VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) providers and systems are often targeted at businesses. Promising half the price and double the features, VoIP providers have a clear advantage over landlines. However, residential VoIP systems are also on the rise. Today, we look at all the reasons why people are leaving landline phones to switch to VoIP.
One of the main reasons people switch to residential VoIP is to cut down on costs. VoIP can help you with that. Below, we're going to name some of the ways that VoIP cuts down on costs.
Unlike telephone and broadband packages, most VoIP providers will offer you plans at a fixed rate with minimal yearly price increases. The monthly fees themselves are very low compared to landline packages, depending on where you look. For most providers, you can get a decent landline package under $20*.
As if the monthly costs weren't enough, landline plans often include many add-ons that you have to purchase for extra. Features like call waiting, three-way calling, and custom voicemail greetings are all examples. However, with VoIP, these 'add-on' features will generally be included with the basic plans, which means you don't need to pay extra for them.
One of VoIP's most significant advantages over landlines is that international packages are much more affordable. You don't need to pay hefty fees to call out-of-country with VoIP. Landline plans with worldwide calling can cost you anywhere between $5 and $35 (CAD) per month.
Since VoIP calls are made over the internet, you don't need to pay extra for international calls. You can avoid paying for add-ons that offer you international calls. In fact, many providers can help you customize packages with minutes to countries of your choice with minimal cost increases. For example, with eFone, you simply contact customer support, and we can help you to customize your plan to add international minutes.
With more and more competition in the market, some providers now offer their customers the option to answer incoming landline calls from their mobile phones using their app. As you can imagine, this is a convenient feature. You don't have to be home to answer your calls anymore, because you can set your phone to also ring when you get the call and answer it from there.
In addition to answering calls, you can also change and play around with your home phone settings from the app. With eFone, this includes changing call forwarding, voicemail, and call-waiting settings.
Tradition phone lines work by converting your sound waves into electrical waves, which then travel over the telephone line to the other end. VoIP, on the other hand, works by sending voice packets over the internet. Both are generally just as secure as each other – neither is entirely secure, as both can, technically, be tapped. However, if you go with a provider that offers end-to-end encryption, you should be fine.
While you won't find as many features as you would for business plans, like call queues and IVR, you can still find many extra features that regular landline packages don't offer. That's okay. For a home phone, you don't need these advanced features, and you'll do fine with the ones that are being offered to you.
Before switching, many users want assurance that they are switching to a provider that can offer them reliable service. As the pattern goes, this is also a strength of VoIP. VoIP is viewed as more reliable than landlines. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can make calls and enjoy 99.9% uptime (something that many providers advertise).
These calls are also generally very high-quality. You will most likely not experience static, and if you do, it can usually be fixed from home by trying out some quick fixes.
If you’re reading the above and wondering what we mean by a ‘stable’ internet connection, we can answer that for you and tell you that VoIP calls require less than 1mbps to work. That's not much. If you have no problem streaming or using the internet on a daily basis, you should be okay.
If you have issues with your broadband, such as your connection cutting out or not working at different times of the day, you might want to get that looked at before making the switch. Otherwise, you're good to go. You can switch easily and start calling straight away!
Contact us today if you're thinking of switching. Email us at email@example.com, and we'll help you get started with your switch.