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VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a technology that uses the internet to send and receive phone calls instead of using a traditional phone line.

Effective communication using a telephone cannot happen if the conversation is repeatedly interrupted due to buffering. 

This means that to use a VoIP phone system you need a very fast and reliable broadband connection. A B4RN gigabit broadband connection will provide the speed and reliability needed to let you replace your old phone with a VoIP phone.

Your current internet connection uses the old copper phone line to deliver the broadband signal to your home. This means that you are still paying the line rental for that phone line as well as your broadband subscription. A B4RN connection will use a new fibre-optic cable to deliver the broadband signal to your home; it will not use your phone line. Your fast and reliable B4RN broadband connection will enable you to replace your old phone with a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone that uses your broadband connection to make phone calls. 

This means that you will no longer need your old phone line so you can stop paying the line rental.

The price of making a call over an internet connection tends to be significantly cheaper than via a traditional fixed line or even mobile plan, particularly if you’re contacting somebody in a different country.

One of the main reasons for switching to a VoIP phone system is the cost. For example, the standard charges for calling Pakistan from a normal UK landline or mobile can vary between around £1 to £2 per minute (less with special discounts). By comparison the same call over a VoIP network may only cost you around 10-12 pence per minute and it could even be free if the end-user is using the same VoIP platform as you are (VoIP to VoIP calls on the same platform are usually free).

A good VoIP platform will also give you a wide selection of different ways to access their network. For example, you may be able to install an app on your Smartphone so you can use your VoIP phone number almost anywhere there’s an internet connection.

Another reason to switch to a VoIP phone is that many VoIP platforms will include a lot of useful features for no extra cost, which would cost extra on an old copper landline. A good provider will give you access to services such as Caller Display, Voice Mail, Call Divert, International Call Barring, Anonymous Call Blocking and much more for no additional charge.