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What is the main
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virtual number?

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Trafford Posted:
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diazou Posted:
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It May Be Time To Answer The Call Of Voice Over Internet Protocol

June 15, 2004

By Andy Ihnatko

People ask me why I hate telephones so much. "They're just!" I tell them, putting the same tone of revulsion in my voice that you'd normally use when talking about eating a member of one's own species.

But now I may have to change my attitude, or at least come up with a new line. There's a new alternative to wireless and traditional landline technologies: the Voice over Internet Protocol.

Before VoIP, you couldn't say "phone calls over the Internet" without using air quotes. For convenience and practical utility, it resembled a real phone call about as closely as a two-man horse costume resembled Seabiscuit.

What makes Voip technology so remarkable is the fact that it's not remarkable at all. You pick up your phone, you hear a dial tone, you dial a phone number, and a few seconds later, you're talking to your great-aunt Eunice in Omaha. When someone calls you, the phone rings and you pick it up.

You sign up for Voip through any of the four or five providers offering national service. You'll receive a little box that plugs into your home or office network, and sports a standard phone jack. You'll need to spend 10 or 15 minutes setting up the service, but the hardware configures itself, and you're left to merely personalize the added services that you get with your account.

The idea of needlessly complicating a simple, familiar daily task by getting the Internet involved in it will automatically appeal to many of you, bless your hearts, but Voip brings huge advantages over traditional phone service.

First among them is cost. Vonage, the current Voip leader, will sell you a startup kit for $79, and after paying a modest setup fee, you get unlimited local and national long-distance for a flat rate of $29 a month with no contracts or commitments. That's even cheaper than it sounds because there are no added costs. Digital voice mail, CallerID, Call Forwarding and all those other features you'd normally pay extra for are included (that's typical for Voip providers), and because the FCC is eager to push this technology forward, Voip is exempt from added federal taxes and tariffs.

But there's more to life than filthy lucre. VoIP's digital nature makes all sorts of advanced features possible. Your Voip provider will route your phone calls to that adapter box no matter where it is, so if you move to a new apartment -- hell, even if you're just going to spend a week at your girlfriend's house -- you can toss the box into your luggage and plug it into a broadband connection when you arrive.

Voice mail messages can be routed straight to your e-mail inbox as sound files, or retrieved through any Web browser. Calls to your Voip line simultaneously ring on your cellphone and your traditional landline.

You can choose your own area code and even create several numbers, so that your parents in Seattle and your sister in Miami can always call you without having to pay any long-distance charges. These features vary from provider to provider, and new features are constantly in development.

So why shouldn't everybody use VoIP? There are some serious downsides.

If your call has to be routed through a heavily trafficked part of the Internet, you'll experience some small but annoying lags. A power outage at your house knocks out your phone service as well (though Vonage automatically re-routes your calls to a designated number whenever it can't locate your phone adapter on the Internet).

911 service is pretty scary, too. None of the Advanced 911 System's features work with VoIP, so while your provider might be able to route your call to a local response center, you'd still better hope that you never experience an emergency in which you can't clearly state your address.

Well, Voip is still new.

Vonage has the most mature technology and the greatest experience, but even so the company is only three years old.

Things will only get better, particularly with new competition. Even AT&T and Comcast have started introducing Voip services to customers in the Chicago area.

All I can say is that for the first time since I was five years old and figured out how to play "Frere Jacques" on a touch-tone keypad, phones are actually exciting.

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