Does Voice Over IP Telephony Spell the End for Traditional Telephones?

Written by Nick Carter

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Is VoIP available for me to use now?

Companies like Vonage, VoicePulse and Packet8 are already offering flat monthly fees for their VoIP services meaning you can call anywhere inrepparttar country (sometimes even to other selected countries aroundrepparttar 147777 world) and only ever pay one flat monthly fee.

Vonage offer a service for $24.99 a month that allows you to call anywhere inrepparttar 147778 US or Canada. They also offer similar plans for small businesses.

Are there any disadvantages to VoIP?

VoIP, as a technology, is still in itís infancy and new developments are being found every day. However, there are limitations torepparttar 147779 service andrepparttar 147780 technology which need to be addresses before it can become a complete replacement for your standard phone line.

Becauserepparttar 147781 Internet knows no geographic boundaries it means that, for example, callingrepparttar 147782 emergency services would not necessarily put you through to your local emergency dispatch centre.

In addition, you canít send or receive faxes and you canít route traditional modems, alarm systems or satellite systems through your VoIP connection, because they require access to a voice grade phone line. Forrepparttar 147783 moment VoIP is a compliment to your traditional phone line, rather than a replacement, until these problems can be ironed out.


The advent ofrepparttar 147784 Internet and improved telephone technology has seenrepparttar 147785 introduction of VoIP. It means you can make phone calls through your broadband connection; this in turn means that for a set monthly fee you can call anywhere in your country and selected international countries for as long as required and only pay one flat monthly fee.

The advantages of VoIP are still significant for homes and business users alike. Big businesses are already saving substantial money by installing IP networks and using VoIP protocol to transfer voice data. This essentially makesrepparttar 147786 calls themselves free, only having to pay forrepparttar 147787 Internet connection andrepparttar 147788 monthly VoIP fee.

VoIP looks like itís here to stay. Asrepparttar 147789 technology rolls out, itís impact can only become greater.

© 2005 Nick Carter

Nick Carter is editor for , a key web resource for VOIP information.

DECT - A Simple Explanation and How We Can Benefit

Written by Jason Morris

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2. Wireless Loop (WLL) Users in a neighbourhood typically served by a telephone company wired local loop can be connected instead by a cordless phone that exchanges signals with a neighbourhood antenna. A standard telephone (or any device containing a telephone such as a computer modem or fax machine) is simply plugged into a fixed access unit (FAU), which contains a transceiver. The wireless Local Loop can be installed in an urban area where many users sharerepparttar same antenna.

3. Home Cordless Phones Withrepparttar 147776 huge range of multiple handset, one cell DECT systems onrepparttar 147777 market these days, people can install a single cell antenna anywhere in their home and have a DECT cordless handset in each room.

4. Cordless Terminal Mobility The arrangement that is used by a lot of businesses for their cordless PBX phone systems, could also be used by a service wanting to provide cordless phone numbers for individual subscribers. This system in general will provide less mobility than that of a GSM based system, which would give it's users a greater range.

5. GSM/DECT Internetworking The DECT standard is able to interact withrepparttar 147778 GSM standard, allowing users to move freely with a telephone fromrepparttar 147779 outdoors (GSM signals) into indoor environments (DECT signals). Inrepparttar 147780 future many GSM service providers will want to extend their services to support DECT signals inside buildings. A dual-mode phone would automatically first search for a DECT signal and then a GSM signal if DECT is not available.

Thank you for reading my article,


Jason Morris is co-author, search engine optimization and marketing consultant of Business Phone Systems Direct. Specialists in the supply and installation of business phone systems and accessories

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