VOIP Phones Superior: VOIP Phones and Skype
VOIP phones Superior, or Voice over IP have been around for a while and it seems that they are still enjoying quite a lot of popularity. These phones are capable of converting standard telephone audio into digital format, so it can be transmitted over the internet. The same happens the other way around: a digital format coming from the internet is transformed into telephone audio format.
This is a very practical way of using the communication software called Skype. In fact, millions of people are using this software because of its VOIP feature. To make an idea, in 2012 Skype reported more than 35 million people were using its services (that is, all at the same time!) in Duluth, Minnesota, Superior, Wisconsin and all around the world.
Even though at the moment Skype is running ads in 1:1 conversations, this didn’t kill the “magic” of the software.
So what types of phones support VOIP calls?
Believe it or not, there is nothing special in the appearance of a VOIP phone. They can look as ordinary as any other phone… but you know they’re not. VOIP phones are simple software based phones; for example, PSTN phones can be used as VOIP if you attach an analogue telephone adapter.
Even though such a phone may look ordinary, there are lots of models which are very different from a traditional phone. For example, a great majority of these devices have e-mail like IDs or they offer the possibility of sharing contact lists between multiple accounts.
An example of such a phone is the Cisco Unified IP Phone 7965G, a hardware-based VoIP phone.
Common functionality of VOIP phones plus important features
– They display caller ID
– Options for call transfer and call hold
– Possibility for conference call
– Dialing using name or ID