The most common use over VoIP technology is for verbal telecommunications, this practice is also referred to as sip trunking. In order to effectively utilize VoIP technology businesses must have access to an active Internet connection, high-speed cable or a dedicated T1 line work best in corporate environments. Anything slower than this will ultimately result in diminished call quality or an ineffective service.
There is a common misconception that businesses must eradicate their existing telephony infrastructure and purchase expensive upgrades in order to be able to realize maximum benefits from IP telephony. This is not the case, through the use of specialized VoIP adapters (also referred to as ATA adapters) businesses are able to continue using their analog telephony devices in conjunction with a VoIP solution. While businesses are able to operate an on premise PBX with VoIP technology, it is a recommended best practice that smaller businesses instead opt for a hosted solution thus eliminating some of the management and maintenance headaches associated with such and advanced technology.
There are several advantageous gains associated with VoIP deployment in a business environment, albeit the most recognizable are in terms of cost savings. Taking advantage of a business VoIP solution, like that offered by Nextiva, Inc, allows small business owners to partake in unlimited local and long distance calling for a single low monthly flat rate (with most plans starting as low as $8.99/month.) Unlike conventional telephony, a VoIP based phone number is completely portable – meaning that if the business relocates they are able to continue using their existing phone number even if they move out of the area code vicinity.
In addition to number portability VoIP also offers the option of utilizing toll-free numbers or a multitude of different area codes. This permits the perception of a ‘local presence’ aiding businesses in denoting a professional and long standing appearance, especially beneficial in times of economical downfall when patrons may be less likely to do business with those companies whom they perceive to be outside of their local market.
IP telephony eliminates the physical constraints of packet switch telephony and gives businesses the ability to expand their ‘local’ market to a global spectrum, while bolstering tools and features necessary to grow and succeed in a highly competitive environment.