VoIP is a very complex product and can often be confusing to business and homeowners alike who don’t know a lot about the technology behind making phone calls and would rather focus their efforts on their business or enjoy being home from work and not bring more ‘work’ into their home than they already have. Nobody wants to spend days trying to figure out what phone service they should go with. They just want the decision to be made simple and pick the one that will save money. They want to get a fair deal so they stop giving their hard earned cash to these money hungry phone companies that already rake in billions per year.
At a very basic level the Definition of VoIP is Voice-over-internet-protocol, or phone service where all calls are routed over the Internet rather than telephone lines. This is obviously an oversimplification and we don’t want to bog our readers down with a complex explanation of how it works, for further detail, if you must, you can read our VoIP Definition article, which explains it further.
When it comes to VoIP there are many things to be discussed. First and foremost is the basic question of ‘What Is VoIP?’ or ‘What Is Voice Over IP?‘. A lot of people don’t know what VoIP is, sure they know what Vonage is, but to them it’s just another home phone service provider, and they don’t understand why the service is so much cheaper. To them it must be inferior if it cost over 50% less than a traditional landline. This is obviously not the case to anyone that knows about VoIP and what it is.
Another interesting question that gets asked is often ‘why someone should switch to VoIP?’ and ‘how it works’. The why is actually pretty simple… to save money. There are other reasons that we delve further into in our post how how it works and why you should switch but cost savings it the primary reason for the majority of people in making the switch.
VoIP Phones can be either software or an actual phone that is designed to work with a specific VoIP service provider. These are often not cross compatible like we are use to with typical phones and only work with the company they are sold by. It works by connecting the Internet to your phone usually via some intermediary device like a computer or VoIP adapter.
There are many benefits to getting a VoIP system with the main one being to save money. Large businesses often have very complex phone system needs and getting a VoIP system can sometimes save them $1,000’s per month on their phone bill. It is much easier and cheaper to get a large number of lines if you needed when going through a VoIP company. It is also much more environmentally friendly to use a VoIP system since it is all digital and doesn’t involve a plethora of phone lines.
Internet phones call are VoIP calls. Simple as that. For further details read our post about Internet phone calls.
A PBX Phone system is a complex type of VoIP Phone system that includes many different subsets and can be used to solve many different needs of a large company. For the sake of it’s complexity we have written a full post on PBX Phone Systems (see link above).
The savings doesn’t stop after you make the switch to VoIP. There are many other tips and tricks that can help you save more money on your phone bill each and every month such as package details with your ISP or volume discounts on VoIP hardward. We delve into some tips you will want to know about before making the switch, that could help you save more after the fact.