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Go Global with VoIP

The Internet has extended the reach of companies all over the world. Distant shores are just a little bit less distant, and even smaller businesses have found that they don’t need to be restricted by geography.

This comes down largely to Internet technology, which has empowered companies all over the world to become a great deal more global. Unfortunately, telephone technology has been, for quite some time, the bottleneck through which each company would have to pass as they targeted distant areas for expansion.

The good news is that this final barrier is finally coming down. Thanks to the intersection of Internet and telephone technology, VoIP has empowered companies of all sizes to expand their business ventures in new and exciting ways. Here’s a quick look at how this transformation has come about.

What Is VoIP?

As you almost certainly know by now, VoIP is a technology that allows the user to make and receive telephone calls from a variety of devices, including not just VoIP-enabled home phones, but also smartphones, tablets, desktop computers, and laptops. Quite simply, a VoIP phone system could include just about any Internet-enabled device you own, giving you not just flexibility, but also mobility.

No More Expensive Long-Distance Calls

Some of us might not even remember, but there was a time when our long-distance minutes had to be rigorously and judiciously rationed. Those days aren’t entirely behind us, unfortunately; even now, roaming and data charges run rampant among most of the wireless service providers.

The good news is that VoIP has provided a hugely attractive alternative. Instead of relying on expensive and outdated telephone technology and paying a premium for the privilege, VoIP uses nothing more than a high-speed Internet connection to connect us with loved ones and business partners, even if they’re in another country or even another continent.

Employee Mobility

We’ve been talking a lot about making overseas calls and bringing in new business partners from other countries. The fact is, some of VoIP’s triumphs happen a little closer to home. Because it’s cloud-based, VoIP phone systems allow employees to travel as often as they need to, even if it just means they need to leave the office for a few hours, or attend a conference in another state.

VoIP systems are compatible with all of the most popular mobile operating systems, which means employees will be able to use either their own personal devices, or company-owned devices to stay in touch with “home base” as they pursue business opportunities elsewhere.

Expansion Made Easy

We’ll finish up by pointing out the success that VoIP has had with eliminating many of the growing pains that businesses have traditionally had to deal with as they expand. These difficulties can include hiring new employees for a growing workforce, or expanding into a larger office building or even adding entirely new business locations – even if those new locations happen to be overseas.

These are all great problems to have, and VoIP can make it easy to deal with them. Gone are expensive telephone installations; instead, an Internet connection is all you need to grow your company and keep all of its disparate parts in constant contact with each other. Embracing a relatively new technology like this might feel like a leap of faith, but it’s one that is well worth taking.

About Emily Swartz

As the Social Community Manager at Broadview Networks, I enjoy sharing valuable content across all our social platforms. I particularly love writing for our blog because it gives me the opportunity to share tangible advice on how businesses can leverage technology to gain competitive advantages, control costs, provide superior service, and ultimately improve their bottom line. Find me on Google+

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