VoIP is fast becoming a mature service in the telecommunications industry. More and more consumers and business owners are starting to use VoIP for making International phone calls. For those who are not familiar with this protocol, here is a brief run down of the technology.
VoIP stands for Voice over Internet protocol. When the Internet first started, only text data is able to move through the protocol. Then developers started thinking of the possibility of transferring voice (instead of just text) over the Internet. This is made possible with the invention of special software and/or hardware. All that is needed, is a way to convert voice into digital data, transfer it over the Internet, and then convert the data back to voice format. That means whoever wishes to use VoIP will have to have special software or hardware installed.
Fortunately, many VoIP service providers either recommend compatible software, or they provide the right tools and equipment for their customers. There are many benefits to this technology. Here are some commonly known ones.
1) Much lower International calling rates.
Cost is, of course, on the top of everyone’s list. We all know that traditional land line to land line international calls can cost a bomb. Imagine having to make a conference call that will last for hours. That may easily cost a small fortune. But data transfer over the Internet is essentially free. In fact, if you subscribe to a VoIP service, you don’t even need to pay if you are calling another member of the network. You only pay when you try to call another land line. Even then, the rates are much more affordable compared to normal rates.
2) Not just for business.
VoIP services are not just for businesses. Customers can use them for personal use as well. For instance, let’s say you have a child studying abroad and you want to keep in touch. But you are worried about the telephone bills. You can always use this service to call your child for free. If your child doesn’t have Internet access, you can still use the service to call his dormitory line or his mobile phone, and save a bundle on bills.
3) Special features.
This is another major breakthrough of VoIP services. When you use a normal land line to make a phone call, you can’t do much with the call since the data is essentially in analog format. Voice service providers now offer additional web based services that help complement the technology. This is possible because of the use of the Internet. For instance, you can set up anonymous call rejection, call forwarding, call return, call waiting, etc. You manage all these features from a web based control panel, which means that you have full control over these features.
VoIP services are here to stay. They provide useful features that we don’t get with land lines, and they are more affordable. Take advantage of the benefits by signing up as a member today. Creating an account is usually free of charge.