Carry your VoIP Phone with you always
Are you always connected?
One of the advantages of living in today's world is that we're always connected. Whether it's through our phones or via the Internet, there's hardly any place within our normal circle of existence where we're not able to contact another person. Certainly within the US for example, you can move anywhere you want and still make and receive calls from your cell phone as if you hadn't moved at all.
As long as you have your phone with you.
But the moment you go to another country, things get complicated. If you can make calls at all, you're likely to be slapped with such high charges that your phone bill for the next cycle will make your eyes pop. Then you have to go through the problems of getting another phone or (if you're lucky) a SIM card with another telephone number which will not have your contacts on it. All in all, quite a big mess.
Of course, you can choose International phone plans but that'll cost you extra and you might never know when you're going to be going abroad.
This isn't the way it should be. The way you communicate shouldn't depend on where you travel and what telephone number you happen to have at that moment. While the existing PSTN phone system shows us no way around this, VoIP however is showing the way and setting us free by giving us always on uniform communications no matter where we are and what devices we use.
VoIP in the cloud
If you have a VoIP system, it's easy to replicate your calling environment no matter where you are. The latest Hosted VoIP Systems allow you to connect to an SIP proxy server which is accessible via the Internet. As long as you have a smartphone into which you can pop in a SIM card, all you have to do is land in another country, buy a SIM card with local rates and a data plan. Which number you get is irrelevant since your real number is VoIP based. Just register your device with your VoIP number. Anyone calling that number will be able to connect to it and you can speak to them just as if you were still back home!
Think of VoIP as your phone system in the cloud. Your SIP proxy server is with you wherever you go. Switching to Hosted PBX is simple. Give your ITSP a call and you could be up and running within just a few minutes as soon as you register a device with them. You'll never need to care again where you are.