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SIP Trunking for Dummies: Can I Keep My Old Phone System?

Posted by Randy Kremlacek on Jun 14, 2013 9:50:00 AM


How to Squeeze a Few More Miles Out of that Old PBX

If you interested in the cost saving benefits of SIP Trunking but aren't ready to give up your old PBX just yet, you're in luck. You don't have to. Here's how you can do it.

SIP Trunking on Analog Lines

PSTN Gateway

To utilize SIP Trunking on a PBX connected to analog lines, a gateway is needed to convert the SIP signal coming in from the Ynternet into an analog line.

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SIP Trunking For Dummies: Which Codec Should You Use?

Posted by Randy Kremlacek on May 15, 2013 10:42:00 AM

How To Describe the Quality of a SIP Trunking Call

“So clear, you can hear a pin drop!” 

Are you old enough to remember the very successful tag line for Sprint Communications' long distance service back in the ancient 1990’s? 

“Can you hear me now?”

Or...Did you grow up remembering the equally (if not more) successful phrase that Verizon Wireless made part of our cultural reality in the new millennium? 

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SIP Trunking for Dummies: What Are My Simultaneous Call Needs?

Posted by Randy Kremlacek on Apr 26, 2013 2:08:00 PM

If you're considering switching to SIP Trunking for your business voice communications, you've no doubt asked yourself how many trunks you'll need to support your business.  

One of the first steps in determining the number of SIP Trunks that you'll need is calculating your trunk requirements. 

This is done in 3 easy steps:

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SIP Trunking is Better Than PRI

Posted by Randy Kremlacek on Mar 29, 2013 9:03:00 AM

 

There isn't much debate about which phone delivery system provides better features and reliability going into the future. SIP (Session Initiated Protocol) Trunking is widely heralded as a better option than PRI (Primary Rate Interface). As CarrierBid puts it,"PRI represents the traditional Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) while SIP represents Voice over IP."

All of us will have to move away from the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) soon and into the modern era. As we've written before, the FCC is considering mandating the PSTN out of existence by 2018 at the request of the big phone companies. 

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How Many SIP Trunks Do I Need?

Posted by Randy Kremlacek on May 11, 2012 4:52:00 PM

Mo' Calls, Mo' SIP Trunks

In our last discussion about SIP Trunk set-up and monthly charges, we covered all of the factors that go into the monthly price of SIP trunking and how that compares to traditional phone lines.

Today we’ll look at how to calculate the number of SIP trunks that your VoIP Solutions Provider will need to install. 

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SIP Trunking for Dummies – SIP Trunk Pricing

Posted by Randy Kremlacek on May 7, 2012 1:14:00 PM

SIP Trunk Pricing

Your SIP Trunking costs will vary depending on your needs, but typically you can expect set up costs to range from $0 - $150 (one time) and monthly costs range from $25 - $50 per trunk. 

 

Read on for a detailed breakdown of up-front and monthly pricing for SIP Trunk phone systems. 

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SIP Trunking for Dummies: 5 Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Randy Kremlacek on May 1, 2012 6:31:00 PM

SIP Trunking is clearly a superior technology for an organization to make and receive phone calls versus traditional PRI and analog lines. However, in order for your company to realize such measurable savings and benefits, proper consideration must be given to several aspects of the installation.  

A well-planned SIP implementation by a knowledgeable vendor can make all the difference in the end result. Here are a few areas that will require your attention.

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Cost Savings from SIP Trunking: What You Need to Know

Posted by Randy Kremlacek on Apr 29, 2012 11:08:00 PM

A recent article I came across refers to a study done on SIP Trunking services that projects a 52% compound annual growth rate between 2011 and 2015. That's a huge number that begs the question, “What's motivating businesses to replace their old service at such a fast rate?” It's pretty simple. There is major savings in replacing traditional analog and digital PRI lines with SIP Trunking.

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SIP Trunking for Dummies: Is My Internet Connection Fast Enough?

Posted by Randy Kremlacek on Apr 20, 2012 10:55:00 AM

Today in our SIP Trunking for Dummies series, we tackle the question of the type of circuits that are suitable for a SIP Trunking.  Although speed is certainly a consideration and will be given full attention here, there are many other elements that go into determining the suitability of a given internet connection for SIP Trunking.

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Topics: SIP Trunking, Internet Circuits

SIP Trunking for Dummies: What You Need to Know About VoIP Softphones

Posted by Randy Kremlacek on Apr 13, 2012 11:34:00 AM

What the heck is a “softphone”? A VoIP softphone (or soft phone) is a piece of software that is installed on your computer so that you can make and receive telephone calls on your workstation, computer, laptop or tablet device. A USB or wireless headset is typically used in place of the physical handset. Softphones can only work on systems and services that support the universal standard of SIP (session initiated protocol). 

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