In today’s office your constantly hearing about technologies that are popular, cheap, and effective, and voice over IP or VOIP is one of those technologies. VoIP has the ability to cut business phone costs.
The premise of VOIP is simple: Instead of using the existing telephone lines in your building, or having new ones installed, 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 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???
Well, that’s a good question. VoIP can reduce your business costs in several different ways. First, it frees your business from ever having to install new phone lines. VoIP services provide equipment that hooks directly into your existing broadband network, and those services’ rates are extremely competitive with typical business phone plans. You can even arrange for the service to install the necessary hardware in your telecommuting or remote location employees’ homes (If Needed).
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 video conferencing), 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 uncompresses 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.
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 570-371-5800 for more information.