What is VoIP?

December 6, 2006 by Garrett Smith

Let’s go back to the basic to tell you what VoIP is. A simple explanation is: VoIP is just like your traditional analog phones but it’s making phone calls over the Internet.

 

What is VoIP?

VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. The “Voice” part of Voice over Internet Protocol is self-explanatory. The Internet Protocol is where some start to get confused. An Internet Protocol (IP) is a data-oriented protocol used for communicating data across a packet-switched network (home, office, the internet). Internet Protocols (IP) allow you to transmit data any interconnected networks. Utilizing a combination of hardware, software, and voice protocols, your conversations are carried over the IP network to its intended destination.

Internet Protocols (IP) allow you to transmit data any interconnected networks. Utilizing a combination of hardware, software, and voice protocols, your conversations are carried over the IP network to its intended destination.

In Layman’s terms: VoIP allows you to make phone calls over any interconnected network, mostly commonly thought of as the Internet, instead of using traditional analog PSTN (public Switched Telephone Network) lines.

Watch the 3-minute video below to learn what it is all about:

Now you know what VoIP is, but why do people need VoIP instead of just using traditional analog phones? Read our blog to learn: Why Switch to VoIP?


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