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theft and the concern that information broadcast through an internet line of service is a higher risk than that of the outdated, mundane, albeit safer in theory, telephone.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.


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.

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.

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,, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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. 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.

Contract Balks: The End of Cell Plans May Eat into VOIP Business

A few weeks ago, Verizon bid farewell to the two year contract, once a staple in the cell phone community that is now cast aside.
Following in the footsteps of Verizon, Sprint also is ditching the two year deal as well, now leaving just AT&T as the only major carrier that still offers some sort of term with cell phone contractual plan.

T Mobile, a distant third to AT&T and Verizon as it relates to how they’re ranked in terms of revenue, dumped the two year plan years ago, which isn’t surprising considering that T Mobile is always seemingly a step ahead of the competitors in terms of knowing what customers want, although that hasn’t changed their ranking or standing within the cell phone community.
When T Mobile said so long to two year deals, it was news.

Verizon and Sprint doing is hardly qualifies as that.

Quite frankly, the two year deal was dead and buried years ago when T Mobile chucked it. The entire concept of a contract for a phone makes sense given that everyone needs a cell phone and they’ll easily compromise their consumer integrity by signing on for something that they’ll have to pay, even if contracts aren’t something you’d really ever consider.

Which makes it even more apparent that you don’t need a contract, as the phone business has migrated into collecting more money for the phone and assuming people aren’t going to cancel. The additional income from the phone simply means that you can lease a phone for 12, 18 or 24 months, and pay a nominal fee each month for it, but you are on the hook for all the payments, unless you want to buy out the phone itself.

So essentially, the contract and the phone have switched places. Consumers are told that there is no “contract” per say for the plan; now they are contracted to pay for the phone. Of course, they can buy it outright but who is going to drop hundreds when you can pay $20 or $30 per month?

As AT&T mulls over its next move, the announcement of the No. 2 cell phone provider to dump their contracts is about as anti climatic as you can get. AT&T already offers leased phone options, so the decision to say so long to the two year plan is somewhat of a moot point.

Eventually it will happen, but to call it news is hardly accurate.

So, what does this all mean for VOIP? Scooter Simonds, of Southlake Texas runs a small business that has relied heavily on VOIP services. With high employee turnover, Scooter says he kept his VOIP service because he didn’t want to keep replacing employee cell phones. “Now, I’m considering ditching the VoIP service and just getting each employee their own cell line”. If the employee is replaced, he is not stuck with the remainder of their 2 year commitment.

Of course, there are other benefits to VOIP so time will tell.