VoIP Law and Legal Definition

VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. VoIP is basically a telephone connection over the Internet. The data is sent digitally, using the Internet Protocol instead of analog telephone lines. VoIP offers a substantial cost savings over traditional long distance telephone calls. VoIP calls can be made on the Internet using a VoIP service provider and standard computer audio systems. While Vonage, the largest provider of VoIP charges a monthly service fee, programs like Skype and PeerMe allow users to connect to each other and talk for free. The main disadvantage of VoIP is a greater potential for dropped calls and generally lesser voice quality. VoIP is also referred to as IP telephony, Internet telephony, and digital phone.