VoIP is gaining popularity around the globe. For those unfamiliar with the protocol, it’s simply a voice alternative to the telephone network that we’re all so used to. With VoIP, your phone has an IP address and makes calls via the Internet. It doesn’t take a network geek to see the potential of such an item, but before it becomes mainstream it seems there are some major issues that still need to be worked out: emergency connectivity and security.
Emergency connectivity lacks because users still don’t get the same service when placing a 911 call over VoIP that a user would get using the standard phone network. Unlike home phones and even cell phones that can quickly and automatically report a physical location to the emergency team responding, VoIP can’t always perform that task.
As for security, imagine the potential for spam. Instead of spammers replicating millions of junk email and blasting it over the Internet to your computer with the click of a button, they’ll now be able to do the same for your phone. This and other Internet-related security issues are likely to make corporate giants hesitant about replacing their phone network just yet.
So, VoIP is coming. The technology works, but there are still a few issues to sort out. I’m curious if anyone in the O-nerd crowd has experience with VoIP? Any first-hand critiques?
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