What is Fixed VoIP, and How does a Fixed VoIP number work?
VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. It is a type of telephony that uses a broadband Internet connection instead of conventional telephone lines to enable people to make and receive calls. During communication, audio is converted to digital signals in the form of data packets transmitted over the Internet and then converted back to audio signals.
Traditional Calls Vs. VoIP Calls
The traditional calls use 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, 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 into multiple data packets and transmitted through different routes.
These packages do not need to follow the same path or be 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:
- Lesser expensive- We have read that VoIP calls do not require dedicated paths for long-distance calls, so the service providers can provide simultaneous calls on the same physical network. This reduces the cost per long-distance minute since the call volume has increased.
- Same Network -VoIP works on the same network, meaning users can make or receive calls on their Internet connection. There is no extra infrastructure needed. Since businesses need to manage only a single network, it reduces hardware and IT costs.
- For a more detailed comparison, you can visit VoIP Advantages and Disadvantages.
What is a 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 a physical address. The address could be a residential apartment or company office address.
On the other hand, a non-fixed number is not associated with any physical 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.
What are the advantages of using a fixed VoIP number?
- Security- VoIP providers connect their broadband network 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, the chances of fraud are reduced by many folds.
On the other hand, non-fixed VoIP lacks security since they aren’t associated with any address, and it can be taken online from Google or Skype. It leads to a security breach since they are easy to obtain and have no authenticity.
- Emergency Services- Linking of address with the fixed VoIP allows you to make emergency calls. Since the phone number is associated with the location, dialing 911 or the emergency services number will directly route the call to the service center for your site.
This facility or benefit is not available in the case of non-fixed VoIP. We understand 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 area brings more security and advantages.