What Hardware is Usable with VoIP?

What Hardware is Usable with VoIP?

One of the main reasons why so many people are switching to VoIP phone systems are the potential savings when it comes to cost. Affordability can be a crucial area for many people, but they quickly realise there is so much more to VoIP than just purely savings. Many packages now include features and elements of flexibility that a lot of customers simply don’t expect. This includes the ability to hold conversations with various types of devices, such as some of the following:

 

Analogue Phones

 

Think you need to overhaul your old telephony equipment and purchase a whole new set of phones to be able to work with VoIP? It is a common misconception that is understandable to an extent, but VoIP can easily integrate with your existing office systems if you use an Analog Telephone Adapter or ATA. This lets you connect your analogue phone to your office router, and you can gain the features and capabilities of a standard VoIP phone. It turns voice signals from your regular phone to digital data that can be transmitted over the Internet via your router. It therefore operates the same way an IP phone does and it means you don’t have to use traditional, costly means such as copper phone lines.

 

IP/Internet phones

 

While most IP phones do indeed look like a regular, familiar handset, an IP phone connects to your router or computer, instead of connecting to a phone jack. Depending on the model and manufacturer, the features and functionalities will vary, but generally, features such as an LCD display, programmable keys, speakerphone, headphone jack, and data encryption will come as standard. Cost may also vary, with prices ranging from £10 all the way up to £200.

 

Mobile devices

 

A major positive about VoIP is that you don’t need to be stuck to a desk or stay in one location to be able to use your phone. With mobile devices like tablets, smartphones and laptops, you are able to install your VoIP provider’s mobile or softphone app, then use the built-in speakers on your device or a headset, plus your wi-fi or 3G/4G connection (and not your contracted mobile phone minutes, should you have any) you make calls via the internet.

 

These apps are able to offer users increased convenience and mobility without sacrificing call quality. As well as making VoIP phone calls, you can also hold video calls and conferences, share and send files with colleagues, as well as having access to even more premium features. No matter where you are, whether you’re on the road making sales calls, working from home or even on holiday and need to make an urgent call, you will have access to your business VoIP phone system features wherever you are, whenever you need them.