What is an analog telephone adapter?

A device that can change the way you communicate

What is an analog telephone adapter?

An analog telephone adapter (ATA) is a physical connection between a network device or a computer and a phone. In layman’s terms, it’s a box that connects to your modem on one side, and your traditional telephone handset on the other. Your phone still functions in the same way, however, now when you make a call, the ATA transfers your voice into a digital format and travels through your internet connection. This is called VoIP, or a Voice over Internet Protocol.
Basically, you are making calls over the internet, rather than through a traditional landline.


Closeup of male hand dialing a phone number making a business or personal phone call.

So, do I need one?

If you’re making a lot of long distance and international calls, either at home or in your business, and ATA could be for you.

The major benefit of using an analog telephone adapter is that VoIP based call can be considerably cheaper than traditional landline phone calls. Skype is an example of a VoIP provider that offers free calls between members, and substantially less expensive long distance calls between numbers.
It’s also important to note that your ATA is not restricted to just one device, which is ideal for larger businesses using multiple phones. You can also connect to your fax machine to gain even more savings.

Get in touch with us at AConnect today via our contact form , or call 1800 327 862 to find out more about setting up an ATA in your home or business. We can also help you discover other great ways to optimise the way you communicate.

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