What is Fixed VoIP and How does a Fixed VoIP number work?

VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. The new telephony enables people to make and receive calls using a broadband Internet connection instead of a conventional phone line. It converts the audio signals into digital signals i.e. data packages are transmitted over the Internet and are converted back to audio signals.

Traditional Call Vs. VoIP Call

Traditional calling uses copper lines to transmit signals through various paths. If the calls are made at a long distance, more circuits are connected on this path. It makes the process complex and expensive. Also, one disadvantage is that if a person is using a line or path, it means that no one else can use that path until the call is disconnected.

On the other hand, VoIP calls can be made using a computer, phone, or any other data-driven device. In VoIP, the voice or audio signal is broken down into multiple data packages that are transmitted through different routes.

It is not necessary that these packages follow the same path or are together on the journey.  They use different paths on the same network. Once they reach the destination they are reconstructed and structured in the sending order and transmitted as a conversation.

The whole process completes within a second.

Advantages of using VoIP for calling:

  • Less expensive-As we have read that VoIP calls do not require tying up paths for long-distance calls, so service providers can simultaneous calls on the same network. This reduces the cost per long-distance minute since the call volume has increased.
  • Same Network-VoIP works on the same network, which means that a user can make or receive calls on the Internet connection that they have. There is no extra infrastructure needed. Since the businesses have to manage only a single network it reduces the hardware and IT costs.
  • For a more detailed comparison, you can visit VoIP Advantages and Disadvantages.

Fixed VoIP Number:

VoIP phone systems have two types of phone numbers available i.e. fixed and non-fixed.

A fixed VoIP is a number that uses the Internet to make calls but is assigned an address. The address could be a residential or company office address.

On the other hand, a non-fixed number is not attached to any address. The general convention is that fixed VoIP is more secure than non-fixed VoIP.

Since a fixed VoIP number has an attached address, it makes it more secure. A well-established company serving in the local area using fixed VoIP has a better presence among the users due to increased authenticity.

Benefits of Fixed VoIP Numbers

  • Security-VoIP providers have their broadband network connected to PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network). These providers usually assign fixed VoIP numbers to users. Since the numbers are associated with addresses and the infrastructure requires stringent security protocols, so the chances of fraud are reduced many folds.

On the other hand, non-fixed VoIP lacks security since they aren’t associated with any address and they can be taken from Google or Skype. It leads to a breach of security since they are easy to obtain and have authenticity.

  • Emergency Services- Linking of address with the fixed VoIP allows you to make emergency calls. Since the phone number is connected with the location, so when you dial 911 or the emergency services number, it will directly route the call to the service center for your location.

This facility or benefit is not available in the case of non-fixed VoIP. As we have understood that the facility is only possible if the location is associated with the number and we know that non-fixed phone numbers don’t have a linked address so the users cannot avail of this benefit in case of non-fixed phone numbers.

A fixed VoIP phone number is similar to a VoIP phone number with a fixed location. The fixed location brings more security and advantages.