Voice over Internet Protocol, also known as VoIP, has been a major player in the Raton communications industry since 2004. It is difficult to imagine that less than a decade ago the notion of using anything other than a phone to make a call was innovative. Today, VoIP phone services have grown to be commonplace on the consumer market, giving millions of people the opportunity to carry out conversations worldwide.
VoIP is a set of technologies that deliver voice communications using the internet. In order to do this, the analog voice signal must be digitized, encoded and transmitted as Internet Protocol packets which is then received, decoded and converted to the correct signal with respect to the call's final destination.
VoIP calls in Raton are placed using either a computer, VoIP phone or conventional telephone that is hooked up to an adapter. With Raton, NM VoIP phone service calls can be made to either a phone or another computer, giving you more flexibility in the way you communicate with family, friends and business associates.
There are many similarities and differences between Raton VoIP and traditional phone services.
Just like traditional phone service, VoIP customers in Raton can make local, long distance and also international calls. Calls can be made to any telephone number whether it's a landline or a mobile phone.
VoIP phone calls also offer good sound quality and calls are received just like you would receive a traditional phone call if you are using a VoIP phone or regular phone that's connected to an adapter. The people you're calling won't be able to distinguish a traditional call from a VoIP call.
Raton VoIP providers offer customers the same great calling features as traditional phone companies and they've got various calling plans as well.
Unlike traditional phone services in Raton, you'll need an internet connection to make VoIP phone calls. Due to this you might not be able to place calls if your power goes out. Before signing up for service ask the provider if they have backup power or another solution in cases where your power goes out.
VoIP calls are delivered over a packet switched network and don't require any phone lines, whereas traditional phone services a delivered over the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and require phone lines in order to receive service. So traditional phone service is limited to your residence while VoIP service can be portal and utilized from any spot that has an internet connection.
However, this portability does have one drawback that isn't a problem with traditional phone service. Emergency 911 calls made using a traditional phone service goes to a Public Safety Answering Point where the location and phone number can automatically and easily be identified. If you're using a VoIP phone service this information may not be automatically transmitted to 911 operators and when they do the location will be where the Raton VoIP phone service is registered, not the location where the caller is at that exact time.
Today there are a number of Raton VoIP providers from which to choose that offer both residential and business phone services. As stated before, each provider offers their own unique services, plans and prices. Because VoIP phone service doesn't require phone lines you are not limited to providers that are strictly in your area.
Make sure to find out about the equipment required for service, their policy for handling 911 calls and power outages, what calling areas are a part of their plans and whether or not you'll have any installation fees.
Vonage was one of the first to provide VoIP phone services and to this day remains a favorite choice among consumers. Although their headquarters are in the U.S. they provide service worldwide for both residences and businesses.
Other top Raton VoIP providers include: AT&T, Nextiva, RingCentral, Vocalocity and 8x8, Inc.