Hey there!

In a recent workshop, I casually tossed out the acronyms (yes, they’re acronyms, not just abbreviations) POTS and VOIP.

I got a bunch of looks (and later, email) from people whose common question was, “Wha?”.

So. What’s the secret meaning of POTS and VOIP?

There are two types of ways you can enjoy landline phone service these days. One is the traditional wire that carries analog phone signals, in pretty much the same way as they have been for over 150 years, since Alexander Graham Bell decided he need Watson, so he rang him up.

That’s called a POTS (pronounced, um, “pots”) line by telephone company enthusiasts. because it’s a Plain Old Telephone Service line.


The other type of land line service, a fairly recent development but becoming very common, is a digital phone line that uses similar looking equipment, but is actually encoding and sending your Voice Over the Internet using Internet Protocol to make the connection. Hence, VOIP. And yes, it’s pronounced “voyp.”

The phone company provides you with POTS lines, and companies like Magic Jack, Vonage, AT&T Uverse, Verizon FIOS, your cable company’s phone service and even Skype provide VOIP phone service.

Now you can go have a meaningful conversation with that guy in the truck with the cones out on your curb.

Are there any other acronyms or abbreviations that I can help you with? Let me know in the comments below.

Hope this helps.


10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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