Keep it simple: The article below is the best explanation I have seen to explain most of the problems people are
having with VoIP at this time. After beta testing several VoIP providers and reading most of the VoIP
technical message boards I have decided to use VoIP primarily for long distance calling and not
worry about all the features, including voice mail, callback services, and call forwarding until all the
software integrate better. I use and market a simple prepay PC to PSTN provider with no monthly
service fees, free PC to PC calling, Receive calls from any PSTN Phone, Online Account
Management: call log, missed call log,add money on-line securely, NO Automatic Recharging! Only
add money when you want, We don't store credit card information, add money other ways other
than credit cards,. The softphone works good on 56K dial-up with a headset (microphone and
speakers not recommended the person your talking to will hear themselves as an echo) broadband
is needed for Wi-Fi and/or the two phone Broadband Phone Adaptor (BPA)
NEW YORK, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The failure of Telecom equipment makers to adhere more
strictly to industry standards for delivering voice over IP (VOIP) technology will cause some service
providers and enterprises to delay their network deployments of VOIP, according to a major new
study released today by Heavy Reading (»www.heavyreading.com
), the market research
division of Light Reading Inc.
The report, "Next-Generation Routers: A Comprehensive Product Analysis," analyzes the product
and market strategies of more than two dozen makers of next-gen routers, the network equipment
that is responsible for moving all traffic along the world's packet-based Telecom networks.
The report includes up-to-the-minute, detailed product and feature analyses of 119 different
routers from 26 manufacturers, with dozens of matrices that deliver more than 1,000 data fields
allowing for direct product comparisons -- making it the most comprehensive product guide of its
kind. Included in the report are products from market leaders Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO),
Juniper Networks (Nasdaq: JNPR), Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU), and Nortel Networks
(NYSE/Toronto: NT). An in-depth look at Cisco's newly announced CRS-1 router is also included.
VOIP represents the most significant opportunity to expand IP networks, but that potential cannot
be realized without further standardization work, note Paul Shippam and Paul Ridgewell, Heavy
Reading Analysts at Large and co-authors of the report. Specifically, equipment vendors continue
to use proprietary technologies to deliver critical VOIP features, including voice mail, callback
services, and call forwarding.
Until standards for all VOIP services are fully implemented, equipment buyers will not be able to mix
and match products from different vendors to build their networks. Faced with the prospect of a
single-vendor technology source, many Telecom carriers and enterprise users may delay or curtail
VOIP expansion plans until standards are fully in place, Shippam and Ridgewell conclude.