VoIP - A Business Perspective

By: Brian Winkels

When it comes to making important business decisions, business executives understand that they need to keep up on what's fresh and cutting-edge in order to keep the competitive edge over their competitors.

That being said, it's becoming increasingly difficult to stay abreast of the latest and the greatest because technology is changing at an ever increasing rate and a big source of these innovations lies in the internet.

Over the past decade, many of techno-savvy innovations have originated due to the internet and it's ever increasing presence and importance in the success of a business.

One of latest innovations has been the arrival of VoIP which enables any business, large or small to lower their cost of phone service and communications in general.

For those not up to snuff on VoIP it's a technology that allows you to make phone calls digitally over the internet. Because transmission over the internet is efficient it allows the companies providing the service to provide it at a much lower rate than traditional phone service.

VoIP, also know as Internet Phone or Voice Over Internet Protocol transmits calls over the internet digitally which results in crystal clear reception regardless of distance. As a result, whether a call is local or international it will still be clear and less costly than traditional landlines.

VoIP technology has been in development for over a decade but just over the past few years has it been brought into the mainstream. No longer do you need to be a huge corporation to benefit from lower phone rates because VoIP is accessible to sole proprietors as well as multi-national giants and in many instances at the same rates.

Although you need a broadband connection to enjoy the benefits of VoIP if you don't have a broadband connection yet need to get one if you want to do business on the internet anyway.

In addition to cutting your monthly or residential phone bills up to 80% VoIP plans also have all the features of traditional landline plans like called id and call waiting as well as more high tech functions such as the call transfer and e-mail notification for voicemails and so you don't have to sacrifice the amenities in order to enjoy the cost savings.

Another cost savings benefit that is normally passed along to the business owner is the result of consolidating their internet and telephone provider.

Imagine making calls to your clients in far away places such as Singapore, China, Hong Kong or London and not having to worry about the cost. With VoIP you now have the means to get in touch with the world for just pennies on the dollar.

Whether you're simply looking for cost savings or the ability to stay in touch with clients' half-way around the world VoIP opens up an endless stream of possibilities that were unimaginable just a few short years ago.

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