21 November 2017

What is VoIP? What are the benefits of VoIP in Business Establishments?

Does long-distance telephone bills too expensive to handle? It’s about time to switch your preference from the traditional phone call into this new technology at a lesser cost. Brace yourself as VoIP changes your thinking about calls.

Traditional vs hosted VOIP
Traditional vs hosted VOIP

Introduction to VoIP



What is VoIP?



VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. The internet is used as a medium of transmission for phone calls by converting analog audio signals into digital data rather than by traditional circuit transmission. Terms commonly associated with VoIP are a voice over broadband, IP telephony, IP communications, internet telephony, broadband phone and broadband telephony. In this manner VoIP allows a user to use the internet connection at a lesser cost or even for free, therefore bypassing a phone company entirely. 

Because of this new reinvention, the world’s phone system can change as it has the potential to do so. VoIP providers have been around giving services for a while and continually growing. Some major carriers’ offers call plans in the market, particularly around the United States. 

Ways using VoIP

A high-speed internet connection is required then uses either of the following:

  • ATA – most common among the ways, is through an analog-to-digital converter device called an Analog Telephone Adaptor (ATA). It takes the analog signal from a traditional phone and converts it into digital data for internet transmission. A standard phone is directly connected to your computer with internet connection. VoIP providers such as Vonage and AT&T give ATAs for free along with their services. Configuration and set up is easy that comes with software.
  • Computer-to-computer - The easiest approach in using VoIP. There is free or low-cost software available for this type of VoIP. What you only need is the software, a sound card, speakers and an internet connection. You only pay for your internet connection and charge free for computer-to-computer calls no matter the distance and consumed time.
  • IP Phones – this phone is created for VoIP use. It looks exactly the same as the traditional ones but the only difference is the cable used with a built-in IP technology. Instead of the standard RJ-11 phone connectors, an IP phone uses RJ-45 Ethernet connector. Wi-Fi phones are also available; subscribers can make VoIP calls from any wi-fi hot spots. 

Every technology has its drawbacks and because of this reasons, new innovations came to birth. Like any other new technology, VoIP is made as a better option or replacement to the old one, but disadvantages are still the imperfections that can’t be avoided, thus giving space for more improvement. 

Advantages
  • Low Costs – when we purchase something the cost will always take its place to consider. No one can own such thing without having the right cost of payment. VoIP enables the user to save its expenses. You can make PC-to-PC phone calls anywhere in the world for free for as long as you have an internet connection. PC-to-phone connection, on the other hand, has charges but with a cheaper amount than your regular phone services. There is a VoIP service provider and pay a monthly fee for unlimited calls within a certain area. VoIP has advance bandwidth capabilities and improved video-conferencing at an affordable price as well. 
  • No Extra Cost for Extra Cables – unlike your regular phone numbers a VoIP phone number is referred to as a virtual number. It is portable and you can take it with you anywhere you go. Even if you wish to change your number to another state, your phone number can be with you, no need for extra cables and therefore no extra charges. 
  • Low Tax – governments imposed low taxes on VoIP since it is already carried over the internet compared to your traditional phone services. VoIP provides your call needs while it gives you significant savings.
  • Portable and Flexible – VoIP is not distance dependent therefore it doesn't matter if you’re calling to an Australian friend 2,000 miles away, there’s no difference in terms of cost and connectivity. Receiving and making calls is possible whenever a broadband connection is available. If you are a traveler VoIP is a good choice since you can take your IP phone with you or your phone converter and connect it to the internet then you’re ready to dial that phone anytime. 

DISADVANTAGES

  • Voice Quality – VoIP has to improve its quality with regards to voice enhancements. But since it is dependent on so many factors like broadband connection, hardware, service provider and destination, VoIP should consider each factor to make the improvements needed. This is the usual user complaints that VoIP providers encounter. 
  • Reliability – without internet connection VoIP is not possible. The VoIP service is directly affected by the quality and reliability of your broadband internet service and PC limitations. Poor internet connections and congestion results to voice distortion and deterioration.
  • Security – VoIP’s main concern is security as it is with other internet technology. Issues like virus and malware attacks, identity and service theft and spamming are some that VoIP must address. 
  • Service Interruption - traditional phone service providers supply current to phone units during the blackout but not possible with IP phones. Without current VoIP services is also interrupted, so installment of generators and uninterrupted current supply is essential in order to use your VoIP line.
VoIP is a brilliant innovation that showcases possibilities of wide improvements for long distance phone communications. Although it is still on its way for stabilization and development, VoIP has established its name in the market for quite some time now. Like any other technology, VoIP is a reinvention that breaks communication barriers and distance. 


If you are doing business, do it with VoIP!

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