What are The DISADVANTAGES Of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)?

Philippines
January 17, 2007 12:04am CST
Hi everyone from myLot Community. Let's have another worthwhile round of discussion about VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Considering that there are numerous benefits to VoIP, its strange to think that there are any major disadvantages? What do you think, are the DISADVANTAGES of VoIP?
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• United States
17 Jan 07
Biggest disadvantages: Limited (if any) emergency service (911, 999, etc) Try having a heart attack at 3am. Do you think Vonage will help you? I doubt it.
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• Philippines
17 Jan 07
Yes, this can be one of disadvantage of using VoIP. When you make 911 calls using your traditional phone service your call can be traced and routed to a local call center where they can locate you. This is a big plus as it enables them to locate you even if you trouble communicating; however this is not possible with your VoIP. They cannot tell in effect where your internet phone call is originating from.
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• Philippines
10 Mar 07
When my friend set up his Vonage account, he was asked to set up the 911 dialing address. According to my friend, he has e911 service. his call is being routed to a local emergency center nearest his area & the address that he set up was the address on the database so he doesn't have to give his callback number or his address to the emergency operator. That's how it was explained to him, but honestly, I just don't know if it's true bec he hasn't dialed 911 yet from his phone. This is a nice point you've raised. Maybe, I'll ask my friend to try to make sure. Thanks!
24 Apr 07
There are no disadvantages if you use the best,to say that a power loss is a disadvantage is very negitive.The biggest disadvantage is using peer - peer systems which are not secure. Should you wish to avail of a free 1 week trial of the best VOIP service on the planet simply contact me by email Aubrey Wilson svsuccess@fsmail.net
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• Philippines
17 Jan 07
First is the Welltech Wellgate 5250, emits much noise in your work area, giving you much headache from its noise. Second one, difficulty with sending faxes, third internet connection requirements and fourth power outages.
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• Canada
17 Jan 07
The biggest disadvantage, and the main reason why I will keep my land line and never use VOIP is that when the power goes out, or the internet goes down, the VOIP doesn't work. I need to have my old fashioned land line and a phone with a wire. Cordless phones also go down when the power is out.
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• Philippines
17 Jan 07
Yes, a power outage, can be a disadvantage of using VoIP. If you have a power outage you will loose your internet connection and hence your VoIP. This can be considered a major disadvantage due in part because you may need to make a distress call during these particular times.
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• Philippines
10 Mar 07
Correct! I agree to you on this one. When there's power outage or when the internet is down, you won't have service. Although there's a feature that can enable to you to still receive calls during power outage (Network Non-availability Number), you can't make calls on a VOIP during these times.
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• Canada
28 Apr 07
There have been times when my cellphone didn't work during power outtages because there was a problem with the tower.
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