ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

VoIP – Transparent Billing in the Cloud

Updated on December 20, 2012
Complicated Billing
Complicated Billing

Billing Problems with the PSTN Phone System

There is no doubt that the traditional phone system is a mess. As a technology, it has steadily evolved over the past few decades and has increased in complexity to a point where customers are simply unable to comprehend the billing system. Recent reports seem to suggest that consumers can easily be over billed for that telephone services without even being aware of it. Taxes, surcharges, and any number of similar items make it impossible to distinguish what is valid and what isn't. And what choice do we really have? In most cases in the US, you will be lucky to have more than two telephone service providers. And in many cases there is just one. The industry is anything but competitive and existing players have no incentive to improve their offerings.

The IT world on the other hand has moved on to transparent billing systems as part of its overall shift to the cloud. If you take a service like Amazon's AWS offerings, customers are transparently billed based on their usage and nothing else. It is easy to see how much of each product you have used and pay the appropriate amount. There is transparency, accountability, and perhaps most importantly there is competition.

Unlike the phone system, there are any number of VoIP providers in a given geographical area. These hosted PBX SIP services offer voice communications on the cloud. And with the cloud, they bring the same flexibility, transparency, and accountability that the rest of the IT world has gotten used a to long time ago. You can use VoIP with Wi-Fi, or even your 3G or 4G LTE phone connection. Call forwarding allows your SIP service to let you receive VoIP calls even when you have no Internet connection whatsoever.

VoIP also doesn't suffer from the same geographical limitations that the traditional PSTN phone system has to adjust to. You needn't change your telephone number when you move. Even when you travel internationally, you can continue to make use of your smart phone using the same VoIP number at the very same rates that you are charged in the US. All you require is an Internet connection that you can easily obtain either via Wi-Fi or from a local data service provider in whichever country you are.

It is preferable to obtain a local SIP service. If you want to use VoIP in Chicago for example, there are many providers located in that geographical area who will be able to provide you with the service you deserve. Contact one to find out how you can get started today.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)