Voice over Internet Protocol

noun

: any of various technologies that support telephony using the Internet for transmission rather than traditional phone lines
… you might be ready for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, which lets you make telephone calls over the Net to any phone in the world.Sean Portnoy
abbreviation VoIP

Examples of Voice over Internet Protocol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most landline users have the option of switching to alternative options such as VoIP services, or Voice over Internet Protocol, a technology that allows voice calls using an internet connection instead of a traditional phone line. Destiny Torres, Orange County Register, 9 Feb. 2024 In addition to targeting telemarketers, the crackdown targets Voice over Internet Protocol providers that facilitate robocalls, which often come from outside the country. Reuters, NBC News, 18 July 2023 Residents of Maricopa County can opt to receive voicemail and text alerts via Community Emergency Notification System by enrolling their cell phone or Voice over Internet Protocol phone. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Voice over Internet Protocol was in 1992

Dictionary Entries Near Voice over Internet Protocol

voice-over

Voice over Internet Protocol

voice part

Cite this Entry

“Voice over Internet Protocol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Voice%20over%20Internet%20Protocol. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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