Who would imagine a world without phones today? If it’s not your home phone or office phone, it is the cell phone, the new craving of the times. Phones have become essential and our preferred choice of communication although their basic technology goes back to decades ago.
In the last 10 years, the advent of VoIP has changed the communication landscape. VoIP has quickly developed into a reliable technology adopted by many people because of its effectiveness and low cost.
What is VoIP?
VoIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol, is a technology that carries phone and video calls over the Internet, be it on your handheld device, your laptop, or desktop.
There isn’t really a difference in functionality between using VoIP or a traditional phone system, you punch in a phone number and hit the Call button. The only difference is that behind the scenes, your call is routed over the internet rather than the traditional phone wires.
What are the benefits of using VoIP?
Maybe the one most recognized benefit for using VoIP is the low cost of making long distance calls in addition to the fact that you literally don’t need to do anything other than use your phone as usual. By eliminating costly international and long-distance phone, you can save up to 90% of your traditional phone bill the moment you chose to use VoIP.
Other attractive benefits of using VoIP is having one phone number regardless of where you are in the world. Once you set up a VoIP system on your home or business phone, you can then “carry” that phone system with you and still make and receive phone calls worldwide.
Considerations to keep in mind when switching to VoIP
Before switching to a VoIP system, it’s important to understand a few important elements. First, for VoIP to be functional, you need to have a reliable and stable high-speed Internet connection as it requires more bandwidth. Second, your network must be configured to facilitate the use of VoIP. Third, the switch from your traditional telephone service to a new VoIP line needs to be carefully timed and coordinated. These criteria are relatively simple and straightforward but they require a professional preparation and installation.
If you are interested in adopting VoIP and want some assistance in exploring what VOIP can do for your business let us know.