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SIP Hardware Growing Strong

Grandstream Video PhonesSIP is a dominant emerging player for telephony and the post on NoJitter.com by Melanie Turek (VP, Research, Frost & Sullivan)  supports this statement . F&S research estimates that SIP phone shipments will more than double by 2015, reaching around 4.7 million in units sold around the world. But that is just the start, research also shows SIP Trunk use is growing worldwide and playing a dominant role in growth and adoption of Enterprise Video. As a result it enables services that will become essential to businesses as younger markets become more familiar with video enabled technology.

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The Future is Open Platform

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Telewebtech has been supportive of open phone systems since its inception, in fact it was founded on the idea that systems should be built to embrace component competition. We have not opted for Open Source solutions (yet) and find that many of our clients do not easily differentiate between the two. Open platform phone systems are the result of phones that run on the existing IT network and standard protocols for voice communications over the internet, in particular Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). These phone systems are built by for-profit companies, like 3CX, that are invested in the success and development of the system. Read more if you would like to know why they are considered “open” and how they drastically cut the cost of systems while increasing the value to the company.

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Why Businesses Buy Employee Cell Phones

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With traditional land lines going out of fashion in favor of cell phones for consumers across the US (USA Today), and data plan pricing on the verge of rising (Business Week), it seems like time to ask a key question about company cellular expenditures. Does your company need to pay for employee cell phones?

With over 25 years of integration experience, Telewebtech’s Director of Engineering points to two key factors that often drive company cell phone decisions.

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Wireless VoIP Issues and Opportunities

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While ResearchAndMarkets.com is showing increased use of wireless VoIP applications and handsets, it may be too early to do away with all of the companies wired SIP handsets. This report on how consumer use of Wi-Fi Cuts Broadband Speeds out of the UK offers a little research on why. Companies looking to leverage wireless SIP apps and devices can still do so. Read on for a list of reasons why some of our clients use SIP enabled devices, including cutting cellphone bills and going green.

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Phone Systems and VOIP for Startups

Though often the last thing on an entrepreneurs mind, starting a company requires planning and deciding upon infrastructure, including phone systems. Choosing quality solutions that cut initial costs and can grow with a start up business is essential to long term profitability. Though VOIP telephone service can cost up to 60% less than traditional phone service, it can also cost more if the chosen solution’s pricing is not flexible or requires too much initial investment. Having been part of three start ups myself, I put together 3 guidelines concerning how to save money, time, and have a future-forward VOIP system in place.

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Small Business Slow to Adopt VOIP

Despite the cost benefits of VOIP (Voice over IP) technology, the study found 70 percent of small businesses are not using VOIP for business calls. Almost nine in 10 (87%) small business professionals are somewhat or not at all familiar with the term “unified communications,” which is the integration of voice, video, audio and instant messaging tools.
eWeek.com: Businesses Engaging in Risky Technology Behavior: Survey

Crossing Cables, Phone and NetworkThe most interesting part of this technology review may not have had anything to do with its title (Businesses Engaging in Risky Technology Behavior: Survey)! The review found that small businesses are simply unfamiliar with VOIP and Unified communications. Most likely, this represents the newness of the technology, but also the fact that while larger enterprises have hired specialists, traditional providers have not ventured to make VOIP to the Desktop Systems work. As a result, even many of the newer IP Phone Systems my company sees in the market do not encompass the benefits VOIP.

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Work from Anywhere

icon with map of France A claim of VOIP and its salesmen is that VOIP to the Desktop can help create better opportunities for work-life balance. The expectations and concepts behind work-life balance may not be entirely agreed upon; however, for those of you who think going to work should not necessitate going into the office – I’ve begun a very important test. I’ll spend the next few months living in Paris, working from an apartment using WiFi. Disclaimer: No one asked me to actually work while I am here (but they didn’t stop sending emails and leaving messages either).

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Future of Fax Over IP

Just out of college I moved to San Francisco where the dot com bubble had just burst. Marketing roles were tight, so I picked up a job at a law firm delivering faxes and mail to make ends meet. Most peoples’ experience with faxing is that it is reliable and easy. My experience was much different because in scale, one gets the true picture. Send or receive 15 pages a day, easy. Send and receive hundreds a day, and the reliability factor goes fast!

Now, the tricky issue of Faxing over IP haunts most businesses. Is there an answer or is faxing just the collateral damage of a new technology? Continue reading

A Nationwide Switch to Unified Communications

AT&T has been talking to regulators, quietly, about ending POTs telephony in the USA (Article) with filings in December 2009 and comments to the US Federal Communications Commission as it considers a new broadband plan. That makes this an essential time to plan for your company’s next communications platform. It also means your business has more options available from a greater variety of service providers. But is your tech team ready to take on the responsibility, is it even a part of their role, and what is Unified Communications? Continue reading

Making the Switch to VOIP Green

While a lot of hype is being made about being carbon-neutral. IT projects are some of the most difficult to manage with ecology in mind. So difficult in fact that many VOIP solution providers just focus on the positive savings and performance of new systems, ignoring their impact. So, what green initiatives do new Open and Proprietary VOIP Systems offer and what are the drawbacks?

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