April 12, 2005

Your glossary to the VOIP alphabet soup

Author: Nathan Willis

Today there are myriad ways to carry your voice over the Internet, and it can be difficult to wade through the acronyms just to decide which one fits your needs best. Here is an overview:

VOIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, an umbrella term for any system that delivers voice data over the Internet -- it is popularly used to refer to systems that replace land-line telephone service, but includes PC-to-phone and PC-to-PC as well; plus any videoconferencing or instant-messaging application that supports voice. A VOIP system that replaces traditional telephone service is referred to as IP Telephony.

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