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Automatic Configuration of VoIP Phones

Updated on October 24, 2011

VoIP Phone Configuration Hassles

VoIP is a very poorly understood technology by the vast majority of Internet users. Almost all of us have unknowingly used VoIP even if it's not marketed as such to us. Many "traditional" landline users are already using digital voice services and are still making us pay the costs of old telephone systems. This is how the telcos would like it to be. They'd like to isolate the users from advances in technology so they can keep charging the same for services which cost lesser and lesser to provide. In the absence of any real competition, they get away with this every day.

But if there's one criticism of the "do it yourself" VoIP systems, it's that they require users to fiddle around with configurations in order to get it working. After all, there's no single standard in the VoIP world even though we've more or less settled on the SIP protocol. There are so many providers and so many handsets that we need to make sure they all work with each other.

Businesses don't like complexity. They prefer standardized setups which can be replicated anywhere at any time. Plug and play is preferable. If a business moves all its offices to VoIP, it wants to make sure that the transition is smooth and that individual offices won't need to waste time and energy trying to make it work.

Recently, SIP providers have begun rolling out a solution knows as "Automatic provisioning" which bring VoIP as close to a "plug and play" model as possible.

Automatic VoIP Provisioning
Automatic VoIP Provisioning

What "Automatic Provisioning" does

Nowadays, SIP providers have begun to tie up with VoIP phone manufacturers to ensure a smooth transition to new VoIP systems. Such a tie up ensures that there's a tight integration between the two systems and no action is needed on the customer's part to ensure that the VoIP phones will work with that particular service provider. Of course, this means that you commit to a specific SIP provider when buying that specific phone - usually you get to choose while making the purchase.

When a customer buys a phone which is designed to work with a certain provider, setting it up is easy and effortless. They just need to connect the phone to a viable Internet source and let the phone do its own thing. In addition to configuration, such phones have the capability to be automatically upgraded to the latest software and features as well as the newest security updates. With incidences of VoIP related crimes increasing at a dramatic rate, such measures provide a huge benefit and help keep the organization safe.

These days, many mobile SIP applications are already configured to work with the most well known services. Contact your mobile VoIP SIP provider to find out whether they have such support and whether or not they recommend any specific apps. Migrate to hosted HD Voice systems today and get started in as little as 15 minutes!


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