“VoIP” you say? Oh, great. Another unwieldy technological acronym to add to the long list of others you need to comprehend. But don’t fret, because VoIP can be broken down into essentials even a technophobe will understand.
Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP has made communication easier and faster – though not everyone seems to realize it. VoIP is a technological breakthrough that has made an impact on how people talk to each other. Soon, this will be obvious to anyone and everyone – from business owners to simple Internet users at home. But first…
What does VoIP stand for?
VoIP is short for Voice over Internet Protocol. It basically means that your voice is being transmitted over a computer network. It may sound complicated, but what it can do could simplify your life. VoIP is something you are bound to hear more and more of in the near future. Learning about it will not only make you appear tech-savvy, but can actually make your office and home communication a whole lot easier.
How does it work?
Imagine your mobile phone married a pocket-sized computer – the result would be VoIP phone. With it, you can access your email, take calls, and even do video conferences – all in one integrated network!
What VoIP basically does is take ordinary analog voice signals and digitizes them. If you’re working on a laptop connected to the internet – well, that’s pretty much how VoIP works. Voice over Internet Protocol transmits these digital voice signals from the sender to the receiver using a LAN or public internet. If you’ve ever used Skype or other chat programs to communicate with family, friends, or clients, that’s also a good example of the VoiP system.
For it to work properly, you will need a high-speed Internet connection and a reliable computer. That’s pretty much it, and you will be delighted to know that you can connect with anyone in the world, at any time.
Who can benefit from it – and how?
Small business owners find VoIP especially beneficial. It offers many pros that will appeal to a business person, from its innovative qualities through to the safety and reliability it offers.
Actually, anybody who goes online to communicate can take advantage of all that VoIP has to offer. Here are a couple of good reasons why and how VoIP has impacted the world both businesses and private citizens.
It offers portability, mobility, and versatility
You can take and use VoIP anywhere at anytime without worrying about geographical limitations and astronomical fees. You also won’t have to worry about lugging all sorts of peripherals whenever you travel (a VoIP app is simply on your phone), just so you can stay connected to family, friends, or clients. Communication and other services can be had at a click of a button. With a VoIP system, you can make calls, access your voicemail, and have other applications integrated into it, such as your email, web browser, and instant messenger.
It makes the world smaller
If you’ve ever lived in an era when making calls to somebody halfway around the globe meant long waits while on the phone (to the accompaniment of strange clicks and hums), then you know how frustrating long-distance calls can get. VoIP knows no geographical boundaries. Calls from the US to other countries can be made with a single click of a button. There are no country or area codes that will limit communication.
It cuts costs (and saves time)
…considerably. Gone are the days of paying for an extra phone service just so you can use the Internet. VoIP uses your broadband connection so your voice communication becomes digital – clear, fast, and reliable. You don’t need to be physically present in order to attend meetings, make deals, have long conversations, and share files – so no commuting, no fuel and travel expenses, and no sitting in traffic wasting time!
It’s also portable, as long as you have a tablet, laptop, or smartphone to use (think of all the carry-on fees you will be saving when you travel!). Also, VoIP really is for everyone – even those who think they aren’t too tech-savvy – because it doesn’t require a lot of set-up before you can start talking to someone halfway around the globe.
In case you’re interested in what VoIP can do for you, there’s a lot of material online about the pros of installing VoIP in your house or office. Better yet, call 855-9000-SKY (855-9000-759) so that we can help you innovate your home or small business communication system, today.