Voice Over Internet Protocol Phone (VoIP Phone)

Last Updated: December 6, 2018

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Definition - What does Voice Over Internet Protocol Phone (VoIP Phone) mean?

A voice over Internet Protocol phone (VoIP phone) uses the VoIP technology to convert standard telephone audio into digital format so that it can be transmitted over the Internet. A VoIP phone can be a purpose-built hardware device, a softphone, or a regular telephone fitted with an adapter.

Techopedia explains Voice Over Internet Protocol Phone (VoIP Phone)

VoIP phones can be classified into three different types based on their use:

  1. Residential VoIP: uses the user's internet connection to make and receive calls. A personal computer is not required to make use of this technology.
  2. Business VoIP: similar to a residential VoIP plan but with some advanced features such as private branch exchange and conference calling.
  3. Small Business VoIP: offers a great service along with many advantages geared specifically toward the needs of a small enterprise business.

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