What Is VoIP and How Does It Work

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Most traditional phone companies charge you for extra features that are added to your account. With VOIP service providers these usually come as standard. Features such as:

1. Caller ID

2. Call Waiting

3. Call Transfer

4. Repeat Dialling

5. Return Call

6. Three-Way Dialling

Some VOIP service providers also offer advanced call filtering features. These additional features allow you to decide how calls to a specific number are handled by using caller ID information. They allow you to:

1. Forwardrepparttar call to a particular number

2. Sendrepparttar 147327 call directly to voicemail

3. Giverepparttar 147328 caller a busy signal

4. Play a "not-in-service" message

Many VOIP services also allow you to check your voicemail overrepparttar 147329 internet or attach messages to an e-mail that is sent to your computer or PDA. Itís best to check with VOIP phone system suppliers and service operators exactly what features they offer as package and service prices vary greatly.

There are many other cost saving benefits that arise from a streamlined VOIP phone system network. Forrepparttar 147330 network administrators, a VOIP phone system means they only have one network to maintain instead of two. The portability ofrepparttar 147331 phone system is also greatly simplified. This is because most VOIP phone systems can be configured using a web interface, which can be managed byrepparttar 147332 network administrator. The MAC (move, add, change) process is made much easier, and you will not have to call your system/service provider for every MAC you carry out. All this means lower ongoing costs for your company.

Another cost saving for companies who implement a VOIP system is, because multiple offices, no matter where they are inrepparttar 147333 world are seamlessly connected, they can share many ofrepparttar 147334 features VOIP can offer, such as:

1. One single receptionist

2. Auto attendant facilities

3. Voice mail system

Choosing a VOIP phone system

If you have decided that a VOIP phone system isrepparttar 147335 right step for your company, next you need to determine which of your existing telephone equipment you are able to keep. The potential cost savings that can be made through using any existing digital equipment are huge. Many digital phone systems can be IP enabled using minor hardware additions and software upgrades.

When shopping around for potential systems you need to be certain ofrepparttar 147336 features they provide as standard and which are optional cost extras. You also need to be certain of exactly what is included withrepparttar 147337 system. Many suppliers claim to include everything you need, but standard components can vary from one company torepparttar 147338 other. So you need to sure you are comparing equivalent systems when approaching potential suppliers.

You will also need to enquire aboutrepparttar 147339 compatibility of existing equipment. The technology used in many VOIP systems may affectrepparttar 147340 implementation of any existing telephone hardware.

You will also need to ensure that any devices such as fax machines, credit card processors, and security systems etc can be integrated into your new VOIP phone system. You should make any potential vendor aware of such devices so they can provide you with a suitable phone system for your requirements.

Finally, do not try to save money by buying used VOIP phone systems. Remember VOIP is a new technology, so even last years equipment is outdated. Alsorepparttar 147341 installation cost will still apply whetherrepparttar 147342 system is new or second hand, andrepparttar 147343 service costs may even be higher due to reliability issues. To put it simply it just isnít worthrepparttar 147344 hassle,repparttar 147345 higher secondary costs will wipe out any potential saving.

Thanks for reading,


Jason Morris is co-author, search engine optimization and marketing consultant of Business Phone Systems Direct. Specialists in the supply and installation of business phone systems and accessories

Voice over IP Offers Your Business an Inexpensive Alternative To Toll Free Numbers

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Voice over IP splits your voice into Internet Protocol Data Packets. These packets are then routed overrepparttar Internet. This makes it a lot cheaper for Voice over IP service providers to carry your calls. Using this method Voice over IP service providers only have to pay a small termination fee atrepparttar 147326 point where they drop your call off. This in turn make Voice over IP extremely cost effective for those companies who cannot affordrepparttar 147327 high costs associated with those of toll free numbers. It would then become possible for example to rent phone numbers in major cities across a country at cheap rates, and people in these cities would then be able to talk to you for justrepparttar 147328 cost of a local call.

Inrepparttar 147329 past few years Voice over IP has matured and is fast becomingrepparttar 147330 way to make cheap rate calls both nationally and internationally. In fact most major telecoms companies aroundrepparttar 147331 world, are now gearing up to charge us forrepparttar 147332 amount of data sent or received, as opposed torepparttar 147333 length of call time. Many businesses are taking early advantage ofrepparttar 147334 huge cost savings for them and their customers, throughrepparttar 147335 implementation of Voice over IP telephony.

Jason Morris is co-author, search engine optimization and marketing consultant of Business Phone Systems Direct. Specialists in the supply and installation of business phone systems and accessories

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