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Win Win: Why VOIP has no real downside

For those not familiar with VOIP, you’re arguably missing one of the simplest yet sophisticated pieces of technology that takes what we already know, the telephone, and makes it even better.

Not only is VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) improving how we communicate, but it’s also safe, affordable and has no real drawbacks whatsoever, a rare mix for any product or service.

VOIP, simply put, is making phone calls over your internet connection versus the traditional means of the landline, an outdated and antiquated way of calling that, while affordable, really should have been put out to proverbial pasture decades ago.

Thanks to VOIP, that might be more of a feasible idea than it was 20 years ago.

Some argue that VOIP is highly questionable based on the fact that the internet and your phone calls simply don’t mix. That discussion centers on calls being dropped due to slow connections or the idea that a call can be hacked based on the security element that is (or is not) your broadband privacy.

If there’s one thing the average consumer and subsequent internet users knows is that a secure network is paramount no matter if you’re streaming phone calls or Netflix.

VOIP is simply a better option, with no real drawbacks, despite all the chatter about privacy.

VOIP not only is less expensive of an option but the call clarity and quality is far beyond anything you’d expect from a traditional landline.

As far as price goes, you’re going to spend about half as much for VOIP as you would for a landline. Because the call is broadcast over the internet (and we’re going to assume your broadband has some strength to it, as most do), the idea of dropping a call is somewhat laughable and you’ll be all smiles enjoying a call minus the static.

But the real money when it comes to VOIP is the extra features, such as being able to make calls from your laptop or tablet, along with integrated voicemail that shows up on the web visually to see call history (and faxing to an email address).

And you can’t discount just how video calling through VOIP has changed how you conduct business or network or simply keep in touch with friends and family. This capability is possible thanks to that internet connection, and you’d be hard pressed to find an individual or CEO of an organization who isn’t going to love the idea of a face to face sales meeting or just a chat with a sibling who lives thousands of miles away.

Cutting your phone cord already was in the back of your mind, and now with VOIP, you can easily snip it without so much as a second thought.

Small Business Confusion: Why your business would benefit from VOIP

From phone call cost to reliability, Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) might be the difference between being in the black and considered a competent company versus the alternative of doing things the same way, and thus suffering consequences.

To simplify things, VOIP is technology that allows you to make phone calls over the internet, with focus being on call clarity and quality, along with benefit of price and reliability as well.

For some, VOIP is an unknown entity, one that is unclear as far as benefits go, and scary for others since relying on the internet for, well, everything can be a bit uneasy.

That feeling should only sweep through the annals of your office if your internet connection is poor, and if you’re running a business that shouldn’t be the case.

VOIP and subsequent technology upgrades have allowed that notion to be dispelled rather quickly and with great ease being afforded to customers who want VOIP but once remained a bit timid.

The benefits of VOIP and your business are too great to ignore, starting with the cost.

If your company is looking to save money (and what company isn’t), you might consider the benefit of VOIP as it relates to not only free calls of a domestic standpoint but also international calling made smart and easier, not to mention much less expensive. If your company does business internationally, VOIP is a no brainer.

If you’re also someone who travels and wants access to office voicemails, you can do that with VOIP, having them forwarded to your cell phone so that a two week business trip allows you to have the in office access you desire.

Even if you don’t know much or anything about VOIP, you certainly no the benefits of being able to video call or, on any level of business, just how important conference calls can be from a productivity standpoint. You can run a conference call that allows you to make a video presentation and truly engage in the process of sharing information with high quality interaction between you and a colleague or a potential client or customer.

While VOIP might not be a part of any and all businesses just yet, you’d have to believe with a plethora of benefits and cost reducing measures without sacrificing quality, that this technology is tailor made for all.

Being unsure of VOIP means you are just playing it safe, but that mindset is only going to keep your business in the past and not in tune with taking the next step technologically speaking.

Safe Haven: Are benefits of VOIP enough to quell safety concerns?

One of the major concerns and subsequent, would be headaches of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) is that the technology that taps into your internet connection for digital calls isn’t very safe.

In fact, some worry that as much as identity theft and hacking is an issue on their personal computers, the same could be said for calls being compromised as well through that same medium (the internet).

You could make the argument that it’s far too easy to listen in on calls and potential hackers could easily tap into those calls and steal vital information, no different than a computer being compromised by that same group of individuals who are after credit card numbers, banking information and anything else that you’d deem person, including passwords to email accounts as a starting point.

But to suggest that VOIP isn’t safe is a blanket statement with several holes in it, starting with the notion that somehow older, phone technology is actually the Fortress of Solitude in comparison to VOIP.
It’s not.

