Here’s a great guest post from Phone.com
VoIP is shorthand for Voice over Internet Protocol, which essentially means that it is a method of using the internet to make voice phone calls. It is sometimes called Internet Calling, Internet Telephony, and IP Telephony, but they all point to the same function. In many cases, there is no actual phone used by the system. Instead, an app will use VoIP to make internet calls using the speaker and microphone built into the hardware, whether it be a desktop, laptop, tablet, or other mobile device. The appeal of using VoIP is that it’s cheap or free apart from the cost of the internet service used to make the calls.
Advantages of VoIP Phones
The cost of VoIP technology is the main reason why so many users are flocking to it on a daily basis. It is often free, and it includes many more features that standard phone lines offer. Businesses can use VoIP to improve communication between the entire business and its customers. Such streamlined interactions can increase revenue and improve quality. Private users of VoIP enjoy the fact that they can connect to other internet-connected devices all over the world with voice calling without having to pay the exorbitant rate from the phone provider.
Skype is a popular example of an app that uses VoIP technology. They provide text messaging, video calling, and voice calling through the internet absolutely for free, and they were one of the first applications to satisfy this market.
Free For Most
The standard users of VoIP will never experience any cost associated with the technology. Simply put, the existing infrastructure of the internet is used to piggyback the standard utility of a phone system by transmitting voice sounds through the internet using an IP protocol. This is the standard form of communication over the internet, so it requires no additional fee from an existing connection. The reason Skype is such a popular option is that it can be used from a computer to make voice and video calls. Of course, Skype isn’t the only option out there, and there are certainly better choices for different utilities.
In some cases there will be a cost accrued with the use of a VoIP system, but those are rare. If a user decides to replace their entire standard phone system with a VoIP service, they will have to pay a small utility fee. This will allow the user to make direct calls to phone numbers within the standard system, whereas VoIP systems can only communicate within the internet. The price is still a much better rate than most phone plans, and it includes international calling as well. This can easily save businesses up to 90 percent of their communication costs if they use standard calling for international clients.
Growth of VoIP
This technology is likely to replace the current land-based phone system in the near future, but it still has a good amount of improving to do before it is ready for the whole-world market. Of course, the technology is thought of similarly to the internet when it was first exploding in popularity and utility. It won’t be long before everyone uses VoIP in some form or another, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. For now, the drawbacks tend to prevent most from using VoIP as more than a supplement to their standard service, but that will change as the technology becomes more advanced and breakthroughs push it into the mainstream.
Those who got in on the trend early, especially on the supply side, have earned amazing profits and seen tremendous growth, and those trends are also expected to continue as the industry marches inevitable forward.