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VoIP Service Providers Resource

VoIP Service Providers Resource brings you the latest and greatest information about this new emerging technology.

VoIP Phones

VoIP phones come in many varieties. And just so you know, all VoIP phones are not alike. VoIP phones may be soft or hard or anything in-between. Let's start with hard VoIP phones.

Hard VoIP phones

Hard VoIP phones are self-contained broadband IP telephones that look just like regular phones. Instead of conventional phone jacks, VoIP phones have Ethernet ports through which it communicates. This communication can be with another VoIP phone, a VoIP server or a VoIP gateway. VoIP phones do not require a personal computer on which to run. All that is required for VoIP phones is an Internet connection. Some VoIP phones are cordless and come with an IP or USB interface on their base stations.

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Dial-up VoIP hard phones do not have a built in Ethernet port, but have built-in modems instead. The dial-up type of hard phone does not require a personal computer to operate. All that is required is a phone line and a dial-up Internet account. These kinds of VoIP phones are popular where broadband is as of yet undeveloped.


WLAN or WiFi VoIP phones are hard phones with no Ethernet ports, but WiFi transceivers instead. These VoIP phones connect from to a WiFi base station and the to the VoIP server. The WLAN or WiFi VoIP phones need only a WiFi base station on which to connect. Some hard VoIP phones can also connect to GSM networks as well. A few manufacturers also offer video support as an option.


Soft VoIP phones

Soft VoIP phones are software phones that run by personal computer. Soft VoIP phones run through the IP address on a PC and require audio software to be installed upon the PC as well. The PC needs to be equipped with a sound card. Then the soft VoIP phone will run through speakers, microphones or earphones or even a USB phone set. Soft VoIP phones are cheaper (some are free) than hard phones but the quality is inferior. Some soft VoIP phones also come with video support. USB soft phones are popular with many consumers, but the drivers that are bundled may not be compatible with all operating systems.

Regular Phones

Conventional telephones may be used as VoIP phones with the installation of a small Analog Terminal Adapter (ATA) adapter. After registering for service, most VoIP service companies will send a small adapter to plug onto the conventional corded or cordless telephone, which then plugs into the home network. In order for a conventional telephone to be used, you'll need a cable or DSL connection. A router may also be useful so that you can share your connection with multiple devices within the home.

Future of VoIP Phones

So, what does the future of VoIP phones hold. Well VoIP could begin to be a player in the cell phone marketplace sometime in the future. As WiFi hotspots expand and the Android open source operating system takes over the mobile phone market place this could change the landscape in a very few short years. The Android Phone with all of the open source development going into it could help VoIP broaden its reach throughout the U. S. At first, of course the Android phone would be compatible with both VoIP and traditional cell phone services, gradually switching over to VoIP as time passes. Anyway, this is a look into the crystal ball of how VoIP will develop in the coming years.



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