In the past, law firms only had the option of using traditional phone services, such as those offered via traditional phone lines. In recent years, something called VOIP took the world by storm, as it combined Internet technology with phone communications technology. VOIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, which is exactly what it sounds like. Your voice is transmitted over the Internet and reaches someone else on the other line. It uses an IP address protocol to complete the communication.
Law offices took notice of this technology and began incorporating it into their own offices. There were many reasons for this. First of all, VOIP phone systems are sometimes free. It’s possible to complete necessary phone calls without having to even pay for it, which appealed to very frugal law firms. Start-up firms were able to take care of their business via an Internet connection without having to pay for an additional phone service, and this allowed those firms to grow more quickly because an expensive traditional phone line wasn’t absorbing profits.
Thanks to refined VOIP services these days, no law firm would be wise to pass up the opportunity to use VOIP. In many cases, you’ll find a VOIP phone system even more crystal clear than traditional phone serves. Why pay more for less? You’re going to save money on a phone bill by using your Internet connection to complete calls.
If you’re worried about clarity, don’t. VOIP services have come a long way since the early days and now you’ll find that a VOIP connection is as clear or clearer than one completed via traditional methods. Thanks to this savings, law firms can look forward to slashing their phone bill big time. According to Lawrence Jacobs, a marketing manager at Zooomr – an NYC car lease tech startup, switching to VOIP has helped Zooomr save almost 30% on their monthly phone bills.
Mobility is another of VOIP’s virtues. You can complete regular calls or video calls via mobile platforms like laptops. Imagine traveling for work and being able to take work with you. That’s the kind of portability that the VOIP phone systems offer to you and your law firm.
Giving it a try
With services starting at free, there’s no reason not to try out a VOIP system for awhile in the office. You’ll quickly see the many other advantages of VOIP, such as video conferencing capabilities and many other great features that you can purchase for additional pricing. Many VOIP services will give your firm a free trial so that you can witness the power of a VOIP system.
Systems are updated almost constantly, keeping your firm in a prime environment of communication with clients, judges, and other lawyers. A lawyer’s best friend is communication and VOIP definitely works well as a great friend. If you’re interested in trying it out, so many of those same services that will enhance your law firm will let you see what one of their systems will do for you, without leaving you obligated to install a permanent system in the office. Not only that, but phone calls are simple to complete with VOIP, so you’re going to have a period of time where you are amazed at just how productive a VOIP system can make your legal team. There won’t be any more spotty connections or lost calls with VOIP on the job.
As VOIP continues to grow, it will grow right along with your law firm. Smaller and medium sized firms have already demonstrated just how powerful VOIP can be when it’s used in just the right way.