WhichVoip Guide To VoIP - Residential VoIP Providers Comparison

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Comparison chart of popular VoIP phone service providers of USA. Choose the one which best fit your needs. Visit Whichvoip for knowing more about VoIP phone service solutions.

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WHICHVOIP Introductory Guide to VOIP

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INTRODUCTION TO VOIP WHAT IS VOIP VoIP stands for "Voice Over Internet Protocol", which is a technology that allows you to make phone calls using your Broadband Internet connection instead of your regular phone service. It is also sometimes referred to as Voice over IP, Broadband phone, Internet phone service and Digital Voice. Yes, it is a marketing game by the different service providers but they all use the same core technology. You still simply pick up your regular phone, dial a number and talk. VoIP is simple and is for everyone. It does not matter if the person you are calling has VoIP or not, this is all taken care of by your VoIP service provider. The only requirement for this technology is a high speed Internet connection, such as DSL, cable, T1, etc. VoIP requires a bandwidth of up to90Kbps depending on the voice compression algorithm chosen by the service provider. This is a higher bandwidth than dial- up Internet so a Broadband Internet connection is a basic requirement. BENEFITS OF VOIP TECHNOLOGY • Cheaper, better, easier telephony • Flexible to meet your needs • Reliable service • Ideal for multiple locations • Ideal for virtual companies • Improved productivity • Easy installation and configuration compared to other phone system solutions • Easier to manage through a web GUI • Lower total cost of ownership (low start-up costs) • Future proof • Good for business • Scalable • Proven technology and ready to use right now It can also be stated that VoIP is not: • Complicated technology • Risky • Disruptive to a business • Limited by service provider offerings • Free telephony The list of VoIP advantages goes on and on. Refer to the business VoIP features section for more details and to identify features that would be beneficial to your business resulting in both cost savings and productivity improvements.

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TYPES OF VOIP FOR BUSINESSES Hosted VoIP This is network-based VoIP. This is the outsourced model, better suited for smaller businesses that lack IT resources and/or do not wish to make a capital investment in owning a telephony system. There are several variations of this model, with hosted VoIP being one of them. With hosted VoIP, the telephony equipment is located with the VoIP service provider and not at the business location. As such, installation is typically very easy. As long as a reliable, high speed Internet solution exists, the VoIP quality and reliability will be as good as or better than a regular telephone line. A VoIP speed test check should be part of the evaluation performed when making a purchase decision. This will provide an indication of the quality of an existing broadband solution and its capability to handle VoIP phone service. Figure 1 outlines a typical Hosted VoIP solution. The only piece of equipment that most likely does not already exist in a small network is IP enabled telephones. Figure 1 Typical Hosted VoIP Solution

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IP PBX An IP PBX is a complete telephony system that provides telephone calls over IP data networks. All conversations are transmitted as data packets over the network. The technology includes advanced communication features but also provides for significant worry-free scalability and robustness that all enterprises seek. An enterprise does not need to disrupt its current external communication infrastructure: An IP PBX is able to connect to traditional PSTN lines via a VoIP gateway - so an enterprise can keep its regular telephone system. With an IP PBX solution, the business owns and operates the equipment so an upfront capital investment is required to purchase the equipment and then there are on-going maintenance costs. This is often better for larger businesses as the call control remains internal to the corporate network and a single wire can be routed to an office to provide both data and voice communications. Figure 2 outlines a typical IP PBX solution Figure 2 Typical IP PBX Solution

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Comparison of Most Popular Residential VoIP Providers

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How to select a VoIP Service Provider The first thing to do is to fill out the free business VoIP quote request form at the WhichVoIP business section. This is a completely no obligation service and you will simply receive some price points, and be able to ask a bunch of questions if desired. WhichVoIP has established relationships with a number of VoIP providers whom we feel have set the bar the highest. Also remember that with most VoIP plans you can typically terminate the service at any time and at no cost, but check with the provider first. It is also possible to keep your old phone service until you find the VoIP Service Provider that is right for you. Conclusion For both new and established businesses, time should be spent developing the core assets of that company. The communication and the data side are of no less importance. Businesses that are required to be flexible, reliable and operate in a fast changing arena require a communication system that will keep pace. VoIP is the perfect solution for almost any new or established business out there. So Start saving today with http://www.WhichVoIP.com Advanced

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