VOIP Keeps you in Touch With the Ones you Love

By: Julia Hall

Staying in contact with other people - whether those other people are family, friends, or business contacts- is important. Unfortunately most of us don't have nearly as much flexibility when it comes to staying in contact as we'd like. For example, there are times when you want to be contacted and lament the fact that it's not easier for the people who you want to talk to to find you. At other times, you might just want to be left alone, but can't get away from people who want something from you.

Now there's a convenient and cost effective way to manage how you call other people and how they contact you via phone. This is due to a new type of technology called VOIP which stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol. VOIP technology has indeed been around for a number of years and is best known for letting people to make free or low cost long distance calls by using the Internet, instead of regular phone systems, to route those calls. Now VOIP technology has been expanded by a number of services to give people in greater control over how they handle both local and long distance calls. This is typically achieved by giving people the chance to change the options on their accounts over the Internet. For example, if there's a business call that you absolutely have to receive, you can tell your VOIP account to forward that call to every phone that you could possibly be close by when you wait for that call. That way, when your client dials your business number, your business phone, your mobile, your home, your cousin's, and your in law's phones will all ring at once and keep ringing until one of them has picked up, your voice mail has picked up, or the caller hangs up.

Similar technology allows your business to handle various crises. For example, if you use VOIP technology for you business phone system in , you can have the phones of your and your employees ring in a set sequence when a client calls in need of support. That way, if the tech guy doesn't pick up his phone, the call will be forwarded to the human resource manager's telephone, and if she doesn't pick up her phone, then your phone will ring. Any ringing sequence that you like can be assigned to the phones, and voice mail can always take care of it if no one picks up.

VOIP services also make it easy and cost effective to add more phone lines and even have them fed to the same handset. You can also give each line its own unique ring tone so that you know who the call is for, if it's a business call or a personal call, or whatever. This option makes it possible to give each member of the household his or her own phone number and to keep from picking up each other's calls. VOIP also get phone lines with numbers in other area codes to make it easier and cheaper for others to stay in contact with you.

Of course, if you want to take advantage of VOIP services, you need to have a broadband Internet connection. While a high speed DSL service will do, broadband cable is the service of choice for VOIP because it tends to have greater connection speeds. Even better, broadband cable will let you to save money by canceling your land line altogether! This is a enormous advantage for anyone who's annoyed withall of the pointless surcharges on each bill that add up to almost as much as the service itself!

VOIP technology is a great way to take greater control of how you communicate with the people around you and save money in the process. This is the end of your search. Start today!

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