Top 5 reasons to move to VOIP
1. More Economical Phone Service
Businesses are saving thousands of dollars ever year by switching to VOIP services for business. By replacing your PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) or traditional phone service to a VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) system can cost some money but businesses generally see a huge cost saving when looking at the long term cost to move versus stay with conventional phone systems. Most businesses we have encountered will save between $500 and $1000 per month of traditional combined internet / phone packages from traditional carriers.
2. Budget-friendly Long Distance and International Calling
VoIP service companies offer unlimited regional and phone calls to the United States and Canada for a low, flat month-to-month rate, typically in between $15 to $30. International VoIP calls usually cost simply a few cents per minute.
3. Free Calling Features
Voice Over IP customers enjoy a variety of totally free calling functions, for which they were charged additional with conventional phone service. Those functions include voicemail, caller ID, call conferencing, call waiting, call forwarding, and Voice Mail to email all come standard with your Business VOIP phone system without any additional charges. A great free feature of any professional VOIP system is the ability to add in remote extension. Remote extensions will allow your family, friends, or employees take a phone to a remote location and plug it in to the internet and have a remote extension at no additional cost. This feature is great for remote offices and employees that work from home.
4. Ease of Transition
What lots of VoIP users delight in most about their phone service is the benefit. Individuals get and place call in much the same way they did with conventional phone service. In most cases, they position calls exactly as they finished with standard phone service. Even much better, customers can track their call activity, manage voicemail, view billing details, and change account details online and at their benefit, 24 Hr a day, 7 days a week.
Most VoIP suppliers permit users to take their VoIP service with them throughout the world. With high-speed Internet and a VoIP phone adapter, callers can put and accept VoIP calls from any area, at any time, at no service charge. This feature is noted on VoipReview as the “Travel Worldwide” function.
Possible VoIP Difficulties
Just like any other emerging technology, VoIP has a couple of prospective risks, such as:
Some VoIP services do not work throughout power outages without battery backup.
Some VoIP subscribers should manually enter their existing address online to be determined by a 911 dispatcher.
Poor broadband Web connections can cause call quality problems.
All these challenges depend on the service provider and the tech that is installing and maintaining your VOIP system. VOIP systems have more incommon with computer networks than traditional (PSTN) networks. That is were our 15 years of experience building and maintaining business networks pays off. We not only understand the phone system we have a firm grasp on the technologies that are supporting your system. We have been working on internet services and networks from the time of dialup modems and ISDN lines.
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More about VOIP
The traditional landline phone system have been used for quite a few decades. They have been pretty popular because there is no need for additional lines to be installed from the service provider’s point of view. The network has been laid out and has been working for quite a long time. We are now seeing a trend start to shift from analogue systems to digital system and with that shift many companies are moving to VOIP or Voice over IP. The Number 1 reason for this shift is cost savings and improved technologies.
There is a newer technology which can be used for cost effective calling with better service quality. Let’s first discuss the ways by which we can have a phone communication system at our home. There are three ways of getting a phone communication system at your business:
The traditional landlines reach our homes using a copper wire from DPs (Digital Points) which are then connected to the PSTN exchange network. A Telephone is needed in order to connect to the landline connection.
Cellular phone connection
Cellular phone connections are acquired using a SIM card in a cellphone. The advantage of a cellular phone connection is that you can take it anywhere with you inside the coverage area of the connection provider which normally spans across cities. Cellular phone connections are generally quite expensive.
VOIP IP phone connection
VOIP is a technology which enables users to make and receive calls through the Internet. Normally a VOIP IP phone is required to use the IP phone connection but users can also use their PC along with the headphone and a VOIP software for calling.
There are both advantages and disadvantages of using each way of connecting your phones with the world. We will discuss a couple of factors which will enable you to choose the service of your choice.
Cost effective installation
The traditional PSTN connections have a quite expensive installation cost. The service provider is required to run a new cable from the nearest DP to your home which can range from a few meters to hundreds of meters. A dedicated PSTN phone is required to connect to the service. A single phone line can be used for making a single call but you can have multiple phones connect to the same phone line.
A Cellular phone service costs less as compared to the traditional phone line as only a SIM card and a dedicated cellphone is required to run the service. A single SIM card can be installed in a single cellphone only.
If you have an Internet connection at home, the VOIP system will not need an additional line to be towed to your home from anywhere. You just have to have an additional RJ-45 cable to connect to an IP Phone.
In my opinion, VOIP system is the cheapest to install and maintain.
Traditional phone connections have a high maintenance cost as you will need to pay a host of service charges in each billing cycle including taxes, regulatory fees and other charges.
The cellphone connections come with pre-paid as well as post-paid plans. You can control how much you have to spend on your phone calls in pre-paid plans. But generally, phone calls, nationwide and international, are quite expensive.
A VOIP IP phone system starts with a free service and its budget depends upon the features and where you are calling.
Requirements of a VOIP IP phone system
For me, a VOIP phone system is the best in the long run. There are a few requirements to consider before choosing a VOIP phone system.
Broadband Internet connection
You need to have a good Internet connection for VOIP calls. Unfortunately a dial-up Internet connection will not work as its bandwidth is very much limited for VOIP calls to go through.
An IP phone is required for connecting to the VOIP service. You will need an RJ-45 connector cable which can be connected through the switch.
UPS in case of power failures
You will also need to make sure that your Internet connection stays alive in case of a power failure because unlike PSTN phones, VOIP phones need power to stay alive. Other advanced techniques can also be used like PoE etc.
I hope now it is pretty clear for you to decide which service you will prefer at home. My preference is always a VOIP phone because of its cost effectiveness and expandability in the long run.