Do you know what VoIP is? VoIP is short for Voice over Internet Protocol, and it is a technology that allows people to make calls via the Internet rather then use a traditional landline. VoIP is very affordable and can save businesses, of any size, between 30 and 50 percent on their phone expenses.
Businesses today, of course, are still struggling through the nation’s sluggish economy. Many are running on tight budgets with skeleton staffs. Today’s businesses, then, can use any form of savings they can find. The cut in phone costs that VoIP provides would seem to be a straightforward avenue for savings. But are businesses actually embracing VoIP technology? Are they using it to slash their yearly costs?
A Move Toward VoIP?
Heavy Reading recently did a study that shows that not as many companies as you would think are making the switch to VoIP. The same study, however, shows that number is changing. The study shows that in 2011 around 31% of businesses in North America used VoIP. Heavy Reading has predicted that by 2015 this figure will rise to 66.6%.
Businesses are Switching to VoIP
So, the study shows that the amount of companies 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 actually be such a dramatic change? This is hard to say but as people get more informed about the benefits of VoIP it is probable that business owners will make the shift in the next few years, even if it’s not as fast as the Heavy Reading study predicts.
A Bright Future for VoIP and Business
VoIP technology provides voice communication that is as clear and reliable as traditional landlines. Let’s also remember 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 just like they do with a landline. So you if think VoIP is a passing fad, think again.