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VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, a standard technology for making and receiving phone calls over Internet data connections rather than traditional phone lines. Standard phones and enterprise PBX systems use analog signals sent over a wire, while a VoIP system translates communications into data. You can use a digital phone over traditional phone lines, but VoIP is data-centric and requires an Internet connection. To use VoIP, you need phone system devices hooked to an Internet broadband connection along with one or more IP-capable phones. Unlike traditional phones, data-based VoIP solutions can also be integrated with other types of software.

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  1. VoteItUp on September 14, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    What is VoIP?

    Internet telephony service may also be called IP telephony or Voice over Internet (VOI) products. Using the Internet as the medium for transmitting phone calls requires special telephony hardware and software systems. For those who have such a system, phone calls can be made to anywhere in the world without the long-distance fees traditional phone companies charge. All that’s required is an ISP (Internet Service Provider). While most VoIP solutions don’t provide quite the quality that a direct phone connection does, the cost savings to big or small companies is significant. VoIP service also may include services like video conferencing, data transfer, and integration with a variety of other Internet applications.

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  2. VoteItUp on September 14, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    How does VoIP work?

    IP (Internet Protocol) works by breaking up digital information into “packets” of data, each with its own identity and addressing information to ensure it reaches the right destination. How VoIP works is by simply translating analog voice transmissions into digital information. This way, you can use the Internet to call either landlines or mobile devices, and have the data converted back to voice while still retaining the digital copy of the transmission. VoIP can also take advantage of Internet security features such as encryption, firewalls, or private networks.

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  3. VoteItUp on September 14, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    What are the benefits of VoIP over traditional phone systems?

    VoIP provides clear advantages in two key areas: cost savings and system customization. Analog phone systems have limited bandwidth and require dedicated lines, licenses, and the services of a phone company technician when there are repairs or changes to be done. VoIP solutions can be typically serviced by IT staff and work over your Internet connection, so there is no need for additional lines or maintenance. VoIP systems are easier to scale and upgrade to meet business needs. They provide all the traditional phone services like caller ID, call forwarding, and conference calls, but can also be integrated with CRM (customer relationship management) software, email applications, and much more.

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  4. VoteItUp on September 14, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    What are the costs of using VoIP?

    Using telephony over the Internet eases cost through supporting one network instead of two. Unlike traditional phone service, you can add, move, or change phones or locations easily, which saves on installation and maintenance costs, as well as possible downtime. The cost of VoIP service varies widely depending on the solution that’s right for your needs. Typically, there is a monthly service fee which varies between providers. Features like auto attendant, call monitoring, call recording, voicemail-to-email, and Web-based management tools may cost more. There will be initial costs in hardware and installation, depending on your existing network. Smaller businesses will likely be paying higher costs per user vs. larger companies that may have hundreds of users. For instance, a 16-phone system might cost $12,000, where a similar 64-phone system could cost $40,000, or 4x the capacity at 3.5x the cost.

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  5. VoteItUp on September 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    What should I look for in a VoIP provider?

    You should be looking for VoIP providers that offer the best price while satisfying your needs without sacrificing quality. Some primary considerations are: make sure you choose VoIP software that is easy to install, manage, and configure for your chosen hardware, do some investigation to ensure the provider is as reliable as they claim and won’t surprise you with hidden fees, look for SIP trunk services, which allows traditional local and long-distance phone service to be incorporated into a single Internet pipe, verify that any International calling rates integrated with standard phone use are still affordable, make sure the quality, support, and performance are up to your standards.

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