It's easy to look at Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology and see little more than a new gee-whiz technology, but what a lot of businesses—and even some regular people—are discovering is that VoIP is more than just fancy new technology, but rather a bottom line boost. VoIP saves money for businesses and individuals alike on a daily basis, but how does a technology like this save money?
There are five rather simple ways that are bringing these savings about, both expected and unexpected. The first of these is that VoIP can offer unlimited nationwide calling, and often at a single price per month. Several providers offer full calling services for just $7 a month or less, owing largely to the fact that VoIP doesn't require all the infrastructure that traditional calling does.
This same lack of infrastructure need contributes to the second point in which VoIP can help pack a wallet: unlimited international calling. That flat monthly fee can often be found backing up international rates as well as nationwide rates, so for those businesses that have operations going on in other countries and need to keep in touch, VoIP can offer a great way to save on that front. Even where a flat monthly fee for international calls isn't available, the per-minute charges are often very low, making it likely to save no matter which direction is taken, only differing in how much is saved.
Further savings can often be found in the mobile front, as VoIP goes mobile as well. Those inexpensive VoIP plans, therefore, can be taken with users where ever said users need to be, as long as there's an Internet connection on hand when the user arrives. Taking advantage of the numerous places that offer Wi-Fi connectivity can turn most any location into a quick and easy way to get in touch thanks to mobile VoIP.
That's not all, either; many businesses are finding value in video conferencing as a way to save on business travel, but many note that there can be some pretty substantial expenses up front thanks to the hardware that could be involved. But with IP video conferencing, the hardware budget can drop through the floor, while at the same time opening up mobile possibilities for video conferencing. Most any place with an Internet connection can be a conferencing point, and that's opening up plenty of opportunity for savings and for improved mobility.
Finally, there are the features to be considered. VoIP service can bring with it a host of features commonly found on high-end analog connection systems. For instance, musical hold functions, three-way calling systems, telemarketer blocking, group calling, and plenty of others—including some highly useful yet esoteric fare like hunt groups, find-me-follow-me services and more—can be had often as part of the standard package.
More and more people—businesses included—are starting to discover that handing over phone service to the Internet is a good deal by most any standard. Granted, it's not for everyone—those who enjoy being able to make calls even when the power goes out should stick with regular phone service, for example—but in many cases, VoIP can not only save money, it can also provide more, bring both sides of the value equation up and making savings even more pronounced over comparable systems. While some study is required to make sure the best deal is on hand, chances are there's a very good deal out there waiting for the right business—or just plain old person—to come along and save serious money.