In our last blog, we not so subtly noted that “it’s all about VoIP”. Having been in business for ten years now, MeloTel is a company that is quite used to heralding the many benefits of Voice over Internet Protocol. As a result, we sometimes forget that there are still a lot people who aren’t quite sure what VoIP is all about.
“What’s that?” curiously asked a colleague earlier this week when the topic of VoIP was raised. The simplest way to describe VoIP, we find, is to simply say that “it’s using the phone over the internet instead of regular landlines”. However, to adequately explain VoIP would require a description of the wide variety of advantages it has over traditional phone lines. Let’s revisit a few of them, shall we?
When you run a business that uses traditional landlines to operate its phone system, you are forced to conduct business within the four walls that make up the company’s location. Remember that with VoIP, you’re using the internet. And with either a Wi-Fi connection or a data plan, you can use the internet on any mobile device of your choosing, right? That means, with VoIP, you can conduct business over the phone, using your business number, anywhere you like!
“If your business is on-the-go, VoIP services can be a tremendous benefit to you because they will follow you wherever you go,” explains Tom Collins of Atlantech, “On a traditional phone system, a line that runs to a home or business is assigned its own phone number. Any movement that takes place then becomes a trial of remembering the right codes or keys to dial on your phone. A lot of time can then be wasted by contacting phone companies to transfer services and phone numbers to new locations.”
With a traditional landline, your phone system provides one very specific function: it makes and takes phone calls. With VoIP, you have the ability to take advantages of such incredible features as Voicemail to your Email. With this service, your voicemails are sent to your email inbox as mp3 files. This gives you the opportunity to listen to and store your messages on any device you wish. It also helps you to gain a much better ability to return important calls.
In addition, as Alexis Writing describes on Chron.com, VoIP offers video conferencing capabilities. “This allows you to stay in touch with your co-workers and clients to discuss important deals, affairs, meetings, files, documents, agendas, no matter where you are,” she writes, “Even while you are abroad attending to meetings, you still have the capacity to attend other important meetings in the home office without having to worry about being physically present.”
As if the above mentioned advantages weren’t enough, VoIP phone services are generally far cheaper than regular phone services. One of the main reasons for this is the absence of long distance charges. As Collins informs, with VoIP, “all communication data is turned into packets and sent over the IP network.” If the IP network your business uses is its internet connection, making a long distance call is as costly as sending an email. In other words, it isn’t costly at all!
Discover the benefits of VoIP for yourself by taking advantage of MeloTel’s cloud-based Commercial Phone Services. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-888-MELOTEL or use the Live Chat feature on our website!