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Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) – also known as an internet phone or a broadband phone is a technical term for what is actually a straightforward concept of making calls over the internet. VoIP has expanded in popularity in recent years and is now seen as a genuine and money-saving alternative to making phone calls on a traditional landline.
So could the writing be on the wall for standard phone services? Is VoIP really the future? And how does it all work? This guide to VoIP will explain.
Voice over Internet Protocol may sound like a new innovation as it has only become popular in homes over the last five-ten years; however, it actually dates back to the 1970s when it was used as an experiment by the US department of defence.
Traditional phone networks use circuit switching – that is when a call is made, circuits are switched in the intervening exchange creating a connection between the caller and the person being called.
By contrast, VoIP employs packet switching – which has typically been used by data networks connecting computers. Within this network, data is divided into small packets which are given identifying information and are then transported across the network. At the end of the line, they are reassembled to provide the information to the receiver.
This process is now applied to voice calls through VoIP. In the past packet switching was rarely used for voice calls because the reassembling of information would seriously deteriorate the quality of the call. However, thanks to improved systems which now give priority to voice calls over data, the quality of VoIP is now arguably on the same level as a regular phone call.
With the emergence of the internet and its incredible boom in popularity, particularly in the late 1990s, more companies began to explore VoIP as a serious alternative to regular landline calls.
There are now a host of companies that offer VoIP services in the UK. These services take a variety of forms:
It has been suggested that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) could be the long term successor to regular phone calls. So is VoIP as good as it sounds? Just what are the benefits of this new service and are there any disadvantages?
The biggest advantage of VoIP is that it offers significantly cheaper calls than traditional landline services – including, with many services, free international calls.
If you plan to use VoIP to contact other VoIP customers, then call charges are very straightforward – in many cases they are completely free. Clearly therefore, the long term aim is that as VoIP becomes more popular you will be able to contact more and more people using this service, saving significant amounts of money.
Where VoIP is less straightforward is how it pertains to calls that are made or received by people who do not have VoIP. In this case, they are reliant on gateway services.
These gateway providers give you a telephone number which allows you to call people on regular landlines and mobiles, and to receive calls from those numbers too. Unlike VoIP-VoIP services, this type of calling is not free as there is usually a flat monthly fee to pay out.
However, calls made in this manner are generally much cheaper than making landline-landline or mobile-mobile phone calls. This especially applies to the international rates offered by companies such as Skype and Vonage. As the calls are all made over the VoIP data network, it makes no difference whether you are talking to someone in the USA or the UK – the call costs are the same. As a result, most providers offer free international calls to select countries as part of their monthly subscription fee.
VoIP is also extremely beneficial for businesses. Not only does having one supplier for voice and data provide greater efficiency, but it also means computer applications and technologies can be linked which helps to streamline the working environment. If a business operates over several sites, VoIP can make good financial sense as it avoids expensive internal calls – and even if a business operates at just one site, using VoIP can be beneficial when contacting customers.
The major concern with VoIP remains the quality on the lines. However, this fear has greatly decreased in recent years and it is now difficult to tell the difference between a regular phone call and a VoIP to phone network call. Perhaps the biggest problem currently facing VoIP therefore is its lack of familiarity and education on the subject – not enough people know about it to take full advantage of its potential. However, its popularity is increasing and will no doubt continue to do so.
So now you’ve learned about VoIP you might be eager to get online and start making free phone calls. This section of the VoIP guide will put you on track.
The first thing you need to join the VoIP revolution is a Windows or Mac computer and a broadband connection. For the most basic form of VoIP, getting started from there is easy – all you will need is:
You should choose your software wisely. Find out what services your friends and family use as you might not be able to call from one instant messenger service to another.
If you wish to take VoIP to the next level and make calls to non-VoIP customers you will require an IP phone. This is connected directly to your modem or router and you can make phone calls without even switching your computer on. IP phones are available for free as soon as you sign up for monthly subscriptions from many providers.
In addition, some providers have now released dual-purpose phones, from which you can make VoIP calls as well as conventional calls via a landline.
