A surprising number of businesses are still using landline phones. In the modern world of the Internet and high-speed data, it may be time to think about making a switch to a more modern communication option — VoIP service, or Cloud Hosted Systems. VoIP phone service offers so much more to businesses that a regular landline just can’t.
Here are just a few reasons why it may be time for businesses to cut the cord and make the switch to VoIP:
You Can Make a Call Without a Phone
Mobile and Desktop VoIP Apps are available that can turn just about any device into a call-making machine. This flexibility can be extremely handy in various business environments, where quick communication is essential.
Smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops can all quickly be enabled to make phone calls through VoIP telephony. When cell phone batteries die, or you want to save minutes on a limited phone plan, you can still make important phone calls with these VoIP-enabled devices.
Have a Local Number for International Presence
Making international calls with VoIP is about as inexpensive as it gets. You also have the added advantage of being able to create a local phone number — for wherever your customers happen to be.
If you do a lot of business in Indonesia, for instance, you can get a local number that your business associates can call to get a hold of you while you are in the U.S. VoIP essentially allows you to have a local presence, anywhere in the world.
Transcribe Voicemails to Emails or Texts
There are a number of business VoIP providers that bundle voicemail transcription into their service for an all inclusive price. This feature instantly transcribes all of your voicemails and converts them into text or email, and delivers them right to your inbox.
You can save time listening to voicemails, yet still get the important information you need to make business decisions. You can always listen to the full message later, but the transcription is a great way to get important information fast.
Huge Cost Savings
When you are trying to turn a profit with your business, every little bit helps. In the case of business expenses, you want to minimize what you spend to maximize what you earn — but not at the expense of quality and performance. The great thing about VoIP services is that you get the best of both worlds.
VoIP plans are much more affordable than any landline service, especially when you get into international rates. With VoIP, you’ll pay anywhere from $20 to $35 per line depending on how many features you’ll need. It also offers improved performance and a number of useful options at no extra cost. So you get to save money and get free features with help to improve your business at the same time.
Direct Your Calls Where You Want
Many VoIP services allow you to get very specific about where and when you want your calls to go. You can set calls to go to multiple phones, or to go straight to voicemail without your phone ringing once.
So, if you are unsure of where you are going to be during the day, you can make certain the call will still reach you. Or, if you are going to be working on something important, or in a meeting, you can make sure you are undisturbed.
Seamlessly Transfer Calls between Your Devices
If you are on an important call, like a business prospect that you have been waiting on for some time, VoIP makes it easy to transfer that important call to any number that you want. So if you get the call on a business line while you are in the office, but you want to stay on the call as you leave to head out for lunch, you can easily switch the call over to your cell phone.
Bottom Line: Numerous Upsides With No Downsides
Staying competitive in business requires using the best tools available. When it comes to business phone service, VoIP wins hands down. Offering numerous benefits without any negatives, VoIP is likely to become the standard telephone option for all businesses in the future. For any business that has yet to adopt the technology, now is the time to do so.
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Vinix is one of the best volp services.!!!!!
It helps with contacting clients internationally. With it, you don’t have to worry about international communications. This allows you to communicate with anyone regardless of where you are.
Excellent points, and a great article. The flexibility of VoIP is huge when considering businesses that have remote workers, employees on the road, or the company itself is a virtual presence. VoIP helps to tie everything and everyone together.
This is a great article, and it certainly highlights the many benefits that a VoIP service can bring to small businesses. However the key advantage, especially for start up companies or sole traders, is the flexibility that a VoIP service provides. Additionally, a VoIP service gives the ability to appear more professional and allows small businesses to negate the stigma associated with a mobile-only business. Indeed, our recent research uncovered that 67% of respondents associate a mobile contact number with a small business. With a VoIP service though, as the article suggests, a small business can be represented by a geographical number, which means they can appear larger and create a local presence.
The rise of VoIP services means that businesses can grow, scale and relocate, whilst still achieving agility and flexibility. It is no longer practical for small businesses to rely on a mobile-only business, or indeed tie themselves down to a landline. Furthermore, with it being thirty years since the first mobile call, it’s definitely time for small businesses to look for a far more flexible and affordable approach.
Steve Smith, Founding Director, Virtual Landline
Like the article identifies, now is undeniably a great time for businesses to switch to VoIP and discover the many associated benefits. However, what is often overlooked by SMEs and start-ups in particular, is the growing issue of security. With the frequency of hacking only increasing, it’s completely unreasonable to leave your VoIP wide open to opportunists.
Traditionally, voice firewalls that secure VoIP have been expensive solutions that require dedicated hardware implementation. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that small businesses have generally ignored it. Despite this, there are now greater options available – freemium voice firewall products that will deter any hacker and encourage them to move on to an easier target. Those businesses that are putting these solutions in place, truly can explore the “numerous upsides with no downsides”.
I totally agree. I have tried VoIP service and it is really money saving, but the problem is in finding a reliable provider since there is a lot of scam on the internet.
I use VoIP service provided by a small company called “ECS-NET FZE”
they provide good service and they are reliable.
I like how you mention the fact that with a VoIP service, you should only pay about $20-$35 per line. The company I work for has been trying to figure out what kind of system they want to use for their phones. I’ll be sure to let them know that with a VoIP service, they will be able to get a system for cheap and also be able to use all the features we could need.
A friend of mine is starting up their business and they need a phone system. As you said here, a VoIP service can provide a lot of things to a business. I’m sure that they’d use the method to transfer a call to any of your devices.
I have been planning to integrate a VoIP system in my business because I learned that this is a great way to reach out to a wider market. It’s great to know that aside from what I’ve stated, the VoIP system is also beneficial in terms of providing quick communication without needing a phone. Also, I never knew that through this service, international calls/service is possible without having to worry about paying more.
I like the idea of being able to make important phone calls on VoIP-enabled devices without having to rely on a cell phone that can die. I think cell phones should be for personal use only. Businesses should have separate phones for work and work-related calls.
I personally believe that people who are running a business must have a VOIP system installed in it because this will help them reach a wider market. Well, thank you for also sharing here that this is more practical because they can make international phone calls without spending too much. You are also right that this will help them minimize their spending.