Of the numerous ways for businesses to improve their practices, changing their telephone options stands as one of the best. Moving from a regular phone service to a VoIP system not only reduces bills, but offers additional features, makes services easier to use and helps companies better prepare themselves for technology upgrades.

According to Business 2 Community, some of the numerous features that business leaders can benefit from in VoIP systems include auto-redirecting calls, call forwarding and online faxing access, for instance. All of these can improve the daily abilities of a business and normally cost more when used through a traditional phone provider. In addition, they can all improve employee productivity while the latter can help cut down on the cost of printing.

VoIP services are also easy to use and install, another advantage they have over their more expensive competition. Traditional phone systems that require additional button presses for outgoing calls and specific needs for installation can be made unnecessary due to plug-and-play access and simple, computer-aided controls.  They can often also feature new interfaces and equipment, all of which is meant to provide a more streamlined approach.

Cost reduction
It goes without saying that VoIP can heavily cut down on costs. Businesses normally need high speed Internet in the first place, heavily reducing the initial costs – those bills will exist no matter what. So why not consolidate them? VoIP only needs to connect to the Internet to call others, and as you can move your current phone numbers to company websites in many cases, there's no need to even worry about reducing bills and making the switch.

There's soon to be a major sea change in Internet access overall, however, according to No Jitter, but it's possible that switching to VoIP can actually help businesses prepare for the change. Many providers are switching from the current IPv5 default to IPv6, which offers more power to company websites. Unfortunately, that means an addition of anywhere from 10 to 46 percent more bandwidth to support calls. At the same time, preparing for this move can be made somewhat simple thanks to VoIP, as preparations made to better support the network can gradually be implemented across other aspects of business.

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