Are non-Internet based phones going extinct?
In the future, mothers will be able to connect with their children who are studying at college far away from home by pushing a single button. Husbands will be able to see their wives from a country half the world away using a telephone that has video. Grandparents will be able to witness their grandchild's birth without ever leaving the comfort of their own home. That future exists now through VoIP technology and is quickly changing the way we communicate.
Ease of Use
VoIP systems are as simple to use as land-line phones. If anything, they do more than traditional telephony systems where they are dependent on the wired connectivity of the system itself. If a caller is not on the same system as the receiver, this could cause problems with land-lines. This is the reason for long-distance charges. Technology allows for the uniformity of use where any call can be made to anyone from any location.
The major drawback of land line phones is that they are tethered to the system itself. This means that tethering is often connected to wiring in the wall of a building. This is rather cumbersome and can be a nightmare to manage. With VoIP systems, wiring is used in many cases but it isn't necessary. Administration and management of the system can be done within the network itself and isn't dependent on a proprietary signal. For personal VoIP systems, communication can be done online anywhere an internet connection is available.
The standard of connectivity is consistent with internet based phone systems. Remember the old dial up style of connecting to the internet? This is actually the bandwidth used for telephone use and looking back, it was a bit painful. Since the data is traveling at broadband speed, this means clearer communication with better results. This communication isn't limited to just voice. Video conferencing can be done using VoIP as well.
Since VoIP is as dependable as the bandwidth being used, this makes it a reliable way to communicate. Voice data doesn't need much bandwidth to travel. This has been proven through the use of old dial-up and 56kpbs systems. Broadband internet provides for much higher speeds in which transporting voice calls is just a drop in the bucket. This allows for a limitless amount of lines on a single system with a connection that is beyond reliable.
For personal VoIP systems, the cost of use is practically free. Personal systems allow access through proprietary interfaces and applications which provision for making video and voice calls. Payment for such services is strictly for use of the interface itself. Even that cost is drastically less. The cost for using VoIP could be as much annually as that of a single month's bill on a traditional line. This often eliminates long distance fees and in many cases, international as well. For business systems, the ability to expand the number of lines on a single system allows for greater scalability. This makes the cost per line more affordable the larger your network becomes.
Voice over Internet Protocol is the future of communication and other technologies will soon be phased out. Between the freedom of use, cost effectiveness, and levels of connectivity available through VoIP systems, it's no wonder that this technology is the future. It's rather exciting on what the future holds for expanding this technology.