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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using VOIP?

Voice over internet protocol is referred to as internet telephony, internet calling and IP telephony. VoIP technology is used for making calls which can be incredibly inexpensive and sometimes totally free. The internet protocol was designed for data networking. With increasing success and popularity of IP and it becoming a standard for data, networking has caused its adaptation as voice networking.

VoIP technology Advantages

There are a lot of advantages of voice over internet protocol (VoIP) for business as well as residential users. If you have a strong speed internet broadband connection then switching to a VoIP phone system is the right decision for you.

  1. Flexibility. When you select a VoIP service provider then your provider will send you a converter through which you can transform your regular phone for VoIP services. You will be allotted a phone number which is programmed into the converter. This means that as long as you have access to a high-speed broadband connection, you can take your phone converter and phone number with you and use it while you travel around the world. Since your phone number is based in your converter and not in your office you have the choice of selecting any area code for your phone number. There are a few carriers which allow you to have more than one phone number with different area codes for an additional cost.
  1. Low cost. VoIP technology can offer cost-effectiveness. It can decrease your travel and training course with the web and video conferencing features. If you already have a strong internet connection then you can make PC-to-PC calls from anywhere around the world free of cost. If you want to make a call from PC to phone connection then there is generally a cost for this. However, the cost is a lot cheaper than the cost of traditional phone services.
  1. Features. VoIP phone systems are not only cheap but also come with advanced features which generally cost more with the traditional phone services. For instance, voicemail, call waiting, call forwarding, 3-way calling and caller ID are a few of the features which are included with the VoIP phone services at no additional cost. Further, with VoIP, you can send data like documents and pictures while you are on a call. VoIP phone systems are capable of integrating with the other services which are available over the internet such as video calling, data file exchange or message along with the conversation, managing address books, audio conferencing, and passing information to others.
  1. Portability. The most significant concept that you need to understand about VoIP services is that unlike the PSTN, VoIP is not dependent on distance or location. With the VoIP phone service, you can call your suppliers 1000 miles away in another country or you can even call your business partners in another city, with VoIP distance doesn’t really make a difference in terms of cost and connectivity.

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