Advantages of VoIP
There are numerous advantages to converting to a wireless VoIP telephony system. However, in most instances the primary reason is cost savings which can be substantial.
A single business line for local calls through a regional carrier will cost around $40.00 per month on a 3 year agreement.
Additionally, a long distance provider is required, and those rates range from 4.5 to 6 cents per minute. For most businesses, out of state calling to customers and vendors is a necessity, and many find themselves with significant monthly long distance phone bills as a result.
Regardless of the provider, VoIP pricing packages will include long distance in their calling plans. Therefore the monthly charges are fixed regardless of the destination of the call. For somewhere between $30-50 per month, VoIP providers offer the same local service as traditional carriers plus unlimited long distance throughout the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, most providers offer international plans that include call rates that cost a fraction of what conventional global long distance carriers charge.
Regional landline carriers also have to add a 10-15 dollar tax that shows up every month on the user’s phone bill. With a VoIP provider, there is only a 2-3 dollar per month excise tax. However, be aware that this may change in the future as the federal government looks for ways to raise new revenue.
VOIP plans are rich with features, usually at no additional cost. Among them are caller ID, call record, call waiting, call forwarding, Internet forwarding, three-way calling, and call return. A new application from Vonage allows for an iPhone or Blackberry to place low cost international calls over local Wi-Fi networks.