. With Internet Phone service, if a specific link is down, the call will just be routed over one of the many other routing options that the Internet provides to still complete the call. There have been many recent natural and man-made disasters, where Internet Phone Service, was the only available and working service – as both PSTN lines and mobile cellular towers were rendered inoperable.

Additionally, early Internet Phone Service suffered from issues of “delay” which causes the problem of “echo” and “talk overlap”. These initial Internet Phone Service offerings were susceptible to all the problems normally associated with home Internet connections like latency, jitter and packet loss. Due to all these factors phone conversations can sometimes become distorted, garbled or lost. In the last few years, with the improvements to the Internet backbone, broadband technologies and VoIP protocols and codecs, most of these issues have been corrected.

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Have you heard of an Internet phone as a way to make long distance phone calls? You can actually use your Internet connection to make cheap telephone calls anywhere in the world. Today we can find Internet phone service providers across the world that provide this service at little or no cost and can help you reduce your phone bills drastically.

Over the last decade, we have seen that the Internet and computer technology have channeld the way people live, work and communicate. An Internet phone is one such revolution that has channeld the way people talk with each other.

How does an Internet Phone work?

An Internet Phone uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which converts the voice signal from the telephone to a digital signal. This digital signal travels over the Internet and is converted back at the other end to voice so that you can speak to anyone with a regular phone number. VoIP sends voice information in digital form in discrete packets rather than in the traditional circuit based protocols of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and helps you use your standard Internet connection to make phone calls worldwide at a very low or no cost.

How to make a call using the Internet Phone?

To make a call using an Internet Phone, you can subscribe to an Internet Phone Service. Besides this, you need to have a good speed Internet connection in place. Some Internet Phone services allow you to use a regular telephone, as ago as you connect it to an adaptor while others allow you to make calls from a computer or a special VoIP phone that doesn’t require an additional adapter.

Depending upon the service that you choose, one way to make a call is to pick up your phone and dial the number, using an adaptor that connects to your Internet connection. Another way is to use a microphone headset plugged into your computer. In this case, the number is dialed using the keyboard and is routed through the cable modem.

In fact your computer need not even be turned on in case you are making calls with a phone and adaptor or special VoIP phone. It’s just that your Internet connection needs to be active. You can even use your computer while you are talking on the phone.

How to choose an Internet Phone Service?

Depending upon the Internet Phone service that you choose, you might be limited only to other subscribers to the service, or you may be able to call any phone number, anywhere in the world. The call may be made to a local number, a mobile phone, a ago distend number, or an international number. You can even utilize the service for a conference call, that is, to speak with more than one person at a time.

Different Internet Phone Service providers offer various plans for making calls. Some providers offer their service for free, normally only for calls to other subscribers to the service. While others charge for a ago distend call to a number outside your calling area, similar to the existing, traditional telephone service. Still some other providers permit you to call anywhere at a flat rate for a fixed number of minutes.
Before choosing an Internet Service Provider you have to carefully look at his offering and balance it with your needs.

Benefits of using an Internet Phone Service
The biggest benefit of using an Internet Phone is that you can make cheap phone calls as you are utilizing an existing data network that is the Internet. Moreover since VoIP is digital, it offers features and services that are not available with a traditional phone. It gives you the flexibility to combine phone calls with business data and offers value added features like integration with software on your computer.

The Internet Phone also provides you with the ability to be mobile as you can take your phone anywhere in the world. Besides this, it provides you access to features like voice mail, caller ID, call conferencing, call forwarding etc.

The Flip side…

Despite the numerous advantages that an Internet phone offers, there are some disadvantages to utilizing the service. First, an Internet Phone is dependant on power. Your current phone runs on power that is provided over the line from the central office, so even if your power goes out, your phone connection still works. With an Internet phone, you cannot use your phone service in case there is a power failure. Unlike using traditional PSTN technology, that is dependent on a point-to-point connection, the Internet Phone utilizes the Internet and its web-like, multi-link network. Therefore if a traditional PSTN circuit phone line is down or cut for some reason, you will be unable to make a call. With Internet Phone service, if a specific link is down, the call will just be routed over one of the many other routing options that the Internet provides to still complete the call. There have been many recent natural and man-made disasters, where Internet Phone Service, was the only available and working service – as both PSTN lines and mobile cellular towers were rendered inoperable.

