Traditionally, telephone calls are placed using physical equipment each step of the way. A pair of dedicated channels is needed to complete each call and must be maintained for the duration of the call. This type of call is impacted by factors such as distance, traffic, and availability, which can add to the cost of the call.
VoIP calls are placed via the Internet, rather than over telephone lines, sending the audio (your conversation) in digital “packets”. Using a process called “packet-switching”, voice data is transmitted and assembled at each end of the conversation with enough speed to ensure continuity throughout the call. By removing many of the limitations faced by “traditional” telephone calling, VoIP tends to be a much more cost-effective method of communication.
Because of its use of the Internet, rather than physical hardware, VoIP also allows businesses more agility when it comes to scaling their telephone systems, adding/removing features or restructuring their networks. This agility, coupled with a host of available features, gives businesses the power to operate in a more streamlined manner and to serve their customers much more effectively without the need for added personnel and equipment.
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A good VoIP provider will offer additional benefits as well, but many first-time buyers find assessing each option to be difficult. Nevertheless, this is an important step in the buying process because a substandard provider can easily waste both your time and money. more
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Many businesses rely on a collection of communication tools that they adopt to address specific needs as they arise. This strategy may seem to work in the beginning, but eventually will lead to a system that is cumbersome to use, difficult to explain to new hires, expensive, and effective in some areas, but full of gaps. more