Saturday, May 02, 2009

According to recent IT related media's reports Skype's getting bright days due to the momentary world wide financial crises since everybody tries to save serious money in the telecommunication are.

So, it's time for a guest writing about it!



By Robert Pearlstein

How to Slash Your Monthly Phone Bill with VoIP

With the economy continuing to be in a state of flux, almost everyone is actively looking for new opportunities to reduce monthly expenses. However, one household budget cut that is commonly overlooked is switching to VoIP for phone communications. This innovative, easy to use technology is not only far less expensive than traditional phone service, it is often free!

By signing up with a high quality VoIP service provider, consumers are frequently amazed by their newfound ability to make free domestic and international calls. This can be a tremendous savings for both individuals and families who are currently paying long distance charges. For those who have family and friends overseas, having free international calls to select destinations is an incredible opportunity to stay connected with loved ones without having to be surprised by exorbitant phone bills every month.

Consumers who choose to make the switch to VoIP find that calling is just as reliable, convenient, and simple as with traditional phone service. The sound quality, even for international calls, is crystal clear, and only a headset attached to a PC is required. Of course, you do need to be connected to the Internet.

However, what takes many by surprise is that VoIP systems are not only just as good as traditional phone service and far less expensive, they also deliver a variety of free, highly useful tools that enhance communications. Instant messaging with presence is one of the most popular tools that VoIP service providers offer. This easy-to-use feature enables users to let their friends, family, and business associates know of their availability with a presence indicator and even allows unlimited text messages for free.

Multi-user voice conferencing is another tool that can be used to connect with up to five participants simultaneously. For large families or home-based businesses, this can be extremely beneficial for impromptu get-togethers and meetings.

While there are many ways to cut monthly expenses, there are few that are as convenient and beneficial as switching to VoIP. The cost savings alone makes it worth the time. However, for anyone who enjoys keeping up with friends and family, the benefits are even more substantial.

To truly take advantage of the cost savings and convenience that VoIP can deliver, it’s essential to choose a high quality provider that offers a full range of calling capabilities. Look for one that lets you make both free PC-to-landline and PC-to-mobile phone calls, as well as PC-to-PC calls. It’s also important to select a provider that offers free calling to the areas that you most frequently phone. Most providers offer free calling to certain countries but may charge for other global destinations. Once you’ve done your research and have chosen a provider that can meet your specific needs, you can start enjoying the tremendous savings and convenience that VoIP delivers.


About the Author

Robert Pearlstein is vice president of business development and marketing for Media Ring, a pioneering provider of VoIP services globally. Robert has over 18 years of experience in internet and communications technology and has been instrumental in the market growth and development of several other companies including Sylantro Systems Corporation and RingCentral, Inc. He holds an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management – Thunderbird and has completed the Stanford Executive Management Program.




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