Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Seven Myths about Voice over IP

IEEE Spectrum Online has an article about Voice over IP specifically being used for telephone calls. Steven Cherry provides a very solid overview (as you would expect from this journal) and then discusses the following 7 myths about VoIP:
  1. VoIP is free.
  2. The only difference between VoIP and regular telephony is the price.
  3. Quality of service isn't an issue nowadays, because there's plenty of bandwidth in the network.
  4. VoIP can't replace regular telephony, because it still can't guarantee quality of service.
  5. VoIP is just another data application.
  6. VoIP isn't secure.
  7. A phone is a phone is a phone.
If you're looking for an overview of VoIP telephony, this is the place to start.

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