By the way we in the telecommunications industry cover VoIP, it would appear that the technology is new. It is, in fact, 40 years old this year. VoIP was first invented in 1973, but it wasn’t until the last decade that we really saw drastic increases in adoption. It helped that companies like Skype (News - Alert) helped to make VoIP available to the end user. For many, VoIP is Skype, yet the capabilities and benefits are much bigger.
We know today that by using technologies like a hosted softswitch to enjoy VoIP, we can leverage considerable cost savings. The typical user can find VoIP access for as low as $20 per month, compared with $35-$45 per line per month for traditional calling. Plus, there are no setup fess, no contracts and unlimited calling throughout the United States.
Adoption and acceptance of this concept is growing among mobile users. We once had to rely on available minutes from our wireless carriers to make calls and Skype was blocked as a no-cost option. Today, 35 percent of adult Americans who own a tablet and a smartphone also have VoIP apps. And, 14 percent of the global online population has audio conversations over the Internet, whether they realize it or not.
For many, the draw to VoIP and the hosted softswitch is the promise of lower cost operations. When deployed, the solution also delivers rich features that may have been out of reach with the traditional system. What tended to be costly add-ons for the traditional phone lines have now become standard features on VoIP phones.
Those individuals anxious to make a move to VoIP but worried about losing the value of their current phone number no longer have to make the sacrifice to make the change. Numbers are completely portable when making a move to VoIP. The whole experience can appear seamless, especially for the individual on the other end of the line.
The reality in today’s mobile and fast-paced environments is that traditional landlines are losing relevance and being replaced. Users are increasingly turning off the landline in favor of their mobile phones. To keep costs down, they then leverage VoIP to complete their calls. It’s the best of both worlds.
When the home phone is still a priority, VoIP can still be the answer. The key is selecting the solution that fits with your needs, regardless of your location. The good news is, VoIP is consistent even when the location changes.