The use of VoIP calling is more prominent in business at the moment than in people’s homes, as is often the way with technological developments; they start out as business technology before they find their way into mass consumer use. That being said, there are plenty of homes that are coming around to the realisation that VoIP has its benefits for anyone who wants to use it. While we are a long way away from ditching the standard landline in our homes (and this is a good thing, for many reasons), there is soon to be a major increase in the number of people using internet telephony.
The popularity of VoIP calling at business level has a lot to do with the reduction of price in comparison with the more traditional methods. Businesses have a greater imperative to get the best deal than homes do – they have salaries to consider as well as needing to offer the best price to their customers, so their budgeting needs to be rigorous. While the same imperative does not exist in a residential setting, there is still an importance attached to making a saving particularly in times of economic difficulty. People who are budget conscious, or who need to use the phone a lot, will certainly benefit from using a residential VoIP system.
What Are The Specific Residential Benefits Of VoIP Calling?
A major benefit of having VoIP in the home is the fact that it takes very little money and no physical installation to add multiple phone lines. Though this is common practice in business, where you may have dozens of people making outgoing calls at the same time, it is a real difference maker in the home – a parent waiting for an important call from their employer needn’t be constantly reminding their kids not to call their friends during that time because both calls can be carried as long as their broadband speed is good enough.
Allied to that, given the fact that families are often spread out it is certainly beneficial to have a telephone system that does not pile on the costs when calling out of state and even outside the country. Families with children away at college, parents working abroad, and often grandparents who have retired somewhere warm will all know that the process of moving away can have emotional impact; the settling-in process is greatly aided by being able to keep in contact so that the person who has moved doesn’t feel isolated and the people left behind don’t feel abandoned. Many families still call long-distance from their standard landline, but it is very expensive to do so.
Why A Business Solution Makes Sense In The Home
Of course the major difference between a home telephony system and a business one is scale, and this seems to be the sticking point for a lot of people who are still wedded to their landline phone. Arguments such as “it’s a lot of effort” and “it will take some getting used to” are common enough, as people feel that while the financial reward for business VoIP makes it a great idea, using it at residential level won’t save enough overall to make it worth changing the way you do things and dealing with the potential teething troubles. Admittedly, adapting to a new system and dealing with its idiosyncrasies is something that will happen with VoIP, as it does with any new system.
However, there is a lot of payoff that makes the change worth making, and the little hitches along the way seem pretty small by comparison. The flexibility of the system, which can easily be redirected to a cell phone or any other number while the user is elsewhere, makes it highly valuable. Calls between two VoIP customers will be free of charge and you benefit financially from introducing friends and family to the service – so by effectively “selling” them a system that will make calling cheaper for both of you, you can make further cuts to your calling costs on top of that.
What If My Friends And Family Don’t Want To Change?
Of course, if you have family members who still prefer to use the old standard system, you will not want to be too pushy in getting them to change like you have; if they decide to stick with what they know, it doesn’t mean that you won’t still benefit from having that system in place. It will still be cheaper for you to call them even if it isn’t free. You’ll get a set number of free minutes – some providers will even give you unlimited free calls to certain areas or set numbers – and once those are exhausted, calls are still cheaper per minute than standard telephony. This isn’t fly by night stuff; most standard phone companies are already exploring VoIP services.
When it comes down to it, you can still keep your old phone. Firstly, by using an adapter you can turn it into a VoIP phone perfectly easily. Secondly, if you experience disruption to your internet service you will still have the option of using a traditional phone. What VoIP really means for residential users is increased flexibility, money saved and features that a landline phone cannot provide. You’ll lose nothing by adopting the system early, so it is worth checking out.