VoIP Phone Systems: Wave of the Future
Many people already use VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone systems to make international and long distance phone calls. But there are many other situations in which you might want a VoIP phone system. In any case, a VoIP phone system has many advantages over traditional telephone systems. The major advantage VoIP has over traditional telephones is that you can make a phone call from anywhere in the world at a very high quality and for a very reasonable cost. And VoIP can easily be integrated with other computer applications as well.
The primary reason VoIP technology is attractive to small business owners is that it provides features and functions that are simply not available with conventional telephones. VoIP phones instead plug into eight-pin RJ11 telephone connectors. These RJ11 connections are not robot names but are really the physical connectors that your computer uses to communicate with the internet. For the average person, those connectors would just be called Ethernet cables or phone jacks.
However, some small businesses have their own need for telephone networks and they cannot rely on a standard telephone network. For them, the need for a telephone network is as important as the need for a VoIP phone system. Small business owners usually face several difficulties in integrating VoIP technology with their existing networks. In addition, they have to deal with the additional expense of an Internet connection.
In addition, there are certain drawbacks to using VoIP technology with small businesses.
One of these problems is the sound quality. Even when your VoIP provider has excellent sound quality, many customers will notice that it is not quite as good as it sounds. Perhaps you are hearing conversations in loud bars. Others might notice that the volume is not as strong as they would like.
The good news is that many VOIP providers have taken steps to improve sound quality.
In particular, many of these companies have recently introduced data plan options that feature a free local phone number and unlimited long distance calls among other features. Other VOIP phone systems also have this capability. So if you were originally planning to use VoIP with your home telephone lines, you may want to consider switching to a VOIP provider with these plans.
Still, even with improvements in sound quality, some VOIP providers still offer their customers a much better value by bundling all of their small business phone systems together. You may have heard that term before, but what does it mean? Simply put, businesses can save money by using a single voice phone system to handle all of their calls rather than purchasing extra hardware and using individual phone lines for each line. This is why businesses can often get a “bunded” deal on VOIP services.
Businesses should be careful to check their current plans before switching over to a new VOIP business phone system. Depending on how many calls they currently make, they may be able to continue using their existing lines for future savings. If not, they will need to find a VOIP provider with more bandwidth and greater calling features. Remember, though, VOIP phones are really no different from traditional landline phones in terms of calling features. They will always be able to be used to make long distance calls, reception, and other common office phone functions.
- The best business phone service providers are available to anyone who looks for them.
- Many VOIP providers will meet with their clients and test their systems before taking them on as full-fledged customers.
- The VOIP phone system that is chosen should be the right fit for the particular business.
- There are so many choices out there today! The hardest part may be choosing which company to go with! You’ll soon know!