It seems that recently in the cyber world, a fair amount of anti-VoIP material is beginning to surface from the likes of bloggers and tech writers. And yet, we here at WhichVoIP tell you about all the great features and cost saving benefits you’ll receive when adopting VoIP. So what’s the deal?
When it comes the world of personal communication there are some questions to ask pertaining to making a switch for calling services. The people that you normally call – are they local or long distance? Do you make a lot of international calls? What are you using to make most of your calls?
Many of us have transitioned to using mobile phones as a primary way to communicate. It’s becoming acceptable to bring your personal devices to work, à la welcoming BYOD policies which have made their way into the business world. Some are even using personal phones at work, just for the sake of convenience. If you’re job requires a little more push to get projects done, like communicating with clients or colleagues after the normal 9 to 5, you’re either using a personal phone or lugging around a 2nd device that is likely company issued.
With that said, you’re probably not using your home phone for much of anything. It’s just there. It rings occasionally and it’s likely only answered half of the time. So is it even worth setting a VoIP home phone? Probably not, if this describes your home phone usage.
Most cellular providers only deduct from minutes when calling long distance (but not all do), so get a plan that reflects your calling habits. You may see a lot more benefit out of simply finding a VoIP app for your phone and utilizing it to make long distance calls. If you travel frequently or have family you keep in contact with overseas, team up and figure a common VoIP app that you can use to keep things cheap (or in some cases, still free.) Find a plan that has low rates for international calls for those that don’t have or can’t use the same app.
If you’re running a business, switching to VoIP can be a difficult process, but it doesn’t have to be. The IT staff will know the capabilities of your network infrastructure and should be able to tell what kind of burden a transition will take on the system. If it’s going to require a major network overhaul to work properly, it may not be in your best interest to completely switch until the necessary provisions have been acquired. It can also require an investment in Ethernet phones, for most services. Though these can be purchased in bulk through different providers, it is still an investment.
There are other ways for business to take advantage of VoIP that does not require major investments. The best way to ease into the transition is to start with a hosted service that does not rely on your network infrastructure. Companies such as Cisco, provide reliable hosted VoIP services that can be used instead of traditional phones or to supplement communication needs for those who are serious about switching to VoIP. There is the option, like for residential use, to install VoIP applications on users’ phones or work stations to provide a soft phone service and perhaps video calling. Going this route allows you test the waters and familiarize yourself with VoIP based services before jumping ship.