What is VOIP?

VOIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol. It is a protocol for turning the analog phone (voice) signals into digital signals that can be sent over the internet – essentially, phone service over the internet. With a reasonable quality internet connection, you can have your phone service delivered through the internet. VOIP service is typically offered at lower rates. Because of the bandwidth efficiency and low costs that VoIP technology can provide, businesses are migrating from traditional copper-wire telephone systems to VoIP systems to reduce their monthly phone costs. In 2008, 80% of all new PBX lines installed internationally were VoIP. VoIP solutions aimed at businesses have evolved into unified communications services that treat all communications—phone calls, faxes, voice mail, e-mail, Web conferences, and more—as discrete units that can all be delivered via any means and to any handset, including cellphones.

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