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On December 18th, 2018

The Best Way to Cut Your Company’s Phone Bill

 

Companies that are looking to cut costs shouldn't have to sacrifice quality. You can still get great products and services while saving money. You just need to find the right solutions for your day-to-day operations. For many businesses, addressing technology is a good place to start.

Your telecommunications network is the lifeblood of your company. Effective communication between your team members and clients is the foundation for all of your sales. Usually, these interactions take place over the phone or internet connection. So when you can streamline those systems and save money, you’ll be well on your way to having a truly efficient setup for your bottom line.

Saving Money with SIP Trunking

Many businesses have become acquainted with VoIP business solutions in recent years. These services allow you to utilize your existing internet connection for calls to other internet-using devices. (Think: Skype.) This in turn lets you cut out the local phone company as a middle man. You just work with your regular internet connection instead, which ends up saving you money.

Yet on its own, VoIP can only go so far. Since it’s only designed to work with internet connections, you need a slightly different setup to make calls to traditional phone lines. That’s where Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Trunking comes into play. Put simply, this is what allows your VoIP system to work for all types of calls. What’s more, SIP Trunking costs less than your old analog circuits and won’t lower your call quality.

Your SIP Trunking Benefits

One of the main reasons to set up SIP Trunking is for the savings you'll get on internal, local, and long-distance calls. It even allows you to make some of your calls for free. As long as you route calls over the internet, you won’t have to worry about a per-minute rate.

  • Free calls within your office
  • Better rates for international calls
  • Easy-to-use call forwarding features

The other key distinction for SIP Trunking is that you can adjust lines individually. With PRI trunks, you only have 23 channels to use simultaneously. That means you’ll need to have a whole separate trunk even if you only need one more line. SIP Trunking, on the other hand, has flexible capacity. It enables you to add or subtract the number of calls you can have at any time, just by reaching out to your provider. That way, you don’t have to pay for lines that aren’t in use.

The Right SIP Trunking Setup

Getting started with VoIP and SIP Trunking isn’t difficult when you have the right partners to help you out. But you might want to review your existing hardware and setup first. Specifically, you need to have enough bandwidth. To ensure your system will operate effectively, you’ll want to consider the highest number of simultaneous calls your business can field. To get the right baseline for your SIP Trunking setup, just add that bandwidth to your team’s peak usage data.

Your company router should be able to keep up with your demands, too. So if your company is growing, it might be time for some upgrades. But once you have the backend in place, you’ll be ready to get set up with your new SIP Trunks. Then you’ll be able to get all the benefits of a streamlined phone and data system. The savings are great for your local and long-distance calls. Plus, communications within your company will be free—every at different office sites—when you work on the same VoIP system.

At Enhanced Telecommunications and Data, we’re proud to help companies of all sizes secure the systems they need for reliable, cost-effective calls. If you’re ready to make the switch to SIP Trunking or just want to discuss your options, please feel free to reach out. We’d be happy to hear from you!

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