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We live in a world that is slowly unplugging all of the wires that have kept it tightly bound for nearly 100 years. VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol and this technology is taking the world by storm. As American homes develop greater technological advances, people are pulling plugs and opting for wireless, high tech solutions for their needs. For instance, VoIP is changing the way people communicate. No longer are people looking for standard telephone systems (PSTN) but are opting for High Speed Internet connections, speakers, microphones, and Voice enabled phones.
VoIP offers many advantages to those who are brave enough to pull the plug. First, VoIP offers incredible savings for local, long distance, and international calls. It also offers great calling features for free that usually cost a fee when purchased with PSTN telephone services. Not only are people choosing to pull the plug from their telephones, but they are also embracing wireless technology as a whole.
Wi Fi stands for Wireless Fidelity. Now, VoIP and WiFi have met. The result is Wireless Voice over the Internet. As wireless technology continues to advance and develop we are sure to see more Wireless products hit the market. A wireless network operates on radio signals, when a wireless piece of equipment, such as PDAs and Laptops come into the range of a wireless network, a connection is made and your equipment will access the Internet. These are called Access Points or as wireless customers like to say, 'hotspots.'
Wireless Fidelity has met VoIP and the result is VoWiFi. VoWiFi stands for voice over Wireless Fidelity and is basically another way of saying Wireless phones using the Internet. The future points to VoWiFi and even Cingular has begun their new VoWiFi service.
There are still many issues to work out with VoWiFi however. Security is the major issue. Many wireless networks have an overall lack of security. But this move by Cingular shows that many telephone companies do recognize the power of wireless VoIP phones.
When someone uses a wireless network, it is very easy to switch from one network to another. In fact, it is frequently known that when someone is using a wireless network, they can easily jump on another Internet network connection simply by visiting another 'hotspot'. This presents many issues regarding security. Another area that will have to be worked upon is the issue of worms, viruses, and Trojans operating on the wireless network.
When it comes to VoIP and VoWiFi, it seems the US government and the FCC are racing to regulate this cutting edge technology.
We can also expect to see many new rules and regulations regarding the wireless world in the up and coming future. Even though VoWiFi is still in its infancy, the fact that major telephone companies are embracing this technology points to the fact that they expect this technology will be a major force in the technological future.
Consumers love intelligent and wireless products. They want phones that are cameras, that can play music, record features, store personal information, play games, calculate figures, access the Internet, and most of all, they want it for a great price. Right now, many of the VoWiFi phones are very expensive, yet Vonage is working on a new model that is said will cost about $100.00.
Businesses and residential users want to pull the plugs and have the freedom to communicate, transmit business related information, and have most of their personal information stored in their telephones. As product makers continue to impress us with glimpses of the new technological future, we will also begin to see more networks creating access points within the nation.
It is a very exciting time to live in. This could be called, 'The age of Innovation.' Many of the new phones and VoIP products are being put on the market before the government has a chance to regulate it- or even define the categorization of VoIP. While many court cases will ensue, and debates will continue to surface over 'who created VoIP' (currently Sprint is suing Vonage and another unnamed VoIP company for 'patent infringement') we can continue to take our unwired devices to various hotspots and communicate for free