If you don’t already know what a VoIP is and how it works, get ready to be informed!
VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol and it is the method of taking analog audio signals and converting them into digital data that can be transmitted over the Internet. Ultimately VoIP will completely change the way you think about long-distance phone calls.
HOW IS VOIP USEFUL?
The general perception is that long distance phone calls are extremely expensive and if you stay on the line for more than a few minutes you can expect a nasty surprise when your bill drops through the door at the end of the month.
However, VoIP turns a standard Internet connection into a way to place free phone calls. Therefore the advantage is that you can essentially bypass the phone company and their inflated charges and instead use the Internet to make phone calls.
If you want to try out VoIP take a quick look online and you’ll be presented with a wealth of free VoIP software options. You’ll be able to download them in a few minutes and if you get a friend to do the same you’ll be able to start making calls and get a real taste for how VoIP works.
HOW IS VOIP USED?
Now that you have a clearer understanding of what VoIP is and how it is useful, the next step is to see exactly how you can use it in your day-to-day life.
The chances are that you are already using VoIP in some capacity each time you place a long-distance call. Many phone companies have started to use VoIP to streamline the networks.
It’s not just the phone companies that are using VoIP either; more and more businesses are installing VoIP systems as a way of communicating with contacts from around the world, so the technology is certainly catching on.
VoIP can be used anywhere you have broadband connectivity, which makes it ideal for business travellers who don’t want to have to be wary of making long distance calls whilst they try to close a big deal on the other side of the globe. As long as you have a headset and a microphone you are good to go, so whether it’s from the airport departures lounge, your hotel room or an Internet café you’ll always be able to make long distance calls at an extremely affordable rate.
It’s not just in businesses that you see VoIP being used; it is also becoming increasingly popular in homes as well. With the world being more accessible than ever and people having family scattered across all corners of the globe, there is a high demand for VoIP as people look to keep in touch with their families and friends.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost of VoIP will vary according to your individual needs. Certain suppliers will have more affordable rates than others, so it is important to shop around.
When selecting a VoIP company make sure you check exactly what is included in your plan. VoIP companies tend to provide features that you would normally have to pay extra for with a normal phone provider, but again this can vary from company to company.
Typically you’d expect VoIP services to include:
- Caller ID
- Call waiting
- Call transfer
- Repeat dial
- Return call
- Call forwarding
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What are your opinions of VoIP? Now that you understand more about it do you think you’ll give it a go? Let us know in the comments box below.
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