Many people might wonder why you need to use VOIP instead of a traditional landline. Thanks to Skype, VOIP has become popular. Skype is a service that allows you to use your computer to talk to friends over your broadband internet connection. Today, most cable TV and phone companies offer deals on VOIP handsets.
The reason these are popular is because, in many locations, the old phone company has a monopoly on landline service. Calls between cities in the same county are still considered long distance and don’t start looking at the cost for international long distance calls. With many landline companies, costs are steep. But, what is VOIP? VOIP means Voice Over Internet Protocol, which is a way to talk to others over the internet.
The reason VOIP is popular is because it can cut down on costs and still allow you to contact your family and friends. The one problem with the first VOIP services, like Skype, was that you could not get a local number. For example, Skype might not offer a Skype-In number in your state, which means if someone calls you they have to pay for a long-distance call. That’s not an attractive option.
If you use a service like Voice Me Up and Call Centric, you can get a local number. These services offer a transportable local number. That means no matter where you live in the world, you can receive calls as if your phone was still in your local number location.
How does it work? Let’s say the IP phone can be plugged into a router in Asia. When someone in the US calls, they will dial a local US number. The phone will ring in Asia. Your friend will pay the same cost for the call as if they were calling you at home.
Benefits of VOIP
This is cool for people who travel around a lot. This allows you to stay in touch with people without them having to pay international long distance call rates. Also, it allows you to stay in contact with your business associates back home.
All you have to do to stay in touch with everyone is to contact everyone advising them of your number change, then you’ll receive your calls, using your IP phone, as though you were still at home. Most services offer the opportunity to keep your current phone number, which is best. To make the switch, you have to pay a one-time fee.
These VOIP services are plug and play, although you may need to configure your router. Service providers are available to help with this. You may also have to remember that you’ll be paying for the calls you make or receive. This means you’ll be paying for your incoming calls, which is something you may not be used to doing.
This will not be an issue if you’re aware of how much you like to talk. Luckily for those who like to talk a lot, most VOIP services offer plans that can offset some of these costs.