Thursday, May 18, 2006

Week 9 Reading

"How VoIP Works" by Robert Valdes gives us a relatively clear explanation about how Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) works.

VoIP seems like a pretty neat technology as it will make long distance calls free. It also has some advantages over regular phones, such as it being much more efficient than regular phones.

Though I'm skeptical about the phone service being connected to the Internet. With frequent glitches and outages with cable internet, that would mean the phone would not work. Not having the use of a phone in an emergency would not be good.

VoIP seems like it may take over the phone market within the next few years, but I think normal phones are fine as is.

1. Do you use VoIP? If yes, do you like it?

2. Why will this technology take over?

3. What do you think is the biggest upside of VoIP?


At 3:24 PM, Blogger Jana said...

The VoIP technology is especially convenient for long distance calls because it is free. I use VoIP software regularly to talk to my family that lives in the Czech Republic. For us, VoIP has completely changed the way we communicate. When I started studying at the University of Washington four years ago, I could only call my family every two weeks or so. A twenty minute phone call cost me about twenty dollars. And so I ended up not calling home much because I just could not afford it. Now, I call home about three times a week. This way I am able to keep up with what is happening at home, and the physical distance between us no longer seems that large.


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