Donald Burns has previously explained what VoIP is about, but if readers are still wondering what does it refers to, VoIP is a somewhat recent technology that allows its user to make phone calls using their broadband rather than the conventional phone. This simply means that sound is converted ultimately into digital voice so that it can be transferred through the Internet (or broad band, for this matter). As readers might have already realize, the implementation of VoIP embodies massive benefits for businesses regardless of their industry, since they will consequently be “making phone calls” using this system.
Using a VoIP system is, simply, put, less expensive than using conventional telephony, specially when it comes to making long distant calls, whose normally associated costs exceed almost every budget. Therefore, using a VoIP provider should be considered as a vital part of any costs reduction program in every company since, unlike traditional phone systems, VoIP is much more cost effective —and can save user anywhere from 30% to 50% on their phone bills.
The economic advantages of the implementation of VoIP systems can be hardly ignored, which is why during this past decade its use has grown in popularity amongst the corporate world, specially in cost-conscious small businesses, as, according to recent figures, by 2015 66% of the lines installed in startups and businesses were VoIP based.
Althoug saving money is just one of the benefits of Internet based telephony systems, the implementation of VoIP also brings other features small businesses and startups should definitely be aware of: normally VoIP operates under a scheme of fixed monthly fees regardless of how much time is spent on the phone, additionally, the latest’s developments in hardware and internet telephony are entailed in it and can be afforded without a huge capital expense. Moreover, VoIP allows users to scale up and scale down much easier depending on how fast a business is changing, in addition, VoIP also embodies several capabilities that are currently unavailable in traditional phone systems, like unified messaging and selective call forwarding. Since VoIP systems are Internet based, users will surely find it more convenient since it is available all over the word. Just by using any broadband connection, VoIP users can log in to their phones regardless of where they are —by just having Internet access, users should not worry about the issues normally associated with long distances calls: its costs and its connection issues. Moreover, VoIP can be accessed via E-Mail.
VoIP flexibility also allows user to use their traditional phones: by using a VoIP converter or a VoIP phone adapter. As technology has gotten further in the 21th century, and taking into account how far traditional telephony has gotten, it would be fair to say that now it is time for web based telephony to continue the journey without disregarding the perks of conventional phones —VoIP adapters have been developed to perfectly function while using a traditional phone: since it kind of resembles a USB memory drive, it can be easily be plugged onto any laptop or computer. VoIP converters sense the signals emanated from conventional phones and the it converts them into digital data, which will be consequently routed over the web. This means that, no matter where VoIP users are located, they will always be able to receive and make phone calls from their original numbers.
There are also other major benefits when it comes to implementing VoIP systems aside from the traditional phone calls. With VoIP, users can also carry out videoconferences just by calling through their VoIP phone. Startups and businesses can (entrepreneurs and managers) definitely benefit from this since they will be able to stay in touch with their coworkers and customers, and will help consequently businesses to globally much easier. Should this were the case, both startups and well-established company should not be concerned about dealing with tedious and expensive processes like successfully carrying out a videoconference, filing important documents from abroad, defining agendas at an international level, closing important deals without losing important information, etc. The multi-functionality of a VoIP system allows its users to not lose sight and attend other important local affairs while working from abroad, for instance, since the major concern of necessarily being physically present is overruled.
Since it is in the nature of businesses to continuously seek ways to reduce operation costs while remaining competitive, VoIP might be as well a major significant tool for businesses to thrive internationally in the framework of the 21th century. Long gone are the days where companies were forced to operate under the scheme of the conventional charge per minute on telephone lines, and, as a result, companies have managed to reduce significantly their costs on their phone bills while using the latest developments in telephony, most of which are unavailable in traditional systems.