What Is The Big Deal With VoIP?

Thinking back ten years or so it was hard to believe that VoIP and face to face chat would be available on people’s smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops. Nowadays, it’s possible to talk with friends, family and colleagues over in Australia; and it’s free of charge if you have broadband.

Web Based VoIP Solutions
Perhaps the best known of all VoIP products is Skype. Skype has been around a number of years now and there are millions and millions and millions of people with the software downloaded. There are applications for smartphones and tablets through Android, iOS, Windows operating systems, and now Blackberry.

Web based platforms normally have software to download and an online account that you can manage through a website. You can see the calls you’ve made, you can credit your account and you can update packages.

The beauty of the likes of Skype is that wherever you take your device, you can make calls over the internet; all you need is the connection. So, if you have a London phone number, you can travel to New York and still make calls from that London number and receive calls to the London number as well.

The Portability is a Real Bonus; the Services Have Got Better and Better
Because of the improvement in broadband, it’s now possible to video chat on services such as Skype, as well as just voice talk. Broadband used to be slow, with 0.5mbps being a good speed. Nowadays, 2mbps is slow in average terms.

Fibre optic broadband has brought speeds of well over 20mbps, which is enough for many people to get on the same line and video chat, not just one. A 10mbps connection is plenty for most individuals these days, and a household can survive on it, too.

Adapter Based Solutions
There’s also a generation of VoIP technology that has its own hardware. Companies, such as Vonage UK, have phones and adapters that plug in to the broadband line and generally provide a very stable and reliable phone experience. These companies, generally, have pricing that amounts to around half that of BT calls. The value really is excellent!

It can cost a bit to get set up and it’s important to look out for the hidden costs, but the advantages are massive. With adapter phones, sometimes they will hold your number within them and if you plug into a different broadband, you’ll be able take calls there as well. So, you will have portability in your phone solutions, too.

Top Tip
Shop around the different providers and make sure you get the right solution, whether it be adapter or software based. Watch out for 0845 and 0870 numbers. They can be pricey on VoIP solutions compared to BT. It can be good to get a package that includes NGN numbers, especially if you are making business calls or waiting around a long time for customer service people on 0845 numbers. Waiting in queues on your phone really can bump up your telephone bill.

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Kaushal Shah I have been in internet marketing field since 2006. I love music, football, chess. I believe in “God helps those who help themselves”.

  1. Posted by : Kaushal Shah
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