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What is the main
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which one is the
virtual number?

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Trafford Posted:
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question. We
rely exclusively
on a Vonage system
for our

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diazou Posted:
Hello, It's
compatible with
Android your phone
? Thanks!

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Vonage's Voice Over Internet Protocol Has Great Promise

November 5, 2004

By Kaushal Toprani

The next step in communication is just around the corner. The internet and cell phones have raised the bar of connectivity, Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, will change way people communicate. Voip enables analog voice signals to be converted into digital signals and be transmitted over the Internet in the form of packets. Recently, Ford Motor Company was featured on CBS News for its effort to move 50,000 employees to VoIP. George Surdu, Ford's IT Director, says the phone user will see no change in how they place a call. "We're doing it first and foremost to take money off the table, to save money," says Surdu. By using one line for voice and data transmission, companies like Ford can save money. However, not only massive multi-national corporations stand to benefit from this technology.

Regular home users can also benefit from Voip technology. Vonage, the company which pioneered the technology, aims to convert all 100 million phone lines in the United States to VoIP. Vonage and its CEO Jeffery Citron are making good headway, going from 7,000 customers to 300,000 customers in just two years. Their massive growth has forced the heavyweights in telecommunication, companies like Verizon and AT&T, to offer Voip packages to their consumers.

The secret to VoIP's magic lies in the difference between circuit-switched and packet-switched technologies. The current phone system uses circuit-switched connections to complete a phone call. When you dial a number, a connection is to the destination number via your local carrier and several other switches along the way. The connection is maintained for the entire time the phone call is made. Basically, you pay for the time you are using the lines to call your destination.

Packet switching, on the other hand, works differently. In essence, a connection is only maintained when data needs to be transmitted. The Internet currently works using this technology. When you view your favorite website,, a permanent connection over the lines is not maintained. If this were the case, the connection would be a lot slower. You would have to wait for a clear line to open to access the page. In the case of a telephone call, this is a major disadvantage, because much of the conversation is dead air time where neither party is talking. Furthermore, routers, the backbone of the Internet, chop up the information into little packages called packets. Those packets are sent over several different connections, through several different routers, and reassembled in order when they reach the end. If a packet is lost along the way, the receiving router simply asks for it again. Therefore, the actual time a connection is maintained between the two parties is much less when compared to circuit-switching.

In the past, before fiber-optic technology that could transmit multiple conversations over one line, long-distance calls were very expensive over the copper medium. So in a phone call from New York to Los Angeles, write Jeff Tyson and Robert Valdes, you owned a 3,000 mile piece of copper wire, and you paid for it heavily. Now, at least part of your call is switched over to packet-switched technology, which has helped to bring down prices in recent years.

So what do you need to setup a Voip connection? You will need a high-speed internet connection. If subscribing to a service from a company like Verizon or AT&T (roughly $35 per month for unlimited national calling, the international rates depend on where you are calling) you will need an analog telephone adapter (ATA). You hook your regular telephone to the ATA, which then hooks to your broadband internet connection. You could also try a free service, from to get started. Skype lets you make free Voip calls over the Internet to other people who use Skype.

The service that comes from a company like Verizon or Vonage comes with a multitude of features. Besides call forwarding, call logging, call waiting, and Caller ID you can use your Voip line from anywhere you have a high-speed internet connection. You can define certain incoming calls to ring to a certain line, give a busy signal to them, or send them straight to voicemail. Verizon's service also gives you five alternate telephone numbers which are receive only lines. If you live in Philadelphia and have many relatives in San Diego, you could make one of your alternate lines a San Diego area code so your relatives could call you for the price of a local call.

There are a few disadvantages to VoIP. The major one is connectivity to emergency services. If you call 911 over a Voip line, they will not be able to trace back your location. Thus, if you are unable to tell them your location, or the call gets disconnected, the dispatcher cannot find you or call you back. Verizon has its customers update their physical location to correct this problem. Also, since Voip requires an active broadband connection, it will not function in a blackout, unlike current analog phones. Overall, Voip technology is very promising and is on track to become as popular as the cell phone.

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