Despite still having minor cons, VoIP services are slowly replacing landline services, thanks to their scalability, usability and, most importantly, their mobility. The latter is extremely important if you are constantly on the go: you just need a device that connects to the internet and you can enjoy all benefits of a cloud phone system.
To achieve that, most cloud phone system providers ask you to use an app or redirect your calls via call forwarding, which needs some tampering with the setups. However, Invoxia has a new approach: a separate device called Voice Bridge.
How Voice Bridge Works
Voice Bridge is basically a router that directs your landline calls to your mobile device (whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet) without obliging you to pay additional fees. In fact, you only have to pay $99 one time, after which you can use Voice Bridge without contractual obligation. Once you purchased this neat little device, you just need to hook it up to your phone line and the internet, download an application from iTunes or Google Play, and voilà, you can take and receive all your landline calls from your mobile phone.
Whether you decide to keep actual landline devices or not (both ways are supported), all your incoming HD calls can be forwarded to your mobile device. Furthermore, you can place calls too, either using your residential or mobile caller ID. As all you need is mobile internet or a Wi-Fi connection, you can place/receive your calls anywhere; whether you are out in town or abroad. However, if you miss a call or you receive a voicemail message, you get notified thereof via push notifications. Furthermore, Invoxia’s Voice Bridge allows you to use your mobile contact list and it even displays caller IDs the same way they would display when you are about to place mobile calls.
Voice Bridge is also ideal for SMBs which don’t have the budget to purchase expensive VoIP devices: this solution allows 5 devices to share the same line, while you are also allowed to make internal calls between employees and even 3-way conference calls.
Substitute or Complementary?
Even though Voice Bridge has many attractive pros, it is still mostly intended for residential users and very small businesses/startups. The biggest problem with this solution is that it only allows 5 devices to share the same line. Just for comparison, a cloud phone system can integrate as many devices as you can (including softphones) and it still allows users to place/receive calls via their smartphones.
Furthermore, Voice Bridge has limited capabilities regarding conferencing: it is good for internal communication, but for conference calls you’d better use a true conferencing solution. This solution should be considered a complementary: it means that you still have to subscribe to a VoIP service to be able to use it or have a live landline contract with a phone service provider.
Despite the above, Voice Bridge is a nice complementary solution, ideal for really small businesses with small needs, and for residential users who wish to keep their landline while enjoying the advantages of a mobile solution.
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