Small businesses are able to convert to a VoIP Phone System without disrupting any of the current business operations in place. VoIP phone systems are simple and straightforward to both install and administer, the transition process from the traditional phone system to VoIP makes no compromise on existing functionality or performance. There are an abundance of features available with VoIP phone systems and these can all be installed at an incredibly low cost to any size business.
The telecommunications industry is rebuilding itself around a technology known as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). VoIP telephone systems operate on your company’s data network, allowing for converged solutions that integrate your voice services with your data network. This fundamental shift in business telephone systems has created a lot of confusion for the buyer because there are a lot more options available for businesses.
First and foremost, it’s important to understand some basic telephone terminology. Knowing the lingo will go a long way towards helping you evaluate competitive proposals. You’ll find that many traditional telephone vendors don’t use industry terms properly when offering their telephone system quotes!
VoIP – Voice over Internet Protocol – This is a method of converting voice signals into data packets, and passing that traffic over a data network (like the Internet). Note that VoIP calling services can be used with IP Telephone Systems or traditional PBX systems – they are not exclusive.
SIP Trunks – SIP stands for Session Initiation Protocol. SIP trunks are essentially virtual telephone lines for your business. A SIP Provider offers local and long distance calling services that utilize VoIP technology to lower your calling expenses. SIP hasn’t been popular because it requires large amounts of reliable bandwidth to be effective. The cost of the right Internet services in our region often exceed the cost savings offered by SIP trunks.
IP Telephony – The use of VoIP technologies within your office is often known as IP Telephony. Some vendors will call IP Telephony Computer Telephony Integration (CTI).
PBX (Private Branch exchange) – A Telephone Switch used to support an individual organization. Traditional business telephone systems are considered to be a PBX.
IP Telephone Systems are usually appropriate in the following environments:
Panasonic systems are the traditional business telephone systems that you have seen in your office for years. They are more affordable and are still the best fit for a smaller organization that is looking for basic features like dial tone, voice mail and limited integration with your computer networks.
PBX Systems are typically the best fit for the following environments:
Sometimes, it’s a clear decision whether IP or PBX business telephone systems are the best solutions for your organization. In other instances, the benefits of either solution are not easily seen. To find the best business telephone system for your organization, schedule a free consultation with InteleChoice Communications today. As one of New Hampshire’s leading installers of PBX-based telephone systems, we´re here to help you make the best decision for your business, non-profit, medical office, or government agency.
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