It’s an acronym that stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, an internet phone solution. It’s a telephone service which makes and receive calls using your internet connection. It also provides more internet communication options and functionality for your company to utilize.
VoIP works on a premise-based system, meaning you need to own or rent your office or facility in order to enjoy this service. Your service provider will provide you with the IP (Internet Protocol) address of your computer from which to make or receive phone calls. VoIP works well with the Windows, Mac OS X or the Linux operating systems. VoIP works through your telephone, so you need a telephone adapter to connect it to your computer.
In order to start VoIP, you first need to acquire a computer which has an internet connection. Next, connect the computer to the internet using a high speed modem. You should have a cable or DSL connection if you are making long distance calls. VoIP works through your telephone, not your computer. So if you are trying to make a call from your VoIP enabled telephone, the person on the other end will not be able to see you on their computer screen. This is because VoIP uses your IP address which is displayed on your telephone.
There are many different ways to get a VoIP phone service.
Many companies offer VoIP telephony over the internet with a hosted PBX service. With hosted PBX, you sign up with your own unique user name and password. You then use that user name and password to access your account and create or change the voicemail, voice mail and other features. Some companies also offer VoIP with a hardware switch. Hardware switches allow you to plug in and plug out your existing telephone hardware.
When using any of these options, you are going to need a broadband internet connection. Your VoIP service provider may offer a bundle of services that includes your phone service. For those who only use their VoIP for internet calling, they will be charged a low monthly rate. But most providers include other services such as unified messaging (voicemail), caller id, call forwarding and call waiting. These additional services usually cost additional fees.
VoIP can be beneficial if you make a lot of long distance calls.
Because the cost of long distance calls is so high, this type of service can really help cut down on your bill. If you need unlimited long distance calls, however, it may be better for you to go with traditional phone service. But if you only make local calls, VoIP may be beneficial since you can make much more calls for much less money.
In order to get started with VoIP, you need a broadband internet connection. You then sign up for a plan from your VoIP service provider. At this point you will need a router or access point, an adapter, and cords/surroundings. Most providers include an adapter with your VoIP service, but you may need to purchase your own if the provider does not offer one. It is always good to know which types of accessories are included in your VoIP plan.
Most VoIP plans include unlimited local calls to any landline or mobile phone as well as inter-appointment and conference call to phones that are compatible.
- VoIP phones generally have a large screen to easily read phone messages and a large QWERTY keyboard for making keystrokes.
- Other features include a high speed internet connection, an audio-video kit, voice mail to email, and conference calling among others.
- VoIP phones are constantly being updated with new features and software upgrades to keep up with the speed of technology.