Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a technology that lets you make telephone calls over the internet utilizing a broadband line instead of the regular phone line to lower your calling costs.
Using VoIP, any computer or telephone connected to the internet with a broadband connection can call another computer or phone at a fraction of usual cost. You simply pick up your regular phone, dial a number and talk just like you would with a traditional phone service. It doesn't matter if the person you are calling has VoIP or a traditional phone service as this is all taken care of by your VoIP provider.
VoIP phone systems are well known for their cost effective features. Businesses that have multiple physical locations for their offices benefit from these systems drastically. As long as the offices work off of the same network, employees can dial each other’s extensions and reach them shortly, no matter how far away their offices are.
Businesses that conduct many international calls also benefit from a VoIP phone service. A traditional phone line will charge the user by which country they are calling and for how many minutes the phone call lasts. Because a VoIP system works primarily off of an Internet connection, the system isn’t able to distinguish how far away the recipient of the call is in relation to the caller, making each phone call standard and affordably priced.
Other VoIP phone features are call blocking, call forwarding, call waiting, voicemail, caller ID, 3-way calling, fax and redial capabilities and much more.
About Setting up Your VoIP Phone
You'll need a high-speed internet connection in order for VOIP to work properly. Don’t even think of using a dial up connection with your VoIP phone because the system will not work properly and you may encounter some discouraging problems. Before you make the switch to this digital phone system, make sure that the computer network in your office will be able to handle the additional traffic flow.
VoIP phone systems will not work a traditional phone, unless you purchase an adapter. The device will connect to your phone and allow you to make calls. Another option is to use a microphone with the computer, or purchase specialized VoIP phones. Keep in mind that a specialized VoIP phone can be expensive so determine your business’ needs before making the switch.
Make sure you have a clear idea of what you need. Knowing things such as how many users you'll have in your network, how many long distance calls you make (versus how many local calls), and how many numbers/area codes you want will help us assess what sort of configuration you'll need.
Submit a VoIP quote request today for your business and save up to 80% on your monthly phone bills!