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VoIP for Mobile Phones

Updated on February 12, 2013
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The Evolution of VoIP Services

VoIP has come a long way from the early days. Starting off as simple programs running on dial-up Internet connections, it has now progressed to a fully featured technology that many businesses themselves are using to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of their daily communication systems. Indeed, major telecom providers like AT&T and Verizon are in the process of completely switching over their back ends to use IP-based technology thereby replacing the old copper wires. AT&T will spend an estimated $14 billion along the way.

But the true boost to VoIP came a few years back when Apple introduced the iPhone. It was a complete game changer and put powerful processing systems literally into the hands of every user. Since then, phone prices have come down and their capabilities have improved. With the introduction of fast Internet connectivity using 3G and 4G networks, VoIP has truly come into its own and is now poised to snatch away a major share of telecom revenue from the communication giants. It is already the fastest growing type of Internet traffic today and shows no signs of stopping. Businesses are particularly sensitive to its potential for cost savings and this is a major driver of this growth.

Bring Your Own Device or BYOD

In the early days of mobile phones, companies used to provide their employees with dedicated handsets that were locked in and completely secure. The form factor was somewhat smaller as well so it perhaps wasn't that big of an inconvenience to cart around a second device. These days however, employees have their own powerful smartphones that they would rather use instead of the mostly outdated handsets that their companies provide them with. It makes lesser and lesser sense to keep a second handset with you all the time solely for the purpose of making and receiving company based calls.

Organizations are now finding that VoIP provides an easy solution to this conundrum by providing employees with the flexibility to use a single telephone number amongst multiple devices. This provides them with the flexibility to work from anywhere regardless of what device they happen to be using. So the same company telephone number can be used for the landline in the office as well as be linked to the smartphone that they bought.

No doubt, this might raise a few challenges when it comes to data security and privacy – but it is up to the companies to institute proper policy in this regard and ensure that they retain control over important data. Contact local Boston PBX services to find out how you can get started today. The market is a competitive one and there are many VoIP service providers who you can contact to find one that is exactly suits your needs.

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