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News about latest technology on Voice over Internet Protocol, VoIP. Republish articles from various sources to establish awareness among readers about VoIP technology, services and applications.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Why VoIP And VoIP Video Phones Are The Next Ipod

In the 1970's it was the cassette tape crushing the 8 track. In the 1980's it was the VHS VCR putting an end to the BETA VCR. In the 1990's DVD's started the beginning of the end for Video Tapes. And in the 2000's, mp3 players and the iPod specifically are about to start throwing dirt on the grave of CD's. So, which product or service that's been the standard for years, will be the one that sees it's demise in the 2010's... it's one of the oldest technologies you have in your house. Your telephone.

To be able to replace an old product or service, and get in a majority of households, you have to have 3 things.
  1. A need or want for a new product.
  2. A new product that is better than the original.
  3. A price that the majority of people can afford
Even though it's in it's infancy, Voip (Voice over internet protocol) technology passes all 3 of the above questions with flying colors.
  1. How would you like to talk to and see a friend or relative, that lives in another State or Country, anytime you wanted to? No more sending pictures or having to wait to see someone every few years. Now you can see them on a video screen, in real time video, while talking to them on the phone. I'd want that.
  2. What if you could not only talk to someone and see them, but you could also have caller id, call waiting id, call waiting, voice mail, call forwarding, conference calls, last call return, call blocking, do not disturb and more, all built right in to your phone, with no additional costs for these services. That's pretty darn good.
  3. What if you got ALL of the above mentioned features from #1 and #2, for LESS than you pay now with your current local phone company? What if it was so much less, it saved you HUNDREDS of dollars per year? I can definitely afford that!
And that, my friends, is why VoIP and video phones are the iPod of the next decade. You're local phone company knows it's coming and they are preparing for it. The big internet companies (Yahoo, Google, AOL, etc) are all prepared to launch their versions. The Wall Street Journal predicts 70% of all houses will have voip by the year 2010... that's only 4 years from now! 70%!!!

So, unless you still have an 8 track in your vehicle or are still trying to keep those records from scratching when you play them on your record player, it might be time to look into something new for your home phone service.

About the Author
Jeff Cagan is the owner/webmaster of several free information websites, including http://www.free-voip-information.com

Common Disadvantages of VoIP

VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) or IP telephony is rapidly changing the way we communicate. Aside from being a lot more cheaper than traditional phones, certain features such as portability makes it attractive for residential and business owners alike. But as with all modern technologies, VoIP has its own disadvantages. These flaws are minor, and solutions are being worked out as you read this. One thing is clear, though. The advantages of VoIP clearly outweighs its disadvantages.

VoIP is dependent on bandwidth. Even the best of the best ISP (Internet Service Provider) experience technical issues. Since VoIP uses your Internet connection, it is bound to be affected. If your Internet is down, you will not be able to make or receive a call. If your connection is exceptionally slow, then expect low voice quality. A user might also encounter problems if he makes or receives a call while streaming videos or audio, or while downloading a large amount of data. If bandwidth is the problem, then it might be time to change your provider. Search for a more reliable and stable ISP and don't forget to ask your friends for referrals.

Voice quality issues. This has been a problem attributed to VoIP calls ever since its birth. Static noise, echoes, and delays are a common complaint of users. There are a number of factors that affects VoIP's voice quality: internet connection, the hardware in use, the VoIP provider, distance of call, and many more. It is best to try out the service before committing to it. Also, try different combinations of hardware until you get the results that you want.

VoIP needs power. Unlike traditional phones, VoIP needs electricity to work. You have to plug in your modem, ATA, and other VoIP hardware for you to be able to make and receive a call. You can not use your phone if there is a power interruption. Emergency power generators might be a little far-fetched for a regular home to have, but if you are running a business then you should probably get one.

Emergency calls. If you use traditional phones to dial 911, it will be diverted to a call center nearest to you where the operator has the ability to see where exactly you are calling from. Using VoIP, there is no way to trace where your call is coming from. In addition, if the emergency involves a power interruption then you will not be able to make a VoIP call. There is a new service called E911, which a lot of VoIP providers are offering. It is for your best interest to ask your provider regarding this and other emergency calling issues.

To be on the safe side, having a traditional phone aside from the VoIP phone is a good idea. It will also help if you could write down individual phone numbers of emergency facilities (local police, fire station, hospitals, etc.) and post it near your phone.

Keep in mind that these are just minor inconveniences and every passing day VoIP is advancing. Its advantages and benefits are too many to pass up. Soon it will replace traditional phones as the communication technology of choice.

