6 Voice Over IP Tips

By: Steve Lee

Voice over IP (also called VoIP, IP Telephony, and Internet telephony) refers to technology that enables routing of voice conversations over the Internet or any other IP network. The voice data flows over a general-purpose packet-switched network, instead of the traditional methods for local and long distance telephone service.

There are many benefits to VoIP. Here are 6 benefits we found to voice over ip. You may be able to think of even more reasons to switch or to include this exciting way to communicate at reduced prices.

1. You save money on your long distance charges. Because there are many different VoIP providers to choose from you will want to shop around, much like you have for your current long distance carrier. You could save anywhere from 50-75% on what you pay now for unlimited calling. Packages can run as low as around $20 a month.

2. Can you keep your current phone number is one question to consider. Most VoIP services will let you keep your current number. Depending on how long you have had the phone number you have this may or may not be a big deal. If a lot of people have your number changing it could be a hassle not worth the trouble.

3. VoIP features and benefits are like any other products. Some are more featured oriented than others. Of course the biggest benefit is in the long distance savings, but you need to see if things like call waiting, call forwarding and 3 way calling are included if these are important to you.

4. Depending on where you call you may be able to get unlimited international calling to certain countries. Check to see if your country is included. If you make a lot of international calls check the rates before you sign up for a provider.

5. What is the money back guarantee: Since VoIP is relatively new most all VoIP providers will offer a free money back guarantee. You will want to keep the original packaging that your equipment came in just in case you need to send it back.

6. One other thing to consider is does your VoIP provider offer E911 for emergencies. If not you will want to have a regular land line or cell phone in case you need it.

If you are new to this technology you will be better off not committing to any long term contract until you give it a try and are comfortable with the provider you use.

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