You can easily have phone calls on a typical landline or cell phone calls interrupted by unwanted parties just as easily as it could happen on VOIP. Where customers tend to favor VOIP is the cost and the convenience elements that make it a rousing success and choice over traditional means of phone conversations.

VOIP is cost effective and the quality of the call is clearer, which makes a huge difference on both ends for business owners large and small. You have to wonder if those decisions weigh heavily enough, however, when you decide to scrap telephone service as we’ve always known it (through the phone line).

The reality of the situation is that you’re just as easily “bugged” on a real phone, so why not take advantage of what VOIP offers in the way of saving money and having the kind of clarity an individual or company alike would want?

When it boils down to it, any internet connect must be secure and keeping your VOIP safe and sound also means you pay attention to your security updates and just practice the same smart and safe tips you’d do with or without VOIP at you fingertips.

As far as internet safety as it pertains to both the online world and VOIP, which of courses uses your internet connection as its life blood, there is no magic bullet theory to completely protect you. What you do have is the same common sense and decision making that has kept you safe up to this point, and adding VOIP won’t change that.

Voice Security: Is VoIP really worth the security risk?

For fans of Voice OverIP, you don’t have to worry about them turning their backs on this technology.

Voice OverIP, commonly referred to as VoIP, is the ability to make and take phone calls over the internet, using a secured, broadband connection.

If you’re not familiar with VoIP, think Skype or Viber, the types of calling that can be done over your smart phone, tablet or laptop, giving you the ability to make video calls and to have the kind of clarity and security a business wants or an individual trying to make a call that isn’t a mundane land line would be pleasantly surprised to have.

But to talk about security and the internet, your connection specifically, you have to wonder just how safe this type of call can be?

One could argue that phone calls have been tapped in and listen in on for years, and that Voice OverIP technology and the susceptibility of it shouldn’t surprise anyone. Listening in on calls and VoIP tend to be an apples and oranges type dilemma, but if you consider how insecure your internet service can be or, more specifically, how easily it can be manipulated or hacked into, you have a whole new set of issues to think of as far as VoIP.

Intercepting your VoIP call is a possibility and has some probability to it. Some providers, like Skype, provide encryption services to protect you from identity theft and security issues. Skype really is the frontrunner as far as encryption goes, but that isn’t even a full proof way to protect your call.

The real trick is to make sure your computer software is up to date, you’re using a secure WiFi network connection and steering clear web sites that aren’t safe and do the same things you’d normally do if you’re trying to protect your identity and computer safety, particularly when you had in voice over internet calls.

VoIP is hard to ignore and most are gravitating toward it for a variety of reasons, mainly due to the cost and call quality, a fact not overlooked by business owners (small or large). The convenience of the service also cannot be overlooked, but in order to truly enjoy the perks, you have to pay attention to the pitfalls as well, and that can be done quite simply by making sure you’re being as safe as you were online and with your internet services as you were before voice over internet calling existed.

Chess-Matched: Do disadvantages of VOIP loom too large?

Anyone who has used Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) knows without a doubt all the positives that come with this service.

It’s less expensive, not to be ignored by both the individual consumer or business to the tune of about half of what you pay for a regular phone.

The clarity of the calls are crisper, better and allows you the ability to video chat.

Another positive: you can access VOIP from anywhere with an internet connection.

But with all the sunshine, a little rain must fall, but as a potential VOIP customer, you have to determine if that “rain” is more like a gust of wind, thunderstorm or lightning on the horizon if you adopt this service.

For the most part, the disadvantages of VOIP can be determined as minimal at best. You’re talking about things like no service due to power outages, as in complete service is gone, including emergency calls.

A lot of what makes VOIP work to your advantage or disadvantage depends on the type of internet service you’re employing. If the internet provider is relatively lame or the speed itself isn’t necessarily the fastest, then VOIP isn’t going to do much in the way of wow you or provoke you to keep it for any length of time.

That lack of broadband also can turn the advantage of call clarity into a negative in a hurry.

The real sales pitch of VOIP is going to be (if it isn’t already) centering on security, identity theft and the concern that information broadcast through an internet line of service is a higher risk than that of the outdated, mundane, albeit safer in theory, telephone.

The issue of not only identity theft arise but also that of viruses on your computer, more spam in your email and things such as an influx of calls you don’t want (scammers, etc.)

The security issue is going to be one that needs a good public relations boost if VOIP is going to be fully embraced. There’s so much information on identity theft, you’d be hard pressed to sell the idea of broadcasting yet another thing over the internet in the face of this hot topic.

That said, again, it goes back on the person using it, if they’ve not only employed a fast internet service but also use the same caution they would typically use when browsing on the internet.

VOIP is no different as far as protecting yourself first, rather than shooting the technology down as the scapegoat.

