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The VoIP Insurgency




There was a dreadful time in history when the telecom regime (local
telephone companies) held consumers captive by charging high prices for
telephone service. To make matters worse, this regime would nickel and dime
consumers to death for additional features like voicemail, call waiting,
caller ID, and call forwarding. Not to mention their customer service or
lack thereof, was and still is a horrifying experience. This long history of
monopolizing the telecommunication industry has finally come to an end. It's
time for a regime change. Consumers now have an alternative – introducing
VoIP.

VoIP, also known as Voice over Internet Protocol, is a technology that
allows you to make telephone calls over an existing Internet connection
instead of a regular (analog) telephone line. Some services that use VoIP
only allow you to call other people using the same service, usually done
when making PC to PC phone-calls. Other services allow you to call anyone,
anywhere (as long as they have a telephone number) including: local & long
dïstance, mobile, and international numbers. This type of VoIP service
allows you to use a traditional telephone that plugs directly into a phöne
adapter.

The great thing about VoIP is that all the additional features are included
in the monthly fee. These features include: unlïmited local & long dïstance
calls into the US & Canada, voicemail, call waiting, caller id, three-way,
just to name a few. Most VoIP service providers typically charge between $20
and $25 dollars a month.

VoIP is a revolutionary technology that has the potential to completely
redesign the entire world's communication infrastructure. VoIP providers
have already been around for several years and growing at a tremendous rate.
Currently, there are over 6 million users of VoIP worldwide and that number
is growing exponentially.

FAQ About VoIP

1. Can You Provide Me With a Brief Explanation of VoIP?

VoIP allows you to make telephone calls over an existing Internet
connection. VoIP converts a voice signal (analog) from your telephone into a
digital signal that then travels over the Internet to the desired location.
It then converts the digital signal back to analog so the person on the
other end can hear what you are saying.

2. How Do I Make a VoIP Phöne Call?

The first step of making a VoIP phöne call is to subscribe to a service.
Once you sign up for service, the VoIP service provider will then send you a
broadband phöne adapter, which plugs directly into your internet connection.
You will then have to plug your existing telephone into the phöne adapter.
Lastly, all you have to do is pick up the telephone and dial the number.

3. What Kind Of Equipment Do I Need to Use VoIP?

You need three things in order to use VoIP:
(a) A high-speed Internet connection (either cable or DSL);
(b) A broadband phöne adapter (provided by the VoIP service provider); and
(c) Any standard (analog or digital) telephone.

Is there a difference when placing a local or long dïstance call when using
VoIP? Not really. VoIP phöne calls are made just the same way as traditional
calls are made. When dialing local calls, all you have to do is dial 7
digits (555-1212) and when dialing long dïstance, all you have to do is dial
11 digits (1-408-555-1212).

4. Can I Call Anyone Using VoIP?

Yes. You can call anyone, anywhere as long as they have a valid telephone
number. It can be a local call, long dïstance call, international call,
cellphone, toll frëe, 911 (assuming they have E911 capability) and 411
directory assistance. Most VoIP providers will not allow calls to 900 or 976
telephone numbers, nor will they accept collect calls.

5. What are Some Advantages of Using VoIP?

(a) Cost - Most VoIP providers charge between $20 and $25 a month.
(b) Unlïmited calling in the U.S and Canada.
(c) All the features are included (voicemail, caller id, call waiting,
3-way, call forwarding and much more)
(d) VoIP is portable. You can take the phöne adapter anywhere where there is
an existing Internet connection, plug it in and make calls as if you were at
home.
(e) The ability to choose your own area code. You can live in New York and
choose to have a California telephone number.

6. Are There Any Disadvantages of Using VoIP? Yes.

(a) If the power goes out in your home you will also löse your Internet
connection, which means that your phöne service will also be down. Some VoIP
service providers offer a feature that allows customers to designate a
forwarding number if their Internet connection goes down for any reason.

(b) Not all VoIP Providers offer E911. This means that if you call 911 from
your VoIP phöne, it may not go to the local public dispatcher. Rather, it
will get routed to an answering service first.

(c) Call Quality. At certain times of the day, the call quality of phöne
conversations will suffer. This could be due to bandwidth sharing, or slow
Internet connection.

7. Do I Need a Computer to Use VoIP?

No. Although most VoIP customers do have a computer, one is not needed. The
broadband phöne adapter simply plugs into a router (or modem) to get a
connection.

8. Can I Use VoIP When I Travel?

Yes. You can use your VoIP service wherever you travel as long as you have a
high speed Internet connection available and you bring your broadband phöne
adapter and telephone with you.

9. How Will I Know if Someone is Calling Me from a VoIP Phöne?

You won't. The VoIP phöne works just like a traditional telephone. The
quality and experience is that good.

Join the rebellion aimed at overthrowing the telecommunications industry by
force. Switch to VoIP today and start saving tomorrow.

To learn more about VoIP, visit: http://www.packet8.net.


Michael Brito

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