Voice Over Internet Protocol, better known as VOIP, has been around for years, but why doesn’t everyone know what it is? More importantly, how do your learn and thus incorporate this technology into your every day life, without feeling as though you’re being inundated with terminology and a practice you know little about, even though it’s tailor made to make life or your business run that much smoother on a daily basis.
Quite simply, VOIP allows you to make phone calls over your internet connection.
Are you with me so far, not scary, right?
This practice is done with the same modem, router and internet service you’re currently using through your entire household for things such as streaming movies or simply surfing the web. VOIP is a key component to not only better quality phone calls but also a huge benefit to businesses for that very same reason, along with being able to tap into other resources such as video conferencing, for example.
Think for a minute just how much a video conference means to a small (or even larger) company when you consider something like travel for meetings. Between flights, lodging, meals and other expenses, you can save a bundle with a user interface that is not only built from quality digital calls and video but also security in mind (more on that in a minute).
The key to understanding the basics for beginners as far as VOIP is better communication, plain and simple, having the ability as an individual or family, CEO or sales person to chat through a dedicated line but with multiple options, including having a phone number that can be connected to multiple devices, for example.
The real selling point of VOIP, and one that anyone on any level can understand is that it is less expensive than traditional phone service, which would suggest that at some point VOIP will eventually overtake the phone line once and for all with all customers sooner than later, even an older generation that is stuck on their cords and landlines.
The one caveat of the VOIP movement is security, but as long as you have a modem and internet connection that is password protected and you’re not using an open router, you should have little problem. And for those who believe that if the internet goes out, you can’t make calls, you’d be right, but does that honestly happen as much as you think?
If you don’t know what VOIP is, you are clearly missing out on the ability to not only save money but have the kind of phone calls or video conferencing that only make life and business that much easier.