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Beginner’s Luck: How to learn and understand basics of VOIP

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.

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.

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.

Voice Commanding: How to get the most out of VoIP

When technology is new or it has the aura about it of excitement and intrigue, we gravitate toward it.

We want to know more about it and maximize its potential, should it be something we can use to better ourselves personally or, more importantly, professionally. The fact of the matter is VoIP is part of that crowd, and as much as we think we know all about it, that’s how little we really understand its full capability.

More importantly, when we do realize that we want it and can use it, we aren’t able to maximize its full potential.

VoIP simply is voice over internet protocol, meaning that your communication is done through the internet and does away with the traditional home phone or landline capability. The thought of that brings with it dollar signs to those implementing it, and if you’re not using this technology, you’re missing out on reliability and cost savings, whether again you’re just an individual or someone who owns a business, large or small.

And what about making sure you’re choosing the right provider, because without a reliable company backing this technology, you’re not going to get that wow factor you expect. The right company, such as a Skype or Viber (something with a reputation for quality and success), should be paired with a broadband service that doesn’t skimp. Without a broadband internet service that is reliable, you can’t fully appreciate and enjoy what VoIP has to offer.

The business world flocks to VoIP for all those reasons, and those with enough acumen who run those businesses know just how paramount voice over internet protocol is. From voice mail accounts being accessed on the goal via email or being able to place calls through email as well, VoIP turns the average phone call and transforms it into a lean, mean calling machine. Some VoIP also can transcribe calls for you in note form, so you don’t have to take any notes or stop if you’re on the road, a must for businesses with employees and professionals who travel.

Those who use VoIP technology typically swear by it. They love the call clarity and quality, the price and the ability to do things they can’t on a regular, rudimentary landline. All that technology won’t mean much if you’re not supporting VoIP correctly with all the supporting players that make it the winner it is.

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.

Voicing concerns: Why VoIP for business makes perfect sense

Think about just how important and justifiable VoIP technology is at home. Then, multiple that by whatever grandiose number you can think of and that should undoubtedly sell you on making the likes of Skype or Viber part of your every day comings and goings for your business.

The benefits of having VoIP technology at your place of business are hardly few and far between but rather abundant when you stop to think about just how paramount and important it is for success and convenience.

Convenience is hard to ignore and overlook when you’re talking about using VoIP because it runs parallel with productivity, and that combination is a one, two punch for any business owner large or small.

For instance, what about Skype as it relates to its functionality and how it can take multi tasking to a whole new level. The bigger selling point has to be being able to share data, organize and conduct meetings and have that information being able to be seen in a way that is much more direct and easier to understand, almost as though the meeting is more than just a one dimensional email sent between two business associates.

The Skype interaction within the office is effective and easier than sending an email for a simple question, and being able to share your desktop or present a meeting from the comfort of your desk (and the desk of those who are watching it) can’t be undersold given that you don’t have to take 30 people out of their office and into a board room, but instead can be just as bold and effective as employees are scattered about the entire building.

That business also is going to flourish for the employees that want the clarity and convenience of VoIP and are consistently traveling by using the internet for calls that are less expensive and also giving you allowable international calling that is equally clear.

Furthermore, VoIP is quite the enigma as it relates to what it is an how it works. Quite frankly, the upkeep and use of it is easy and can be done without much issue. You don’t really need an IT department or tech service to figure this out in any and all types of business, size wise.

That is just another way that VoIP can save a company money without losing the effectiveness of the technology.
Your business could potentially survive without VoIP, but why not implement this to not just survive but flourish as a result.

Good VoIP News and Developments

VoIP products and services have been a huge part of our culture since it first entered the telecommunications industry back in 1995. Its developers have been working diligently to provide additional features, quality and affordability. Today VoIP is the preferred method of communications for many businesses and personal users. The following are three tidbits of information for people who have a current interest in the latest in VoIP and related technology:

VoIP Job Opportunities Are Expanding

VoIP jobs opportunities are still popping up all over the place. Residents who live in states such as Ohio, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California and Oregon have various opportunities within the VoIP field. One job that is available in VoIP world is “application tester.” Another job that is available in the VoIP world is VoIP developer. Applicants can also obtain jobs as engineers, tech support specialists, help desk technicians and the like. The field of VoIP gives to society by adding jobs that its people can obtain for their livelihood. VoIP-related job positions have high annual rates. Some of the people on those jobs can earn as much as $60,000 per year or more.

Consumers Can Earn Free VoIP Use

VoIP consumers can earn free VoIP services by using one or several methods. One way that a person can get free VoIP time is by signing up for Bing Rewards and using the search engine. Bing is Microsoft’s search engine and Skype is Microsoft’s VoIP provider. Each time the consumer conducts a search on the Bing engine, the company rewards that person with points. Free Skype time is available for 90 points and more. Some consumers can earn VoIP time by watching videos through a service like PSTN.

Free Trials Still Rule

Free trials are still available through a number of VoIP providers. The names of some of the top VoIP providers in the industry are names such as RingCentral, VoIP.com, Broadvoice, Vonage, Phone Power, ITP and more. Some of those providers still give consumers an opportunity to make a decision by trying the service for a brief period. Some trial periods last seven days, and other trial periods last up to 30 days. A trial period gives the consumer a risk-free period to measure the quality, feature potential, customer service, user interface and the like.

VoIP is an amazing service that helps the world in many ways. Its technologies will continue to grow and provide the people with additional opportunities in the future.

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.