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VoIP (Voice over IP) is a way of making phone calls over an internet connection. As the voice data is sent over the internet, the technology can effectively make a phone call anywhere in the world, with the price being much cheaper than a standard landline call.
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What is VoIP?
VoIP, often referred to as Voice Over IP, stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol. The term VoIP alludes to any kind of telephonic communication that is connected via the internet, or any method of converting analog audio signals into digital data that can then be transmitted over the internet. These online transmissions are specifically voice communication based, but not strictly, as they will often also involve multimedia technology. So VoIP is basically an internet phone, that sometimes had video capabilities; VoIP is often used for video calls (you may have heard of Skype!) using a webcam and a headset, but it is equally suited to ordinary local calls with a VoIP phone handset plugged into a VoIP enabled modem. VoIP is suitable for anyone who makes phone calls, and its technology has now improved to the point where you can make crystal clear calls, all over the world, without interruption!
What is Mobile VoIP?
As it sounds, Mobile VoIP is VoIP you can keep on you as you’re mobile; simply put, it’s a VoIP service that is kept on a mobile phone (most commonly a smartphone). Typically, you’ll need to download an app with the appropriate software application to your phone, and you’re good to go. Some of the more popular VoIP apps include Skype, Viber, Facebook Messenger and Nextiva.
What are the advantages of VoIP?
In short, VoIP is easier and cheaper than traditional telephonic communication. VoIP is also easy to set up and easy to use. You won’t be charged more for a longer call, and you won’t be charged more for international calls. A VoIP phone call to you neighbour for two minutes will cost the same as a VoIP phone call to Germany for two hours.
What are the disadvantages of VoIP?
Many VoIP users will testify that once every so often, the quality of a VoIP call may be less than optimal. VoIP quality may suffer due to vast distance and/or poor reception. However, the technology is improving all the time, and depending on what service you use, after the call, you will often be asked if you would like to rate it, so that the server can keep tabs on the quality of the control and make strides to improve their VoIP service.
In order to experience the best quality calls, VoIP requires a stable internet connection such as ADSL2+, Cable or NBN. VoIP plans can be as simple as downloading free software onto a computer and using a headset to make calls, or plugging a handset into a VoIP modem to make and receive calls, just like an ordinary landline. Some VoIP plans only offer the ability to make outgoing calls, while others offer a DID (Direct In Dial) number, so you can also receive incoming calls.
How to find cheap VoIP Plans Australia?
VoIP plans are ideal for anyone concerned about large phone bills, or who want to chat for as long as they like without worrying about the cost. When shopping around for a VoIP plan, see if you can bundle one in with your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Compare this price with a standalone provider, who may be able to offer better value. Take a look at your bills and try to work out whether you make more local, national, or international calls, and select a plan based on your current usage.
If you want to use your telephone handset to make and receive VoIP calls, you will also need a VoIP modem. You can either buy a modem with VoIP capabilities, or you can purchase another device that will enable your current modem to work with VoIP.
How to find the best service for VoIP home phone?
Looking for the best service for you VoIP home phone? Compare Broadband is a free internet comparison service to anyone in Australia, so if you require any assistance whatsoever in researching VOIP plans (or indeed, researching any kind of broadband plan), get in touch with us to make your job easier. We’ve been independently rated 5 stars by our customers, with a Trust Pilot score of 4.8 out of 5 based on over 1,800 reviews. You can either call one of our friendly consultants on 1300 106 571, or if you prefer to do it yourself, you can find all the information relevant to you if you pop your postcode in the white box and click “Compare Plans”. Our algorithm will ask you some quick follow up questions to find out what kind of data and speed your household needs, and then it will give you a list of the best plans and providers best suited to you location and internet requirements (it will also tell you if/when your area is NBN compatible).
So compare a great range of VoIP plans now!