If you are thinking of switching to VoIP and take advantage of cost savings and extra features VoIP offers, there are some things you might consider. This article goes over the main point to keep in mind when deciding to switch to VoIP.
First, you must assess the hardware you already have, and determine whether new hardware is required. The basic requirement to switch to VoIP is a broadband Internet connection and a broadband modem.
If you want to use the existing analog telephones, VoIP, you also need a VoIP analog telephone adapter (ATA). The ATA is usually free if you sign up for VoIP service, otherwise, you may purchase one separately.
You also need a computer. Although it is not necessary to use a computer, VoIP, it makes it even more convenient access to the VoIP account. The computer can also be used to make free VoIP calls from people with the same VoIP software such as Skype. Today, most people do not have a computer hooked up to the internet, so it’s just a little attention.
Finally, if you want to upgrade to newer devices, you can purchase an IP phone, which plug directly to the broadband modem. Some VoIP providers offer these free when you sign up with them, otherwise you have to buy it.
If you decide to ATA or IP phone, you must also subscribe to a VoIP provider. There are many choices and most offer basic services such as call forwarding, call waiting, caller ID and usual monthly expenses. The real difference between the prices charged for long-distance service providers and international calls. You must choose a plan that is most economical for the type of call that you do not. Refer to Selecting the VoIP section for more information.
The other aspect is that you want to keep your existing phone number or not. It may not be possible to keep the old phone number when you switch to a VoIP service. If the VoIP provider offers local phone numbers in the area have a chance to know the number, but no guarantees. If it is important to you, check all the telephone companies and VoIP providers, make sure you keep your old number.
Having been a reliable 911 service is another important consideration. Some VoIP service providers to register the address, if necessary, an emergency call. This information is used to call the appropriate emergency call center, but once connected. The operator cannot determine the location. You cannot speak. 911 if emergency services are needed for you, you are advised to keep your existing phone line or a cell phone emergency call – at least until this issue has developed a VoIP system.
You may also want to keep the margin line if a power failure. VoIP services can be sustained throughout the use of battery power failure backup, but during an extended power failure, the battery may lose power. If your area experiences a lot of power outages, it may be a good idea not to a regular telephone line or cellular phone for emergencies.
Despite these drawbacks, several thousand people have been displaced over the phone systems to VoIP. It is advisable not to take matters discussed in this article into consideration when you decide to switch to VoIP.