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ToIP and VoIP: What's the Difference?

The era of the good old analog phone is coming to an end. These are giving way to Internet-based telephone communication systems, which are infinitely more efficient. Darwinists therefore have one more example to cite that confirms the theory of evolution.

However, there are different options for these telephone systems that use an Internet network. On the one hand, there is ToIP (Telephony over Internet Protocol), and on the other, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).

But what are the differences between these two systems? Can these two species hope to survive in the hostile environment of communications? Find out in this article!

So... what's ToIP?

People often use the terms ToIP and VoIP interchangeably, thinking they mean the same thing. However, these two telephony systems are somewhat different in functionality.

ToIP is a branch of VoIP

ToIP, as its name suggests, is a telephone communications system that, like VoIP, operates using Internet Protocol (IP). In order to use it, companies must have IP telephones as well as an IPBX switchboard, which acts as a private branch exchange over the Internet.

ToIP travels over a local IP network. This means that the technology uses a company's internal network to connect its various IP phones. ToIP is therefore mainly used by companies that choose this telephony solution for their internal voice communications.

VoIP: the improved version of ToIP

VoIP is very similar to ToIP. It also works through Internet protocol, but the phone system is hosted by a VoIP provider. This means that many companies use a common PBX, which reduces some operating costs. Voice data is transmitted over the Internet from the sender to the switchboard (at the operator's premises) and then to the receiver of the message.

VoIP provides a range of additional benefits and features that simply don’t exist on ToIP. Here are a few examples.

Communicate anywhere, anytime

VoIP is much more flexible than a ToIP system. This is because, unlike ToIP, which only allows the exchange of voice data between IP phones, VoIP also allows phones to communicate with computers, and even computers to exchange data with each other. The best part is that VoIP only requires an Internet connection to work!

This allows for many unique features, such as the ability to transfer calls from your office phone to your cell phone or receive your voicemail messages by email. This makes teleworking even more feasible!

Manage your telephony with ease

Need to change your phone settings but dread a 45-minute wait before you can talk to a technician? VoIP telephony makes it easy for you! With this type of telephone system, you can manage your preferences from your provider's online portal. A simple click of your mouse is all it takes to manage all your telephony-related administrative activities!

UBIK: a VoIP phone system designed to meet your needs with ease

In conclusion, although both ToIP and VoIP require an IP connection to work, they differ considerably in the features they offer. While ToIP mainly facilitates a company's internal communications, VoIP allows companies to communicate with the whole world at any time, from their telephony system or mobile devices.

Needless to say, if one of these two technologies should someday become extinct because it fails to adapt effectively to its habitat, ToIP would be the one to perish!

At UBIK, our VoIP phone solution offers all these features and more. Contact us today to take advantage of a cost-effective phone system entirely developed in Quebec!

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