VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a technology that enables you to transmit voice data over a broadband Internet connection instead of a traditional phone line.

VoIP converts the sound into a digital signal and transmits it over the broadband connection. Individuals and businesses were slow to catch on at first, which is common with new technology, but it is gaining traction in both domestic and commercial situations.

Here are four advantages that VoIP phone systems have over traditional phone lines.

Cost

VoIP providers can offer services at a lower price than traditional phone providers because the FCC doesn’t regulate it. This means that you aren’t subjected to the same taxes or fees that a standard phone company charges. The providers also don’t need to pay extra charges to connect to another provider’s network, which cuts down on your costs. It’s also safe and reliable to use.

Portable

A traditional phone line is limited to the area you’re in. You can take your VoIP number anywhere you go in the world even if you want to go to another country. You can access your telephone as long as you have an Internet connection and shouldn’t have any issues with connections or fees. Just bring your headset or phone with you and keep in contact with friends, family members, your boss, co-workers, or employees. You’ll also be safe from hefty international calling fees that you’ll pay with a traditional landline.

Flexible

A VoIP system lets you use a traditional phone with a converter or a phone specifically designed for a VoIP connection. The converter is small and looks similar to a USB memory stick and converts the analog signal from your traditional phone to a digital one that can be sent over the broadband connection. All VoIP systems support the features you’ve grown accustomed to, such as call waiting, caller ID, hold, transfers, conference calls, and automated menus. It’s also possible to fax using your existing email account instead of with traditional paper and toner or ink.

Multiple Functions

You can do more than make phone calls with your VoIP connection. The technology also supports video conferencing, which is a convenient feature to have if you use it for business purposes. Video conferencing allows you to discuss important details, have meetings, show graphics, and create an interactive environment no matter where you are in the world. You can take a trip and still partake in essential business meetings or important functions without being physically present.

The increase in users switching from traditional phone lines to voice over IP means the market is expanding. A broader market means prices drop, and features expand to create more variety for consumers.