Advantages of VOIP
One of the significant advantages of VOIP is that as long as one has Internet access, it is possible to make and/or receive calls no matter where the person is. To appreciate this feature, it's important to understand that even cell phones do not so extensively cover every remote and rural area like the Internet does. Needless to say, all the standard features are present and available free – be it three-way conferencing, call forwarding with auto functionality features, automatic redialing features and caller identification.
It is noteworthy that VOIP enables Unified Messaging, integrating email, voice mail, IM, and standard calendaring. VOIP provider packages invariably allow unlimited outbound and inbound calls, including international calls. For people who frequently make overseas calls, VOIP can mean incredible cost savings.
If you use instant messaging through some popular IM players like Skype, Gtalk, MSN or Yahoo, then consider using them with VOIP (via its voice calling features), since it can be used with all of them. Furthermore, VOIP is capable of being integrated with all Internet based applications and services – such as sharing files, video/audio conferencing, and other similar services.
However, before making the decision to invest in VOIP equipment, you must do a cost-benefit analysis on the advantages and disadvantages of VOIP. While some VOIP systems restrictively allow making calls only to others who are running VOIP, many VOIP systems will permit calling anyone who has a phone. Some VOIP services are computer-based and let you talk via a headset with microphone. A computer-based VOIP system is also capable of transmitting video, enabling the user to see the person while talking. VOIP systems that do not use a computer have a digital VOIP phone or a VOIP adapter for use in tandem with a regular telephone.