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Can You Use a Normal Phone with VoIP?
VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol takes analogue voice signals, converting them into digital signals, then sending them as data via your broadband. It is a fast and flexible telephony solution and in fact, you can use a normal phone with VoIP.
To do this, however, you must have the right supporting equipment that will work with your choice of VoIP system.
Firstly, VoIP requires a broadband internet connection to work.
Then it is a case of what will work best for you. This can be via a computer, using a programme such as Skype, which also allows you to make calls to regular landlines too.
You can use your smartphone to make VoIP calls, through certain apps. Or, you can use a regular landline phone, with a special VoIP adapter.
How VoIP Works
VoIP is different from a traditional phone system. In a traditional phone system, you are physically connected to a telephone line. This ties your telephone to your physical location. In business, traditionally it has meant installing a telephone system, which can be both expensive and inflexible.
What VoIP does is break this physical link. Because you send your phone calls over the internet, you are no longer dependent on your actual phone line.
Developing your business phone system need no longer depend on a physical network, but instead you can ensure it meets your specific needs.
You can be at any location, providing you have an internet connection. You can have any number ringing at any location you choose, meaning you can easily move your office, or set up a new one.
VoIP enables you to route and transfer calls to any device, and you can use any device to make and answer calls, including normal landline phones.
Using a Normal Landline Phone with VoIP
Normally, you would expect to have a physical connection to a phone line to use your landline phone. But, with VoIP, you can still use your landline phone without the restrictions, hassle and costs of relying on a regular phone line.
What you need is a VoIP adapter. This plugs into a wireless router or cable modem using an ethernet cable.
With your computer or other internet-connected device switched on, type in the IP address on the VOIP adapter. This is usually included in the user’s manual.
Then you will be able to follow step-by-step instructions on screen to configure your adapter for use. Once you have configured your VoIP adapter, you can plug your normal phone into is to enable you to use your VoIP service.
Remember, your VoIP connection will depend on your broadband internet connection.
The Benefits of Using VoIP
The key thing about VoIP is that it doesn’t require you needing a special telephone or device to use it and to get the most from the benefits it brings.
All the major things like adaptability, flexibility and cost-effectiveness are there at your fingertips.
Of course, should you wish to upgrade to a more handset, or even headset, these offer additional user-friendly benefits, including programmable keys and call-storing, as well as offering cordless options.
However, the primary issue is call quality, which largely depends on the nature of your broadband connection. More operators are switching to a broadband-by-default offer of their services, where you opt in for VoIP. Consequently, these services come with platforms that include useful, additional VoIP features.
These features include caller display, voicemail, call divert, and anonymous call blocking.
The important thing for business VoIP users especially is the system’s adaptability, which includes what devices you can use with it.
Bring Your Own Device
More organisations and businesses are now supporting remote working. Bring your own device, or BYOD, dovetails neatly with this trend, and VoIP turns it into something workable.
BYOD empowers workers to use their own devices but still connect with the essential infrastructure of their workplace, even if they are working remotely, on another site or from home.
This can cut down on the amount of in-house training staff require, and it taps into a generation of tech-savvy workers.
Whereas much BYOD activity will involve smartphones, tablets or laptops, the versatility of VoIP means that, in theory, the remote worker can also be included in the workplace’s VoIP network via their normal landline phone.
The Adaptable Future
VoIP is a supremely agile alternative to traditional telephony, but it is also highly user-friendly. This contributes to its ease of adoption, with users able to make a smooth transition from the more traditional communications methods they already know to the digitally connected world of VoIP.
The ease of using a normal phone with VoIP is a perfect example of this.
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