VoIP is short for “Voice over Internet Protocol,” or “Voice over IP." VoIP makes it possible for people to use the Internet to carry phone calls by sending voice signals in small “data packets,” unlike conventional phone calls which are transmitted over traditional public phone networks. All the caller needs is a broadband Internet connection, hooked to a regular phone, and the phone adapter box (we call it a “Lingo Box”). The phone adapter is delivered after the Lingo customer signs up for VoIP service; it essentially translates the standard phone voice signals into a “Lingo" that can be carried over the Internet -- by-passing the traditional phone network.
People use VoIP in addition to their regular phone service, or in place of it, because VoIP service offers much lower rates, and a whole group of calling features at no extra charge. Lingo VoIP phone numbers are also portable. Subscribers can travel with the Lingo box, connect it to another broadband Internet connection virtually anywhere, and still make and receive calls on the same number.
VoIP is changing the way people think about making phone calls, just like the email revolution changed the way people communicate in writing. Aided by the broadband Internet explosion in the U.S. and worldwide, the top researchers estimate that, at the beginning of 2005, 1 million U.S. consumers used their broadband Internet connection to make and receive calls from around the world, in place of their regular phone company. Some project that there will be 16 million U.S. consumers using VoIP phone service by the end of 2006.
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