Needless to say, some have remained shy when considering adopting SIP phones for their business. There are tons of rumors circulating including unreliability, hidden fees and call quality.
In fact, TMC (News - Alert) contributor Susan Campbell put this buzz to rest once and for all by highlighting five of the most common thoughts to skew one’s perception of SIP phones. The misleading beliefs included protection of phone service during outages, lack of quality, element of cost, assumed problems with 911 integration and the simple belief that legacy phones can adapt to today’s changing times.
In reality, SIP phones provide eight hours of standby time with battery backup (not to mention operate virtually maintenance free). Additionally, the quality of a SIP phone call is 100 percent dependent on the reliability of the user’s Internet connection, not the technology itself. Furthermore, the cost benefits of SIP phones simply cannot be disputed, as they allow businesses to save up to 40 percent on nationwide calls and up to 90 percent on international calls.
As you can see, SIP phones often get a bad and undeserving reputation. In light of this, here are some additional benefits for businesses to consider when making the switch to VoIP.
Simply put, a VoIP telephone system could be better for your business compared to traditional telephone systems that you may be currently using. “The VoIP system offers several advantages that could outweigh the potential drawbacks especially for small and medium size businesses,” explains this recent related article.
So without further ado, some additional benefits to using VoIP include:
When it comes to VoIP, you no longer need an army of skilled personnel to maintain a large, complex telephone system, Time Business Systems (TBS), a telecommunications solutions provider for small-to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), explains. The fact that the great majority of VoIP telephones come in an all-in-one assembly allows for simple and easy setup, which is especially advantageous for a small business.
“VoIP telephone systems are easy to install because they can be connected easily to an existing Internet network using hard or soft phones and can be used immediately,” the company continues, adding that simple equipment maintenance is also a treat for businesses looking to ditch their traditional telephone systems, as it can support a substantially larger number of users, which could in turn cut costs.
Everybody today is looking for consolidation, and business phone systems are no exception. As touched upon above, one especially beneficial feature of today’s VoIP phone systems is that several models feature network connections, servers, network switch and phone units – all which come in a single package, TBS elaborates. Some are also open source systems, making for an easier installation and implementation.
Combine this with the fact that VoIP phones are generally easier to install, use and maintain, and you’ve got an unbeatable recipe for efficient, uninterrupted business communications.
For the SMB, implementing a VoIP phone system can truly be a life saver. To check out some award-winning phone solutions to meet your unique business needs, click here.
In related news, last week, the Panasonic KX-UT248-B Executive SIP Phone (News - Alert) was awarded the 2012 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award. This year’s honorees were selected based on the most deserving companies that have demonstrated the most vision, leadership and thoroughness, as well as are reflective of the continuous evolution of the IP communications market.
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Edited by Rich Steeves