Rivers Cruz is a writer for OpenTone Communications Inc., a VoIP service provider that offers unlimited VoIP calls to the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Rivers_Cruz

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Choosing The Best VoIP Provider

Are you looking for the best VoIP provider? There are thousands of available providers out there. Choosing just one can be very confusing. There are ways however, for you to spot providers that can really give you greater value for your money.

What to Look For

Your first concern should be to know what to look for in a provider. This is especially if you plan to manually research on VoIP providers yourself. Here are some factors to consider when assessing a provider:

  • One of the top considerations is the price. VoIP in general is far cheaper than a regular telephone line. As with everything else however, the rates may differ from one provider to another. This may be because of differences in features offered. Well known communications giants may also charge slightly higher than smaller companies.
  • Features should be a major concern in your search for the best VoIP provider. Your preference for certain features however will also depend on what you need VoIP for. You may need it for personal local calls, international calls or corporate communications. Depending on your use in mind, certain features to choose from include video conferencing, call waiting, caller ID, call transfer, vice mail, auto redial and speed dial.
  • Voice quality is another important concern. Not all companies provide the same quality when it comes to transmissions. You may have to consider such details as the availability of soft switches.
  • The reputation of a provider should be considered. You don't have to go with the biggest name on the list. You just need to make sure that you are with a company that has been around in the communications business for some time. They also need to have some experience in the field of VoIP.
Where to Look for Providers

The internet is a good first stop to look for a provider. In fact, the internet may be all you need to locate a good provider. You may manually search and compare providers yourself. You can however also consult online comparison sites. These sites have lists of providers with their corresponding prices and feature offers. They may also carry consumer reviews of these providers.

Comparison sites can also offer a couple of other services. They may have information pages to help you understand VoIP technology better. Others also provide e-mail and newsletter updates regarding VoIP technology developments. These updates include the current availability of providers in different localities.

Aside from review sites, you can also head off to forums. This will help you get an idea of what actual individual VoIP users have to say about their providers. This is the best first hand information that you will ever get. Forum rules also give you a higher assurance that you are communicating with people who are truthful about their provider experiences.

It may be hard to look for the best VoIP provider at first. Finding one isn't impossible though. You just have to take your time with making your choices. Make sure that you thoroughly compare the different aspects of providers before settling on one.

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Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Torrie_Cantor

Friday, July 13, 2007

YouTube on the iPhone--Who cares?

Apple announced yesterday that iPhone users will be able to watch YouTube's content on their iPhones when they begin shipping on June 29. A new Apple-designed application on the iPhone will wirelessly stream YouTube's content to iPhone over Wi-Fi or EDGE networks and play it on iPhone's 3.5 inch display.

How appealing is this? Would you watch YouTube videos on your phone? Are users willing to pay the extra fee to have the EDGE service to watch YouTube videos? Does this new feature make the iPhone more attractive, even at a price tag of $499?

Tom Taulli has an interesting write-up at blogging stocks and questions whether this is simply hype. According to Dipanshu Sharma of V-Enable, Apple may be going too far and even "misguiding the consumer" in believing that the YouTube content will stream effortlesly on the EDGE network. It's an interesting viewpoint and worth the read.

In addition, Apple announced that YouTube is now live on Apple TV. Users can download a free software update using Apple TV's update feature, and then navigate through YouTube's video categories or search for specific videos. YouTube members can also log-in to their YouTube accounts on Apple TV to view and save their favorite videos.

To achieve higher video quality and longer battery life, YouTube has begun encoding their videos in H.264 format, and iPhone will be the first mobile device to use the H.264-encoded videos. Around 10,000 videos will be available on June 29, and YouTube will be adding more each week until their full catalog of videos is available in the H.264 format this fall.

iPhone will include the built-in YouTube application when it is available in the US on June 29, 2007 in a 4GB model for $499 and an 8GB model for $599. iPhone will be sold in the US through Apple's retail and online stores, and through AT&T's retail stores.

Credit to tvover.net

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Making Life Better with VoIP

VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol is a path breaking invention in the world of communication. It has made communication smoother and much cheaper. Now international calls do not mean high expenditures. All you need is internet connection along with appropriate device, to make web calls anywhere in the world – at any time – and at much reduced costs.

