Most people are by now familiar with the concept of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol – calls made over the internet), having used free services such as Skype. What they may not be aware of is that it’s also possible to make VoIP calls on your mobile phone.
It’s actually really simple and is available to anyone, although business users will likely find it the most beneficial.
To get set up with mobile VoIP you only need four things:
1. A phone, obviously. Just about any modern smartphone will do, although there seems to be more options available for iPhones and Android devices.
2. A VoIP app to use on your phone. At Callagenix we usually recommend the media5-fone app (iPhone and android only at present). If you don’t mind viewing occasional ads, the free version will do fine. Having said that, it only costs a little to upgrade to the professional, ad-free version instead.
3. A VoIP service provider. Obviously we’re biased and think the Callagenix service is the best, but you can use any provider you choose. When you’ve registered with your provider you’ll need to set up a VoIP extension for each phone you’d like to use VoIP with. After that you will be provided with a username, password, and access details for each of them. It’s then a simple matter to open up your app and fill in the details in the relevant places. This should take you no more than a couple of minutes.
4. A wireless signal. It goes without saying that you need to be connected to the Internet in order to make Internet calls. Wherever you can access a wireless network, you will be given the option to route calls over VoIP, rather than through your regular provider.
So, why would you want to use VoIP on your mobile?
Firstly, call rates are usually a lot cheaper through VoIP than with your regular provider. This is especially true if you wish to call an international destination. Using VoIP could save you a lot of money.
Secondly, if you’re making a call to another VoIP device on your network then it’s completely free. Again, this can save you a lot of money.
Thirdly, it’s an ideal way of keeping in touch in areas where the mobile signal is unreliable or non-existent. As long as you’ve got a decent internet connection you can still make and receive calls on your mobile, regardless of where you are.
Fourthly, it’s a great way to integrate your mobile phones with your existing phone system. Switching your main business phone system to VoIP offers many advantages, including access to advanced functionality, multiple virtual numbers, as well as much more attractive pricing.
It’s also possible to get all-inclusive deals for your business system, which gives you all the calls, equipment, and services you need for a fixed monthly price. This makes it easy for you to budget and lets you get on with running your business without worrying about an expensive phone bill at the end of the month.
If you run a home-based business, but don’t want to give out your personal mobile or landline number, you could set up a virtual phone number and then divert all calls to your mobile over VoIP. This is a great way to look professional whilst also protecting your privacy and keeping your costs down.
To find out more about VoIP and hosted telephony and how they can benefit your business, please contact Callagenix today. We’ll talk you through how it all works and advise on the best solution for your business.
About the Author:
Matthew Guise is a digital marketing expert for Callagenix Ltd, a UK-based telephony services provider that specialises in business grade hosted phone solutions.
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