Opting for a Hosted VoIP System
Setting up VoIP
Changing your phone system can be a hassle - no doubt about it. Because the traditional communication infrastructure has been in place for so long, there's a well defined procedure to set it up in an individual home. All houses come pre built with the necessary requirements and the telephone man merely has to drop by, plug in the handset and make a few minor adjustments. The procedure is smooth and hassle free.
VoIP on the other hand has no such pre built advantages. It's a new technology and those trying it out are on their own. This means that the entire burden of setting up the new VoIP system, configuring it and making sure it works rests with the owners. For now, that's just the way it is. The problem however remains that building your own system requires a great deal of effort. VoiP servers aren't cheap and they're not exactly user friendly. You also need people to manage the systems and who know what they're doing.
On top of that, you have to ensure that your IP PBX system is connected to the rest of the world and need to entire into a separate agreement with an Internet Telephony Service Provider (ITSP) who will be able to provide you with the required connectivity.
Benefits of Hosted VoIP
There's an alternative way to set up VoIP systems which more closely reflects the architecture of the traditional phone network. When you speak on the phone, none of the real equipment sits on your end. Users merely have a device on one side and all the heavy lifting is done at the end of the telcos. Similarly, it's possible for a third party to take over the management and maintenance of your VoIP system, leaving you with nothing but the phones necessary to make the calls.
Luckily, everyone has the Internet already set up in their homes and businesses so there's no need to add it. By connecting VoIP enabled phones to the routers, it's possible for a business to be up and running with a new VoIP system in as little as 15 minutes. There's no expensive hardware to purchase and no need to have a separate technical staff to take on the complexities of an Internet voice service.
The infrastructure is scalable so a business can easily add more phones as and when it's necessary for a small additional fee. The cost savings are immense and when taken together with the minimized hassle, reliable business VoIP servers are best maintained with the ITSP. Smoothly switching to hosted PBX can be pain free and immediate. Contact your provider to find out how.