 

Phone be Gone: Can VoIP replace landline for good?

 

Whether your motivation is to save money at home with your phone service or you’re a business owner, small or large, who wants better reliability and also to curb some of your expenses, you’re always looking at VoIP as a means to say so long to arguably your antiquated phone system.

When you think about the home phone, the landline, you can’t help but assume and think reasonably that type of service had its place in the past, but can easily be replaced with the likes of Skype, Viber and any other VoIP service.

Voice Over Internet Protocol is a fancy way to say you can have phone service over your internet connection, and the average VoIP, using Skype for instance, will cost you about $60 to $75 per year for unlimited calling.

That number seems to stick out quite well as far as saving money but mostly because you’re paying about $10 to $12 per month for your landline, so not only is that cash in your pocket but also better reliability over the internet versus the standard connection.

At the moment, VoIP isn’t quite where it needs to be as far as being an option, as most people, either personally or business wise, use their cell phones and decide to opt against the landline.

So where does VoIP fit into this equation when you’re talking about killing off the landline altogether?

VoIP is part of the movement to replace landlines because just about everyone has high speed internet and that is how the voice over internet protocol works. The cost of VoIP is less than a landline but not quite as inexpensive as the cell phone.

That said, the better option is the computer based VoIP, such as Skype. There is such as thing as subscription based VoIP, such as Vonage or MagicJack for example, that you can keep your landline phone number but use your internet service over a regular phone. This one fluctuates between the usual $10 to $12 you’re paying for your landline, anyway.

The real goal is two fold and goes back to saving money but also keeping the quality. Skype does that for much less than the landline, but perhaps other things like your old number and not wanting to let go of what you know.

Although VoIP isn’t quite there for the masses to totally replace your landline, but it’s getting very close. The cost and clarity and quality are hard to ignore, so cutting ties with your home phone might be that much easier in just a few years.

Voice Controlled: Why pros clearly outweigh cons of VoIP

The back and forth discussions about the benefits of VoIP surprisingly isn’t much of a debate at all.

Most of the conversation about VoIP centers on the good and rarely the bad, although the latter has some credence with the masses and those who aren’t ready to sing the praises of having phone service transported over the internet.

Think about such services as Viber and Skype, the two most recognizable ones, and all the positives that come out of essentially streaming a phone call over the wonder that is the world wide web.

It’s not hard to look past one key element of VoIP and realize that the cost alone is enough to will this type of service well past naysayers who don’t like the idea of internet phone service.

The pay as you go option is very inexpensive but they also offer monthly fees that are bundled nicely and allow for unlimited calls. This is especially important to business owners, small ones specifically, who like the idea of the clarity and reliability of those types of calls and a price that isn’t going to destroy any budget.

When you talk reliability, however, you have to know that those not so hyped on VoIP are going to argue that once the internet goes out, so does your phone service. That also rings true for those who have internet service but not the type that really works well with internet phone calling.

The long and the short is your internet service needs to be reliable or VoIP or the major drawback will be become a serious reality.

Beyond reliability and an internet that short changes the process, VoIP also sports some serious power as far as connectivity and just how portable and positive the experience can be. You can use VoIP anywhere and you can reach anyone no matter where you are in relationship to them, and the price point doesn’t change one bit.

Of course, much like the aforementioned Skype and Viber, you have the option of doing video calls, another plus for businesses but also the grandparents who don’t live nearby or a son or daughter that is living thousands of miles away and wants to stay in touch with the masses.

You’d be hard pressed not to relish and wrap your arms around VoIP and squeeze in acceptance of just how versatile the service is, rather than view it from the minority side of the fence as a questionable and vexing way to make calls.

Business Fan: VOIP technology takes business efficiency to a new level

Any business that is in the know will tell you that efficiency and low cost is a one, two punch that they’ll sign up for in a second.

No matter whether you’re talking about a merger that makes sense, a partnership that puts both entities on the map or marketing that positively effects sales with little or no effort financially speaking.

The same case could be made for VoIP technology (Voice Over IP) and just how business are moving in that direction as a result of costs being so low and the technology being that much more seamless.

New businesses as well are ditching old school telephone systems in favor of the new schooled approach.
Why such a love affair for VoIP technology?

The convenience element really is very hard to overlook with interfacing that is smart and simple, along with network capabilities that don’t complicate things (the ability to run data and voice streaming over a single, solitaire network).
The other element of the Voice IP technology is just how certain apps are being absorbed by companies and businesses alike that like the idea of long range meetings face to face over VoIP. Take for instance Skype, a service that once seemed more like social media in the flesh rather than a fresh idea directed and marketed toward businesses that need to be able to communicate effectively and conveniently.

