There are a lot of reasons why those old fashioned phone carriers that still rely on telephone wires and a dial tone want you to stick with them – mostly because they are desperately holding on to the last vestiges of a dying technology. VOIP phone services, or voice over Internet protocol, allow businesses and individuals the opportunity to make not only single phone calls, but also conference calls, where you can – at the same exact time – send images and videos back and forth at absolutely no additional cost. Yet, the old dinosaurs of the telecommunications industry are propagating all sorts of myths to make people stick to their contacts and shy away from VOIP. Here are 5 common misconceptions about VOIP for business.

  1. One of the most common misconceptions is that cost savings are minimal. Businesses believe that because landlines are getting rarer and rarer, that they are also much less expensive. Yet, this couldn’t be further from the truth. With a VOIP phone system for your business you could save up to 80%, because most plans are unlimited, you don’t need to pay exorbitant amounts of money for long distance calls, and you don’t need to worry about depending on the phone company’s maintenance of complicated phone wires.
  2. Another myth is that VOIP services have poorer sound quality as opposed to analog services. The truth is that VOIP actually has better sound quality and it only gets better with the increasing speed of your Internet connection. Because all the calls are made online, you don’t need to worry about exterior interference – many extraneous sounds are cancelled out, which make VOIP nearly crystal clear compared to talking with someone on an old-fashioned land line or a phone booth.
  3. One other misconception is that VOIP is only for large businesses. However, while VOIP was originally designed and programmed for larger businesses, more and more smaller and medium sized businesses are relying on the amazing benefits that VOIP offers to increase efficiency and to better communicate with clients. This is because VOIP has unprecedented features, like automatic call routing and it offers the ability to connect your service with smart phones and multiple devices at once. With VOIP you never have to worry about missing a call from an important client and losing a sale, because you can have employees on call – even when they are away from their desks.
  4. Business owners are also reluctant to switch over to VOIP, because of the misconception that it is harder and more costly to install or set up. However, what might be more costly is removing your old phone system, because of all the wires that are running through the walls and under desks. Setting up VOIP takes less than an hour and requires no wires at all.
  5. Lastly, one of the biggest misconceptions is that the technology won’t last or another one will come along that will make it obsolete. However, Internet protocol phone services are expected to grow by almost 90% in the next ten years, which is a pretty strong sign that VOIP is here to stay.