Why should I use a VoIP phone when I have a traditional phone available?

Why you should use VoIP phones - Nine simple tips

You must be thinking that if voice calling can be done using a simple standard telephone why should I use VoIP phones. The answer to this is simple. It is because VoIP phones save people’s money because many calls done through VoIP phones are much more cheaper than traditional phones lines and some of them also go free.

The other advantages due to which people are switching towards VoIP phones are:

  1. Ease of use as VoIP calling is done via Internet.
  2. VoIP phones are affordable than simple telephones.
  3. VoIP phones provide many more facilities like you can do conference calls with multiple users at the same time.
  4. Many VOIP service providers are including premium telephone services like call waiting, call forwarding, caller ID, 3-way calling, and voice mails that are free of charge but this is done with a monthly subscription or a bill.
  5. VOIP service providers only charge a flat rate for all calls, i.e., local calls and long distance calls. That means they will charge all the calls at the same rate for a specific month instead of charging separate for local and long distance calls.
  6. In many cases, VOIP providers provide options of checking voicemail through the Internet just same as checking an e-mail. All your voicemail messages can be easily saved and later on if required sent as e-mail attachments.
  7. Most VOIP service providers use ATA which simply plugs into a broadband connection and business travelers can carry an ATA and VoIP phone with them to locations like hotels and restaurants and still get access to their business phones and can use VOIP services just by plugging into available connection. This helps business travelers while they are with their clients or in a meeting outside their countries or states.
  8. Another new alternative is a simple software called Softphone which can be easily installed on a laptop with microphones and headphones or speakers and wireless Internet cards so VOIP phone calls can be done without any need to travel with a physical telephone or ATA.
  9. Gateways or interconnection devices are easily able to inter communicate with traditional phone networks with data networks. The VoIP phone system can divert all your normal phone calls to the Internet so that once it has reached the closest server, call back can be translated and the analog information can be transmitted to a regular telephone with a traditional telephone network so much that it is possible to keep a record of your traditional phone conversations also.

CISCO unified IP phones using VoIP or voice over IP
CISCO unified IP phones using VoIP or voice over IP

VoIP Phones - Technical description of Voice over IP

With the recent non-stop technological growth and deployment of internet protocols or IP networks in both ways, locally and remotely, and with development of state-of-art advanced voice scanning techniques, traffic prioritization protocols, control mechanisms plus study and research of new network standards which are able to provide good quality of service or QoS in IP networks, we, the highly-advanced human beings, are able to create an environment known as Voice Over IP used in conjunction with VoIP Phones through which it is easily possible to transmit IP telephony but not in a manner which serves to disappearance of the traditional circuit-switched telephone network but VoIP technology is a phase coexistent between the old and new telephone system and of course necessary to be connected via gateways commonly known as VoIP gateways. Both International Telecommunication Union or ITU and Internet Engineering Task Force or IETF have addressed the above process.

The VoIP process is compounded by Internet phenomenon with potential of economic benefit with newer technologies like Voice over IP and therefore, VoIP or voice over internet protocol or voice over IP or whatever is said has become a hot thing which is being applied in business strategies. Nowadays, due to these new technologies like VoIP, IP telephony has begun to see the finest hour and is converting into a much more advanced technological state.

Original concept of VoIP phones has remained relatively simple since it came into existence a decade ago. Use of voice networking or VoIP phones is to transform the voice in packets of information manageable via an Internet protocol, which also includes use of Intranet and Extranet.

Thanks to some newer more advanced communication protocols such as Resource ReSerVation Protocols or RSVPs through which it is possible to reserve a certain bandwidth within the network of an organization to ensure quality of communication received and delivered. For more technical description of VoIP phones, visit my other hubs, links above the comment box.

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DiamondRN 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

I've been using VOIP for over 4 years to save money. I don't feel like I have given anything up by dropping my land line. I can even use my old analog fax machine with no problem. (I was told that it wouldn't work. It does.)


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot DiamondRN for sharing your practical experience of using VoIP phones. I agree that VoIP phones are cost saving and provides many more facilities than old analog fax machines and traditional analog phones.


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

It seems like VoIP phones are the way to go. Thanks for the information.


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

It's my pleasure Veronica. Thanks for the comment.


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pankaj3625 7 years ago from Delhi

Thank you very much Mr. Soni for answering my question and letting me know about the advantages of VoIP phones over standard telephones.


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

It's pleasure Pankaj. You asked a really important question from me.


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ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

another reason is free long diatance and internatonal calling depending on the country.


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes, thanks for the better explanation ocbill. Though I have added this point in the hub above but then also thanks for highlighting the most effective point in this matter. After all, everyone is looking for free calls in the world using VoIP or other telephone systems.


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PayPerClickPlay 7 years ago from NY

VOIP is well proven to save money and replace landlines, but the technology that is a real money saver is COIP, Cellular Over Internet Protocol which was specifically designed for wireless. With most trying to use VOIP over wireless, these require you to use GSM smart phones with optional cost data network plans, as well as mandate you to only two carriers, T-Mobile and AT&T which are both experiencing peak bandwidth, so the secret is out.

COIP required no smart phone purchase, or optional data plan for $40.00 a month extra, so if you really want to save money, check out VOIP-COIP which puts a local access dial tone on any cell phone worldwide to call worldwide for up to 90% less than any other wireless carrier. We all know VOIP is the future in telecom industry, and now COIP is the future in wireless mobile.

www.VOIP-COIP.com


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot PayPerClickPlay for updating us with the new technology which is known as COIP. I have studied some links on net and came to the conclusion that whatever you have said is true and I agree with the fact that COIP saves much more money than VOIP, but can you please let our readers know some more things and new features about COIP. You can also create a hub on the same like starting up with "What is COIP?" then "Difference between COIP and VOIP internet protocols. "How COIP saves more money than VOIP". If you want to write a comment providing same info that would be highly appreciable also. Waiting for your positive response. Best of luck.


