How Web Conferencing is Supplemented by VoIP

By Jim Vassallo
Updated: February 05, 2011

The days of boarding an airplane to travel around the country or around the globe for a face-to-face business meeting are quickly dissipating. The reason for this is the increase in airfare, the decrease in travel budgets for businesses, and the increase in web conferencing technology. Business meetings that required travel use to happen more often because of the inability for companies to share vital statistics and information on a normal telephone conversation.

Companies can now have a conference call while sharing vital documents that all members of the conference call can see and browse through during the meeting. Web conferencing is an affordable technology that allows even small businesses to take part in such an important aspect of the business world today.

VoIP Integration

Almost all phone companies that offer web conferencing for their clients also offer VoIP to supplement the web conferencing feature. VoIP allows companies to speak with and share information with others during a conference call. This means that a member of the conference call can send data using the phone system to other members of the conference call without the conference call being interrupted. This is one of the more popular features of a VoIP phone system simply because it keeps people from having to travel to share data.

VoIP is also responsible for allowing members of a conference call to transmit data to and from one another without interrupting the phone call. A conference call taking place on a traditional phone line will not be able to share vital data without affecting the call. VoIP permits a web conference to send data on one line while using voice to communicate on another line without either line being affected by the other. It would seem that this type of technology would cost thousands of dollars per month to operate but this cannot be farther from the truth. Web conferencing using VoIP services does not destroy the budget of a company, which means the company can put their communication budget into other items needed around the office. All conference calls that take place over the web using VoIP occur in real time and are live on both ends.
 

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