Additionally, early Internet Phone Service suffered from issues of “delay” which causes the problem of “echo” and “talk overlap”. These initial Internet Phone Service offerings were susceptible to all the problems normally associated with home Internet connections like latency, jitter and packet loss. Due to all these factors phone conversations can sometimes become distorted, garbled or lost. In the last few years, with the improvements to the Internet backbone, broadband technologies and VoIP protocols and codecs, most of these issues have been corrected.

Shopping For Internet Phone Online Could Save You Hundreds A Year

netphone_phoneOver the last decade, we have seen that the Internet and computer technology have chantd the way people live, work and communicate. An Internet phone is one such revolution that has chantd the way people talk with each other.

How does an Internet Phone work?

An Internet Phone uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which converts the voice signal from the telephone to a digital signal. This digital signal travels over the Internet and is converted back at the other end to voice so that you can speak to anyone with a regular phone number. VoIP sends voice information in digital form in discrete packets rather than in the traditional circuit based protocols of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and helps you use your standard Internet connection to make phone calls worldwide at a very low or no cost.

How to make a call using the Internet Phone?

To make a call using an Internet Phone, you can subscribe to an Internet Phone Service. Besides this, you need to have a good speed Internet connection in place. Some Internet Phone services allow you to use a regular telephone, as long-established as you connect it to an adaptor while others allow you to make calls from a computer or a special VoIP phone that doesn’t require an additional adapter.

Depending upon the service that you choose, one way to make a call is to pick up your phone and dial the number, using an adaptor that connects to your Internet connection. Another way is to use a microphone headset plugged into your computer. In this case, the number is dialed using the keyboard and is routed through the cable modem.

In fact your computer need not even be turned on in case you are making calls with a phone and adaptor or special VoIP phone. It’s just that your Internet connection needs to be active. You can even use your computer while you are talking on the phone.

How to choose an Internet Phone Service?

Depending upon the Internet Phone service that you choose, you might be limited only to other subscribers to the service, or you may be able to call any phone number, anywhere in the world. The call may be made to a local number, a mobile phone, a long-established distended number, or an international number. You can even utilize the service for a conference call, that is, to speak with more than one person at a time.

Different Internet Phone Service providers offer various plans for making calls. Some providers offer their service for free, normally only for calls to other subscribers to the service. While others charge for a long-established distended call to a number outside your calling area, similar to the existing, traditional telephone service. Still some other providers permit you to call anywhere at a flat rate for a fixed number of minutes.
Before choosing an Internet Service Provider you have to carefully look at his offering and balance it with your needs.

Benefits of using an Internet Phone Service
The biggest benefit of using an Internet Phone is that you can make cheap phone calls as you are utilizing an existing data network that is the Internet. Moreover since VoIP is digital, it offers features and services that are not available with a traditional phone. It gives you the flexibility to combine phone calls with business data and offers value added features like integration with software on your computer.

The Internet Phone also provides you with the ability to be mobile as you can take your phone anywhere in the world. Besides this, it provides you access to features like voice mail, caller ID, call conferencing, call forwarding etc.

The Flip side…

Despite the numerous advantages that an Internet phone offers, there are some disadvantages to utilizing the service. First, an Internet Phone is dependant on power. Your current phone runs on power that is provided over the line from the central office, so even if your power goes out, your phone connection still works. With an Internet phone, you cannot use your phone service in case there is a power failure. Unlike using traditional PSTN technology, that is dependent on a point-to-point connection, the Internet Phone utilizes the Internet and its web-like, multi-link network. Therefore if a traditional PSTN circuit phone line is down or cut for some reason, you will be unable to make a call. With Internet Phone service, if a specific link is down, the call will just be routed over one of the many other routing options that the Internet provides to still complete the call. There have been many recent natural and man-made disasters, where Internet Phone Service, was the only available and working service – as both PSTN lines and mobile cellular towers were rendered inoperable.

