Thanks to recent advances in technology, you no longer need to sign an expensive contract in order to make a call with a cell phone. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) allows anyone with a cell phone and internet access to make calls. There are a number of advantages to VoIP but there’s one that makes it stand out – most VoIP providers charge low rates, sometimes even free.
You can usually keep phone numbers are currently in use and discontinue those not needed. There isn’t even a need for IT staff because hosted VoIP providers will usually take care of that for you. Here’s how you can get VoIP services to work for your own business.
Use a Softphone
Most VoIP providers require that you have at least one actual phone. The good news is is all you will need in order to allow for multiple employees to use VoIP services. No need to purchase phones for each employee.
Find a VoIP Provider for Inbound and Outbound Calls
Before making decisions, make sure that the VoIP provider you pick allows you to not only make outgoing calls but also accept incoming calls. You don’t want to make the mistake of getting a provider that doesn’t allow you to accept incoming calls.
Have VoIP Calls Directed To Computers
Another excellent feature of VoIP is that you don’t necessarily need a phone to use it. You can use VoIP from a computer just as well as any cell phone. Have calls directed to the computers of your business and get rid of the need to purchase phones.
Consider SIP Trunking for Your Network
If you’re looking to set up a large network of phones, it’s a good idea to consider SIP trunking. SIP allows you to connect a Private Branch Exchange (PBX) to an IP phone network. Generally, this is a very cheap and efficient alternative to more traditional VoIP services. An additional benefit of SIP trunking is the ability to scale back if your equipment ages yet still enjoy the benefits of a VoIP network.