VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, and this technology is used to convert analog audio signals into digital data that is transmitted via the Internet. The primary benefit of using VoIP phone service is having the ability to bypass a traditional phone company and its applicable charges. VoIP phone service is an inexpensive alternative that uses ATA technology, IP phones and computer-to-computer technology to place calls over the Internet.
VoIP phone providers, such as Vonage, have started offering VoIP calling plans and ATAs to various markets around the United States. An ATA is an analog-to-digital converter that converts the traditional analog signal of a landline phone into digital data. Using ATA technology is the simplest and most popular method of placing VoIP calls. The ATA allows users to access an Internet connection with a standard phone and a personal computer.
IP phones can also be used for VoIP phone service. These types of phones are designed to look like standard phones. However, these phones have an RJ-45 Ethernet connector instead of the standard RJ-11 phone connector, so they utilize a direct connection with the router, and all the necessary software or hardware is built-in. Using computer-to-computer VoIP service is another easy and straightforward method of placing calls. This method requires relevant software, a sound card, a microphone, speakers and a high-speed Internet connection.