10 Ways That VoIP Crushes Regular Phones
Not joined the VoIP revolution yet? Then we invite you to consider the following ten amazing features that you are missing out on.
1. Have Multiple Extensions
Install a VoIP app (such as Zoiper) on all your mobile devices (Ipad, Ipod, Android etc). Start the program and put in your VoIP provider's details into each device. Next time you get a call, they will all ring in perfect harmony. Pick up any one, and the rest will stop ringing. Vonage call this “SimulRing” and it’s included as standard.
2. Never Pay for a Call Again
Be careful and clever. Sign up with several VoIP providers (as well as Skype and Google Talk). By combining the free calls and allowances, never pay a cent to talk.
3. See Who You Are Speaking To
VoIP was designed from the outset to carry video as well as audio. It is a standard that everyone follows. That means that video calls from one app or VoIP phone will work with any other app or phone at the other end. Try it and see.
4. 24/7 Availability
Decided to work on the beach today? Good for you. You can program VoIP software and VoIP providers to forward calls to any device wherever you are. Keeping in touch has never been easier.
5. Ultimate Call Control
Most home phones don’t have options where you can block dubious sales calls or international calls, without paying extra. You can get your phone to work just like your email account. You can control spam and unwanted mail in your email account. With RingCentral VoIP for example, you can program your VoIP device to block, divert, and drop calls dependent on their origin. Peace at last!
6. Make Your Social Media Come to Life
Have you seen those websites with "call me" buttons on? It’s a great way for businesses to keep in touch with their clients. It's also a great way for you to speak to friends and family. Put a VoIP “call me” button on your Facebook account. Then, you can chat away with your nearest and dearest about your latest post.
7. Add a Virtual PA
You can buy services that analyze your voicemail messages. You then get you a text with the transcription. It's great if you're not in the mood for talking but you still want to see what people want to talk to you about.
8. Have a Local Number Everywhere
You can buy local phone numbers from any country and tell your VoIP provider to use that as your caller ID. Thanks to VoIP, you can truly have a global presence. This is a real bonus if you're a business that makes and receives international calls.
9. Disguise Your Voice
OK. There are a lot of dubious reasons why someone would value this feature, but there are also fun ones too. You can program many different VoIP apps so that you sound like you have just taken a quick inhale of helium or like Darth Vader. The possibilities are endless. Unleash your inner prankster by trying this on friends and family.
10. Free Conference Calls
There are still some manufacturers who produce dedicated conference phones costing hundreds of dollars. They have great features and do have their place, but you get this facility for free with VoIP.