Analog vs. Digital Phone

You can get phone service for your home or business with either analog phone or digital phone. The two services use different technologies and methods to carry and deliver voice signals.

So how do these services work and what’s the difference between analog and digital phone?

Analog phone service uses a subscriber loop

Analog phone is also known as Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS). Each subscriber has a phone number assigned to them, which others can use to make calls to that subscriber. Users are connected through a subscriber loop made of copper wiring. This loop connects a home or business to a central switch office.

When a call is made, the voice signals are converted by the analog phone system into electronic signals. Then, these signals are carried over the telephone line to the final destination – another subscriber’s home or business.

There are two main advantages to a traditional landline. First, even if there is a power outage, you will still have phone service. Second, in case of an emergency, 911 can determine your location when you call.

Digital phone service provides a higher quality sound

Digital phone service uses cable or a digital phone network to make phone calls. The voice signals are compressed and unnecessary frequency bands are taken out as the audio travels. This creates a better sound quality, compared to analog phone service.

Oftentimes, digital phone service comes with advanced features, such as call forwarding, voicemail and conference, or 3-way, calling. Like analog phone, digital phone service is bidirectional – voice signals can travel both to and from a phone.

Learn more about the difference between analog and digital phone service

Both analog phone service and digital phone service allows for communication between two homes or businesses. Call to learn more about the phone service you can get for your home.