Did you know that the technology behind the internet today started in the 60’s? Several colleges, as well as the armed services, began exploring ways to share information in a much broader scale than just being confined to one physical location.
Universities like Stamford, MIT and UCLA, as well as private companies all worked together to develop the packet sharing network protocol that still used today. By 1982, the idea of a global network of information was becoming more of a reality than a pipe dream.
As the technology improved, Internet Service Providers were formed to open up the internet to homes all over the world. Western cultures quickly adopted the instant communication tool known as e-mail and the World Wide Web.
Even with the dot.com bubble burst, the technology improved and commerce greatly increased using the internet. As more people connected their computers to this large network, they also began forming what is called the Web 2.0. Social Media is the new web, and it is growing in leaps and bounds.
So everyone knows that the internet has permeated much of our lives. One area that this holds very true is voice communications. Many people have abandoned their old land-lines from the phone company for mobile phones and internet based telephone service
VOIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol. When you send an email, download a song, or view a webpage, all the data is sent using small packets. VOIP works in a similar way, breaking down your conversation into small packets and sent along with all the other internet traffic.
There are several ways to communicate over the internet using VOIP. A popular commercial option called Vonage allows you to connect a regular telephone to a device that plugs right into your internet connection. Vonage gives you all of the same features you had with your old phone, but their service is usually less expensive. The quality of the phone calls is very good, and with cool features like multi-number forwarding and voice mails that are delivered into your email box, you may find the switch to be an easy one.
Another way to communicate over the web is to use Skype. Skype has a similar commercial service like Vonage, but you can also use their service for free when calling other Skype members. It is free to join, and does not require any special hardware to be purchased, though if you have a webcam, you can do video telephone calls!
Many businesses have switched from expensive and hard to maintain telephone switches to VOIP systems. With a new telephone switch costing several thousand dollars, VOIP is a great way to get all the benefits of a multi-line telephone system without a huge cost upfront.