Fun facts you didn’t know about voip and the internet


Voice communications over the internet is a revolutionary idea and it has given a paradigm shift to our idea of business communications. However there are several fun facts associated with VoIP and internet that we tend to avoid while focusing too much on the technological aspects. Average users like you and me are often oblivious of the faun facts related to the internet and IP phone. There are numerous trivia pertaining to VoIP because the technology has a very rich history and even its evolution is filled with many interesting anecdotes.


  • VoIP came into existence in the year 1974 – This year marked the first call made using VoIP technology over the ARPANET network. In the month of August 1974, a voice sample was sent between two computers over the secured network by the researchers at Information Sciences Institute and Lincoln Lab. Two way communications took a few more months as it was accomplished in December 2014.

  • The mob is in love with VoIP – There is evidence with the researchers and investigating agencies that gaming VoIP has become very popular among the mob that are using it for criminal activities like money laundering and drug deals. The gangsters are finalizing deals through the chats on VoIP games and it is getting really difficult for the police to track such deals.

  • Set the VoIP phone to make automated calls – There are several service providers in the market who are offering features like making automated calls. Users are able to set up the VoIP system and get it to send automated alerts triggered by different responses set by the users. For instance, there are service providers who offer a VoIP feature wherein anytime the caller makes an emergency call to 911 all the alternate contacts and email ids (provided by the user) are sent an alert.

  • Free Wi-Fi to the US citizens – The US government has plans of making Wi-Fi free for the US citizens. This program is still shrouded in controversy as privacy advocates and free market or consumers backers are still debating the consequences such a move might have on the lives of the citizens. However, as VoIP users we will be able to get the opportunity to make free calls to any of the contacts in the US. Thus, you

The business revenue that VoIP will be generating in the next few years will cross the $15 billion mark and there are numerous companies that are coming up with interesting ideas and making the use of VoIP interesting.

About the author

Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.

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