If your phone service is costing your business more than you think it should, SIP services may save you money. What is SIP? SIP or Session Initiation Protocol is a method for using your broadband Internet connection to carry both your data and your phone service. By using SIP services, you can eliminate your traditional voice telephone provider and save up to 70% on the cost of voice service.
Making the transition to using SIP services is quick and easy. In many cases, it takes less than a few days to be up and running. Here is a brief overview of the steps involved:
Before you switch your phone service to SIP, you must determine what your needs are. How many phone calls do you need to support simultaneously? Does your current broadband Internet service have excess capacity? What is your budget? Once you have answered these questions, you will be ready to choose an SIP provider.
2. Choose a Quality Provider
Now that you know what your needs are, you are ready to choose an SIP provider to help you meet those needs. Look for a provider that offers the combination of price and services that are right for you and your business. Be sure to factor this information into your search.
3. Make the Switch
Now, you are ready to make the switch to SIP Trunking. If necessary, you will need to upgrade your broadband Internet service to meet your bandwidth needs. If the PBX at your location supports it, your calls can be routed through your data connection automatically. If not, you will need to install an Integrated Access Device (IAD) to make the connection. Most SIP providers can facilitate this installation.
4. Track the Savings
By eliminating your voice phone provider, you should immediately see a dramatic reduction in your communications costs. In most cases, the quality of your SIP Trunking service will meet or exceed the quality of standard voice service, so you end up receiving a better product at a better price. Extra options, such as encryption and advanced call tracking services are generally much simpler and more expensive to implement using an SIP set up. If the service and savings do not live up to your expectations, the time to switch back to traditional phone service is sooner rather than later.
5. Take the Next Steps
Many SIP providers also provide extra services such as dedicated VoIP services that can drastically reduce or eliminate your long-distance bill, video calling and numerous other features that may enhance your business. Once you have a system in place, continue to research and look for ways that you can make the most of your SIP Trunking service.
A broadband Internet connection has become a standard feature of nearly every business. Since you already have the broadband connection anyway, why not take advantage of it to carry your voice service as well?