Voice Over IP

Convert to AccessCom's low cost VoIP telephone service and save! Utilizing an existing broadband Internet connection, you can replace your old telephone line(s) with VoIP lines for $15 each per month.

AccessCom provide state-of-the-art SIP termination as well as single line VoIP termination at incredibly low rates.


Tired of paying $50 for a business line? Using VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is a great new way to make and receive phone calls instead of using a standard phone line.

Features:

Low Price
Free LOS... 985/504 for free
Flexibility - Take your phone with you on the road
Keep your same phone number
Nationwide long distance starting at 5 cents per minute
All standard phone features are available

What is VoIP?

VoIP allows you to make telephone calls over a data network like the Internet. VoIP converts the voice signal from your telephone (or microphone) into a digital signal which travels over the Internet to AccessCom's facilities where it is converted back to a normal voice call and terminated on the PSTN. Or, if you are communicating with someone with a VoIP phone, the signal goes over the Internet to the other participant.

When placing a VoIP call using a VoIP phone or a regular phone with an adapter, you'll hear a dial tone and dial just as you always have. VoIP will also allow you to use your computer as a soft phone and make a call directly from your computer using a microphone.

To get started with VoIP all you need is a broadband connection (e.g. DSL, T-1, Cable Modem) from any service provider and a compatible VoIP phone (hard connection). You can also replace the hard connection with a soft connection by using a computer with appropriate software and a microphone.


Pro's and Cons Associated with Using VoIP

Pros

Expense - VoIP service will generally cost you less than traditional analog service.

Hardware Requirements - It is possible to use nothing more than the computer on your desk and some free software to make and receive VoIP calls.

Flexibility - Take your phone number with you on the road!

Expandability - The number of actual phone numbers you can have is not limited by the number of actual circuits you have running to your office. It is only limited by the amount of bandwidth you have available. Paired with technologies such as SHDSL and Hosted PBX, you can have many phone lines added to your office instead of being limited to only one analog line per circuit.

Cons

Reliability - VoIP has the potential to produce lower quality telephone calls than standard analog telephone lines. Unlike analog service, which is consistently reliable, the quality and reliability of VoIP service can vary and even degrade due to factors such as cheap telephone equipment and network congestion.

Complexity - VoIP requires that you know a few things about your network and your service provider before it will work correctly.

Location Agnostic - VoIP suffers from the same locational issue that wireless phone service suffers from. When you place an emergency call (911) from a VoIP phone, the emergency call will go to the 911 Communications District you specified when you first started the service (or none at all if your service provider does not provide 911 or you opt out of 911 altogether). If you dial 911 from a hotel in Dallas it will connect you with the emergency service closest to your office in Louisiana. Just like analog or wireless service, VoIP does not know your exact location. It can only pass on information about whatever location was stored in your provider's database. The same problem exists if you take a cordless phone from your house and go over to a neighbor's house. If you dial 911 from the neighbor's house, emergency services will show up at your front door because they will not know that you dialed from another location.