VoIP, or Voice Over Internet Protocol, is an internet service that allows you to make and receive telephone calls over your internet connection. Originally, VoIP was used mostly by large businesses with a large volume of telephone calls. An example of this service that businesses utilize is through hosted VOIP PBX by Megapath. With the availability of more affordable hardware and technological advancements in software, though, VoIP is becoming a much more viable option for home users as well. These days most major Internet Service providers offer some form of VoIP both as a stand-alone product or bundled with television and internet service.
Because it uses the internet rather than the telephone network, VoIP can be substantially less expensive than traditional phone service. Many people who are considering making the switch worry, though, that if they switch to VoIP they will lose some of the functionality they’ve come to expect from their telephone service. On the contrary, by switching your telephone to an internet service you generally don’t lose any functionality, and can actually gain some functions that you didn’t have on a traditional system.
Most VoIP services include the most popular telephone calling features. Caller ID is a given, as are call waiting and voice mail. Another common feature is three-way calling, and some service providers include features such as anonymous call rejection, call screening and call forwarding. If you’ve grown attached to the calling features from your traditional phone service you needn’t worry that you’ll have to do without them when using VoIP. Many ISPs also allow you to keep the same phone number when switching to VoIP.
All of your favorite calling features are available with VoIP, and because it is an internet service, some of those features benefit from added functionality. Call waiting, for example, can often display not just on your phone, but also on a television, a laptop or desktop computer or a smart phone. Voicemail is also generally offered as an service, which means you can check your voicemails from anywhere you have an internet connection.
As mentioned above, VoIP is generally much cheaper than traditional phone service. Most providers offer unlimited long-distance calling for a flat rate, and international calls are usually less expensive than traditional phone service. By switching your traditional phone service to a VoIP service you can certainly save money. The biggest cost savings, however, are to be had by bundling multiple services.
Most ISPs offer packages that provide some combination of internet, television and telephone services. In addition to the convenience of getting one bill for all of these services, the savings of the combined service over three separate services can be significant. To see just how significant, add up your monthly bills for telephone, internet and television and compare that with the price of a bundled service from your ISP.
It may seem to go against common sense, but it really is true that the phone company is no longer the best provider of phone services. For less expensive, more convenient and more functional phone service more and more people are turning to VoIP, and most of those people are taking advantage of the additional savings and integration of bundled packages. If you like saving money it’s worth looking into.