IP phones resemble regular analog phones but lack the RJ11 connector and have the ability to plug into a router and use the internet to compress audio sounds and transmit them as digital data. They are also extremely versatile, as well as being easy to use. Having this technology does not mean being restricted to only using VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) as it is capable of working just as well with traditional phone lines.
One of the best aspects of this advance in communication is that there are an abundance of helpful built-in assets. The features of IP phones include basics such as fax, voicemail, caller ID, call blocking, call waiting, call forwarding, 3-way calling, 911 service, local number portability call forwarding, re-dial, and 411 directory service. This technology is revolutionary in the way that it has the ability to bypass charges and make talking, even long distance, free.
One of the advantages of these IP sets is that they plug into the LAN just like a computer, so an office does not need to be rewired to accommodate them. This technology is also beneficial in that it allows for the more streamlined use of bandwidth by filling in silence with other data, and it is not known to slow down the internet connection.
This technology is especially advantageous when it comes to multi location integration and long distance calls that are placed for free, rather than receiving typical long distance rates. These phones are the next level of convenience for the office or home, and VoIP technology is sure to advance further to make communication even easier in the years to come.