There is no doubt that VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) has many advantages over traditional calling, but one advantage that might not seem obvious at first is the flexibility that VoIP possesses.
For the majority of people, the first thought of VoIP will be the cost saving opportunity that is certainly possible. In previous articles Iâ€™ve mentioned how the cost, especially for businesses and long-distance callers, can be significantly decreased from traditional calling. This is mainly due to the fact that VoIP carries a call over a broadband internet connection, meaning that many taxes and charges that would usually be incurred with regular telephone companies are avoided.
VoIP is not a new technology; in fact it's far from it. VoIP is a technology that has been around for several years, but has only recently begun to make big strides in becoming a real alternative to regular analogue phone systems. At first, it had its disadvantages such as poorer voice quality, but the advancement in technology has meant that this is no longer the case.
There are some great features that VoIP provides, and the list of features is sure to grow with the increase in popularity of the technology. Customers can already take advantage of deals that VoIP providers are putting together, some of which include caller ID, call waiting, 3-way calling, speed dialing, call forwarding, and free voicemail in their packages.
Another great feature of VoIP, especially for business customers, is the ability to access the phone network away from office premises. So for example if employees needed to work from home or from a location away from the office, then they could do so whilst still being able to keep track of office calls and having access to the office phone system features.
Similarly, regular customers can also benefit from this flexibility. Your designated number is assigned to a converter that is used to access the VoIP service. This makes it possible to connect the converter to any high-speed internet connection and immediately utilize the same number for making and receiving calls. Say then for instance that you move from one side of the country to the other; you can still keep the same phone number.
As with many services, the likelihood of many service providers entering the market can only be good news for consumers. Competition and price battles will more than likely see VoIP take over from regular analogue phone systems in business premises and households over the coming years.
VoIP popularity is increasing fast across the U.S and will certainly do the same in other areas of the world. It is certainly a technology that should be researched into further if you are serious about cutting telephone costs and benefiting from features I have highlighted in this article.