IP telephone service, aside from being cost-effective, has many other benefits. If you have constant and reliable Internet access, it would be wise to consider using an Internet-connected phone rather than a regular phone.
Choose From More Options
Unlike regular telephones, Internet telephony allows you to choose from more ways to take and receive calls. The best part about this is that it works with the most modern and popular communication devices presently available. You can use:
- an Internet phone connected to your PC
- a softphone downloaded to your PC or smartphone.
- a standalone VoIP phone
- your regular telephone with an adaptor
For those using their desktops, laptops and netbooks, you need a headset, a microphone (built-or plugged-in) and speakers to make a call. For video calls, your computer will also need a web camera.
Get More Advanced Features
VoIP has a lot of features that can rival your traditional phone line. A few of these are temporary numbers, virtual voicemail, conference calling, video calling, call forwarding, and document and image sharing. If you purchase an IP phone, you may also get additional features such as auto-attendant, multiple virtual extensions, and Bluetooth. For home-users, a downloaded free VoIP application like Skype or Google Voice will suffice and would even allow you to make PC to phone calls. Businesses would want to consider getting a complete IP Telephone system to get the more powerful functionalities.
You can use your Internet telephone for hands-free talking by using a Bluetooth headset for your smartphone, or by using your PC with speakers, microphone and headset
to make and receive calls. This frees you up to do other necessary tasks while talking on the phone. A complete IP phone service can also be easily managed from a single computer. This means that your other tasks can be done simultaneously; e.g. you can send multiple Internet faxes while downloading a document.
In more ways than one, Internet phone service outpaces your traditional telephone.
Leiden Johnson is a photographer by trade but loves all that geeky, tech stuff and the outdoors. If she’s not working or going out, you can see her in front of her computer either writing about anything or playing MMORPGs, which helps her to be more creative in her photoshoots.