Broadband VoIP allows you to add a phone line to your home or office with a local phone number in just about any major U.S. city.... and with some vendors also in several countries such as the UK and Israel.
Here are some ways Businesses and families with geographical distances between them can take advantage of BroadBand Phone/VoIP:
1. Parents can add an additional line with a local number so their college son or daughter can always call home without the expense of long distance rates.
2. A family in Florida can bring up a local number in Minnesota where the rest of the family resides. Family members in Minnesota now dial a local number and reach the relatives in Florida with no long distance charges because the call is local for those in Minnesota, and only the party in Florida needs to have broadband service to receive the calls.
3. This technology can also help military families stay connected. VoIP is not restricted by global boundaries. A U.S. soldier in another country with a broadband connection can set up service with unlimited in bound calls that are local to his family in the U.S. His family then can make unlimited calls to him at no cost and his family in the U.S. doesn't need to have broadband access. Plus any calls they make home are either "local" or are made with an unlimited flat rate plan. That saves a ton of money.
4. Traveling executives can also take advantage of VoIP as a portable phone that can be taken along on any business trip. Many hotels will provide broad band access today. Simply plug the IP phone into the broadband connection in the hotel room. Your family and customers can now call on a local number. In addition you can still take advantage of out bound service and make calls from the room as well.
5. Businesses can drastically reduce costs from traditional calling services.... with flat rate plans which cover all of the US & Canada and often including Europe &/or Asia also.
For an easy way to compare available VoIP phone options in your area (US only) browse through the vendor review info available at
. This info is updated frequently with new input from their Forum members. Be advised that not all providers may be included as only those having received a member review will be listed.
Business is often where the benefits of new technologies become apparent. Home users may not be able to feel a very big impact due to a certain technology. But in business, the cost cutting measures that are put in place are certainly quantified regarding how effective it is. One example of these breakthrough technologies is the internet. It allows people to work together even if they are not together in the same geographic locations. Files and projects are passed around instantly and effortlessly.
A very important system that has been in use for a very long time in businesses is the PBX (Public Branch Exchange) telephone system. This is beyond doubt a very expensive system to put up and maintain especially because of the high cost of PBX systems and the need to set-up multiple PBX switches in different locations.
This is where internet telephony can cut down your cost by a significant margin. Instead of having multiple PBX systems in each of your offices, you can place a single centralized IP-PBX where all calls are routed and then distributed to whomever the call is for via the internet. All the other offices can use standard IP phones or use an ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter) to connect their standard telephone to a router.
That way you wouldn’t have to have multiple PBX systems and people to maintain them in multiple locations. Just from the cost of buying those PBX boxes and hiring people to install and maintain them, you can already see the potential for large scale cost cutting.
Here’s a list of what you should be weighing when thinking about switching to an IP-PBX:
If we just look at the advantages and disadvantages of VoIP systems, we can surely say that VoIP is set to continue beyond the foreseeable future. Whatever kinks may exist in the system, as long as the wide savings margin still exist, there would still be plenty of people willing to develop and enhance the system to give better service to anyone who wants to cut costs. If you would like to know how important VoIP is, you just need to consider that VoIP is probably the technology that supersedes our old and outdated telephone systems. That’s how important VoIP is.