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Facetime, Skype Vs Business VOIP Phone Systems: How to Choose?

Apple’s iPhone 4s is making more news again for Apple as they release another attention-attracting device. Facetime is continually being pushed along with all new Apple products, especially because high definition cameras are becoming the norm in all recent devices. VOIP (Voice/Video Over Internet Protocol) based business phone systems are getting very popular at the same time. For a business user, which is the right choice for them is of concern. Business VOIP telephone systems are much more sophisticated and offer a range of services. This article looks at the differences you can expect.


Apple created Facetime and they are not going to give it up. Facetime is all over every new TV program and movie we see come out of Hollywood. Facetime does deliver excellent quality video and audio, as it should, considering it is made by the same company that makes the operating system it runs on. That is the big downside of Facetime. It is Apple only. We can think of it as a cute club for Apple users. We still need a great Internet connection. When using 3g, our Internet connection speed can greatly fluctuate, depending on total network usage in the region you are in, and the quality of the network you are using. Traveling the world, I have noticed great differences in what actually 3g networks deliver. You cannot assume all 3g networks will deliver the same. Facetime is great for communicating with other Apple users and cannot possibly compare with other VOIP applications.


We can think of Skype as the mother of all VOIP applications. Arguably, because of Skype, VOIP was taken to the masses, and the popularity of VOIP, the potential of VOIP, and the real usability of VOIP phone systems have been accepted. Skype is cross-platform, and this means we can all use it. It might not be perfect all of the time, but it is very usable for both general and business purposes. Skype grew through the use of peer-to-peer connectivity. This means each user adds to the connectivity of the network. Skype also has business options and allows us to set up and connect straight away. It is a very good option when you are looking for a completely off-the-shelf option.

Dedicated Business Systems

Because of the popularity and excellent cost saving and intimacy created through VOIP, we have seen a huge growth in companies that supply specialist applications and hardware for even the biggest companies. It is common for managed services to be supplying medium to large companies via their own dedicated servers, and handling many clients at the same time. Technology in terms of the Internet network we are using, and the compression and security measures available with all VOIP, makes delivering excellent services very viable. Each vendor will have specific features and functions as they attempt to differentiate themselves from others. Integration at all levels is very real and very available. The limitations of these applications are only limited to who will code what next.

The iPhone 4s takes mobile VOIP calling to the next level with improved antenna technology (so we can actually roam the whole world of mis-matched networks), and delivers higher speed processing and smoother operating system functionality. At the same time, we still need an excellent connection right at the time we need it. If it is not available, then everything is useless. It is not a matter of choice over Facetime, Skype or a more advanced system. You can use them all.

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 business phone systems and Computer Repairs.

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