VoIP services are known to be flexible and simple to use. But it takes a few examples to better understand how. When it comes to making and receiving calls, regular telephony will only allow you to use terminals. These are the common telephones that we know. VoIP, instead, will give you up to 4 different ways of handling your calls. Here’s how to make a VoIP call.
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Make a VoIP Call Using an Analog Telephone Adapter on a Regular Phone
This option is for businesses that don’t want to embrace VoIP fully and choose to keep their traditional phones. They still can take advantage of the VoIP technology by installing adapters for their terminals.
Traditional phones use RJ11 connectors, while VoIP requires the use of your local area network (LAN) through RJ45 connectors. An Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA) is a small device that you plug into your RJ11 phone. It will connect the phone to your computer or LAN. It will also convert your voice from analog signal to digital for the VoIP communication.
An ATA costs around $40 on popular online stores.
Make a VoIP Call Using an IP Phone
Inspired from the traditional phone, an IP Phone has a handset, a cradle and buttons. But instead of having the traditional RJ11 connectors, an IP phone comes with an RJ45 connector, so you can plug it directly into your LAN.
Wi-Fi phones are a variant of IP phones that allow you to make and receive VoIP calls through a Wi-Fi hotspot. Of course, all IP phones use digital signals.
IP Phone models range from $50 to $600.
Make a VoIP Call Using a Computer
You can use your computer to make and receive your VoIP calls. All you need is a microphone, speakers, a sound card and a fast Internet connection. You can use a client application installed on your computer or a web-based application.
With Cloud PBX, you can use WebRTC on any browser on your PC or Mac to stay in touch.
Make a VoIP Call Using a Mobile App
Hosted VoIP makes it possible to make and receive calls from a mobile application. There are apps available for both the Android and the iOS market places.
With Cloud PBX, you get free access to a mobile application for your calls. Also, you can set your subscription to make any call you receive ring on all your devices. This way, you will never miss any call.