SIP Trunks for Restaurants
Most people might underestimate the importance of the telecommunications system for a restaurant, but restaurant owners and managers don’t. You know that the telephone is a lifeline for your business, allowing you to provide outstanding service to guests, connect with suppliers, and keep your team aligned. However, as important as it is, keeping communications costs down is a high priority.
That’s why restaurants from fast food to fine dining are making the switch to SIP trunking. SIP trunking offers a smooth transition from traditional, copper wired phone lines to internet-based, modern, unified communications systems. The change can be made without a big up-front investment. With SIP trunks, you can cut costs and increase flexibility while providing outstanding service to every guest.
If you decide to go with SIP, you won’t be alone. Marketst and Markets reports that the global SIP trunking services market will exceed $12 billion globally by 2023.
Whether you have one location or 20, it probably makes sense to follow the trend.
SIP Trunking Basics
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking is an internet-based replacement for legacy physical telephone lines. It serves as the connectivity backbone for a variety of unified communications features using your existing broadband internet connection. A SIP trunk connected to an internet-ready phone system or PBX allows restaurant employees to make calls to any phone number. Each SIP trunk can support an unlimited number of SIP channels, which are equivalent to a traditional phone line.
The terms SIP trunking and VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) are sometimes mixed up, but they are different technologies, just like your old physical phone lines, and your phone system aren’t the same thing. SIP makes it possible to leverage VoIP, but SIP channels can also support video, text messaging, web conferencing, and faxing.
The Benefits of SIP Trunking for Restaurants
There are several compelling reasons that SIP trunking is so popular with people who run restaurants.
The use of SIP trunks lowers costs for restaurants in several ways. You can eliminate expensive physical telephone lines (PRIs) that are usually paired with long-term contracts and challenging to manage per-minute long-distance charges. SIP.US includes long-distance calls to the lower 48 states and parts of Canada at no additional cost. This makes it easy to predict and control monthly communications costs. And unlike traditional lines that are sold in groups of 26, you can order the exact number of SIP channels that you need. If you only need three channels, that’s all you have to purchase.
Many restaurants enjoy telecommunications savings of as much as 60% when they switch to SIP trunks.
The needs of a restaurant can change quickly. The traditional approach to communications means guessing about your needs long into the future. This is not the case with SIP. You can easily add or remove SIP channels on-demand when requirements change, even seasonally. SIP.US has a user-friendly portal for account administration.
Easier Network Management
Most restaurants don’t have networking experts on staff, and the scarce IT resources have to keep up with the systems that run the business. That’s why it doesn’t make sense to support separate networks for voice and data. With SIP trunking, you consolidate the network and let your IT folks (if you have them) focus on other priorities.
Mutiple Location Solutions
For restaurants with more than one location, SIP trunking is the ideal way to create a seamless communications experience. Because SIP lines are virtual, not physical, the location of the phones and users doesn’t matter. You’ll be able to easily transfer calls between locations, run all of your communications on one server, and make it easy for employees to reach each other.
In the event of a weather emergency or human-made disaster, it may be more important than ever for your team to be able to communicate. Even if your employees can’t get into the restaurant or power is lost, your SIP service can redirect your calls to other locations or mobile phones. SIP.US protects your communications infrastructure by having multiple data centers, so a problem at one won’t impact your ability to communicate.
Why Restaurants Choose SIP.US
There are many built-in advantages of SIP trunking for restaurants, but keep in mind that not all SIP services are the same. Before you decide what’s best for your you, you’ll need to compare the features, costs, and support services offered by each SIP trunking service provider. SIP.US is an excellent choice for restaurants because we make it easy.
Profitable restaurants are careful about how they spend every dollar, so we are transparent about the cost of our services. Our pricing is straightforward; we charge a low monthly fee for each SIP channel and no setup fees. We offer discount rates for local and toll-free direct dial numbers and publish our prices for international calls. All of the details are available right here.
Our control panel is user-friendly, even for people without technical backgrounds. Your team can easily add or reduce channels, review call detail records, and monitor the health of your phone system. If you have questions, our team of industry experts will be standing by to help.
Our SIP trunks can be used with almost any IP (internet-enabled) phone system. SIP.US is also compatible with open-source, free PBX systems available, such as Asterisk and Free PBX. If your phone system hardware isn’t internet ready (most systems newer than ten years old are IP enabled), it may be possible to use SIP trunking with an inexpensive device called a telephony adapter.
With SIP.US, you get and pay for precisely the number of SIP channels you need at the moment. If you want to add channels, cancel some, or discontinue service, you can do it whenever you want in the control panel. There are no contracts, and you are not required to maintain a minimum number of channels.
We know the phone is vital to your business, so we don’t ask you to take our word for it. We offer 60 minutes of free calling for you to try out SIP.US with your equipment, in your location. We don’t even require a credit card to get started. It is easy to set up in less than two minutes, so you can give it a try and know it will work for you.
SIP.US utilizes only Tier-1 upstream providers to route our SIP traffic. We do this to ensure that you get the highest quality voice experience and a redundant network for outstanding reliability and performance.
We are able to get our Switchvox systems up and running with SIP.US in a matter of minutes using the simple online interface.
Mike Crockett, BITS Technology
I don’t have any experience with SIP trunking, but connecting my Asterisk PBX to SIP.US was fast and easy.
Eddy Pareja, Sangfroid Web Design
The SIP.US Control Panel gives me all the tools I need to add, change and delete phone numbers. I can even order all the DIDs I need and set them up instantly. I love having access to these self-service tools, but I know the support team is also there if I need additional help.
Colin Cook, Thimble River
I wasn’t sure how to configure my Asterisk system to work with SIP.US. The SIP team was able to remotely access my system and set it up for me. I didn’t expect that level of support for such a low price.
Greg Galvin, The Galvin Law Group
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