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Get The Most Out Of VoIP

Updated on March 26, 2013
Maximizing VoIP's Potential
Maximizing VoIP's Potential

Using VoIP – a Paradigm Change

If you switch to a VoIP system and are using it as a mere replacement for your PSTN landline, you're unnecessarily crippling yourself. Sure, VoIP can be cheaper especially when it comes to international calls. But there is so much more you can do with your new communications system. This is especially true if you are a business since there are many features of VoIP that specifically cater to large groups of people working together.

SIP Forking

This is one of the most useful and game changing capabilities of VoIP. Basically what it means is that you assign the same telephone number to multiple devices. Some SIP providers charge you extra for each device, and some have a limit on the maximum number of phones you can attach a number to. It all depends on the specific VoIP service. If you think about it, many of us already carry around multiple devices – our smartphones, and our tablets. Even our PCs can be considered to be a device. When someone calls you on your VoIP phone number, you should be able to respond with whatever handset is most convenient at the time. If you're working on your PC and sitting far away from your mobile phone, you should be able to answer the call right from there. Or from your tablet.

Consider the situation where you go on a business trip and have left your phone at home! With VoIP, all you need to do is log into your account from any PC and assign your VoIP telephone number to another handset – either one you just purchased or that of a friend or family member.

The scenarios in which SIP forking is useful is limited only by your imagination. It gives you an unprecedented level of flexibility and dramatically increases your productivity.

Purchasing Dedicated VoIP Phones

While it's possible to use VoIP with regular land lines by hooking them up to ATA adapters, it really shines when paired with a dedicated VoIP phone instead of a landline. To start with, these phones are specifically designed to take full advantage of HD voice capabilities so that what you hear is crystal clear. In addition, they have many other features such as call waiting and voicemail options that make them a breeze to use. You won't know what you're missing unless you try one out for yourself.

Contact a business VoIP systems provider specializing in Los Angeles hosted phone systems. You can start enjoying the benefits of VoIP in as little as 15 min.

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