Is your business considering moving from traditional phone stystems to VoIP? If you’re still not sure what the differences are, we’ve pulled together some information to help clarify.
VoIP, which stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, is a service that allows people to make telephone calls over the Internet. In order to use VoIP, a person will need a VoIP service along with some type of input device to record their voice. This can be a microphone or something more sophisticated such as a VoIP-designed telephone.
VoIP is quite an impressive technology, but how does it compare specifically against the traditional telephone? These differences are:
- Voice quality
Cost: One of the biggest differences between VoIP and traditional telephone service is in the area of cost, as VoIP tends to be cheaper. However, this will largely depend on the type of VoIP service a person decides to use.
For example, there are quite a few VoIP services that are free, but the quality is awful. Then there are those like Skype where users can have access to VoIP for a nominal yearly subscription fee. Alternatively, there are VoIP services like Yahoo Phone, which work on a prepaid basis.
However, in all of these scenarios, the issue of long distance is the same… it is either free or significantly cheaper than what would get with a traditional telephone. This is the case whether the calls are done nationwide or internationally. Your DiverseNet representative can give you the best rates for your business’s needs.
Voice Quality: The next difference between VoIP and the traditional telephone line is in regards to voice quality. Most land line telephone services will always have excellent quality. While this hasn’t always been the case with VoIP, quality today has increased dramatically. Some tricks to get great VoIP quality include having a DSL connection as well as trying to not overload one’s Internet connection with a lot of downloads, since this frees up more bandwidth for a VoIP service.
In conclusion, the main differences between VoIP and normal telephones are cost and voice quality. Both obviously have their advantages and disadvantages. Many businesses make a large number of international calls, and if this is your situation, a regular telephone bill would be very expensive.
ake advantage of lower costs for your business needs and contact a DiverseNet Consultant for more details today.