As Voice over IP (VoIP) use continues to grow around the world, many may be asking, Why? Here are nine big reasons:
§ It’s Cheaper Than Traditional Phone Service. VoIP is less expensive than traditional phone lines, primarily because it eliminates long-distance charges. When using VoIP, the cost to place a call is the same regardless of whether you call around the block, across the nation, or around the world.
§ More Than 70 Percent of Traditional Landlines for Residential Use Have Been Replaced with Either Wireless or VoIP Systems. Residential landlines are becoming something of an endangered species thanks to both wireless and VoIP technologies. A big reason for this is the cost savings, as wireless doesn’t charge for long-distance calls.
§ More Than 15 Percent of Business Lines Are Using VoIP, and That Percentage Is Increasing at a Rate of About 1 Million Businesses per Quarter. Businesses are switching to VoIP for the same reasons that residential customers have switched to VoIP: to save money. There are other reasons, as well:
§ VoIP for Business Helps Decrease Travel Budgets. Using the voice or video teleconferencing capabilities of VoIP costs far less time, money, and hassle than actually flying to the other office, renting a car, and booking a hotel. Just as much can be accomplished (and sometimes more, because no travel time is involved), and you can still read the body language.
§ VoIP for Business Helps Decrease Teleconferencing Costs. Because VoIP is digital technology that uses the company’s existing broadband service (which is already in place for Internet connectivity), teleconferencing costs using VoIP are less than with traditional lines.
§ VoIP for Business Handles Video as Easily as Voice Teleconferencing.Using the voice or video teleconferencing capabilities of VoIP costs far less time, money, and hassle than actually flying to the other office, and just as much can be accomplished and you can still read the body language of others in the video
§ VoIP for Business Integrates Easily with E-Mail. Because VoIP is digital, it easily integrates with e-mail. It is also possible to have voicemails transcribed and sent to you as e-mail.
§ VoIP for Business Integrates Easily with Mobile Phones. Because VoIP is digital, it easily integrates with mobile phones (wireless), so you can have calls forwarded, have voicemail transcribed and sent as text messages or e-mail, and have caller ID just as you would at your desk.
§ VoIP for Business Offers Features That Are Add-Ons for Traditional Phone Lines, Such as Caller ID, Transcribing Voicemail to Text, and Sending Your Mobile Phone a Text Message. Because VoIP is digital, it has all the features most of us have become accustomed to, such as caller ID, voice to text or e-mail, and three-way calling.
As you would guess from the list, VoIP growth is accelerating rapidly in the business world, around the world, because everyone appreciates good value at bargain prices.
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