VoIP Phone Home?

Written by Jason Canon

VoIP Phone Home?

The movie Extra Terrestrial (ET) coinedrepparttar phrase “phone home” and each year American’s look for more cost effective ways to do just that. The past 10 years have seenrepparttar 145609 development and growing popularity of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies to achieve cost savings overrepparttar 145610 traditional circuit-switched telephone networks. The two dominate technologies used for VoIP are: (1)repparttar 145611 Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and (2) Peer-2-Peer (P2P). For business and educational institutions SIP VoIP solutions have produced substantial savings. For home voice users, however, SIP VoIP is still value challenged.

A typical circuit-switched landline phone costs about $19.95 per month (plus tax). The good old American landline phone should be graphically depicted besiderepparttar 145612 word “reliable” inrepparttar 145613 dictionary. Not only does it keep working, even when all electrical power fails, but it can even provide you with a light to dial with. At $15 dollars per month SIP VoIP is still value challenged due torepparttar 145614 lack of full support for E9-1-1 emergency services and of courserepparttar 145615 reliability issues inherent with using a real time application over a “best effort” network like today's Internet. Although few VoIP articles still reference Internet Request For Comments (RFC) 3714 “IAB Concerns Regarding Congestion Control,”repparttar 145616 technical challenges associated with VoIP are widely known. Further, even withrepparttar 145617 recent dubious edict byrepparttar 145618 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that VoIP service providers will provision support for E9-1-1 within 90 days, this still leavesrepparttar 145619 reliability issues unresolved. The use of adaptive rate CODEC’s to prevent congestion collapse is a swell idea if it applies to my neighbor’s service but not my own. Using adaptive rate CODEC’s to elicit voluntary user preemption has no appeal inrepparttar 145620 modern world. Technology is supposed to be getting better and it is clearly not better that users receive disconnects or degraded service quality in order to constrain network bandwidth consumption.

Quality of Service (QoS) has beenrepparttar 145621 four letter word ofrepparttar 145622 Internet for a very long time. Yet, we know that real time applications such as video and voice are a mismatch for “best effort” service models. Cost savings are important, but not if they require users to accept backward technology leaps. After 9/11repparttar 145623 United States should have begun standardization efforts to insure that VoIP QoS levels would be equivalent to circuit-switched networks, especially where emergency E9-1-1 calls are concerned. The recent FCC order only requires that E9-1-1 call center traffic be properly routed. It does nothing to insure QoS ofrepparttar 145624 connection oncerepparttar 145625 call is completed.

When Something is Free Online

Written by S. Housley

What are consumer expectations when something is free? Realistically, consumers subconsiously assume free means free, and while that might berepparttar initial intent rarely is itrepparttar 145440 case.

What Exactly Does Free Mean? Realistically, consumers subconsciously assume free means free, and while that might berepparttar 145441 initial intent, rarely is it trulyrepparttar 145442 case.

Why do Companies Offer Things for Free? Companies or individuals may promote a free offer or service for any number of reasons. From branding to ad revenue, companies often use "free" to attract attention or interest. As a consumer, it is important to realize what "free" might really mean.

Reasons Things Are Free:

Linking Companies may offer something in exchange for a link back to their website. Asrepparttar 145443 web becomes increasingly more competitive, linking can effect more than just search engine placement, and providing a product, service or information free of charge in exchange for a link can be a good business decision. Often, publishers will create articles like this one and make it available for syndication, withrepparttar 145444 stipulation being thatrepparttar 145445 author resource box that followsrepparttar 145446 article remain intact, providing links back torepparttar 145447 author's website. Bottom line, authors often make content available for syndication in exchange for links back to their websites, which they benefit from.

Ad Revenue Some companies provide a product or service free of charge and generate money from advertising. Perhaps they sell banner advertising on their website. A free product draws web traffic so thatrepparttar 145448 number of visitors seeingrepparttar 145449 advertisement increases. The more visitors a site attracts, typicallyrepparttar 145450 more revenue generated fromrepparttar 145451 ad space. Perhaps a software application is free of charge, but has embedded advertisements. When ads are clicked,repparttar 145452 software developer earns a percentage ofrepparttar 145453 revenue paid for servingrepparttar 145454 advertisement.

Goodwill Branding / Public Relations On occasion, companies will provide a product, service or information free of charge. Ifrepparttar 145455 offering is extremely magnanimous or socially sensitive, they will often receive significant press exposure, generating free publicity for their brand. Pepsi Cola sponsors a number of athletic events and generates enormous amounts of brand loyalty and positive PR with their target audience.

Contact Information Sometimes companies or individuals will provide something free in exchange for contact information. Ebooks are often provided free of charge if you provide an email address. The contact information may be sold at a later time or be used to market related products. It is important to check website privacy policies to determine how personal information can be used.

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