There are many devices in the market today, that provide VoIP facilities. Leading manufacturers like Philips, Linksys, Siemens, Panasonic and Plantronics are churning out new and advanced VoIP devices one after the other. They are coming out with fantastic devices in order to provide maximum features to their consumers. They are trying to punch in more and more user friendly features that make lives more comfortable and more efficient.

VoIP phones are very much in demand these days. Both corporate organisations and individuals are enquiring about the new and better devices in the market and also purchasing the latest models. Some of the latest models available in the market today are: WIP330 Wireless-G IP Phone from Linksys, VoIP4331 MSN Messenger phone from Philips and Gigaset C460 IP DECT VoIP Telephone from Siemens. There are many more advanced phones with VoIP facilities that are equally in demand. You can choose any of them depending upon which device meets your requirements the best.

Some of the common features that almost every model has are:
  • Support Microsoft Windows. (Version may differ)
  • Support Wi-Fi technology.
  • Common features like Conferencing facilities, Call Wait, Call Transfer and Call Forward, Call Hold and Resume, Call Mute and Caller ID.
  • LCD screen
  • Superb sound quality
  • Increased Stand by time and Talk Time
  • Skype (not all VoIP phones support Skype)
The VoIP phones are available at cost effective rates. However, with some of the leading web stores, you can expect a further cut down on prices. Enjoy high speed internet connectivity and talk at length from home, office, or your favourite joint. Low-cost phone calls at its best!

Credit to Dennis Jaylon

Friday, June 23, 2006

Ascalade Launches New VoIP Phone

Ascalade Launches New VoIP Phone: "Digital wireless telecom Ascalade Communications launched on Thursday the newest addition to its Companion series of VoIP phones. The new Companion Simple VoIP phone with ClearAudio technology is currently available for sale to new and existing strategic partners and customers, including Ascalade’s branded telephony and PC accessory customers. The first commercially available product will be released next month. The Companion Simple is the company’s first product to feature its ClearAudio technology, which offers a clear digital sound experience. Ascalade’s ClearAudio technology integrates wideband audio, which supports a broader range of sound frequencies and a higher voice sampling rate, with Ascalade’s acoustic expertise in telephone design, giving better voice quality and clarity."

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Skypecasting and Marketing With Skype

Skype is already changing the way we do we do business, even as you're reading this. A little piece of software that uses VoIP (Voice Over IP) and P2P (Peer-to-Peer) technology, it created waves after waves of excitement, anticipation and even frustration since its launch.

Skype (sometimes pronounced as Skaip or Skypee) is a softphone application that allows you to make phone calls from your PC direct to another Skype user, or any regular fixed or mobile telephone. The cost is extremely cheap, and the quality has seen massive leaps of continuous improvement since it's launch in 2003. Everyone knows all that.

Here's what most people don't know: Skype can be used as powerful and effective marketing tool for any small business. If you want to reach an international market, get telephone inquiries and leads from China, or even if you just want to use it to communicate with your business buddies, you should explore the hidden potential of Skype.

The latest phenomenon to be related to Skype is "Skypecasting" which is basically having teleconferences using Skype. In fact Skpecasting itself is a term coined from "Podcasting". With Skypecasting you can have online teleconferences for free. The latest version of Skype should support more than 100 users simultaneously so numbers should not be a problem.

However, there are more basic Skype applications that can also be used to get your sales and marketing efforts across to your target market quickly.

SkypeIn, a feature of Skype still in beta, allows you to create virtual numbers in many different countries. If you maximize on this fact, you can literally have "virtual offices" all around the world, even if you're a home based business entrepreneur with no staff, an embarrassing budget and limited time.

There are many third party applications that enhance the basic software. If you know the correct ones to use, you can literally build a "virtual call center" from your desktop that has all the feature of a real call center: your own personal secretary, day-and-time manager, call routing and call waiting, conditional call forwarding, language translations and much more.

If the "off-the-shelf" version just doesn't cut it for your business needs, then you can customize and adapt Skype into your own proprietary systems and software. You can choose to do this in-house, or outsource it to experts all over the world. If you know where and how to do this, you can create a powerful telemarketing application that cost pennies a day compared to the traditional solutions. It will be much more time-efficient, too.

Of course, there are more third-party applications being developed as you're reading this. In fact, much like the iPod, there's an entire sub-industry built around Skype, including USB phones, lead generators, Skype "call centers" and much more. All in all, it's an exciting time for telecommunications over the web.

G. Krishnan is the author of "Internet Telephony Secrets", one of the first guides to marketing with VoIP and Skype. For more information please visit http://www.voipandme.com.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Gobala_Krishnan
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