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TnFlash 7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Great info. I use VOIP because of cost. Traditional land lines have gotten so expensive and heavily taxed. They are simply not longer an option for me.


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for sharing your practical info on VOIP phones friend. Have a great day with VOIP.


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H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

THe use of VOIP must be learn who knows it may be very useful once.


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot Mr. Roychoudhury.


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PayPerClickPlay 7 years ago from NY

Cellular Over Internet Protocol COIP is similar to VOIP which is becoming the mainstream alternative to landlines and is well proven technology which many here have commented on.

1ButtonToWiFi has merged their VOIP with new COIP for even more savings for those who have wireless phones. VOIP over wireless is exploding, but sadly, you have to read the fine print on optional data network plans which do not allow voice over their data network for obvious reason, it would be bypassing their voice plans and they would lose money.

Avoid VOIP over wireless is warning for all who already have GSM smart phones with T-Mobile or AT&T unless you want to get hit with a huge surcharge for data network TOS violations. Apple released their VOIP application and AT&T balked, then FCC stepped into act, and now the whole industry is about to change as Google and Verizon are hooked up in states.

With the growth of wireless industry, it only makes sense to combine both VOIP and COIP for even more savings. They have taken it a step further than anyone else with merger with MSI MySocialIncome which offers much more than just lower cost telecom solutions, it also offers video and voice conferencing for the business user.

Since VOIP-COIP can be used on any wireless phone or carrier, it is the first worldwide solution with no optional data network plan required. Simply put, it puts a local access dial tone on any cell phone. When you combine all the features from merger of MSI and 1ButtonToWiFi, this is the future of telecom and the internet.

www.VOIP-COIP.com


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

This is some excellent information posted by PayPerClickPlay on COIP or cellular over Internet Protocol. After reading this informational post, my view about VOIP has changed. I will include this information in my new blog I created three days back on blogger: http://voip-business-solution.blogspot.com


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PayPerClickPlay 7 years ago from NY

Greetings,

I took your recommendation and started a HUB on specifics of the VOIP-COIP technology, so thanks for the suggestion.

I research them all and have beta tested most, but VOIP-COIP is the future of telecom industry given peak bandwidth is becoming big issue with texting and smart phone applications being bandwidth hogs on conventional networks, but not an issue on internet voice communications.

http://voip-coip.com


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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot PayPerClickPlay for your additional update on COIP technology. I will be sure to go through your site.


VoIP software 6 years ago

Thanks I have been using VoIP phone for years and it saves me lots of money, lol.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much VOIP software for sharing your experience with using VOIP phones. I agree that VOIP is much economical than traditional phones.


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hsjessie 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

This was a nice article and provided some great information. To me it seems there is a little confusion on a "VoIP phone" versus "VoIP Service".

This hub seems to be more targeted towards using VoIP service such as Vonage or cable companies providing phone services, if I am correct. While these services do provide VoIP service, they aren't truly VoIP in the purest essence as the endpoints are ultimately converted back to analog. However all the benefits you listed remain as they do use a different transmission and routing protocol to allow for higher quality and cheaper phone calls.

A full-featured VoIP phone is considerably more expensive than a standard analog phone that most people have at home. They also require a special service or PBX to have true point-to-point IP service. But, you are right about all the benefits these phones can provide, especially if you are a telecommuter as they can usually provide all of your features from work wherever you are provided you have a broadband connection.

Thanks for the great article!


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

hsjessie, thank you so much for reviewing this article in such a great detail. I love your advice on VOIP. The benefits of VOIP phones and its service outweigh any other phones and service in the world.


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laurenthomas 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Very useful advice, especially as many people don't realise that they can more or less replace their traditional phone line with a VoIP phone.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes laurenthomas, Voip phone has a lot of benefits over traditional phone lines. Thanks for the comment.


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PhoneBooth 6 years ago from Cary, NC

Great list; VOIP can really save a small company money when you compare business phone systems.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes you are perfectly correct PhoneBooth.


danon 5 years ago

Connects directly to an Internet telephone service provider or to an IP private branch exchange. Should be cheaper than home phone service to use.


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hello danon, that's the magic of VOIP. Buy one and reap the benefits.


Charlie 5 years ago

This was a nice article and provided some great information. To me it seems there is a little confusion on a VoIP Phone versus VoIP Service .

This hub seems to be more targeted towards using VoIP service such as Vonage or cable companies providing phone services, if I am correct. While these services do provide VoIP service, they aren't truly VoIP in the purest essence as the endpoints are ultimately converted back to analog. However all the benefits you listed remain as they do use a different transmission and routing protocol to allow for higher quality and cheaper phone calls.

A full-featured Computer Phone is considerably more expensive than a standard analog phone that most people have at home. They also require a special service or PBX to have true point-to-point IP service. But, you are right about all the benefits these phones can provide, especially if you are a telecommuter as they can usually provide all of your features from work wherever you are provided you have a broadband connection. Business Voip


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Ringandping 5 years ago from Santa Ana, CA

With the new technology like SIP trunking companies can save even more compared to using POT's, PRI's or T1's.

Thanks for the good information


michaelharris 4 years ago

You can use VoIP even if you have a traditional phone because usually these phone are able to connect to the internet.

This page can give you a good starting point: http://www.ozekiphone.com/what-is-ip-phone-345.htm...

Here you can find the description of IP phones (with a video tutorial) in relation with Ozeki Phone System XE.


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soni2006 3 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks Ringandping.


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soni2006 3 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for sharing this info Michael Harris

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