January 13, 2015
evolution of the telephone

Animals do not use words, however they do communicate. Birds create unique calls and sing lovely melodies, and others use combinations of movements and sounds to communicate. Primates have a more advanced method of interaction that includes vocalization and gestures. Even so, humans are the only creatures to have an actual spoken language with words. The capability to form words from thoughts is a major element that differentiates humans from primates. While historians estimate that language developed among Homo sapiens between 35,000 and 100,000 years ago, how the spoken word and language systems evolved remains unknown. Two main theories exist to explain this, although they are quite different from each other.

The Evolution Theory

The first theory posits that language developed through evolutionary adaptation. Natural selection produces changes within a tribe or other groups of humans, as those with greater survival skills pass on those traits. Language may have been one of those traits, especially as humans began to rely on communication to work in concert with others to farm, hunt and defend themselves. More precise communication produced a critical survival advantage over others. The second theory states that language developed to aid in social interaction.

The Adaptation Theory

The adaptation theory suggests that the series of gestures and calls became more complex as humans needed to convey more complicated information to each other. For example, early man used simpler communication to indicate the desire to hunt a nearby herd of gazelles. However, that message and the use of language became more complex when that same man wanted to add the additional message to hurry.

VoIP & Wi-Fi

How does this evolutionary adaptation relate to VoIP? Just as the spoken word evolved into more complex systems of interaction, VoIP is evolving as a more sophisticated method for transmitting ideas. Currently, VoIP transmits over the Internet through service providers using either 4G or Wi-Fi. What is the difference between them and how will Wi-Fi enable the future of VoIP?

Wi-Fi uses standard radio waves to exchange information wirelessly over a computer network. With the rise of mobile devices, many homes now have individual wireless routers. A public Wi-Fi connection, such as on a college campus or in a local café, is called a hotspot. Hotspots have become very popular and are quite useful for checking email on the go. Indeed they have become ubiquitous in coffee shops across America. Currently, the FCC has suggested that Internet service providers consider offering “Super Wi-Fi” hotspots that would cover entire metropolitan areas.

4G, which is also called Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a high-speed cellular network put forth by the four largest U.S. telecommunication companies: Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T. The acronym for VoIP on a 4G network is VoLTE, which stands for Voice over Long Term Evolution.

Sending VoIP over Wi-Fi only may be the next evolutionary step in communication. One company produces a Smartphone that connects to available Wi-Fi networks, and it is one of the least expensive options on the market for a wireless phone system. Proprietary software automatically locates and connects to Wi-Fi networks already programmed into the device. This system is still in beta mode.

However, free Wi-Fi available nationwide may open up the market not only to this one mentioned company but also to potential competitors. This would drive the price down and increase interest in Smartphones that connect only through Wi-Fi networks.

MagicJack is on the forefront of this evolution with its newest innovation, the magicJack GO, which offers all of the convenient services of earlier versions of magicJack devices combined with the freedom of the magicJack App.

The magicJack GO improves the functionality of the magicJack App by integrating the utility and convenience of the app with the stability of business and home phone service. This innovation will offer many of the same features of a business phone plan at a much lower cost – such as the ability to fax over VoIP. MagicJack will continue to offer effective, low cost alternatives to much more expensive phone plans.