VoIP Fits in Nicely with the Startup Scene
The Startup Culture
Venture capitalists like the outcome of their experiments to be determined quickly. While there are certainly some longer-term ones, the ability to quickly setup and tear down a business model is crucial for increasing the turnover. Because of this, any kind of heavy capital investment or long-term commitment is frowned upon. Even getting a phone line where you need to enter into a contract with the telephone company, or purchasing a business smartphone which has its own lock in. Not to mention the fact that the fewer resources with which a startup can get up and running, the fewer people it hires, and the fewer variables it relies upon, the more attractive it will be to those possessing the necessary capital.
Given all this, it's hardly surprising that VoIP is a perfect fit in this environment. And not just any kind of VoIP – specifically hosted IP PBX systems. While in-house voice solutions give you the flexibility and control that you need, it requires a massive investment and a lot of trial and error before you get everything working smoothly. And that is time and money you simply can't afford as a startup when your cash flow is either uncertain or nonexistent. Hosted VoIP on the other hand fits the bill perfectly.
Setting up VoIP without Infrastructure
It may seem strange, but the traditional PSTN phone system is much closer to the hosted VoIP model than an in-house IP PBX. This is because with regular phones, the customers or the clients don't need to purchase anything other than the actual user facing devices. They don't have to make the investment into any of the backend infrastructure that is so critical to the system working smoothly. Hosted VoIP systems take this one step further by allowing you to use your existing devices such as smart phones, tablets, and even your PCs to replicate the experience of a regular phone line.
As a result, all you need is an Internet connection to get up and running. You don't even need to wait for a service delivery person to come and set things up. You can already get started with your existing mobile phones. There are any number of both free as well as paid apps on the iOS and Android marketplaces. The business VoIP standard protocol is SIP and there are any number of apps that are compatible with it. You can ask your service provider what kind of program is best suited to their specific hosted VoIP set up. This way you can be sure that you are using a client that is fully supported.