After the introduction of VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol, there has been a spectacular development of telecommunication technology.
The VoIP technology now allows transmission and receipt of audio signals by using Internet as a gateway, instead of using the conventional analog communication lines.
Talking about communication, Skype has been one of the most popular and recognized service providers of VoIP, which comes up with a lot of value added features.
Let us compare VoIP with Skype
Taking into consideration a wide range of requirements, the efficacy of VoIP and Skype might vary. For example, there are certain service providers that may need to use Skype for local or international calls.
Calls made from Skype may be local as well as international calls, with the use of ether wireless or wired connections. The main feature of Skype is its free Skype-to-Skype calling facility. However, besides that, Skype also has other features, which make it so lucrative for most of the users of Internet. Skype helps in making long distance unlimited video conferencing, calls and also helps sending messages and files to other users of Skype. There are other value added features like call forwarding, voice mail, and file sharing in Skype. These value added features help the users to communicate much faster and in a much cheaper way with their friends and family. Other VoIP service providers might also have these features. However, when it comes to Skype, the quality of file and data transfer, and the quality of voice is absolutely unparallel. Again, in case of other VoIP service providers, these value added features might come at less cost, but they are not free. Whereas in case of Skype they come by default and hence are absolutely free of cost.
Using Skype and VoIP has their respective benefits. VoIP and Skype help in communication at costs that are much lesser than the cost of conventional connection. VoIP service cannot be used as a substitute of the traditional telephone calls. Data that is transmitted over the Internet, is safe, but not entirely and this is probably the reason why it is virtually impossible to make emergency calls by using Skype. Digital data packets that are transmitted with VoIP can at time be lost, whereas in conventional telecommunication, the digital data packets can be delivered in a secured manner and in a sequential order.
During a power outage, communication through the VoIP and the Skype is not possible. On the other hand communication through the conventional means remains more or less unaffected.
The most amazing thing about Skype is that the network that is uses is very much self modifiable. That means, if and when the application is installed, the computer can turn itself into Super Node. This is because the capabilities of Skype do not have any impact whatsoever, on the performance of a computer. The main task of SN is to store hundreds of addresses of the Skype users. It does so without carrying any voice, file transfer data or text. Hence, the more is the number of Skype users, the more number of super nodes are available for expanding the network capacity. This is not the case for the other VoIP service providers.
Though Skype and other VoIPs are more or less same technology driven, there are some minor differences between the two from the technological point of view. Nevertheless, both of them are excellent when it comes to communicating with the help of internet. This helps in communication at virtually no extra cost other than the cost of internet connectivity.
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Michelle Patterson works with companies that are introducing new technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.