Making or receiving calls through VoIP is just a click away. You dial the number and connect with the person on the other end – no matter where they live.
But why am I repeating what you already know?
Because if you are here, you must be looking for ways to cut the cord on traditional phone systems in favor of more flexible VoIP that costs lower than others. You must have begun your research on various VoIP systems available in the market as you want to know which suits well to your business needs.
Well, here I am to end your research by explaining you the two main categories of VoIP (a.k.a. Internet calling) named: Fixed VoIP and Non-Fixed VoIP.
Fixed VoIP is a location-specific service, attached with a physical address. Businesses using fixed VoIP services are associated with the physical location and cannot avail VoIP services from outside of defined coverage area.
Fixed VoIP can be a great alternative to your existing landline phone system as it comparatively offers affordable calling.
Somehow, if you plan to move outside of allocated geographical location, then you can ask your VOIP service provider to move the phone numbers to your next location. Fixed VoIP is safe and secure. The phone lines are regulated and you might pay little extra for free calling in some cases.
Unlike fixed VoIP, Non-Fixed VoIP is not attached with any physical address or geographical location. Accessible from anywhere, basically they are free floating accounts.
Both residential and business users can get free-floating accounts of non-fixed VoIP. You can either replace your traditional phone service or use non-fixed VoIP as another phone service. Or you can also use it as a disposable phone line (a virtual phone number for temporary use or a toll free number for business).
Key Differences Between Fixed and Non-Fixed VoIP
|Fixed VoIP Features||Non-Fixed VoIP Features|
|A physical address is a must, and you need your own cables to install fixed VoIP.||No need to have a physical address and cables for non-fixed VoIP installation. The process is very easy to set over the internet which takes the least time possible|
|You can avail emergency call services like 911.||As location is not assigned to the number, you may not get 911 emergency call services|
|Because of the presence of physical address, anyone can find you on state phone directories to get the contact details of your business.||You may not find the necessary contact details of non-fixed VoIP numbers on directories.|
|Fixed VoIP makes it difficult for you to make international calling as it follows a complicated process and charges high.||Non-fixed VoIP number offers easy international calling (similar to local calling) at cheapest rates possible.|
|Fixed VoIP numbers sometimes fail to work when moved beyond the coverage areas. They lack flexibility and can’t roam along with you.||With non-fixed VoIP, you will be operating an entire calling system via the internet, which allows you to move anywhere without any interruption in communication.|
|You don’t get any number while operating outside of your country. Also, expensive international call charges make it difficult for you to stay within your business budget.||You get a virtual number anywhere you go. Plus, international charges are low, allowing you to save money while growing your business to new heights.|
In a Nutshell
Without any doubt, VoIP is the best way to cut down installation and maintenance costs, and also save a huge amount from international calling charges. Now if you want to choose the one from fixed and non-fixed VoIP or mixed, first of all, note down your business requirements. If you don’t intend to expand overseas and stay connected with others in your region, fixed VoIP is good to go. But if you are planning to expand globally, have international customers, remote employees, then non-fixed VoIP is a right, and the only choice to rely upon and empower your business communication system.