Analog phone service is an older technology than Voice over Internet Protocol, also known as VoIP, and most homes continue to use analog service for their telephony needs. Analog phones use the Public Switch Telephone Network to connect telephone calls. VoIP technology, on the other hand, uses a broadband internet connection to make phone calls. VoIP technology also usually makes you call analog phones and receive phone calls through an adapter. However, you may experience some problems when using a standard cordless phone with VoIP phone service.
What is VoIP:
VoIP technology allows you to make calls over a broadband internet connection. You can use a standard cordless phone with VoIP service by connecting the cordless phone to a dedicated VoIP router with an Ethernet cable. VoIP services have many of the same calling features as traditional land-line phones. These calling features include caller ID, three-way calling, voicemail and call forwarding.
The use of cordless telephone with VoIP:
When you connect an analog cordless phone with a VoIP adapter, you will usually notice minimal difference in call quality compared to a cordless phone connected to a traditional landline. As with a landline, the call quality ultimately depends on the quality of the cordless phone and the frequency used by the phone to make the call. Cordless phones that use either a 900 megahertz and 2.4 gigahertz frequency are more likely to experience interference from the VoIP adapter. On the other hand, phones that operate with a 5.8 gigahertz frequency or use Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications technology typically experience less interference and static from VoIP adapters than other types of cordless phones.
A VoIP adapter converts analog signals from an analog device such as a standard cordless phone into digital signals via VoIP network. These devices also convert incoming digital signals from the VoIP network into analog voice signals that are used by analog devices. A VoIP adapter can connect to a router and function without using a computer.
One of the major drawbacks of using VoIP technology is the inability to use VoIP devices if you experience a power outage or broadband connection problem. In addition, VoIP service may not be compatible with 911 emergency services in many areas.