Setting up VoIP ? - 5 Important Must Knows to Maximize your Benefits

VoIP is not a new technology. It's been around long enough that many people have come to regard it as a very useful thing, similar to how the internet, computers and cell phones are serving their purpose in this present-day.

No doubt that there are many VoIP users willing to testify about its numerous advantages over the old-style telephone system because, fact is, VoIP has plenty to offer in terms of functionality, cost-efficiency and usefulness. To list a few:

   1. VoIP can really cut down your phone bills by as much as 80%
   2. VoIP can improve efficiency because it gives you a number of options to solve various communication problems
   3. VoIP provides a broad range of specialties that are designed to accomplish many tasks for you

There is a lot of information about VoIP technology. Some of them are correct information. Some of them are a bit misleading. With all the info, and all the advice that's out there, how is the ordinary consumer supposed to know what is accurate and what is merely hype?

As a VoIP service provider who is in partnership with one of America's top 100 VoIP resellers, let me help you get the facts straight.

Here are 5 important facts about VoIP which you should know so you can get it to work at its fullest potential:

1. VoIP can be made to work together with the standard phone lines without conflict.

Many people have the notion that because VoIP uses the internet that they can completely do away with the old-style telephone lines. Of course, you can go VoIP all the way, but it will be an expensive overhaul. But to really max out on using VoIP, you can mix up traditional and VoIP lines with very little effort and with very minimal cost. VoIP can be very flexible in this way because you don't really need to change your existing phone system to a completely VoIP set-up. You can keep some of your old analog lines and supplement them with the VoIP system by making use of a special router which you can get from your VoIP service provider. You can have the router fitted into the standard phone line and enable the transmission of VoIP messages in and out your network. This mix of standard lines and VoIP lines can give you the option of working with the least expensive system to use such as in cases when you need to make a VoIP call to a non-VoIP line where charges can really add up.

2. VoIP calls are not always free or cheap.

Many people think that because VoIP calls go through the internet then all calls are free and that you only have your internet service to pay for each month. Not really. This is not to say that the info out there about VoIP calls being "free" and "cheap" are all exaggerated. They're not. VoIP calls can be free. Voip calls can be cheap. But, in instances when the VoIP network employs the use of the regular public phone network, then those calls will certainly cost you. Just remember these pointers:

    * VoIP-to-VoIP calls using the same network are free.
    * VoIP calls to a non-VoIP line are not free.

3. VoIP calls (may) cost you per minute.

A great benefit of VoIP is that you can use it to call and talk to as many people as you want or need all at the same time. Many people think that they save a lot on the cost of the call when they call different people simultaneously when actually each of those calls will still cost and they're charged to you per minute. So, if you make a call to one person for 20 minutes, then that call will cost 20 minutes. If you make a call to 20 people all at one time and talk to them for just 1 minute, that will cost 20 minutes total. So to really max out on VoIP benefits, utilize an all-VoIP system to make VoIP-to-VoIP calls using this multi-user feature.

4. VoIP quality is based on your service network.

The issues about poor sound quality and security is not the fault of digital technology (the science by which VoIP operates on). Sound quality depends on the speed capacity of your broadband connection. Security and privacy problems depend on the network's strength and capability to resist attacks. Fact is, since VoIP operates on digital technology, it should sound better and it should be safer to use than standard phone systems. Digital technology cleans up signals better than analog so it should clear up noise and interference more efficiently. Digital technology has encryption features to protect data as it travels through the internet, analog lines do not, and so call tampering, interception or any other forms of attack should not likely happen. To max out on VoIP benefits, always check with your VoIP service provider if your present system can support VoIP calls.

5. VoIP is easy to set-up.

To fully enjoy the benefits of VoIP, it is best to utilize the resources of a service provider to assess, plan and install your system. A service provider can complete all the tasks involved in changing your phone system. This can really be a bargain deal especially for a business set-up which cannot afford to close down for days just to get VoIP lines installed. You can expect them to give you an assessment to match personnel skill and equipment compatibility, create an installation plan that will fit your resources and do all the installation work from offsite so that when they get to your office its simply pull-out-and-plug-in, which will only take hours not days. The provider can also troubleshoot remotely, if your contract provides.

You can amplify the benefits of VoIP to your advantage by putting these five facts to use. This way, VoIP can be a worthy investment to you and your business in the long run.