Facebook recently announced its addition of VoIP calling application for the iPhone, iPad, and Itouch for Facebook subscribers in the US and Canada.
Because Facebook holds such a prominent position in today’s society, its VoIP addition is causing worldwide buzz. The masterminds behind Facebook have carefully planned out the introduction and implementation of VoIP services to the social networking site, making some wonder what exactly the benefits of VoIP service are when otherwise used in the home or business setting.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a technology that transmits voice data over the Internet. This form of sending and receiving phone calls largely avoids the traditional phone line, which is infamous for charging high user fees. Switching to a VoIP provider for business and residential phone use is a more affordable alternative to using a traditional phone service.
Of course, Facebook is new to the VoIP world, and there are lots of VoIP giants out there that already offer reliable service at great prices. We’ve outlined just a few of the reasons why VoIP service is gaining popularity, and explained how an Internet phone may be beneficial to your home or business.
Free VoIP to VoIP Calls
All phone calls made between users with the same VoIP provider are free of charge. It doesn’t matter where the user places these calls or where they are directed, every VoIP to VoIP call is free. Additionally, the phone call duration doesn’t matter. VoIP to VoIP calls can last two minutes or two hours without racking up a single charge. This is attractive feature because VoIP users don’t need to stress about long distance calling rates or worry about the length of their phone calls.
Chances are, when Facebook users decide to call their Facebook friends who have VoIP upgrade, the calls are most likely free regardless of their location or duration due to this feature.
Cheap International Calls
While Facebook is popular because it connects friends and family worldwide, VoIP companies have a similar goal. VoIP providers offer extremely low per minute international calling rates so that users can remain connected despite distance.
Some traditional phone companies charge more than $3.00/minute to make international calls, but international phone calls with a VoIP provider can cost as low as $0.01/minute. That could potentially be the difference between a $30 minute and $0.30 ten-minute phone call with a traditional phone provider compared to a VoIP provider.