If you have been looking for a better, cheaper phone service for your business, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service is likely the solution. VoIP has changed the way we think about making - and paying for - phone calls, allowing us to bypass phone companies to make long-distance calls over the internet for free.
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VoIP is a process where analog audio signals (like what you hear when you talk on the phone) are converted into digital data that can be transmitted over the internet. It is useful because VoIP technology can turn a standard internet connection into a phone system, allowing users to bypass phone service companies and the costs associated with traditional service providers.
Revolutionary Technology For Businesses
VoIP technology has the potential to completely rework the entire world's phone systems. With special IP phones fitted with Ethernet connectors, instead of standard phone connectors, businesses can connect what looks like a standard telephone straight to a router. IP phones look like regular phones, with a handset, cradle, and buttons - but they have all the software and hardware right inside that equips them to handle IP calls.
This is the VoIP Phone that all associates use at Boring, Zultys ZIP 35i
1. Figure out how many users you will need.
The first step in a successful VoIP setup is knowing how many associates will need to use the system. VoIP service providers will need to know a ballpark number to give you an accurate quote for hardware, software, and additional features. Think about how many lines you will ideally need, as more lines and heavier call volumes will likely require a more robust Internet connection. Costs can usually be saved when some associates only need their own extensions, and not their own separate phone numbers.
2. Make sure your internet connection is up to speed.
Testing your office Internet connection is necessary to see if it can handle VoIP for your expected user and call volume. Making sure this step is done right will save your business the hassle of dropped calls or poor sound quality that can come from a less-than-optimal connection. Upgrading an insufficient Internet connection can be an investment that saves money and time in many different areas.
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3. Assess the costs of VoIP vs. traditional phone systems.
When VoIP phone service first came out, many businesses chose to forgo the technology, believing that the increased functionality was far greater than what they actually needed at the time. The fear was that they'd be paying for premium features that they didn't need. However, many are suprised about how affordable VoIP actually is, and that there are a variety of levels of service depending on needs. This makes VoIP highly cost effective for large and small businesses alike.
A VoIP consultant or expert from a reputable service provider should be able to assess a business infrastructure as well as its short-term and long-term needs, delivering an accurate (and FREE) quote with a plan that allows for scalability.
3. Decide what features you need the most.
In the past, communications in an office environment meant telephones. Now, technology like VoIP can bring it all together. A comprehensive VoIP phone system can integrate Voice, Instant Messaging, Email, Video, and Web Conferencing. Solutions include office phones, smart phones, mobile devices, tablets, and computers all working together seamlessly.
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Small business phone systems generally use one of two technologies: voice-over IP (VoIP) or landlines. VoIP technology uses your internet connection to transmit your voice as data while landlines use traditional copper wires. VoIP is newer technology that delivers a wider range of features for a lower cost than traditional landlines.
Polycom is set to acquire Obihai Technology, a developer of software and hardware for VoIP endpoints. The acquisition will allow Polycom to compete effectively in the voice market and expands Polycom’s portfolio to include complementary technologies for the service providers and customers. The San Jose-based innovator in VoIP audio solutions will strengthen Polycom’s focus on expanding the availability of Polycom desktop phones to more customers and partners.
Google is planning at least two new applications to join its G Suite of productivity tools, according to The Information, both aiming to tackle existing Microsoft Office 365 products. One of them is a project called “Wolverine,” a private branch exchange service to replace businesses’ existing wired phone systems with cloud-based software. It is hoped that the existing Hangouts and Meet tools can be amplified with this technology and go against Skype for Business.
VoIP companies Blueface and Star2Star have announced a $500m (£368.8m) merger today, which they claim will create one of the world's largest global unified communications providers. The combined entity will be known as "StarBlue", but the two existing businesses will continue trading with their original names in their respective markets in the US and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Starblue will operate from its parents' present HQs in Dublin and Sarasota, Florida.
When working in VoIP and telephony systems you will encounter a lot of acronyms. Even after you discover the words represented by the acronyms, it isn't always clear what they actually mean. Here are two simple guidelines that will help you distinguish the difference between FXO and FXS: If you want to connect your IPBX with your analog line, you need to use FXO.