What is a Fixed VoIP?
Reliable communication is a core pillar for any business to be successful. It also boosts your customers’ confidence in your business. Every company needs to invest in a reliable phone system for their customers and seamless internal communication.
With costly installation and maintenance fees, legacy phones are being faced off. The new generation of VoIP technology is catching steam with most enterprises. The technology utilizes broadband internet connectivity to enable convenient communication.
A fixed VoIP system promises you more secure and convenient communication, minimal costs in installation, maintenance and system running, plus a feature-rich platform of sophisticated features and applications.
Is VoIP the same as a landline?
With VoIP or Internet telephony, you use the internet to make and receive calls. Some providers allow for voicemail and email text messaging. Your voice signals are relayed as data packets through the internet using a cloud-based PBX (Private branch exchange) technology that routes your call.
VoIP offers two set-up options:
- Hosting the set up in the cloud
- Using an externally sourced hardware to host the online system locally through an IP-PBX
Landline depends on circuit switching through a public switched telephone network (PSTN). The phones are connected by routing. And rely heavily on hardware- a complex network of cables made of copper wires. If you run an office, you need PBX installation for routing via office extension lines. The extension offers the code map to route your calls.
What is a VoIP phone number?
A VoIP phone number is a chain of digits a user dials to call your phone. VoIP phone numbers enable long distance communication with no extra charges in VoIP services. But the VoIP phone number is not necessarily linked to a physical address.
With a voice over internet protocol phone number, you can call another VoIP user in a different area code as if it were a local call. As a VoIP user, you can request your service provider to assign you a virtual phone number within your desired area code.
When someone within any given area code dials your VoIP phone number, the call registers as a local call but seamlessly maps to your actual telephone number. Virtual phone numbers attract a small monthly fee.
What is a VoIP phone number used for?
VOIP calling systems offer a depth of feature-rich services which include:
- Call recording.
- Call forwarding.
- Call analytics.
- Auto attendants.
- Portability and mobility.
- Voicemail to email messaging and text.
Can you send a text to a VoIP number?
You can send and receive text messages using VoIP. Texting is possible if you have a VoIP provider or app on your device and internet access. This service is often free but paid for with some premium options.
Although IP telephony messaging uses your number, voice over IP also has access to your network and contacts. You need to take extra security measures to avoid fraudsters from accessing your details. Not all VoIP providers offer the texting option. Check with your provider before signing up. VoIP phone numbers can either be fixed (routed) and non-fixed (free floating) phone lines.
What does fixed VoIP mean?
A fixed VoIP phone number is linked to a physical address and is only accessible to an individual within the country of the VoIP provider. Known VoIP providers offering fixed phone numbers are BroadVoice, Vonage and Cox Communications.
The phone number is “fixed” to a specific location. Fixed VoIP phone numbers operate similarly to a traditional phone number. You are only assigned a phone number if you have a particular address to link to your phone number.
Even though this method is phasing off with the entry of smart phones, mobile phones still need a physical location to link your account. Most users especially businesses prefer this type of VoIP phone number.
Their contact information is woven seamlessly and their phone number linked to their address. The VoIP provider uses his or her cables to provide VoIP solutions. This gives the phone number more authenticity making it beneficial and secure to the user.
Advantages of fixed VoIP phone numbers
- Optimum security
VoIP providers assign fixed VoIP numbers with broadband network linked to the PSTN (public switched telephone network). The providers possess the network through which your calls are relayed for efficient and safeguarded communication.
The technology utilizes stringent security protocols which prevents cyber rogues from using your data for fraud while being active to and from the PSTN. VOIP resellers connect to the PSTN through a third party carrier or assign you a non-fixed number, which is less secure and susceptible to fraud.
- Convenient emergency services
Assigning a physical location to your phone number enables you to route your call to a local emergency service centers when you dial 911. This is not possible if you are using non-VoIP services. A fixed VoIP number can speed up response times during accidents and save lives.
Disadvantages of fixed VoIP phone numbers
- Costly international calls
The rigorous physical location regulation comes with its restrictions. Prices are more stringent for fixed VoIP than for non-fixed VoIP. You enjoy significant savings from calling from your address, but you may incur extra charges if you use the service elsewhere depending on your VoIP set up. Consider the details of your contract and how the fees apply.
- Specific to In-Country
You cannot get a fixed VoIP number when you are outside the country. International calls attract extra charges making international communication difficult for some.
Thinking of getting a VoIP phone number? Consider investing in a fixed VoIP number. Your calls are secure. You don’t have to worry about cyber rogues spying on your messages and stealing your details. Protect your caller ID details and personal data from fraud.
Fixed phone numbers are no different from traditional phone lines. Large corporations with multiple phone lines prefer to link their phone numbers to a specific address. Non-fixed VoIP numbers are prevalent to fraudulent activities. And being able to spot them safeguards your information from fraud.
Fortunately, some tools flag off non-fixed VoIP numbers preventing any fraudulent activities and enhancing regulatory compliance. You can retrieve the caller id details from the Caller-id Name Database (CNAM).