VOIP Technology Takes it to Another Level

By: Julia Hall

One of the main things that small businesses (and families for that matter) in are having more trouble dealing with is carrying out the communication that needs to happen in order for things to run smoothly. This really isn't a bigsurprise given how difficult people's schedules are these days. Indeed, life in has gotten so fast paced that even cell phones don't necessarily solve everyone's communication issues

Now there's finally a type of technology that lets people to communicate with each other however and where ever they want. It's called Voice Over Internet Protocol, but you'll see it referred to as the acronym VOIP most often. This is the technology that's previously been associated with placing free or low cost long distance calls over the Internet, but now, thanks to the efforts of a number of services, VOIP has come of age to the point where it provides a number of offers even for local calls. VOIP technology has in fact reached the point where it's a viable alternative to normal land based phone lines because all your need in order to get it is a broadband Internet connection, which you're likely to have as part of your cable TV service. That means that with VOIP you can totally drop your long distance telephone service and your land line- both of which are likely to rack up unnecessary fees.

There are many ways that VOIP services can help you stay connected to the people who you care about while saving you money. For one thing, VOIP technology makes it easy to add additional phone lines to your account. That way everyone in your household can have his or her phone line. You can also designate one phone line for your business and another for your personal calls. You can then forward calls to one of those numbers to your mobile phone or assign different ring tones to each line so that when they ring through to the same handset, you can tell which type of call it is without even looking at the caller ID screen. You can also easily forward calls to any other number at no extra expense- a feature that makes it much easier to stay connected while traveling. You can even forward calls to multiple phone numbers at the same time. That way, you definitely won't miss that important business call.

VOIP technology also takes caller ID to a whole new level by allowing you to block calls from numbers that don't provide caller ID information and to call others without supplying them with your own caller ID information. (Of course with the latter option, you take the risk that your own call might be blocked!) You can also block calls for other reasons to. For example, if you're being stalked or harassed you can block the number that's the source of those unwanted calls. It's also a great way to deal with telemarketers.

Most of the VOIP services out there make it very easy to make all of these changes to your account. You simply enter the service's website, access your account information, and make the changes that you want. This can be done from any computer with an Internet connection and doesn't add any charges to your bill.

There are also special VOIP products available in that can allow you to make phone calls from your own number using any high speed Internet connection anywhere in the world. One device even looks like a mobile phone and is designed to work in wireless hot spots.

The level of versatility offered by VOIP technology, and the services that take advantage of it, clearly goes beyond any kind of communication technology that's come before it.

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