BeanKeeper wrote:Everyone says I can save tons of money if I use switch to a softphone but I don't really understand how it all works. I saw the "What is a Softphone?" post but I have some questions.
1. Can it receive incoming calls?
BeanKeeper wrote:2. If it can receive incoming calls:
2a. How does it notify me?
Your device will ring, just like a traditional telephone or cell phone.
BeanKeeper wrote:2b. Will I be aware someone is calling me if I'm in the other room?
If you can hear it ringing then yes. Again same as any normal landline or cell phone really.
BeanKeeper wrote:2c. Is there voicemail if I miss a call?
BeanKeeper wrote:3. Do I have to turn on a specific program every day on the computer?
Yes. Your computer must be turned on and you must have the softphone running.
BeanKeeper wrote:4. Is this something best used for outgoing calls?
I would say so, I'm not a fan of softphones other than for making occasional outgoing calls to save on bills.
If you're working in front of a PC 9-5 then again a softphone might be suitable for inbound or outbound calls. You're better off installing a softphone app on your mobile phone these days and use WiFi around the house - which is what i do!
The price of ATA's these days means your better off just buying one and connecting a dect phone to it. No starting up software or leaving a PC switched on 24/7.