VoIP vs. UCaaS: Understanding the Differences

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If you operate in the business world, you’ve probably heard about VoIP phone systems at this point. You might even have an understanding of the benefits it offers, but in recent years, there has been an evolution in the ways that businesses can communicate and collaborate. That evolution has led to a new dynamic form of interaction called Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS). To understand these two separate systems and their advantages, it is necessary to examine their differences.

What is VoIP?

Voice over Internet Protocol is the name of a category of software and hardware that enables people to use the internet to transmit phone calls rather than traditional phone lines. VoIP technology has gained popularity mainly thanks to cost savings that they provide. They offer less expensive long-distance phone calls and greater mobility. Your phone number can basically travel with you anywhere that there is an internet connection. That means it is easier to move desks and allows for members of your workforce to travel as needed.

The other key features of VoIP telephone service include:

  • Call Forwarding
  • Call Monitoring
  • Number Porting
  • Call Transcriptions
  • Call Logs
  • Dial-in Conferencing
  • Softphones installed on a computer rather than traditional phone hardware

What is UCaaS?

Unified Communications as a Service has VoIP services folded into it, but it goes further than that. UCaaS offers a variety of collaboration and communication tools. The basic premise behind the UCaaS is uniting all business communications into a single cloud-based platform that provides a multitude of collaboration options. This is why it includes VoIP technology, but also expands upon its capabilities.

The key features of Unified Communications as a Service include:

  • Chatting communications
  • Instant messaging
  • Enterprise-wide shared calendars
  • Shared file storage for document transfer
  • Group project management
  • Video conferencing
  • Sending and receiving virtual faxes

The most significant selling point of UCaaS is not just all of the features it offers, it is the way that the overall system can unite a company under one roof of communication. A business that communicates well is a business that adapts to the changing world and the demands of their customers.

Understanding the Differences

Both VoIP and UCaaS offer several advantages, making the decision on which one is right for your business comes down to the unique needs of your company and how much you are willing to invest. Stability Networks is prepared to work with you and help you make this decision. We will get to know your business and make the best recommendation based on your needs.

We believe in leveraging IT solutions to drive the success of your business. That entails not just offering the best tools in the industry but providing tailored solutions for your unique situation. To learn more about VoIP phone systems and Unified Communications as a Service, contact us today.

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