Voice over IP phone service made simple
As more companies come to rely on computers and the Internet for their daily operations, VoIP phones and business VoIP systems have increased in availability and reliability.
VoIP phone systems, or voice over IP phone systems, use technology to turn your phone conversation into digital data that can be transmitted over the Internet. This means that you don't have to use a regular phone to make your calls, which also means that you don't have to pay for traditional phone-company services, such as long distance or access fees.
While VoIP technology is relatively new, there are several providers out there, including Vonage and AT&T.
VoIP Phone Service
VoIP phone service offers you three different ways to place a call: you can use an ATA (analog telephone adaptor) to hook up a regular phone to your computer; you can use an IP phone, which is similar to a regular phone but has special hookups that connect it directly to the Internet; or you can use your computer directly, as long as it's equipped with a microphone, speakers, a sound card, the right software and an Internet connection.
VoIP for Business
The number one benefit of using VoIP for your communication needs is the price. Using VoIP, you avoid all the fees and charges of a traditional phone line. This is especially helpful for businesses that do a lot of long-distance calling.
Another huge benefit of using VoIP for business is the ability to make conference calls in combination with a video link, so that everyone can see, as well as hear, all the other participants.
However, using your computer to make your phone calls means that you require a power source. Also, the quality of your phone call is dependent on the reliability of your computer and your Internet connection; slow laptop or desktop computers can result in slow or unreliable connections. Your VoIP system is also vulnerable to the same viruses and hackers as your computer.
Of course, improvement and development are part of any exciting new technology, but the current VoIP systems available are already a great business communications tool.