Skype offers connections between businesses with no charge as long as it is Skype to Skype. There are other features that Skype offers for businesses, but consider the perks of presentations being done over the network, no matter far away you are, but also the phone service that doesn’t skip a beat and is less of a cost involved than traditional means of telephone communication.

On a personal level, Viber also is viable as far as being able to communicate through Voice Over IP, and is universally lauded and available on Android, iOS or Windows type products. Vibe also allows for a nominal fee the ability to make calls outwardly to non Viber users with a feature called “Viber Out.” The calls between Viber customers, much like Skype, is free. The cost for Viber Out still is less expensive that most voice services, and can be used with or without a Wi Fi connection. Even some businesses have started to use Viber for those very reasons as well.

Given the simplicity of the apps, along with cost cutting measures being at the forefront of any good, sound business plan, VoIP technology takes that mantra and makes it stick, without dropping calls or sacrificing service of any kind.

Great VoIP Programs: A Primer

Computer users are starting to take advantage of VoIP applications and programs because they are cheap, convenient and feature-filled. Some of the modern desktops and notebooks come with a VoIP application installed. Those who do not have a VoIP application can download one of these top programs:

Tango

Tango has an amazing five-star editor’s rating, but its users were not as generous. Tango is a VoIP program that provides video messaging, text messaging and phone calls to people who are signed up with Tango. Tango has an attractive user interface, and its calls are clear and crisp.

Skype

Skype has been one of the leading methods of communication for people who appreciate video chatting. Skype users can call other people, but they have to pay money for minutes to do such. The editors rated Skype with only 3.5 stars, but its users gave it four stars on sites like Download.com. One of the things that Skype users appreciated the most was their ability to call out to mobile phones and regular phones from their computers.

X-Lite

X-lite is a program that many people enjoy because of its classic user interface. Its users interface resemble that of an old-school phone, and many consumers love that. It’s a freeware product that supports features such as instant messaging.

Globfone

Globfone is not necessarily a VoIP plan per se, but it is an innovative new way for people to stay in touch with their friends and family members. It’s an on-site program that allows people to send SMS, video chat and make phone calls from the comfort of their computers.

Globfone allows file sharing, as well. If you can stand to wait a few minutes, the Globfone is just what you need. The best thing about Globfone is that it’s free, and you do not have to download anything.

Signing up for a VoIP Plan

Most VoIP plans do not require you to do much. The signup process can be completed in only a few minutes. Skype will give you the opportunity to video chat with people right way. You’ll have to produce some cash when it comes time to call someone’s phone, however. You’ll want to have a credit card on hand that you can use to put more minutes on your Skype account.

All the previously mentioned communication methods are amazing in their own way. Try them and see which one you can appreciate the most.

VoIP With These Great Business Services

As business life becomes more demanding and technological, business owners are starting to turn to VoIP services more often. VoIP services can save consumers and business owners as much as 80 percent off the cost of a regular phone bill. VoIP plans usually come with a ton of features, as well. The following are some of the top-rated VoIP companies on the market, and the reasons that they have such a rating:

Via Talk

Via Talk is a new VoIP provider that an iPhone user can download for free. The plan has more than 40 useful phone features. Some of the most common features are caller ID, call record, call hunt and enhanced voicemail. The plans start as low as $8.99 a month, and they come with features such as free international calls. Via Talk often offers a one-day sale during which a consumer can get a year of service for only $187, which ends up being about $7.87 a month.

Ring Central

Ring Central has a 9.7 rating on the consumer-ranking.com website. The Ring Central plans run for about $19.99 and up, and they offer a wealth of innovative features. Users can enjoy features such as faxing, texting and conference calling in HD. The conference calling feature is excellent for businesses that have sales personnel because they can discuss their strategies during the calls.

Phone Power

Phone Power has some interesting plans, one of them being a $24.95 a month world plus month-to-month calling plan. Another plan that Phone Power offers is an $8.33 monthly plan. Phone Power offers a slew of features such as call hold, call waiting, block list, speed dial, voicemail, failsafe, softphone and more. Residential and business customers can access more than 45 brilliant features by obtaining the Phone Power application. They can obtain virtual numbers as well as toll-free numbers for their customers.

Phone.com

Phone.com is a VoIP provider that offers a smorgasbord of enjoyable features. Users can enjoy features such as conferencing, menus, greetings, call forwarding, call blocking, call screening, click to call, voicemail-to-email and more. The best part about the program is that it offers a free 30-day trial and a low monthly price of $9.99.

A multitude of VoIP services are available for modern consumers and businesses. The previously mentioned plans are just a few that a consumer can choose. The possibilities are endless because new VoIP companies continue to emerge on a monthly basis.