VoIP (voice over internet protocol) services are a relatively new invention, but they are continuously growing in popularity all over the Globe. They make it possible for you to communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world, without constantly worrying about the cost of the bill.
Advantages of using a VoIP service over traditional landlines
There are several advantages in using a VoIP service, but the most important and obvious one is the reduced cost. You can save a lot of money if you switch to a VoIP system. The reason for that is that VoIP systems eliminate a lot of the costs/investments required by a traditional landline phone service or PSTN (packet-switched telephone network).
In the case of the traditional lines, time is literally money! Every minute you spend talking on the phone adds up to your phone bill, because that data has to travel through traditional phone lines/cables in order to reach the recipient. And all that infrastructure is costly to maintain and keep functional. And the longer that data has to travel to reach its destination, the more expensive the call. That is why international calls are so insanely pricey.
On the other hand though, VoIP calls rely only on the Internet and the only cost on your part is the monthly bill towards your Internet provider. There are no limits and you can talk as much as you want, without increasing the cost of your bill. Research shows that by using VoIP instead of traditional phone services, you save up to 90% of your money on your international calls, and up to 40% on your local ones.
You can also save money when it comes to equipment. If you opt for a VoIP you don’t have to invest in hardware such as telephone sets. You just need a reliable Internet connection, a microphone and speakers or a headset, which you most likely already have, if you own a computer. Not to mention the installation cost, because traditional services require professional installation. With VoIP on the other hand, you can set up everything yourself and most VoIP will offer you all the assistance you need and walk you through all the steps, in case you have a hard time.
Other benefits to using a VoIP service
There are other advantages to using a VoIP system, in addition to the financial one. We’ve already mentioned user-friendliness. VoIP are considerably easier to install than traditional phone lines and most of the time you don’t even need a professional to do it for you.
Another advantage is the portability of the VoIP systems. You can move the VoIP system anywhere with you, which can be a very useful thing, especially if you travel a lot. You can access it from anywhere where there’s a reliable Internet connection, using specialized apps.
Another benefit in using VoIP is the fact that it has more features than traditional phone services. You’ve got caller ID, call forwarding, IPFax, call blocking, multiple participants (call conferencing), a more improved type of voicemail in which your message can be transcribed and e-mailed to you, remote management via a web portal and more.
VoIP can also transmit multimedia, not just voice calls. You can use VoIP for video and image transfer, video calls, text messages and more.