Most VoIP services come with a number of bonus services. These may include:
These are just some of the features that may be offered by a VoIP provider.
Hopefully by reading the earlier parts of this guide you now have a greater understanding of what VoIP is and how it works. So should you opt for VoIP internet phone instead of a landline? This section will help you decide.
The choice between VoIP and landlines is not as straightforward as it may seem given the huge gulf in costs of landline calls by comparison to the cheaper VoIP services.
The main reason for this is that some VoIP services won’t offer the same features you would expect from a traditional landline. For example, some VoIP providers still will not allow you to call the emergency services and some international destinations are restricted. Furthermore, if you were to suffer a power failure or a loss of internet service you would not be able to use VoIP – or even inform your ISP that the service was down, unless you had a mobile phone.
In addition, as most people have ADSL broadband, you will still need to pay line rental. As a consequence, at this stage, most users cannot dismiss landlines outright – and instead prefer to use VoIP to complement their home phone service.
Certainly VoIP can be hugely beneficial when used in this manner. If you have a family or friend overseas, the ability to call them, free of charge, whenever you want, should not be underestimated.
Think about your current phone bill. Do you make a lot of international or long distance calls? Are your bills high? If so, VoIP could offer you large savings even though you will have to pay a set monthly fee to use an IP phone.
At the moment therefore, it seems that VoIP will be used alongside landlines and not as a direct replacement. However, it’s clear that VoIP technology is already useful and may very well soon be the standard in all homes.
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These small business PBX phone systems are the best in their category for 2020. Different types of businesses require distinctly different phone systems. Although hosted VoIP or a cloud based phone system is the preferred solution for many, offering lower initial costs, advanced feature sets with easy installation and self management, some businesses find that they need a hybrid on-premise PBX solution that can be installed with their existing cabling and connect to a T1/PRI circuit. Other small companies just want a good quality durable phone system to use with their existing phone lines, be reasonable in price and has an attendant, voicemail and is easy to park, page and transfer calls. Some others want an affordable system on premise that they can manage themselves. Whichever category your company may fall into, here are the top picks for both a cloud based PBX and a premise PBX for 2020.
Three of our top choices are award winning cloud based PBX systems from established hosted VoIP providers. All are well tested with thousands of customers getting high marks in overall satisfaction. RingCentral Office and Vonage Business are great choices for any size business, from a 7 phone small business to a 100 plus person multi-location organization. On the other hand, Grasshopper’s virtual phone system is a stand-out with an entirely different platform, which was designed for the entrepreneur or micro-business.
Our other three choices are all on premise PBX systems, each earning a top choice for a particular business situation. Ayaya’s IP Office has been a worldwide go to solution for many years delivering outstanding features and reliability from a more traditional IP-PBX that can solve more complex needs. The award winning Grandstream UCM6200 series IP-PBX delivers robust features without license fees that can be managed in house with support from the manufacturer. And the NEC DSX-40 brings a solid small digital phone system that can connect to regular phone lines with just enough of the important features that they have been chosen by numerous businesses for their durability and lasting performance.
RingCentral is a multi-award winning cloud PBX provider that is great for any size company. With four excellent plans to choose from users can get just the right package of features without having to pay for those that they do not need. RingCentral touts their service as affordable, simple to set up, manage and use and with each, they succeed. It’s well designed with advanced features that include call recording, video conferencing, and Internet fax and integrates with most CRM software packages. By cutting down on vendors and using RingCentral services for multiple needs, not only will it simplify every businesses’ communications, it saves on additional expenses. (more at RingCentral Review)
Vonage Business Cloud, offers unified communications to connect from anywhere through voice, chat, text messaging or video. Their service brings a robust set of features for small to medium sized businesses. Their services are broken into a three tier pricing model, Mobile, Premium and Advanced, with each plan having their own set of features, although certain features like Call recording and Visual Voicemail requires the top plan. Vonage has worked on app Integration with its service and brings an impressive list of popular business applications that will work.
