A VoIP (voice over internet protocol) telephone number is simply the numerical representation of the phone number you have just signed up for. It is essentially the series of numbers you put on a dial up pad to make an outgoing call, much like with conventional landline phones. But unlike its more traditional counterpart, a VoIP telephone number can actually be utilized to call virtually from any internet enabled device, including a laptop, smart phone, mobile phone, tablet computers and other internet ready devices. There are also bundled services that provide free or low cost voice and video conferencing for small businesses.
The main difference between a traditional phone and voice telephone number is that while traditional phone numbers are restricted to numbers within the calling zone, voiP ones are free and are assigned based on location. In the event of a voiP call coming from outside the local calling zone, the receiving device would automatically recognize the area code and redirect the call to the correct destination. This has particularly been helpful for the international market, where many local consumers may not possess English as their primary language and may instead dial numbers using different area codes. These devices also generally allow for multi-tasking which means that multiple users can use the same voice phone number without any interference from adjacent users or service providers.
Another major advantage of using voice phone numbers is that there is no long distance charges levied by most providers, although there are costs associated with maintaining a toll-free number. In contrast, with traditional telephony services, long distance charges are levied at the point of contact between the customer and the service provider. Many countries also levy a local call charge if the call originated from a non-local area code, reflecting additional costs for the service provider to provide the service to the customer.
While these two major benefits of voice phone numbers can be argued, the most compelling reason for people to switch over to a VoIP provider is due to the increased security provided by using this service. The use of IP networks ensures that every call that goes through is encrypted and protected against hacking. This makes it possible for even unsecured calls to be made from a VoIP account and this feature is one of the reasons why there is less fraud related to VoIP than with traditional telecommunications systems. Security of data is the number one priority for all data providers and this has been enforced by both service providers and network operators to ensure that every call that is placed through them is secure.
It should also be noted that most VoIP providers include an area code feature in their offerings. This means that regardless of whether a local call is required, the caller will be able to select which area code they prefer to call from. This applies to international calls too and can often mean that a non-local area code is automatically selected. As with mobile phone numbers, the area code change is applied to the originating call and is not transmitted along with the call details. For calls made within the same country, this applies as wherever the call originated the correct local area code will be used.
Another major benefit of VoIP is that the process of transferring numbers between service providers is made incredibly simple by the use of a numbering plan. The customer service team of each VoIP provider provides the client with a numbering plan that they can use to indicate that VoIP numbers they wish to assign. The process simply requires the client to call up one of the customer service desks and ask them which voiP numbers they would like to use. In most cases, the call is transferred to a live customer service advisor who will explain the entire process of how this works and which areas of the world their customers can call from, as well as any other technical details which are relevant to the specific circumstances.
There are a few other benefits that VoIP phones offer which are worth mentioning. One of the major issues that people face when using regular landline telephones is that it is common for telemarketers to create fake caller id features on their telephone numbers. This can often result in unpleasant situations where an innocent person may have their phone answered by someone with a much more sinister intent. By using a special type of VoIP system, it is possible to make sure that even if a caller does not have legitimate business calling intentions, their name will not be displayed. This is achieved by using what is called a caller ID which is tied directly to a particular telephone number and cannot be copied or matched from another caller.
Another major advantage to using voice technology for business VoIP is that it can dramatically reduce the overall costs of running a business. Because calls are not subject to regular charges which would apply to a landline line, voiP phones can actually save a business owner money. The main reason for this is that there are no long distance charges which would otherwise apply. Instead, all calls made by voiP work under the same rates as those made by a normal telephone line. In addition, voiP numbers do not feature the annoying ‘bells’ and ‘whistles’ which are a traditional landline feature.