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How does a VoIP phone number work?

Everything you need to know about VoIP phone systems and how to set up one for your company.

Olivia Maier

· 4 min read

Searching for a new phone system can seem overwhelming, especially with technological terms and acronyms being thrown around. Adopting a new phone system doesn’t have to be a painful process, especially as you research VoIP solutions. We’re here to help break down some VoIP basics, starting with what VoIP is, and how a VoIP phone number works.

Yodel.io VoIP Phone System

I. What is Voice over Internet Protocol?

Voice over Internet Protocol (commonly referred to as simply “VoIP”) is a technology that enables you and your team to make phone calls over the internet, instead of traditional telephone networks.

VoIP systems provide all the same functionalities as a traditional analog phone system, but they differ in the way those functionalities are provided. A VoIP phone will take analog voice signals and convert them into digital signals. Those digital signals are then sent as data over the internet, as opposed to traditional phone lines and networks.

Simply put, both types of phone systems work to give you access to a phone system.

You might be thinking, if the general functionality is pretty similar, then what is the difference between an analog phone and a VoIP phone?

Analog Phones vs. VoIP Phone

Analog Phones

  • Requires dedicated phone lines
  • Typically attached to a specific phone or device
  • Large initial investment

VoIP Phones

  • Transmitted over the internet, does not require specific “lines” or physical wiring
  • Attached to a specific user, allowing for multiple devices to be used for the same number
  • Low cost and financial commitment

II. Why Do Businesses Use VoIP Phone Systems?

A VoIP system can help a business get more out of their business phone communication systems. We picked a few highlights of the benefits of switching from an analog phone to a VoIP system.

Leverage Existing Resource

VoIP phones help your team leverage resources, such as your internet connection, that your team is already using. This extends beyond your internet connection, as you can access your VoIP service from computers, hardware phones, or tablets that you already have. A business VoIP phone service can also be integrated into the software and other tools your team already loves, helping you to get the most out of resources you already are using.

Lower Cost

Beyond leveraging your existing resources, a VoIP system can help you save even more money. With a VoIP system, you eliminate the cost and wasted time associated with landline phone maintenance. As an extra bonus, most VoIP providers won’t lock you into a long-term contract with expensive add-ons and fees.

Increased Flexibility

A VoIP system isn’t tied to one physical location, helping to enable flexible work for your team. With remote work becoming more common, having a business phone system that allows flexible work options can help your team stay connected, even when they are physically apart.

Global Presence

A VoIP system can give you access to international area codes, support countless languages, and enable a global workforce. Having a virtual phone number with international area codes makes it easier for new markets to find and communicate with your business.

III. How Do I Get a VoIP Phone Number?

A VoIP phone service provider will help you access your VoIP phone number when you sign up for their service.

If you already have a business phone number that you would like to keep, most VoIP service providers can port your phone number into the VoIP system.

Accessing a VoIP phone number is a part of the larger switch to a VoIP phone system.

IV. Get the Most Out of Your VoIP System with Yodel

If you are looking for a VoIP phone system that will give you access to a technologically advanced system that is dead simple to use, then Yodel is the VoIP solution for you. It’s no wonder thousands of companies trust Yodel to provide a high-quality business phone system.

  1. Easy Configuration
    There’s no need to take time away from your business or your callers with Yodel’s easy implementation. Get your phone system up and running in minutes!
  2. Access Unparalleled Integrations
    If your team lives in Slack, can’t survive without their CRM software, loves their SaaS tools, or all of the above, Yodel is the system for you!
  3. Voice Transcription
    Yodel will automatically transcribe incoming calls and voicemails, and store them for easy review.
  4. Voice IVR
    Intelligently route callers based on what they are saying in real-time.
  5. Business Text Messaging
    Communicate over SMS messages to your callers, via your business phone number, helping you stay in communication even if you can’t answer the phone.

And more! Check out our full list of features here.

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