Grasshopper virtual phone service is designed for very small micro businesses or entrepreneurs. Integrated to deliver big PBX basic features without even the need to spend money on a traditional IP desk phone, it’s a service that can be up and operating in an hour. Using your smart phone, you’ll get your own business number with ways of keeping your business customers distinct. Their service ensures that you can make and receive business calls and texts from anywhere using their app. Handle multiple business calls distinctly with automated professional greetings, call forwarding, and voicemail transcription. For those that fall into the right category (a micro business) Grasshopper is an affordable well designed phone service that will take a business to a “bigger” and more professional level. (more at Grasshopper Review)
Avaya’s IP Office, one of the world’s most popular hybrid UC IP-PBXs, is an extremely flexible and totally scalable solution. The Basic Edition, which can handle up to 100 users, has voice mail, message to email conversion, call forwarding, audio conferencing, and as automated attendant. From there Avaya offers enhancements with both on premise and cloud based services for a total business Unified Communications platform. Being a hybrid IP-PBX, businesses get a flexible deployment allowing for the use of digital phones where older cabling may exist while still incorporating IP phones in offices. Connect through any type of service; FXO, SIP and T1/PRI.
Grandstream UCM 6202 VoIP IP-PBX is an excellent appliance that gives the benefits of VoIP, such as multiple SIP trunk connections, no license fees, affordability and a management GUI that is intuitive and well designed, to name just a few. Two FXO ports are built in for those that want failover using one or two traditional phone lines.
You can choose almost any IP phones as all are fairly easy to configure, however Yealink phones will be matched the best. With the available help and guidance from Grandstream the UCM series VoIP PBX is one of the few that allow for a tech savvy IT person to self management and install.
The NEC DSX-40 with IntraMail has built a reputation of being an affordable and reliable digital PBX business phone solution for companies that want to keep their existing telephone lines. Good for up to 8 incoming lines, the DSX-40 is capable of handling up to 24 stylish digital telephone stations. Durability and intuitive operation are the hall marks of the desk phones with either a 22 or a 34 button model available. With lots of standard features including an Attendant, Directory Dialing, Message on Hold, and Conversation Record most small businesses will find the DSX-40 just enough with an affordable price. Once installed and setup this system will operate for years without any need for service. In June 2019 NEC ended support for all DSX products, however they will remain a popular small PBX for years to come and systems are readily available refurbished from many installers and suppliers.
Our six PBX choices all offer an outstanding phone system for a particular business situation. Each of our three hosted VoIP picks are established providers and should continue to advance their platform and offer new advanced features as they are developed. The number of companies choosing cloud based services have accelerated and that trend will continue as initial costs are low and overall value very high.
The three best on premise PBX systems are excellent choices given particular needs or circumstances (as noted), and have proven to be stable, robust systems. For those that want control and the ability to self install and manage their own VoIP phone system, the UCM6200 series appliance is a top choice with a great feature set and an intuitive GUI.
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It is agreed that because of the proprietary nature of the Software, 3CX’s and its Licensors’ remedies at law for a breach by the Licensee of its obligations under this License will be inadequate and that 3CX and its Licensors shall, in the event of such breach, be entitled to, in addition to any other remedy available to it, equitable relief, including injunctive relief, without the posting of any bond and in addition to all other remedies provided under this License or available at law.
13. System Requirements, Software Limitations & Emergency Communications
The Software does not include transmission (calling) to and from Customer’s location. To enable calling to and from the platform, Customer must purchase, at Customer’s own expense, transmission (calling) (“Communications”) as well high speed broadband Internet access separately from a third-party provider. 3CX does not guarantee that any third-party Communications will be compatible with the 3CX Software. Customer’s ability to use the Software may be affected by the performance of these third-party services. Customer acknowledges and agrees that system requirements for the Software may change from time to time and that adherence to the system requirements is Customer’s responsibility. Customer is responsible for ensuring that its networks and systems are adequately
secured against unauthorized intrusion or attack and for regularly backing up its data and files in accordance with good computing practices. 3CX is not liable for the failure of or any errors with any third-party Communications services.
