5 reasons why you should use VOIP over a landline

With the emergence of fibre, you can kiss your landline goodbye forever. Here are five reasons you should make the switch to VOIP!

Let‘s be realistic: the number of people who still use their landline telephone has dropped markedly as cell phones changed the face of telecommunications for good.
Still, a great many of us keep the landline just the same – for simple convenience, safe in the knowledge we have a number that‘s ours that won‘t change as long as we don‘t tamper with it.
But guess what? The rapid emergence of fibre internet in homes and businesses throughout South Africa is rendering the old-school Telkom landline obsolete.
Read: Telkom set to axe line rental fee
A dedicated phone operated over a fast internet connection makes just as much sense, and performs the same function as an ordinary landline. You can even keep your number the same. The only difference? It plugs in to your router via an Ethernet cable, or connects to a WiFi hotspot.
This system is called Voice-Over-IP, and it‘s been available to consumers for over a decade. But now, thanks to superfast fibre, it‘s a no-brainer.
Here are five reasons to make the change.

Anyone can make the switch

Voice-Over-IP works for anyone with an internet connection. All you need to do, says Dave Gale of Frogfoot Networks, is identify an ISP that offers the service. “œFrom there, you‘ll pay a rental fee and a charge for your internet-enabled phone, though many companies will throw in the phone free of charge.“
Frogfoot is involved in the deployment of fibre-optic cable throughout South Africa, bringing high-speed internet to businesses and homes. According to Gale, Voice-Over-IP works for anyone with a broadband connection, but it‘s best suited to fibre. “œBack in the old days, when telecoms companies first began selling VOIP, ADSL speeds struggled to deliver you a good call. But now, on fibre, you‘ll find that the extra bandwidth makes it a dream.“

You can keep your number

“œThe number one reason people stick with their landline is because they think they‘ll lose their telephone number,“ says Gale. “œBut that‘s false.“
In reality, Telkom doesn‘t own your 10 digit home number. Instead, it‘s borrowed from the telecoms regulator. As a result, Telkom is obliged to transfer your number to the telecommunications company of your choosing, and since almost all Internet Service Providers offer VOIP, you can shop around for the best deal.
That means saving yourself time and hassle while you say goodbye to that monthly Telkom bill in your post box.

More choice equals more power

With a level playing field and a competitive market, you‘ve got the option of shopping around for the deal that suits you best.
That means you can save a lot of money in the process.
“œCompetition is healthy in any industry,“ says Gale, “œand the widespread adoption of fibre in South Africa has given rise to another layer of industry. In the end, the consumer wins.“

It‘s hassle-free

Internet “œlandline“ telephones can either operate over WiFi or be plugged into a router via Ethernet cable.
Installation is quick and painless, and if you‘re on fibre, you‘ll experience hardly any lag whatsoever.
If, however, you‘re still on ADSL, Gale preaches caution. “œCalls over ADSL can be affected by the number of users on the network, which can reduce the quality of the call. It‘ll still work, but the quality will be unpredictable.“

The calls sound better

This might not be a biggie, but if you‘re racking up an exorbitant phone bill making conference calls overseas, you‘ll be glad to know that VOIP tethered to a fibre connection will deliver crisp, clear sound.
“œEver heard of a term called a telephone voice?“ asks Gale. “œOrdinary landline calls are limited to 8kHz. With fibre, you can theoretically get HiFi quality voice calls. VoIP can now deliver crisp, clear, quality sound.“
So there you have it. If you‘re stuck with a landline you don‘t need or use, there‘s an alternative available. Many businesses and home-owners in South Africa are making the transition already.
Read: 255Tbps: Scientists carry entire world‘s internet traffic through single fibre
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

  1. This author is a complete novice to telecommunications – and obviously a VoIP employee. VoIP is inferior to landlines in almost any way possible – many are now switching back to landlines. And landlines are analog, not digital, which means the quality is far superior to anything that VoIP users could ever DREAM of having. In addition, landlines relay accurate address information to 911 dispatchers. Rotary phones, fax machines, pacemakers, and other equipment are often incompatible with VoIP systems. You can’t dial the operator (dial 0) on VoIP since you aren’t connected to the PSTN. Do not listen to this physco. Keep your landline!

    1. Guest, thanks for the comment. There are a few flaws in your argument.
      One, I’m not a VOIP employee, so check your facts. Two, I consulted with Frogfoot, because they’re experts of the matter (Dave holds a MENSA membership card for one).
      In regards to emergency services, you have a point, although in our neck of the woods, you’re doing well if you get through to 911!
      Rotary phones? Those are rare. And normally one installs a VOIP phone these days, not an adapter. Fax is dying – face it.
      Plus, if you have a pacemaker working off a phone line, I don’t rate your life expectancy.
      If you’re getting bad VOIP service, you need a new VOIP service provider. That’s simple.
      If you do need a service that runs on copper, ask you ISP. Otherwise, you’re good to go.
      As for psycho? Don’t hide behind anonymity if you feel so strongly…

      1. Can I ask where your neck of the woods is? Ok, so maybe he shouldn’t have said psycho but if you’re going to blog and have a comments section you have to be open to criticism (even if 2 years later). In general everyone in South Africa want to get away from Telkom but VOIP aren’t very good either and unless you’ve got a load of cash to spend on LAN infrastructure and constant maintenance you’ve got a problem. Our company (including branches) is moving back to Telkom PRI. VOIP quality is shocking and we have fiber at head office. Even cellphone networks aren’t 100% and that effectively is what VOIP is. If you want to cut costs, manage your staff and limit private phone calls.

  2. This is exactly what we are doing for our clients.. Once we install the Fiber for them we port their telkom number to us (Intense Broadband) and give them a voip phone.. no monthly fees, only charges for the phone calls made…!!

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