Voice over Internet Protocol

What is VoIP?

VoIP is a communication language. It is the general term for the transfer of voice and, more recently, video over an IP Network.

VoIP Is Becoming More Frequently Used

 All carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and others, use VoIP to interconnect calls globally. So when you make a traditional phone call today on a traditional phone system, it is in fact a VoIP call. Even a call to or from your cellphone is VoIP! 

There Are 3 Different Types Of VoIP Service

ATA -  The simplest and most common way is through the use of a device called an ATA (analog telephone adaptor). 


IP Phones -  IP phones connect directly to your router and have all the hardware and software necessary right onboard to handle the IP call. Wi-Fi phones allow subscribing callers to make VoIP calls from any Wi-Fi hot spot. 


Computer to Computer -  This is certainly the easiest way to use VoIP. All you need is the software, a microphone, speakers, a sound card and an Internet connection, preferably a fast one like you would get through a cable or DSL modem.  

Cloud/ Hosted PBX

What is Cloud/ Hosted PBX?

 In basic terms a Hosted Private Branch Exchange (Hosted PBX)  is a telephone exchange system that is built, delivered and managed by a  specialist provider using IP telephony - so it is provisioned and  delivered via the internet instead of via traditional PBX equipment that would once have needed to be installed in-house.

Cloud PBX's Have Specific Advantages

 A new, small, under-capitalized business can benefit hugely from  hosted/cloud systems due to the reduced up front cost of technology. 


 There are some additional, real advantages should you shift your  communications technology to the cloud.  Companies with multiple  locations, remote offices and teleworkers can hugely benefit from Hosted PBX.  

Hosted PBX Can Have Huge Savings

 

Not only are users stuck with a significant upfront cost, but they're  subject to hefty ongoing costs too. Traditional PBXs use the  old-fashioned (PSTN / ISDN) landline network. This means that every  single user requires a separate phone line with a seperate phone number,  compounding monthly line rental costs.

Furthermore, the legacy phone networks can often have high call rates  and flagfall charges. If you use the phone alot, this will quickly  compound your monthly charges.