Why VoIP is Good for Business
There are a lot of reasons why VoIP can be good for your business, so we made a list.
Reason #1: You can save money in the long run
There was a time when running your own phone system meant installing a switching system and running wires throughout your entire office. You also had to hire someone or pay a third-party to maintain the system and upgrade it when you needed more lines. Without a doubt, this process is slow, expensive, and not very scalable.
With VoIP, you don’t need to install any hardware whatsoever: you can use your existing Internet connection and your existing devices, including your desktop computer, smartphone, tablet, and even your desk phone. And because the overall infrastructure demands for VoIP are far lower than for traditional phone systems, service providers can charge a lot less for VoIP. It’s no wonder then that subscription rates for plain old telephone service (POTS) are declining.
You also don’t have to pay extra for features like call waiting, voicemail to email, auto attendant, and conference calling. These features come standard with a monthly VoIP subscription. Extra charges for long distance calls are also a thing of the past: because VoIP calls are routed through the Internet, there’s really no difference between a local and a long distance call.
Reason #2: VoIP is scalable so you can add lines as your business grows
Adding phone lines to your VoIP subscription is as easy as asking. Most of the time you won’t have to make any changes to your Internet connection. If your increase is substantial, you might have to opt for a higher bandwidth allotment, but any increased spending on bandwidth is more than offset by the savings from achieved by reducing the number of active traditional phone lines – or shutting your traditional phone system down altogether.
VoIP phone systems are typically administered through a web or app-based platform. This makes it easy to switch seamlessly between devices during a call and integrate other functions like email, fax, and conference calling. What’s more, you can take your VoIP connection with you wherever you go: as long as you’re connected to the Internet you can send and receive calls (even over Wi-Fi).
In short, VoIP phone systems are based on the latest technology, and these systems are constantly improving as the platforms and devices that enable them continue to improve.
Reason #3: You can have all of the features in one easy-to-access platform
VoIP lets you have many features without paying extra fees.
- Caller ID
- Call forwarding
- Unlimited long distance
- Call recording
- A Virtual (cloud-based) phone number
- Voicemail to email
- Auto attendant
- And more
Traditional phone systems have some of these features, but you’ll have to pay extra and you’ll waste time trying to figure out exactly how they work. With VoIP these features are available via a web-based platform or a smartphone app, so they’re super easy to navigate.
No need to remember complicated combinations of numbers and the # key.
Reason #4: You’ll help improve productivity at the office
With VoIP, office communications become seamless. It’s a lot easier to multitask on a phone call or pull up important information in an email when you don’t have to hold a desktop handset in one hand. On a VoIP phone call you can multitask using a single device.
What’s more, you can take your phone calls with you anywhere you go. With call forwarding you can transfer a call from your desktop computer to your smartphone with a single click. There’s absolutely no interruption, delay, or change in voice quality.
You might even find yourself having to spend less on travel because your communications system is so powerful.
Reason #5: Avoid the risk of rising phone tariffs
It’s no secret that traditional telephone infrastructure is aging. Telephone lines across the US are going to need a lot of maintenance over the next several years. Couple this with the fact that subscription rates for plain old telephone service (POTS) are on the decline, and you have bad news for existing POTS subscribers.
A shrinking pool of subscribers means that the costs of maintaining infrastructure will fall on a small number of people and businesses. That means that it’s going to become more expensive just to maintain your connection.
VoIP systems on the other hand are subscription-based and enabled by the Internet, so the infrastructure needed to make calls already exists for a variety of other applications. Historically, VoIP subscription costs have actually fallen while POTS subscription rates have risen.
So, have you created your VoIP succession plan yet?
Not to worry, we have one ready for you.
With BullsEye Telecom you can continue to use your traditional phone system alongside a new VoIP system – using the same business number.
This gives you the flexibility to add VoIP lines as your needs change or as you become more acquainted with VoIP services.
Want to learn more?
Questions? Contact us today.