VoIP, which stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, offers the newest development in communication technology. Instead of using traditional phone lines, VoIP users communicate using the internet. VoIP service companies provide subscribers with a an adapter box that connects the phone to the computer and the internet. Users then wear a headset that allows them to talk over the internet rather than traditional phone lines.
Most VoIP plans allow subscribers to make local and long distance calls for an unlimited amount of time while charging one flat fee for service. VoIP does allow users to be on the internet while talking over the VoIP system. VoIP plans often include typically extra services, such as call waiting, caller ID, and call transfer, at no additional cost.
VoIP requires a broadband internet connection (cable modem, DSL or local area network). People considering VoIP will also want to check with the VoIP provider to see how they are offering 911 services and directory listings. Some VoIP companies do offer a trial period so that a business could test the system and find out if VoIP will sound, and perform, as well for the business as a traditional phone.