Cloud VoIP Phone Service
RingCentral provides reliable, high-quality VoIP phone service anywhere you have internet access.
What is VoIP?
To keep up with today's business needs, you need a modern way to handle your communication. Enter Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Also called IP telephony, you can make phone calls using an internet connection instead of a landline. VoIP turns voice packets into data packets so they can travel across the internet than from a telephone from a public switched telephone network (PSTN). With recent developments, you can rely on VoIP as most businesses' standard unified communications platform.
RingCentral VoIP (voice over internet protocol) is part of a secure, reliable cloud communications platform that eliminates the need for on-premise private branch exchange (PBX) hardware and phone service. With mobile apps, online meetings, and business SMS, it’s more than a landline phone system, it’s comprehensive hosted business communications at its best. Manage all of your business communications with your computer or mobile device from any location—there’s no additional hardware necessary, just an internet connection. Best of all, RingCentral provides simplified billing, free onboarding services, and 24/7 customer support as part of your VoIP service plan.
RingCentral is the industry-leading provider of VoIP services
Made for business
The modern VoIP system not only provides a reliable and unlimited IP telephony solution but it also includes features like caller ID, video conferencing, SMS, and even faxing to help businesses communicate better.
Easy and simple telephony setup
No complicated traditional phone installations needed. RingCentral can easily be configured based on the communication needs of your organization. Have your virtual phone service up and running in a day or less.
Mobile and flexible VoIP system
The best part about VoIP technology is that it leverages the internet by letting you make phone calls and video calls, host and join conferences, and send and receive fax and SMS from anywhere.
No telephony hardware needed
Unlike on-premise telephone systems that require expensive hardware like phone service servers, handset, analog phones, and PBX boxes, RingCentral only needs internet-connected devices like computers, laptops, and mobile devices to work. Just log in to your RingCentral account and you are ready to go.
24/7 customer support
From implementation to technical support, RingCentral stands by your business with our award-winning customer support team 24/7. This is not just for functionality problems and technical digital signal issues-your business can look to us for consultations and best-practice recommendations.
Robust phone service plans
Get the most advanced unified communications solution in the industry for your business. Your single (affordable!) RingCentral plan includes VoIP, cloud PBX, videoconferencing, and more features for your business.
Message. Video. Phone. Together.
What to Expect from RingCentral’s VoIP Solutions
No separate phone bills for different phone service functionalities
RingCentral’s VoIP solution is part of an all-inclusive cloud-based system that includes internet fax, voice, text, videoconferencing, and more. With transparent VoIP plans and pricing, you can expect no surprises on your next bill. No hidden fees or extra premium charges for additional features such as instant messaging or SMS.
VoIP telephone service working with virtual PBX
Get advanced VoIP phone service and routing capabilities through a cloud-based hosted PBX system. This way, all incoming calls are automatically routed to the right person or department, giving your business a more professional image.
Premium inbound call management features
Aside from advanced call routing capabilities, RingCentral also offers different call management features to help you communicate more effectively in real time. Customize how incoming calls are handled during and after business hours, set up a dial-by-name directory, and use a multi-level auto attendant. All this makes it easier for callers to reach your business.
Customizable user experience
End-users are also able to personalize how they receive their calls, which includes customizing call screening to identify callers, forwarding calls to multiple phone numbers simultaneously or chronologically, and setting up notifications for missed calls, SMS, voicemail, and online faxing.
Secure, reliable, and easy-to-manage virtual phone service
A secure VoIP service
RingCentral employs a comprehensive security strategy to protect its virtual phone service and its users. Aside from high-level encryption that protects VoIP phone calls, there are other measures employed including regular data center audits, multi-factor authentication and single-sign-on for account protection, and advanced account management and administration.
Hosted in multiple data centers for superior redundancy and reliability
To ensure consistent high-quality service for all users, RingCentral hosts its cloud-based phone service in multiple data centers with multiple servers in different locations across the US. In the event that onIn the event that one server or data center encounters some issues, then others can step up and take over.
With online dashboard for easy VoIP phone service access and management from anywhere
Access and manage RingCentral through an online dashboard on your computer or mobile phones. From there, you can add and delete business phone numbers and virtual extensions, grant admin and user roles and permissions, and even check call logs to get insights on how your company is using the system. No need to hire specialized manpower to manage your VoIP phone system.
