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The Basics Of VoIP

April 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 102

Every business owner wants to know how to reduce cost and maximize profits. Because one of the business aspects that can entail high costs is communication, many business owners are turning to Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, to substantially lower the cost of making voice calls. In order to make a successful transition from regular telephone lines to VoIP, business owners need to learn about the basics and make an informed decision of whether this technology will work with the kind of business they have.

How does VoIP work? VoIP is also referred to as Internet telephony because it uses the data lines used by the Internet to send voice communication. VoIP is not exactly the same as Internet telephony, though, technically speaking, but for the regular users, their purpose and usage are practically the same. VoIP allows calls, local and international, to be made over data lines, sometimes for free, most times for less than what it would cost using regular telephone lines. This is exactly why many business owners and managers have decided to make the switch to VoIP.

Because VoIP uses the same data lines used when accessing the web, it is also subject to the same conditions all Internet connections are subject to. This is why faster Internet connections also mean better voice calls over VoIP. Those situations that cause Internet connections to be cut off, such as a power failure, also result to voice calls made with VoIP to be disconnected.

In recent times, data connections are ubiquitous. In practically every corner of the world, an individual can access the Internet. This results to the VoIP system gaining on the regular telephone system. Whereas, in the past, VoIP was severely hindered by the fact that it is limited by where data connection is available, it is a challenge that VoIP has since hurdled with data connections being available everywhere. Because of this, VoIP service providers have made VoIP's mobility feature even more promising. Users making calls using VoIP do not have to limit themselves to their personal computers. Devices have been invented that allow VoIP calls to be made on regular analog telephones.

Free calls are also available using VoIP. For those who are using their PCs to make the calls, some downloadable free or low-cost software allow for calls to be made using the computer. This means no recurring monthly fees for the business owner. In cases where only local calls are made in the daily operation of the business, this also means practically no expense on voice calls for the said business.

These basics of VoIP obviously show how much savings a business can make by choosing it over a regular phone service. Whether it be from free local calls to lower long-distance rates, this significant amount of savings can mean the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful business. With the features available to complement the savings it can mean to the business, VoIP is poised to be the choice of communication by many business owners.

Jeff G Foster is a freelance writer for VoIPDeals.co.za and loves writing about VoIP products and information.

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