Additionally, early Internet Phone Service suffered from issues of “delay” which causes the problem of “echo” and “talk overlap”. These initial Internet Phone Service offerings were susceptible to all the problems normally associated with home Internet connections like latency, jitter and packet loss. Due to all these factors phone conversations can sometimes become distorted, garbled or lost. In the last few years, with the improvements to the Internet backbone, broadband technologies and VoIP protocols and codecs, most of these issues have been corrected.

Are Your Internet Phone Premiums Cutting Too Far Into Your Budget?

headphoneOver the last decade, we have seen that the Internet and computer technology have ofd the way people live, work and communicate. An Internet phone is one such revolution that has ofd the way people talk with each other.

How does an Internet Phone work?

An Internet Phone uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which converts the voice signal from the telephone to a digital signal. This digital signal travels over the Internet and is converted back at the other end to voice so that you can speak to anyone with a regular phone number. VoIP sends voice information in digital form in discrete packets rather than in the traditional circuit based protocols of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and helps you use your standard Internet connection to make phone calls worldwide at a very low or no cost.

How to make a call using the Internet Phone?

To make a call using an Internet Phone, you can subscribe to an Internet Phone Service. Besides this, you need to have a good speed Internet connection in place. Some Internet Phone services allow you to use a regular telephone, as range as you connect it to an adaptor while others allow you to make calls from a computer or a special VoIP phone that doesn’t require an additional adapter.

Depending upon the service that you choose, one way to make a call is to pick up your phone and dial the number, using an adaptor that connects to your Internet connection. Another way is to use a microphone headset plugged into your computer. In this case, the number is dialed using the keyboard and is routed through the cable modem.

In fact your computer need not even be turned on in case you are making calls with a phone and adaptor or special VoIP phone. It’s just that your Internet connection needs to be active. You can even use your computer while you are talking on the phone.

How to choose an Internet Phone Service?

Depending upon the Internet Phone service that you choose, you might be limited only to other subscribers to the service, or you may be able to call any phone number, anywhere in the world. The call may be made to a local number, a mobile phone, a range distaste number, or an international number. You can even utilize the service for a conference call, that is, to speak with more than one person at a time.

Different Internet Phone Service providers offer various plans for making calls. Some providers offer their service for free, normally only for calls to other subscribers to the service. While others charge for a range distaste call to a number outside your calling area, similar to the existing, traditional telephone service. Still some other providers permit you to call anywhere at a flat rate for a fixed number of minutes.
Before choosing an Internet Service Provider you have to carefully look at his offering and balance it with your needs.

Benefits of using an Internet Phone Service
The biggest benefit of using an Internet Phone is that you can make cheap phone calls as you are utilizing an existing data network that is the Internet. Moreover since VoIP is digital, it offers features and services that are not available with a traditional phone. It gives you the flexibility to combine phone calls with business data and offers value added features like integration with software on your computer.

The Internet Phone also provides you with the ability to be mobile as you can take your phone anywhere in the world. Besides this, it provides you access to features like voice mail, caller ID, call conferencing, call forwarding etc.

The Flip side…. disadvantages

Despite the numerous advantages that an Internet phone offers, there are some disadvantages to utilizing the service. First, an Internet Phone is dependant on power. Your current phone runs on power that is provided over the line from the central office, so even if your power goes out, your phone connection still works. With an Internet phone, you cannot use your phone service in case there is a power failure. Unlike using traditional PSTN technology, that is dependent on a point-to-point connection, the Internet Phone utilizes the Internet and its web-like, multi-link network. Therefore if a traditional PSTN circuit phone line is down or cut for some reason, you will be unable to make a call. With Internet Phone service, if a specific link is down, the call will just be routed over one of the many other routing options that the Internet provides to still complete the call. There have been many recent natural and man-made disasters, where Internet Phone Service, was the only available and working service – as both PSTN lines and mobile cellular towers were rendered inoperable.

Additionally, early Internet Phone Service suffered from issues of “delay” which causes the problem of “echo” and “talk overlap”. These initial Internet Phone Service offerings were susceptible to all the problems normally associated with home Internet connections like latency, jitter and packet loss. Due to all these factors phone conversations can sometimes become distorted, garbled or lost. In the last few years, with the improvements to the Internet backbone, broadband technologies and VoIP protocols and codecs, most of these issues have been corrected.

