Every business tries to cut costs and increase profitability. And with the ever-increasing pace of technological development, there are many new possibilities open for the forward-thinking businessman. Among these possibilities are business VoIP solutions.
VoIP is the abbreviated version of “Voice Over Internet Protocol.” And as you can tell by the name, VoIP is a telephone technology that utilizes the Internet instead of the traditional telephone cables to connect callers to each other. For this reason, you can make telephone calls at a much reduced rate, especially on long distance phone calls – less than half the cost of a regular long distance phone call.
With VoIP, your savings come from combining your data traffic (your Net connection) with voice calling capability (telephones). When you make a call, your voice is turned into digital data that can travel through the Internet. Upon reaching its destination, this data then returns to its original state, as a voice. This conversion is performed by either a special adapter attached to your phone and modem, by a special VoIP phone, or by software on your computer system.
If you have a business with several locations in different states, communications between these offices is much cheaper. Business VoIP solutions also offer some useful business communication features. Like regular phones, VoIP has caller ID, fax capability and call forwarding. It also has conference call capabilities that can accommodate three or more people, depending on your provider.
And because VoIP works independent of the traditional, fixed telephone lines, it works anywhere you can get a good Internet connection. You can make low-cost calls as long as you have your VoIP “hard phone,” or your laptop with VoIP software installed (a “soft phone”).
These business VoIP solutions may benefit certain kinds of businesses more than others. The money saved by VoIP depends mainly on the number of long-distance calls made in your company every month. The quality of your phone connection also depends on how fast your internet is on slower connections, dropped calls and low sound quality may result. If your business internet can handle the load of both your VoIP and regular data traffic, then VoIP is a great choice.