The Benefits of VoIP Telephones were a minor miracle when they went into service way back in the late 1800s. Since then there have been astonishing advances made, most notably VoIP (voice over internet protocol) service. If you have a personal computer, a laptop or even a SmartPhone you can save a lot of money and enjoy all the benefits of VoIP technology. If you’ve ever arranged to have a landline installed, you’re familiar with the aggravation of making an appointment and waiting all day for the installer to get there. VoIP is installed on your schedule-all you need to do is hook up a device to your router or download some free or low cost software. You can do this anytime you like; you don’t have to depend on someone to install it for you but can do it when it’s convenient for you. Of course, one of the best benefits of VoIP is avoiding the charges for conventional long distance service. A landline charges you a monthly fee as well as cents per minute for long distance-or a larger monthly fee if you have unlimited long distance phone service. VoIP offers you unlimited long distance service for a very nominal charge, just a few dollars per month. This means you no longer need your landline and can save hundreds of dollars per year! But what if you’re away from home and the computer you use for VoIP calls? That’s no problem because you can have VoIP on your SmartPhone! Actually, you can take VoIP with you anywhere you go in the world as long as you have a laptop or SmartPhone. There is no limit as to where you can travel or where you can call. For instance, if you’re vacationing in Italy and want to call your cousin in Cleveland you will pay only a minuscule charge when you have VoIP on your SmartPhone. If not, you’ll be paying over a dollar per minute using conventional cell phone service. VoIP is a formidable business tool, too. You never have to be out of touch when you use VoIP, wherever you are or whenever you need to make a call. You could be on a business trip or in you office when an emergency arises and you need to talk with several people at once. Instead of making several conference calls with a conventional land line or cell phone, you can use VoIP to connect to every person you need to speak with-all at the same time! You can speak with your client in Milan and have your shipping department, your supplier and your accounts receivable department on the line as well. You’ll be making one phone call instead of several and with everyone able to speak with each other there will be few, if any, misunderstandings. Plus, you can use VoIP to fax information should someone need to look at financial information, engineering plans or the latest graphics designed for an upcoming ad campaign. There are so many benefits to using VoIP as opposed to conventional landline or cell service that it’s no wonder that more and more businesses and individuals are switching to VoIP.