An SIP phone is a major step in communication technology, and can help a business improve its bottom line. These are telephones that use VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, to make calls. VoIP has a lot of advantages. Audio is digitized and packetized so it can be quickly and easily sent along the most efficient route to its destination. These systems can be hardware or software based, meaning that the phone can be a traditional receiver or a set of headphones and hooked up to a computer. Either way, the result is essentially the same: the internet is used to transmit voices that have been turned into digital data. Using this technology, information is transmitted quickly and freely.
This technology allows for convenient conferencing, reduced or omitted fees, the ability to communicate on the move and an economical use of bandwidth. Usually, the minute periods of silences between spoken words during calls is a waste of space and energy. With VoIP, these short bursts of silence are filled with other data that is transmitted with the call. This squeezes the maximum amount of productivity out of every exchange.
The benefit of these phones is that they are more advanced than analog versions and are intuitive to use and set up.
An SIP phone may also be known as a VoIP or softphone. Popular makers of these devices include Cisco, Linksys, Allworx, Avaya, ESI and Lucent. Each of these businesses offers handsets or headsets that have varying capabilities. Some are suited to small businesses and some systems are better for a larger company.