VoIP, means in literal terms Voice over Internet Protocol, it is a service that will allow you to make telephone calls by using Internet. To use this technology a person needs VoIP service along with some required input device for recording their voice. It can be a microphone or something like VoIP-designed telephone. Certainly, VoIP is an impressive technology, but how can it be compared exactly to the traditional telephone? This article will take into account this question by examining the three main variations in between VoIP and traditional phone lines. These variations are voice quality, cost and the facility to make emergency calls.
One of the major differences between a VoIP and a traditional telephone service is the cost applicable on these, as VoIP tends to be of low cost. Though, this will mainly depend on the availed service a person decides to use. Say, for example, there are very few VoIP services that are actually free of cost, but their quality is terrible. Then there are others like Skype where the user can have an access to VoIP by giving a small amount of yearly subscription fee. Otherwise, there are more VoIP services like Yahoo Phone, which tend to work on a prepaid basis. Yet, in all of these cases, the problem of long distance remains same. It is either free of cost or considerably cheaper as compared to those of traditional telephone. This is the scenario whether the calls are made locally or internationally.
Other difference in between VoIP and the traditional telephone line is of voice quality. Most of the traditional landline phone services will have real good quality. The case is different in VoIP, which possess good quality sometimes. Undoubtedly, there are many ways to try to improve voice quality in VoIP. For example, if you have a DSL connection it would help you with VoIP reception significantly. It will also help in not overloading one’s internet connection with various downloads, Also, it helps to try to not overload one’s Internet connection with a lot of downloads, as this frees up extra bandwidth for VoIP service. Yet, doing things like these will only make the quality of voice so good with VoIP.
The very last difference between traditional telephone service and VoIP is when we consider emergency calling. Most of the VoIP services no matter free of cost or paid do not have this capacity for allowing calls like 911. On the other hand, the traditional landline does. For this reason, even if the VoIP works perfectly mostly, a person will still be in need of a regular phone line.
Concluding it, the three major differences between normal telephone lines and VoIP are of voice quality, cost and the capacity of making emergency calls. No doubt, that both of these possess certain advantages and disadvantages, yet VoIP isn’t enough to meet an individual’s all telephone requirements in the current scenario. Though, if an individual wants to do long-distance calling especially international then the regular landlines will bill him/her too much. So, even if VoIP cannot completely replace regular phone lines currently still it make a nice complement to it.