(PRWEB) May 08, 2013
These days, most people have heard of VoIP or used VoIP in some capacity, but lots of people still don’t know how to get VoIP for total landline phone service for homes and businesses. VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) is the technical name for what is more commonly known as Internet phone service.
VoIP replaces analog telephone switches with IP switches. This clever technology solution offers cheap phone service for any home or business through IP phones or computers. But for anyone who is unsure about making the switch to VoIP, VoIP Review has released this easy guide on how to get VoIP for any new customer.
1.) Assess the home or business calling needs
Before switching to VoIP, customers should evaluate their own home or business phone habits so they can pick the right business or residential VoIP solution for their needs. Providers offer plans that differ by cost, features, and monthly minute allotments. Business providers may also offer extensions with different features and minute allotments on the same plan. This means that if a new customer carefully considers their needs and the needs of everyone in their home or office, they should be able to select a plan with the exact right minute allotments, features, and cost.
2.) Decide on a monthly or yearly price tag, or a metered plan
Home VoIP phone systems cost around $5 to $10 per month and may include one or two lines. Business hosted VoIP plans are usually priced by the extension, usually around $20 per extension each month. Some business plans may include an extra initial cost before customers add on extensions.
Prices may vary based on included features and minute allotments. For example, some providers offer unlimited extensions for a slightly higher price, and metered extensions at a lower cost but with an extra per minute rate added on for calls.
Providers may also offer the option to pay by the minute, pay for a month in advance, or pay for a year or two years in advance. This should give you the flexibility you need to find an appropriate plan.
3.) Upgrade home or office hardware
For VoIP to work, customers need to have the appropriate hardware in their homes or offices. This may require upgrading to new IP phones, or buying analog telephone adapters for old phones. While customers should be able to keep their own phones for use with ATAs, many people report better sound quality when they spend the extra money upfront for IP equipment.
Some business owners may also be interested in other IP equipment including IP cameras, projectors, and screens for video conferences and meetings, IP conference phones, or IP paging systems.
4.) Set up service online with a provider.
Once a customer has figured out exactly what they need in a VoIP service, all they have to is contact the VoIP provider. Once the customer has bought service, they can manage their extensions, voicemail, and other features from an easy-to-use online control panel. Customer support is always available for anyone who needs help setting up.
About VoIP Review:
VoIPReview.org is the go-to site for anyone who is curious about how to get VoIP. Customers can read other customer reviews when looking to buy service. Informational articles and blogs are also available for anyone with further questions about VoIP. Site editor Rachel Greenberg has been widely published as an authority on hosted VoIP.