Communication technology has been evolving in many ways since electronic communication was first introduced. Now, with the internet offering maximum convenience, we don’t even need copper lines and Public Switch Telephone Networks (PSTN) to make our phones work.
VoIP or Voice-Over-Internet Protocol is a telephone system that uses the internet connection to make calls through a packet switch network. Many businesses, big or small, are switching to this type of telephone system. However, VoIP phones for residential use are also available, and they have been changing many people’s lives.
VoIP phones work like traditional ones. Calls and voicemails are made through the same procedures: dialing a number and delivering the message. Receiving calls are also done the exact same way as you would with a traditional phone. With a VoIP phone, however, calls can be made not just on the telephone itself, but on other devices as well, such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
How Does It Differ From Traditional Phones?
The step-by-step process that a packet switch network undergoes is complicated, but basically, it uses the same principles as emails and other forms of communication on the internet. A reliable internet connection is a requirement to route phone calls, instead of circuit switching that the PSTN adapts. The telephone number is translated into an IP address that connects it to the receiver’s device. In this system, the voices are converted into packets of data, and these data are transmitted back and forth and are translated into analog audio signals.
A VoIP system may be more popular among businesses, bbut installing one at home is also encouraged because its advanced features do not only benefit businesses alone. Here are the features of a VoIP phone that makes it a better option than traditional landlines:
Cheaper Phone Bills
Traditional phone lines can be costly because the (telephone) line is taken up by both parties (sender and receiver) when a call is being made. It will even cost more for long-distance phone calls. With a VoIP system, both long-distance and domestic calls can cost less.
For freelancers who work at home and entrepreneurs with home-based businesses, a VoIP system is even more efficient. VoIP phones have business features suited for professional use. In the US, for example, VoIP providers often grant businesses who use VoIP systems with free domestic long-distance calls or domestic calls within the “lower 48” states.
The Contact Number is Attached to the User
Traditional landline numbers are restricted to only one device, meaning you can only receive and make calls from the device where the contact number is designated. With a VoIP system, calls can be made to and from various compatible devices. Instead of being attached to a device, the contact number is attached to the user. Communications will no longer be restricted to physical locations. This feature makes phone calls between family members easier than using a traditional phone. With a WiFi connection alone, which is available almost everywhere today, they could connect with one another without being concerned about a physical location.
For businesses, it could improve the quality of communication with clients. Chances of missed calls will be lessened because if one device is left unanswered, a desk phone, for instance, the call may automatically be transmitted to another device, such as a laptop or smartphone.
Being able to live in an era where all of these technological marvels are possible is a blessing that is often taken for granted. Phones equipped with such high-tech features could encourage effective and thorough communication, not just to business owners and clients, but among family members as well. If proper communication is both encouraged and exercised at home, upgrading to more advanced methods is a wise decision.