VoIP Helps With Family Separations

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It’s never easy being away from home during the holiday season, but with VoIP, families get regular virtual visits using video over voip. Important calling features like sequential or simultaneous ring help avoid missed calls and VoIP’s smaller monthly bills ease financial strain.

Holidays can be difficult when families aren’t together. VoIP Internet phone service provider voip.com shows members how their VoIP Internet phone service can help them cope with family separations.

There are numerous reasons why families might find themselves apart. Maybe mom or dad had a military deployment, or is gone a lot for on-the-job-travel. Frequently, when a child has a disability or illness, families are forced to spend long periods of time apart while the child receives treatment. The nearest adequate facility is often hundreds of miles away. Finally, separations happen when families experience divorce.

Whatever the reason, VoIP can assist families by keeping the lines of communication open and providing frequent, high-quality opportunities for family bonding. Many psychologists suggest keeping a video diary of mundane daily events to share with the person who is away. This is an excellent tactic, but lacks the rich interaction, the give-and-take, that colors so much of family life. Video over VoIP lets family members have inexpensive virtual visits, where everyone can see each other and talk, in much the same way as if they were all sitting at home in the family living room.

FindMe features are another important way families can increase the chances they’ll be able to stay connected, even if they’re in radically different time zones. Sequential ringing routes incoming calls to a list of possible numbers, starting with the primary voip line. Each number is tried in turn until the recipient either found or the last number is exhausted. In that case, the call automatically rolls over to voicemail. A similar feature, Simultaneous Ring, allows calls to ring in several locations at once, going through only to the once that’s picked up.

Lastly, VoIP’s significant savings over traditional phone service helps ease the financial strain that so often accompanies family separations. Not only are monthly service charges less expensive, but local and international long distance rates can be up to 90% cheaper. Toll free 800 numbers and Virtual Local numbers round out the savings picture, offering members the ability to have others call them at no charge to the calling party.

For more information about VoIP and how it can fit in your life, turn to voip.com’s extensive online repository of voip-related information: http://www.voip.com.


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