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Internet telephony or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) refers to voice traffic carried over Internet Protocol (IP)-based broadband Internet networks. VoIP providers proffer telephone services for about $25 per month, which is appreciably less than traditional phone plan (See www.vonage.com and www.att.com). A concealed cost of VoIP service may be the user’s privacy. Traditional telephone privacy is strictly sheltered by existing case law and statute, while VoIP is arguably unprotected in many instances.

VoIP facilitates oral communications conveyed via circuit-switched networks to and from IP networks, and vice versa. To perform this undertaking, VoIP converts ordinary audio telephone signals into data packets that are sent over the Internet using Internet Protocol.

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