It's no secret that running an efficient business requires the streamlining and optimization of all business communications. Each business has different solutions based on pricing model and services offered. On average, there are 11 million meetings per day in the U.S., many involving video conferencing, VoIP services, etc., and before your business chooses a provider, it's important to understand the basics of what VoIP business systems have to offer. Here are just a few answers to common questions regarding VoIP business systems.
What is VoIP?
An acronym for Voice over Internet Protocol, VoIP services are a field of technology that allows users to verbally communicate using the Internet as opposed to a traditional phone line. VoIP is also sometimes referred to as a digital phone service or a broadband phone service. The biggest advantage of VoIP systems is convenience and availability -- these technologies allow users to make, receive, and monitor phone calls for later use and can go much further in their technological capabilities than traditional phone lines.
Are VoIP devices compatible with non-VoIP communications?
The answer to this question may depend on your provider to some extent, but for the most part, VoIP business systems are universal in the sense that they can be connected to and from any other phone device. What's more is that VoIP systems typically allow for conference calls and communication over multiple channels. This allows for maximum flexibility and accessibility when coordinating schedules and meetings. But again, it's important to check with your VoIP software provider for specific details regarding your system's capabilities.
Is the audio quality of VoIP business systems comparable to traditional phone communications?
No -- as a matter of fact, it's better. VoIP systems don't have to deal with as much interference when trying to establish a secure connection. Plus, the technology has been continually modified and improved over the years. Now, VoIP systems tend to be crystal clear, making sure you won't miss a single word of that important conference call with your colleagues.
The voice over IP (VoIP) industry as a whole is set to grow to over $76 billion by the end of 2015, and the number of small office/home office subscribers is projected to grow to $262 million -- a 50% increase since 2011. But ultimately, understanding the functionality of VoIP business systems can help you make the best decision regarding your business' communication needs.