VoIP Telephone System vs Traditional Landlines

What is a VoIP Telephone System?

Voice over internet protocol or VoIP telephone systems are internet-based computer networks that allow you to take calls wherever you are. VoIP works by putting your voice signals into ‘packets’ and transmitting them over compatible networks.

What is a traditional landline?

A traditional landline is described as copper wires that span from a company’s premises to a local or maybe even national telecommunications base. Due to a private branch exchange having to be installed for the landline to function where more than one phone line is required, traditional lines can be expensive to acquire.

Cost

Controlling your business costs is important, especially when investing in something you will rely on so much. In terms of cost, VoIP telephone systems are significantly less expensive that a traditional landline and with the same capabilities it makes VoIP the obvious choice for any business.
As well as this VoIP telephones have lower set up costs, call charges and maintenance costs, making them even more cost effective.

 

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Reliability

Although the technology of traditional landlines could be considered outdated, they have been a stable source of communication for many years. Their stable reputation leads them to be favoured by many businesses, however will their technology become unfunctional in the future?
As for VoIP telephones, their functioning relies completely on the internet. This is not a problem as as long as you ensure you have a stable and dependable internet provider in place you can ensure your phone systems are on top form.

Flexibility

In terms of flexibility, VoIP is the obvious winner. VoIP business telephone systems allow you to make calls from anywhere in the world, ensuring communication in your business is the best it can be.
This compares to traditional landlines that are restricted to your office or wherever you choose to place it on installation. This may therefore lead to out of office communication methods having to be put in place to ensure maximum communication.

To conclude, the option you choose depends solely on your businesses needs and how advanced you required technology in your workplace to be. As a standard it is recommended that smaller companies with a static staff and no views for expansion opt for landlines whereas growing SME’s should opt for VoIPs.