As with many other purchases, there are a number of factors that you should consider to arrive at an informed decision whether Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service is right for you. To avail a VoIP service, it is necessary for you to have the right equipment. You would need a broadband Internet connection, a modem, telephone equipment and a phone adapter.
Please know that different providers offer adapters that are specific to their service. In VoIP service, the phone adapter converts your voice into data, sends it through your Internet connection, and then converts it back into your phone when the person at the other end picks up the phone. VoIP service allows you to place calls over your high-speed Internet connection, leaving your phone lines free for other calls and faxes to come through.
The foremost benefit of having VoIP service is the cost factor. You will end up saving lot money, when compared with traditional phone service. These basic plans usually include 500 minutes per month of talk time anywhere in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. They also include features such as voicemail, call waiting, call forwarding, and caller ID. You can typically get unlimited talk time each month including calls to several European countries and you also have the option of keeping your existing phone number. If you seriously contemplating to buy please remember many providers offer the first month of VoIP service free.
Today, more and more businesses unable to cope with exorbitant phone bills are turning to the Internet for their phone service. VoIP services enable businesses to conduct calls across the same network to access the Internet and get email – and at truly negligible cost.
Placing calls over the Internet will drastically reduce long distance costs and it is a chief attraction for many exporters/importers or businessmen who have to frequently call clients located overseas.
Further, in the conventional telephony, multiple phone lines, conference calling features, and long distance charges entail many extra charges. However, most VoIP providers offer unlimited local and long-distance calling for a relatively low flat fee. Because a VoIP exchange is based on software rather than hardware, it is more flexible and easier to maintain. Traditional PABX based phone systems come in different sizes and it will be necessary periodically to scrap existing systems and replace hardware. This is not the case with VoIP systems as they are scalable.
Please remember while deciding to buy that RingCentral has a VoIP offering called DigitalLine, which can be completely integrated into your phone system. This integration is essential for keeping your business interactions, including voice mail messages and call logs, organized.
To subscribe to the DigitalLine, you should purchase an analog telephone adaptor (ATA) supplied by RingCentral. This adaptor will turn your standard phone into a VoIP phone. Alternately, you can use your PC to answer calls. RingCentral comes equipped with a SoftPhone, or software that acts like a phone and a headset, for using your computer as a fully functional phone.
If you are already having a VoIP number, RingCentral can switch this existing line over to their services as a DigitalLine. Any unlocked SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) device is easily integrated into RingCentral system. VoIP is the technology of the future. RingCentral DigitalLine VoIP works just like a regular telephone line. But instead of going through landlines, your calls go through your high-speed Internet connection using VoIP technology.