|VoIP = Saving
Money: You do not want to let the VoIP revolution pass
you by. If you do let it pass you by, then it will cost
you. This articles offers great advice those of you
who are unfarmiliar with VoIP. Learn what a VoIP solution can
do for you and how much you can save with it before you jump in.
Greg is a wise man
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Voice Over IP Ė Saving
By Greg Richburg
I was on a tech support call with a client in
Australia for over forty-five minutes. Guess how much that cost me.
If I told you less than a dollar, would you believe it? Well it is
I called my friend in England just the other
day. We talked for about half an hour and it didn't cost either of
us a nickel. Free and clear as crystal, I used my computer. Nothing
fancy, just a simple sound card, speakers and microphone is all I
If you haven't heard about Voice over IP yet,
you most definitely will soon. There are several different methods
to the crazed digital telephony protocol that could change the way
you make calls and save you a bundle.
What is VOIP?
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is the
concept for managing the delivery of voice information in digital
format through the Internet rather then conventional voice telephone
lines. In the simplest form, VoIP turns any computer into a
Although there are complex and costly ways to
do this in the enterprise level, there are also simple, nearly free
ways do use VoIP on the personal level. All that's required is a
broadband Internet connection of some type. Now I am not here to
advertise for any single organization selling VoIP equipment or
services, but just to let you know, there are some that offer very
nice package deals with equipment, Internet phones, headsets and all
the fixings of standard enterprise phone systems. There are also
software based systems that operate like your everyday chat systems
and require only computer speakers and a microphone.
Why would I want this?
One major advantage of VoIP and Internet
telephony is that it avoids the tolls charged by ordinary telephone
services that use the standard public switched telephone network.
Sure Pac Bell and ATT donít like the sounds of that, not unless they
figure out how to jump on the bandwagon and capitalize on this
somewhat new form of technology. Actually VoIP has been around
for a while, yet it is starting to pick up speed now as an
alternative means of communication. And the primary reason is that
it will save you money.
Another money saving fact about VoIP is that
since VoIP utilizes your broadband Internet connection for its
delivery, customers do not pay Federal USF and FCC Line Charges and
pay lower Federal Excise Tax.
WI-FI and VoIP
Now we're getting serious! Where is this
going? Can it really compete with the cell phone? Well, at this time
the wireless technology has some security risks and setup
difficulties to overcome before it becomes a significant player in
the game. But on a local, enterprise level, we are not far
What is the bottom line?
If you are tired of lofty telephone bills,
perhaps there is a solution for you that will help with this years
budget. You don't need to transform your entire phone system to
utilize the benefits of VoIP. Start small and learn its
A Rule for the Road:
Keep up with technology or else technology
will pass you by; and the ignorance will cost you more than you will
Greg Richburg runs KlickCommerce, a web based
marketing system for Women's clothing. He is a Microsoft Certified
Systems Engineer and the owner of Netricks, Inc. a network
consulting, web design and hosting company located in Fresno,
View his work at http://www.klickcommerce.com.
Visit Netricks at http://www.netricks.com