VoIP for business

This article was first published by iowabusinessjournals.com

If there is one technology cost saver you could embrace immediately it is cutting ties with your traditional phone service, replacing it with a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Plain and simple, VoIP business plans are drastically cheaper than signing up for multiple phone lines. Now that you know the basics, learning the details will make the decision for you

Firat, the expense; VoIP demands you upgrade your internet speed. Why? Well since your moving all your phone traffic to an internet based connection you're bandwidth needs will go through the roof. However, the increased speed won't only benefit your new phone service. All of your web business dealings will speed up, including media downloads and video conferencing. Plus the nominal increase in your internet bill will still be far below what you're used to paying for phone service.

Now the good part, VoIP comes with all the benefits of your traditional phone service and a whole lot more. Clear voice connection, conferencing, call waiting, forwarding, transferring, voicemail services, et cetera- VoIP offers all of these. On top of that, you'll receive “virtual numbers,” allowing users to maintain their local number from anywhere they can connect to the internet. Which means when you're Milwaukee but a caller thinks you're in your office in Des Moines, VoIP will ring through to you. Another major plus is unlimited conference call attendees. Whereas traditional phone lines can have limits as low as three in a conference, VoIP can party in as many phones as you can think of. This only scratching the surface of what an internet based phone service can provide, there's also virtual hold, business data service integration, eFaxes, and more.

So what kind of cost as we talking? Well with provider competition internet-wide instead of only your local telecom provider. Small business plans can start as low as $12.99 a month for the entire organization with providers such as RingCentral or Virtual Office Pro. To full enterprise level, network integrated systems starting near hundred dollars from long-established companies such as Vonage and Intermedia.

Bottom line, if you're already a VoIP subscriber, then you need immediately. No matter the size of your business, virtual beats traditional at every turn in this arena.

Patrick Boberg is a central Iowa creative media specialist. For more tech insights, follow him on Twitter @PatBoBomb


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