The traditional landline phone is dying a slow death. Advancements in communication technology as led to the introduction of VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) phones. This is because VoIP phones have proved to be very economical.
As a matter of fact, landline phone companies are already experiencing a decline in their monthly subscriptions; their once-loyal customers are crossing over to VoIP phones. These days it’s actually rare to find a new home owner paying for a traditional landline connection.
What’s causing the mass exodus?
Installing a traditional landline phone is indeed cumbersome. The phone has to be linked to the network via cables and poles. On the other hand, the VoIP phone takes your sound signal and changes it into digital data that’s conveyed to the receiving end via DSL, fiber optic, or cable. But you must connect the phone to a VoIP adapter that is linked to a modem or a computer.
A VoIP phone is considered convenient because it can be linked to your smartphone or a tablet. You can therefore make and receive calls from any location. On the other hand, a landline phone keeps you confined to your office or home.
Migrating from landline phone to VoIP phone
Changing from traditional landline phone to the new age of VoIP phones requires you to invest in a new device. But you can still retain your old phone. All you need to do is to loop it with an adapter or software. However, you will not be able to enjoy all the features of a VoIP phone. It’s therefore recommended that you purchase a brand new VoIP phone and start experiencing the amazing benefits.
After transitioning to a VoIP phone, you can still use the old number that was reserved for landline phone. The process of the moving old number to a VoIP service provider is known as porting. It actually takes several weeks to be complete. The process is very crucial to a business because your customers will still be able to reach out to you without any difficulty.
Features of landline and VoIP phones
Landline phones enable you to:
- See the caller Id
- Call forwarding
- Call blocking
- Call waiting
- Three-way calling
- International calls
- Local calls
VoIP phones come with all the features of landline phones and others that make them much better because the phone can be configured to answer calls in your absence. In fact, you can select your favorite language so that the callers are attended to in their own language. You can transfer the calls to your computer, tablet or laptop.
That’s not possible with a landline phone because you can only transfer your call to another landline phone, which doesn’t give you convenience when you’re away from home or the office. Moreover, you can have video conference sessions on a VoIP phone. As a matter of fact, you can instantly get HD-quality videos.
Landline phones offer the best sound signal because the line is dedicated to delivering sound signal only. The same can’t be said about VoIP phones. Since their signal is transmitted via Internet broadband, the quality of the sound is usually compromised due to interruptions. If you have ever used Skype, then you already know what VoIP is.
You might have noticed that there tends to be an echo and unintended disconnections. This problem can become worse if your Internet bandwidth is low. If you’re planning to use a VoIP phone for your business, it’s recommended that you get a high-speed Internet connection or you will be disappointed when calls are ended in the middle of the conversation.
Anyone who has used a landline phone will tell you that they are very efficient because they are never affected by power outages. The first models of VoIP were not reliable as they were fully dependent on electricity. This meant that you could not do your business as usual without electricity.
The latest models of VoIP phones are fitted with a power supply that’s triggered by outage of power to ensure that you can make and receive calls without any interruptions.