VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a popular way to make and receive telephone calls be it in a business or residential setting.
Working via an internet connection, as opposed to a traditional telephone line, users can receive business or personal calls wherever they are by simply plugging into an available network via a telephone or computer.
The main benefit of a VoIP system is the saving on call costs, especially long distance calls. Other benefits include a one wiring system, web based administration (so the system can be modified from anywhere) and remote use of calls.
There are many VoIP systems on the market and key features to look out for are:
Whilst taking all of the above into consideration, you will need to decide which phone or device is suitable for your requirements. Some VoIP providers will discount the cost of these items when you sign up with them.
A two port, analog telephone adapter, suitable for residential and small business use offers high quality IP voice service via a single Ethernet port.
This internet router connects your existing analog devices and has two standard telephone ports. It works well in changeable network environments and delivers high quality voice communication.
Other features include:
A basic one line affordable IP telephone suitable for the home office or small business. It connects directly into an internet provider telephone service.
This telephone has many features including:
(this model is priced at eighty three dollars)
This 3-line telephone system is suitable for business and home office users. It is easily installable via an internet provider telephone service. Security is a key feature of this telephone; encryption protocols are used for remote provisioning and data upgrades.
Other features include:
The Cisco SPA 303 currently retails at one hundred and twenty five dollars.
This expandable cordless phone supports up to 8 telephone lines and 6 handsets. It comes with a wall mountable base unit and is suitable for small or larger businesses.
(Panasonic phone system is priced at one hundred and sixty five dollars)
This top of the range VoIP telephone system supports 3 lines and has HD voice technology giving the best voice quality and clarity. It has a large LCD display with adjustable back-lighting and can support Asian characters and is hearing aid compatible.
(Polycom is available for three hundred and thirty dollars)
It is advisable to obtain written confirmation of VoIP systems and contracts before entering into any agreement.
About the author: Amy Harris, Community Manager for the business telephone website Expert Market, offers you tips for purchasing the right system as well as her top picks for VoIP systems in 2014.