Since Skype was available for smartphones, it has become cheaper to call using Skype on your mobile phone to many other phones (land-based or mobile), than it is to be calling with your normal network provider. It is amazing this can be the case, but it is the way it is. If you have not used Skype, then you probably have little or no-knowledge of how much money, your company could be saving with VOIP-based business phone systems. It is shocking how many people, in countries like Australia and New Zealand, have no idea about Skype, business phone systems using VOIP. Do you now what VOIP stands for? Here is a look at some comparisons of what VOIP and VOIP-based calling can do compared with traditional calling.
- Reduced Costs. The cost of VOIP calling can range from nothing at all, to extremely cheap. I have compared the cost of calling from my VOIP-based business phone system in Australia, with an Australian number, to an Australian mobile phone. Calls to mobile phones from my VOIP-based phone system costs 1/5 the cost of calling with my mobile phone, and 1/3 the cost from my land-based Australian phone. The cost of international calls to a Hong Kong mobile phone actually cost 1/3 of the cost of the call to the mobile phone number in Australia. The differences here are obvious.
- Location Number. If the cost of calling to Hong Kong was costing more than it was, I could arrange a new Hong Kong-based number from my business phone system provider, so all my calls made to Hong Kong would be charged at local rates. In this case, it has not been expensive enough for me to bother with that service. This is not the case with my calls to Brazil, and so in that case, I have added another Brazil-based number, provided by vendor (at 60 Australian dollars a year), so I can call locally in Brazil, and my clients in Brazil can call me at local calling rates. That is not going to happen with any traditional mobile or land-based service.
- Diversion. When I am out of the office, I can divert my traditional office phone to my mobile phone. That is a great service if I have money to burn. When I am overseas, a flight back to Australia would be cheaper than most 10-minute calls. Sure, I might be exaggerating in this case, but I think you get the picture. With by VOIP-based business phone system, all of the people working in my team have an extension on our system, and it does not matter where they are in the world, whether in their office, or on their mobile phone, the caller does not know, and the costs are negiligible. Even when we ignore the issue of diversion, and just consider the ability of having a phone system that allows our extension numbers to be anywhere in the world, there is absolutely no comparison with tradition phone calls and traditional phone calling cost.
- Support. It was not long ago I had an issue with my standard telephone line. I used my VOIP-based phone system to call the national carrier (using my mobile would have been more expensive), to see what I could get done about it. After until the end of the weekend, and then waiting for 30 minutes for person service, I was told I was going to have to pay a call-out fee of 60 dollars before something could be done about it. I don’t have issue with my business phone system, and they are online 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The only reason why I can have an issue is if my internet connection fails, and that is not the fault of my business phone provider – I have a secondary back-up internet connection just in case.
Does it sound like I have had enough of my national carrier and the expensive costs of poor service and minimal features? To put it bluntly, I have had enough of paying too much. On top of that, I am already used to video calling, and don’t feel a call without an image of the person on the other end of the phone is enough. I am also eagerly awaiting the release of the new Windows 8 operating system, so I can take even more advantage of VOIP systems, because my smartphone, business phone system and all of my other computer devices will be running on the same operating system.
Author Bio:- Tom Mallet is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics, including Windows 8 and business phone systems.