Need To Save Money? Why Don’t You Start By Getting Better Rates On Internet Phone

 polycom_ip_telephoneToday we find several Internet phone service providers across the world that provide this service at little or no cost and can help you reduce your phone bills drastically.

Over the last decade, we have seen that the Internet and computer technology have changed the way people live, work and communicate. An Internet phone is one such revolution that has changed the way people talk with each other.

How does an Internet Phone work?

An Internet Phone uses Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which converts the voice signal from the telephone to a digital signal. This digital signal travels over the Internet and is converted back at the other end to voice so that you can speak to anyone with a regular phone number. VoIP sends voice information in digital form in discrete packets rather than in the traditional circuit based protocols of the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and helps you use your standard Internet connection to make phone calls worldwide at a very low or no cost.

How to make a call using the Internet Phone?

To make a call using an Internet Phone, you can subscribe to an Internet Phone Service. Besides this, you need to have a good speed Internet connection in place. Some Internet Phone services allow you to use a regular telephone, as long as you connect it to an adaptor while others allow you to make calls from a computer or a special VoIP phone that doesn’t require an additional adapter.

Depending upon the service that you choose, one way to make a call is to pick up your phone and dial the number, using an adaptor that connects to your Internet connection. Another way is to use a microphone headset plugged into your computer. In this case, the number is dialed using the keyboard and is routed through the cable modem.

In fact your computer need not even be turned on in case you are making calls with a phone and adaptor or special VoIP phone. It’s just that your Internet connection needs to be active. You can even use your computer while you are talking on the phone.

How to choose an Internet Phone Service?

Depending upon the Internet Phone service that you choose, you might be limited only to other subscribers to the service, or you may be able to call any phone number, anywhere in the world. The call may be made to a local number, a mobile phone, a long distend number, or an international number. You can even utilize the service for a conference call, that is, to speak with more than one person at a time.

Different Internet Phone Service providers offer various plans for making calls. Some providers offer their service for free, normally only for calls to other subscribers to the service. While others charge for a long distend call to a number outside your calling area, similar to the existing, traditional telephone service. Still some other providers permit you to call anywhere at a flat rate for a fixed number of minutes.
Before choosing an Internet Service Provider you have to carefully look at his offering and balance it with your needs.

Benefits of using an Internet Phone Service
The biggest benefit of using an Internet Phone is that you can make cheap phone calls as you are utilizing an existing data network that is the Internet. Moreover since VoIP is digital, it offers features and services that are not available with a traditional phone. It gives you the flexibility to combine phone calls with business data and offers value added features like integration with software on your computer.

The Internet Phone also provides you with the ability to be mobile as you can take your phone anywhere in the world. Besides this, it provides you access to features like voice mail, caller ID, call conferencing, call forwarding etc.

The Flip side…

Despite the numerous advantages that an Internet phone offers, there are some disadvantages to utilizing the service. First, an Internet Phone is dependant on power. Your current phone runs on power that is provided over the line from the central office, so even if your power goes out, your phone connection still works. With an Internet phone, you cannot use your phone service in case there is a power failure. Unlike using traditional PSTN technology, that is dependent on a point-to-point connection, the Internet Phone utilizes the Internet and its web-like, multi-link network. Therefore if a traditional PSTN circuit phone line is down or cut for some reason, you will be unable to make a call. With Internet Phone service, if a specific link is down, the call will just be routed over one of the many other routing options that the Internet provides to still complete the call. There have been many recent natural and man-made disasters, where Internet Phone Service, was the only available and working service – as both PSTN lines and mobile cellular towers were rendered inoperable.

Additionally, early Internet Phone Service suffered from issues of “delay” which causes the problem of “echo” and “talk overlap”. These initial Internet Phone Service offerings were susceptible to all the problems normally associated with home Internet connections like latency, jitter and packet loss. Due to all these factors phone conversations can sometimes become distorted, garbled or lost. In the last few years, with the improvements to the Internet backbone, broadband technologies and VoIP protocols and codecs, most of these issues have been corrected.