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The Benefits of VoIP Outside the Workplace

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May 09, 2013

The Benefits of VoIP Outside the Workplace

By Blaise McNamee, Web Editor

VoIP is increasingly the communications technology of choice for major businesses and organizations around the world today. This comes as no surprise, as the positive effect on a company’s bottom line is well-documented at this point. But why should such a powerful and inexpensive technology be limited to the workplace? The answer is – it’s not!

Believe it or not, VoIP is a great solution for personal use. Installing VoIP services in your home or on your mobile device is easy and can lead to substantial savings on your telecom bills. 

The savings come primarily from the way VoIP is designed. By sending voice data over the Internet, making a phone call becomes as cheap as sending an e-mail. For this reason, almost all VoIP providers offer unlimited nationwide calling, with no long distance fees or roaming charges. Moreover, international calls are made extremely cheaper. With VoIP, calls to friends and family overseas or across the border cost a fraction of what they used to using traditional telephony. 

Also, as we approach the summer months, many of us will be taking extended vacations, far away from friends and relations. Fortunately, many residential VoIP providers provide downloadable mobile apps for users to take along with them, allowing cheap Internet-based phone calls from anywhere on Earth. These apps are not limited to smartphones either, but can also be installed on tablets and laptops. As long as an Internet connection is available, you can make cheap calls to family and friends over the Internet.

VoIP also has additional capabilities that are simply non-existent with standard telephone service. For example, VoIP allows for IP video conferencing, which can join family and friends together in a live video call. So, whether you’re at home on the couch or touring the Grand Canyon, you can stay visually connected to your loved ones and share your experiences in real time.

As VoIP capabilities continue to expand, even more people can reap the benefits of this IP-based technology. It’s not just for businesses anymore. 

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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