What Are Some Advantages of VoIP?
Because VoIP is digital, it may offer features and services that are not available with a traditional phone.
If you have a broadband Internet connection, you need not maintain and pay the additional cost for a line just to make telephone calls.
Does My Computer Have to be Turned On? Not if you are making calls with a phone and adaptor or special VoIP phone, but your broadband Internet connection needs to be active. You can also use your computer while talking on the phone.
Is There a Difference Between Making a Local Call and a Long Distance Call?
Some VoIP providers offer their service for free, normally only for calls to other subscribers to the
Some VoIP providers charge for a long distance call to a number outside your calling area, similar to existing, traditional wireline telephone service.
Other VoIP providers permit you to call anywhere at a flat rate for a fixed number of minutes.
Advantages of VoIP
Your VoIP provider may permit you to select an area code different from the area in which you
live. This means that if your provider charges for long distance, then charges could be based on whether you call within your area code rather than geographic area.
It also means that people who call you may incur long distance charges depending on their area code and service.
Can I Take My Phone Adapter With me When I Travel?
You may be able to use your VoIP service wherever you travel as long as you have a broadband Internet connection available. In that case it would work the same as in your home.
How Do I Know If I have a VoIP Phone Call?
The phone will ring like any other call.
Does the FCC Regulate Internet Voice?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has worked to create an environment promoting competition and innovation to benefit consumers. Historically, the FCC has not regulated the Internet or the services provided over it.
On February 12, 2004, the FCC found that an entirely Internet-based VoIP service was an unregulated information service.
On the sameday, the FCC began a broader proceeding to examine what its role should be in this new
environment of increased consumer choice and what it can best do to meet its role of safeguarding the public interest.
If you’re considering replacing your traditional telephone service with VoIP, there are some possible considerations you should be aware
• Some VoIP services don’t work during power outages and the service provider may not offer backup power;
• It may be difficult for some VoIP services to seamlessly connect with the 911 emergency dispatch center or to identify the location of VoIP 911 callers;
• VoIP providers may or may not offer directory assistance/white page listings. Aspects of these considerations may change with new development in Internet Voice technology. You should always check with the potential VoIP service provider to confirm any advantages and limitations to their service.