Just when you thought using phone systems couldn’t possibly get any more complicated, along comes SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) with VoIP (Voice-Over Internet Protocol) technology.
VoIP is well on its way to becoming the “next big thing” as it allows you to make telephone calls for a fraction of the cost of regular phone usage. Don’t think that’s making the major telephone companies nervous? Read on… because you haven’t seen anything yet…
Seemingly overnight, VoIP phone systems appeared. Quicker than you can say, “Who needs an e-mail or chat?” the IP phone system (IP – Internet Protocol) became a reality. The IP is data-oriented computer technology used for communicating data across a packet-switched inter-network. In other words, think of it as the PC version of the old operator at a switchboard patching phone calls back and forth.
IP technology evolved into VoIP – Voice-Over-Internet Protocol – which allows users to make telephone calls using a computer-data network. VoIP converts the voice signal from your telephone into a digital signal that travels over data networks and later converts it back at the other end so you can speak to anyone with a regular phone number. And guess what – VoIP technology costs not cents, but fractions of cents to use.
Obviously, a lot of telephone empires are sweating bullets over this. Some companies have even claimed that the entire SIP/IP/VoIP concept is akin to patent infringement. That won’t hold up in a court of law. You can’t patent broadband communication any more than you can patent petrol. IP Telephony (VoIP) is here to stay and evolving faster than users can assimilate the information.
VoIP phone system technology is making the term VoIP a household word. But for the most part it’s still an untapped market. Computers have long since replaced typewriters, but there are still millions of business owners who don’t have a clue that their computer network can host a Unified Communications phone system slashing costs and propelling them into the 21st century
SIP telephony is creating the new phone system of choice. It was bound to happen. Computer technology has integrated with every part of our lives and the PC as a way to communicate is only the latest step in technology’s progression.