VoIP Phones, Devices, and Equipment
Maximize VoIP services with top-of-the-line IP desk phones
To make the most out of your VoIP telephone services, RingCentral offers high-quality desktop VoIP phones that utilize standard Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and integrate seamlessly with your cloud communications solutions. Choose from different IP phone models from trusted brands like Cisco and Polycom. No complicated setup, just PLUG AND RING®.
Use analog phones to make VoIP calls
If you want to use your existing traditional telephone to make internet calls, you can do that as well. You just need an Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA), which digitizes analog voice data into data packets so that it can be transmitted over the Internet.
No IP desk phones? Use your PC or MAC as a softphone
Turn your PC or MAC into your own phone. Download the RingCentral Desktop App to make and receive VoIP calls from your personal computer or laptop. In addition, you can also send a virtual fax or SMS and even start or join an audio or video conference.
Make and receive calls using your iPhone or Android Phone
Don’t be tied to your desk. Enjoy your freedom and take your phone service with you anywhere you go. As usual, you can make long-distance and international calls. You can also access RingCentral through your iPhone or Android mobile phone with a unified mobile app and stay connected to your growing business wherever you are.
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VoIP phone service for business
Compared to the traditional phone, with VoIP, you can make phone calls through the internet. This means that instead of a desk phone or a landline, you can make calls through your mobile phones, tablets, and even your desktop, as long it's hooked to an internet connection.
Through VoIP technology, your voice converts into digital packets so it can travel through the internet across various networks and vice versa, so participants in the call get to have a conversation.
This technology enlists the help of several protocols or rules which help in routing data, such as:
- Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to help conversations happen in real time,
- Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP) which carries each digital voice data packet in real-time, and
- Transmission Control Protocol & User Datagram Protocol (UDP) are responsible for the accuracy and speed of digital signal and data exchange.
On the business aspect, VoIP allows businesses to grow exponentially. Because you are not tied to a landline, you can connect to any mobile device the company wishes them to have. You can also strengthen your relations with your customers, partners, and your team through collaborative VoIP solutions such as audio and videoconferencing, among others.
You can also leverage and modernize your business phone systems with VoIP as the core of your telephony. With a VoIP service, you can easily handle incoming calls and create outbound calls performed by cloud-based servers that perform these call routing functionalities. Thus, a VoIP phone system is beneficial for every business, may it be enterprise, middle-sized, or small businesses alike.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is the way to go for businesses
What if the internet in your area stops working? This is a common apprehension among business owners and managers who are considering switching to VoIP. They think that if the internet connection stops working, there is no way to make a voice call. Let's not even get started on traditional phones, which use cables and other hardware that can be compromised by fire or destroyed by an earthquake.
When disaster strikes or power goes out, your employees will have a hard time communicating with each other and customers won't be able to reach them. If you fail to recover quickly, you'll suffer a huge loss in terms of production and customer confidence and deal with regulatory fines.
Healthcare facilities, for example, need to abide by the provisions included in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Otherwise, they could lose a huge amount of money on sanctions and penalties.
This is not a problem with a hosted VoIP phone system, which sits at a protected data center. It is monitored around the clock. So if something happens in your place of business, incoming calls will be forwarded to another location.
VoIP’s advanced call-forwarding functionality gives you the capacity to choose where and how your voice calls are forwarded so you don’t have to lose productivity in case of a disaster or a power outage. So even if it’s impossible to answer your office desk phone, you still have a secondary phone service like your laptop or smartphone you can use to communicate with collaborators and customers.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about VoIP services
VoIP has paved the way for other means of leveraging the internet to send digital files over IP telephony transmissions. Virtual fax is one of those. While VoIP itself is not used to send fax over the internet, the concepts are pretty similar. The main difference is that the transmission is one way and the payload is a soft or hard copy of documents. The same goes for other modern systems that use IP transmissions like home security systems. Similar to virtual fax and VoIP, home security cameras use IP transmission to remotely transmit footage to cellphones and other streaming devices. The possibilities are virtually endless.
More resources about VoIP and Internet Phone services
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Internet phone service
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Data center overview
Roles and permissions
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