In today’s office, you constantly hearing about technologies that are popular, cheap, and effective, and Voice over IP is one of those technologies. VoIP has the ability to cut business phone costs.
VoIP is simple: Instead of using the existing telephone lines in your building, you push all of your voice, teleconferencing, and video traffic through the Internet.
The most expensive component of any phone bill is the minutes. However, VoIP differs from regular telephone service. How do you ask? Well, by treating your phone conversations as data and passing it through your IP network, you cut your costs. Broadband, as it goes, is relatively cheap and easy to get, and this is why VoIP has considerable appeal to businesses that want to cut costs and use their existing resources more efficiently.
How Does VoIP Saves You Money?
VOIP from good vendors can reduce your business costs. How do you ask? First, no new phones need to be installed. It connects directly to your existing data network.
You don’t have to pay for each telephone. You only need to pay for the number of lines your business needs to have, not per telephone.
Eliminate the phone lines you don’t need. (Do you really need 20 lines or do you only need 10? We can perform an analysis to help discover the right number).
Remove all your fax machines and go to virtual faxes (these faxes go directly to a shared email address or network folder).
No need to print every fax, so you’ll save on paper and ink because you choose what gets printed.
Second, VoIP can operate through an encrypted VPN connection for increased security. You can install VoIP software on mobile devices too, so that your employees are always connected and reachable from a “work” line, even when they’re physically away from the office. (Pretty Cool Stuff Huh?)
The usual business-phone features are available on VoIP: voicemail, caller ID, conferencing (including videoconferencing), and call forwarding–and it also supports unlimited long-distance calling, since the traffic goes out over the Internet. The phone system becomes a service that your IT department handles, which reduces costs and downtime (since you don’t have to wait for a Telco truck to show up if the service does happen to go down).
How VoIP Works
A VoIP service breaks each employee’s voice stream into packets, compresses them, and sends them over the Internet to their destination. The VoIP service then uncompressed them, puts them back into order, and reconverts them into a voice for the other party to hear. This process is completely different from establishing a persistent connection between two parties, as happens with a normal phone conversation. Since the speed of your connection affects the quality of your calls, you need to make sure that you have enough bandwidth. Fortunately, the big VoIP providers are straightforward about letting you know how much bandwidth you’ll need to maximize call quality and minimize wasted time and broadband space.
What is the Best VoIP provider for business?
Slick Cyber Systems offers a wide array of VoIP services and hardware to meet any need your businesses could have for telecommunications.
Slick Cyber Systems, a full-service reseller of Information Technology Services, is an authorized reseller of VOIP products and services. Slick Cyber Systems can help your business save time and money with VOIP services. Call them today at 570-215-8888 for more information.