VoIP Phone Home?

Written by Jason Canon

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As for SIP VoIP inrepparttar home, there is too little incentive for savvy consumers to part with more of their hard earned communications dollars for an industry offering that simply does not meetrepparttar 145609 needs ofrepparttar 145610 user. Until something concrete can be done to move SIP VoIP forward, service based on P2P such as Skype seems to berepparttar 145611 only sensible choice onrepparttar 145612 kitchen table. Why should home users pay $15 or more per month for less reliable communications than they already have with their land line? Skype gives usersrepparttar 145613 ability to experience “best effort” voice overrepparttar 145614 Internet for FREE. Could this berepparttar 145615 reason why more than 125 million copies of Skype’s P2P software has been downloaded? And forrepparttar 145616 occasions where interconnection withrepparttar 145617 existing circuit-switched telephone networks is required, Skype offers a very competitive 2 cents per minute interconnection rate. With Skype you can talk for 12 ½ hours interconnected torepparttar 145618 phone system forrepparttar 145619 same cost as a basic rate SIP VoIP service.

Until genuine changes are made to support SIP VoIP QoS there does not appear to be a convincing or compelling reason today for users to choose anything other than P2P VoIP services such as Skype to render Internet “best effort” home phone services.

You can readrepparttar 145620 complete article and view associated graphics online at: http://canon.org/VoIP_Phone_Home.html.

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Jason Canon has authored numerous technical research papers including: photonic switching, gigabit networking, VoIP E9-1-1 and others. He is an expert author for EzineArticles.com. E-mail: Jason Canon at jmc@canon.org.

When Something is Free Online

Written by S. Housley

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Exposure Companies will often provide a light version to gain attention for fee-based products or services. This often allows potential customers to see a product's or services potential. The hope is that providing something free will generate both brand loyalty and interest in fee-based options or services.

The Problem with Free If a business or individual is truly providing something for free, there is a cost involved. Whether time, resources or services are consumed to providerepparttar free item or service there is an expense involved. Ifrepparttar 145440 cost is at any point greater thanrepparttar 145441 benefit or perceived benefit of offeringrepparttar 145442 free item or service,repparttar 145443 business or individual will likely review options to better balancerepparttar 145444 cost-to-benefit ratio.

They may:

Discontinue support Companies or individuals that provide a free product may continue to providerepparttar 145445 item free of charge but discontinuerepparttar 145446 support. Ifrepparttar 145447 item is something like software,repparttar 145448 expense has already occurred. By providingrepparttar 145449 item without technical support or customer service they can reduce their staffing costs. The only ongoing expense to providerepparttar 145450 item free of charge would be ongoing hosting costs, which are usually relatively small. Ifrepparttar 145451 item is critical to a business or individual's operations,repparttar 145452 value ofrepparttar 145453 item will be lost if technical support or customer support is no longer available.

Abandon Businesses may simply discontinue offeringrepparttar 145454 free item or service without notice.

Compensation Individuals or companies may begin requesting donations, compensation, volunteers or a benefit listed above in order to continue to providerepparttar 145455 item or service free of charge.

Cut Corners Often free items are of reduced or inferior quality. Cost-conscious businesses or individuals often try to minimizerepparttar 145456 expense associated with free items and will use less expensive materials for free items.

There is value to "free" just be sure that you know what it is. Next time something is offered for free, evaluaterepparttar 145457 quid pro quo and determine what you are giving in return, because very little is ever really free.

About the Author: Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for NotePage http://www.notepage.net a wireless text messaging software company.

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