How Does VoIP Work?

VoIP phone service (Voice over IP; also known as digital phone service, digital telephony, or broadband phone) replaces your phone line with a high-speed Internet connection. It’s that simple.

While traditional telephone service compresses your voice into a frequency on a wire, VoIP compresses the sound of your voice into packets of data. In milliseconds, these data packets are sent over the Internet. When the data reaches the final destination, it is converted back to sound. If use VoIP to call someone on the traditional phone network (the “PSTN” or Public Switched Telephone Network), the VoIP call is converted to sound once it reaches the network and the call is routed normally. The difference is that you’ve paid a lot less for that call.

What does VoIP mean to me?

VoIP means saving money on your monthly phone bill without sacrificing quality or convenience.

VoIP IS JUST LIKE USING YOUR REGULAR PHONE Use VoIP like any other phone: pick up, wait for the tone, and dial the number. That’s it. There are no extra numbers to dial and no special routines to follow. You don’t even need a new phone, just a VoIP adapter. If you have a headset and VoIP software, you don’t even need that: you can just call from your computer. Computer-to-computer calls may be free, too. If you call the public network or an external phone, you will probably have to pay by the minute.

CAROLINA DIGITAL RECOMMENDS checking out VoIP phones and VoIP phone service. VoIP service is much less expensive than traditional telephone service, especially when it comes to long distance and international calls. You don’t stand by your computer waiting for calls and you don’t have to worry about software compatibility.

VoIP IS FULL OF FEATURES VoIP phone packages are often loaded with features. What’s advanced for the old phone company comes standard with with VoIP phones.

WANT AN EXAMPLE? HOW ABOUT VOICEMAIL? You likely have an answering machine with your old-school telephone. With VoIP voicemail, you get the improved functionality of voicemail (for instance, the ability to call someone back directly and easily), plus you can get each voicemail emailed to you as an audio file attachment. You can even use your email to track missed calls or call the person back & directly from your email. That nifty feature is called “Click to Call.”