LICENSEE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE SOFTWARE IS NOT PRE-CONFIGURED FOR USE TO CONTACT, OR COMMUNICATE WITH, ANY POLICE AGENCY, FIRE DEPARTMENT, AMBULANCE SERVICE, HOSPITAL OR ANY OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICE OF ANY KIND. IN ADDITION TO PURCHASING COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNET ACCESS FROM A THIRD-PARTY PROVIDER, CUSTOMER MUST CONFIGURE THE SOFTWARE TO ENABLE CALLS TO “911,” POISON CONTROL CENTERS OR TO ANY OTHER EMERGENCY NUMBER AVAILABLE IN CUSTOMER’S COMMUNITY. 3CX DISCLAIMS ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR SUCH USES.
3CX SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY ARISING OUT OF ANY COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMTIED TO, 911 SERVICES OR ANY ACTS, OMISSIONS, FAILURES OR INTERRUPTIONS OF SERVICE, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER MISCONDUCT OF ANY COMMUNICATIONS (INCLUDING 911) SERVICE PROVIDER, OTHER EMERGENCY CALL CENTER PROVIDER, RESELLER, CUSTOMER, OR 3CX. 3CX MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE NATURE, SCOPE, EXTENT, PERFORMANCE, COMPATIBILITY, OR QUALITY OF ANY THIRD-PARTY COMMUNICATIONS OR INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE, INCLUDING 911 EMERGENCY OR SIMILAR SERVICES. CUSTOMER HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD HARMLESS 3CX AND ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, MANAGERS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, ATTORNEYS, AND AGENTS, AND ANY OTHER COMMUNICATIONS OR INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE PROVIDER WHO FURNISHES SERVICES TO CUSTOMER, FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS, SUITS, PROCEEDINGS, LIABILITIES, SETTLEMENTS, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, COSTS, EXPENSES, PENALTIES, FINES, JUDGMENTS AND DAMAGES OF ANY AND ALL KIND WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES) BY OR ON BEHALF OF A CUSTOMER OR ANY USER, ARISING OUT OF OR OTHERWISE RELATING TO ANY ACTS, OMISSIONS, FAILURES OR INTERRUPTIONS OF SERVICE, NEGLIGENCE AND OTHER MISCONDUCT OF 3CX IN CONNECTION WITH THIRD-PARTY COMMUNICATIONS OR INTERNET ACCESS SERVICES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO 911 SERVICES.
Customer is responsible for configuring the 3CX Software to make phone calls to access 911 emergency services. Customer shall be solely responsible for correctly specifying the location and all other necessary information to enable 911 to operate successfully and will update this information whenever the physical location of service changes. Customer shall also be solely responsible for testing 911 calls to ensure that such calls are correctly routed to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (“PSAP”).
14. COPYRIGHT NOTICES AND OTHER NOTICES
The Software is protected by the copyright laws of the United States and all other applicable laws of the United States and other nations and by any international treaties, unless specifically excluded herein.
ReSIProcate is licensed and copyrighted by SIPFoundry, Inc. and its licensors.
PostgreSQL Database Management System is licensed and copyrighted by The PostgreSQL Global Development Group and The Regents of the University of California.
This product is licensed for United States Patents No. 4,994,926, No. 5,291,302, No. 5,459,584, No. 6,643,034, No. 6,785,021, No. 7,202,978 and Canadian Patents No. 1329852 and No. 2101327. The speech compression algorithm contained in this equipment uses patented technologies belonging to France Télécom, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, Université de Sherbrooke and NEC Corporation for which 3CX has obtained the necessary patent license agreement.
This software includes source code from the WebRTC native code package, which is copyright (c) 2011 of the WebRTC project authors. This software also uses libraries from the FFmpeg project under the LGPLv2.1. FFmpeg libraries are not owned by 3CX but are owned by the FFMpeg project at https://www.ffmpeg.org
THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS “AS IS” AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TOR (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.