VoIP: Growing in Popularity

May 23rd, 2012

Do you know what VoIP is? VoIP is short for Voice over Internet Protocol, and it is a technology that enables people to make calls via the Internet rather then use a traditional landline. VoIP is very economical and can save businesses, of any size, between 30 and 50 percent on their phone bills.

Many businesses, large and small, are still struggling and are looking to reduce costs anyway they can. So, the question is; are businesses adopting VoIP as an obvious way to save money or are they unwilling to get rid of their trusty old landline?

A Move Toward VoIP?

Recently a study was done by Heavy Reading that showed that fewer businesses then you would think have made the change to VoIP. But, according to the Heavy Reading study, that may be changing. The amount of businesses using VoIP is on the upswing. In 2011 about 31% of businesses in North America were using VoIP but Heavy Reading predicts that by 2015 that number will rise to 66.6%.

Businesses are Switching to VoIP

So, the study shows that the amount of businesses that will use VoIP will double by 2015. Currently, traditional circuit-switch phone lines make up 68 percent of business lines in North America. So by 2015 will there really be such a dramatic change? This is hard to say but as people get more informed about the advantages of VoIP it is probable that business owners will make the shift in the coming years, even if it’s not as fast as the Heavy Reading study forecasts.

A Bright Future for VoIP and Business

VoIP technology provides voice communication that is as clear and dependable as traditional landlines. Let’s also not forget that it can be considerably cheaper. Upper management may be slow to make the move but the big plus with VoIP, is that employees will not have to get used to anything new. Phones work the same as they do with a landline. So you if think VoIP is a passing fad, think again.

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