With the plethora of technological advancements, such as broadband, and later Wi-Fi, capabilities, the integration of phones, computers, and other devices, and the emergence of Skype as a completely revolutionary model for the way people want their communications to operate, VoIP has become an integral part of the day-to-day lives of many people throughout the world.
Many use VoIP technologies to keep in touch with family members overseas for cheap or even free. Many VoIP services are combined with computer faxing capabilities. Companies use VoIP to conduct work conferences and keep costs down. Skype has become a leading way to speak with someone and see him or her at the same time – something that once was just a technology of the future!
The future of VoIP is a bright one. It simplifies many communications processes, so that phone and ISPs are attracted to VoIP for its lower expenses, and its convenience. It also offers a greater degree of flexibility than other means of communication, because it can be used to communicate to and from just about any device that can receive calls.
The flat rate fees that most VoIP providers use is much lower than the per-minute fees of traditional communications. The call quality is improved greatly due to technological advances – an example of this being that multiple people can attend the same call.
VoIP is now one of the most talked-about technologies in the communications industry. Its growth over just a few decades has been astounding, and there is no telling where it can go from here.