Deciding between a fixed or non-fixed VoIP phone number to replace your landline or set up your business phone system may seem like a complicated decision. But it doesn’t have to be.
That’s why, in this blog post, we’re going to give a quick overview of the differences between fixed and non-fixed VoIP. By the end, you’ll know:
But before we get into those topics, let’s first make sure you understand what VoIP means.
A VoIP phone number is essentially a virtual number.
VoIP stands for voice-over-internet protocol. In contrast to traditional landline phones that rely on copper wires to connect your calls, VoIP technology converts your calls into digital signals and sends them over the internet.
If you’ve ever made a call over Skype, Whatsapp, Zoom, or Google Voice, then you’ve used VoIP technology. But what kind? There are two possibilities: fixed or non-fixed.
A fixed VoIP number requires a physical address. So, although it’s an internet-based number and can be used to make calls on portable devices like a smartphone or tablet, it’s similar to a landline number.
This feature makes it preferable for local businesses and large corporations with a phone number that consumers already recognize and frequently contact.
The pros for fixed VoIP phone numbers include:
On the other hand, the cons for fixed VoIP phone numbers are:
As you can probably guess, a non-fixed VoIP is just the opposite. No physical address is required to get a non-fixed VoIP phone number. Sometimes, you don’t even need to pay for it.
So, if you guessed that Skype, Whatsapp, Zoom, and Google Voice give you a non-fixed VoIP phone number, you were right.
The pros for non-fixed VoIP phone numbers include:
On the other hand, the cons for non-fixed VoIP phone numbers include:
So, which one — fixed VoIP or non-fixed VoIP — is better for your business as you prepare to ditch your landline? As we’ve seen, there are pro’s and con’s to both.
But you should know those aren’t your only options. You can set up your business phone system or even keep your pre-existing business landline number using technology you and your team already know how to use well: a cell phone.
In fact, both of these services are exactly what we offer here at Community Phone. With our business phone system service, we set up your business phone system so that all you and your employees need to do is call out from your cell phones. With our landline transferring service, we help businesses and individuals keep their landline number while cutting the cord on their old provider and going mobile.
By not using a web-based interface, there is no learning curve with Community Phone. Your employees will be able to dial out from your business number on their phones from anywhere, just like they would place any call. Your customers won’t even know the difference.
With 100% US-Based customer support, Community Phone is also available to take your questions over phone, email, or live-chat.
Our phone plans are available at equal or lower prices than most VoIP providers and don’t require expensive internet connections (an unfortunate must-have for any VoIP technology to function well).
If you want to know more about our service, call our Business Division at (617)-466-6705, visit our business page, or fill out the form below.