There are major LECs using VoIP internally while providing analog service to their customers. Therefore, it is quite possible you have had conversations over a VoIP network using your POTS lines without even knowing it. Further, the percentage likelihood that you will have such a phone call in the future is increasing steadily.

VoIP is a disruptive technology that will forever change the landscape of telecom. In a short number of years, VoIP will be more heavily used than POTS by consumers. In fact, many people speculate that the RBOCs have projections that tell them when to switch from POTS to Voice over DSL from a revenue/expense standpoint. They are ready to do it now.


Travis Johnson wrote:

You may have the very best VoIP system with the least latency, highest call quality, etc.... but it still is not the same as a POTS line.

The real test is when you call someone from a VoIP line to a cell phone... that's when you get echo, delay and noise to the point that you end up talking over each other, etc. I have been on the cell phone end of MANY calls like this, from MANY different companies around the US. Every single one of them was using VoIP (from many different providers). Having a "shared" pipe (VoIP) will just never be the same as a "dedicated" pipe (POTS). :)

Granted, VoIP may be good enough for 99% of the people, but personally I guess I fall into the 1%. ;)


Matt Liotta wrote:

On Jun 19, 2006, at 7:27 PM, Travis Johnson wrote:

I don't believe there is any real money in it either... cell phones will be the choice 5-10 years from now. VoIP is the bridge to get there. Of course, I'm talking residential users... business users are a little different... although we will never switch our business lines (12 of them) to VoIP. I've never heard a VoIP call that sounded as good as a POTS line... :)

Call us then. Or better yet, send us a fax, which is the real test of VoIP quality. VoIP will never be circuit switched, but it is good enough to the point that without testing equipment an end user can't tell the difference. Except of course the reduction in cost and the increase in functionality afforded by VoIP.


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