What to consider when choosing a VoIP phone

From the title of this post, you may be thinking, “I never use my office phone, I am constantly on my mobile”. Although that may be true for some, large corporations and call/contact centers still rely on a desk phone or softphone. Do you still need your desk phone? Read this ebook that asked the same question. If you do think you still need your desk phone, keep on reading!

First things first. Do you want a desk phone or a softphone? Do you know the difference?

Deskphone
The standard, analog, hand-held telephone. If you haven’t switched over to VoIP you are probably using a desk phone. Often telephony providers are compatible with most phones on the market. The only difference would be is that instead of using a traditional landline, you would connect the phone to the businesses IP network. Businesses may prefer to keep their desk phones because they are familiar with how they work, easier to use and saves them money.

Softphone
You do not actually need the physical phone with a softphone. A softphone is a software application that the user can download onto their computer. They are able to make phone calls over the internet instead of using the physical hardware. You connect a headset and microphone to your computer and there is an on-screen dial pad.

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If you still prefer the touch and feel of a physical phone, you can purchase phones that are compatible with SIP. Some companies have a mix of phone desk phones and softphones in their office. This is beneficial for employees who may be traveling or away from their desk. VoIP is extremely flexible and allows you to switch from Deskphone to Softphone.

Now that you know the difference between the two, what option is the right choice for you or your business?

There is no right or wrong answer. It depends on many variables like your; needs, budget,  type of business, etc.

Nevertheless, whichever option you choose, there are many things to consider.

Your Budget
Softphones are the less expensive option. Especially if you have to supply many employees. But some employees may prefer a desk phone. Desk phones are known to have better voice quality which would ensure all calls to be clear. What do you choose, quality or quantity?

Product Stability
Are the desk phones sturdy? How is the hardware?
How is the application of the softphone? Is the software compatible with your device?
Has other customers had problems in the past?
Could the phone break? Could the program crash?

It is important to make sure what you do purchase is going to last. VoIP is an investment that will benefit your company in the long term, but only if you do your research before choosing the product.

Support
How is the support after you purchase your desk phone or softphone? Does the manufacturer offer a warranty? How do they handle technical issues? What happens if there is a glitch in the software for your softphone? How do you contact the support team?

Time is money. You do not want to waste time on the phone with support or unable to make calls because your system has failed. Make sure you choose a reputable brand with good reviews on their products.

Brand
Just because they are a well-known brand, that does not mean you have to choose them. But, what it does mean is that there are probably many customer reviews on their products. This is a chance to hear what real end users are saying about the product. Their likes and dislikes about the product and potential problems they had dealing with support teams. Sometimes new brands in the industry are the better choice over the Vets. Do your research.

Maybe you start off by buying softphones and slowly purchase desk phones for employees who prefer one. UC applications like Bicom Systems, gloCOM, and gloCOM GO are great for integrating your desk phone with your mobile so you can potentially eliminate your desk phone altogether. But, desk phones are not going anywhere anytime soon. Flexibility is the name of the game these days for companies. Businesses that make it possible for employees to work functionally wherever are going to go farther in the industry. Maybe you offer both, maybe you offer one or the other.

Our ebook will take you through the latest alternatives and complements to the desk phone so you can make an educated decision on how to go forward with your decision. Download it here.

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If you are having trouble choosing, send us an email at sales@bicomsystems.com. We would be happy to lend our expertise based on your situation.

Opus Codec. VoIP’s New Best Friend.

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Opus Codec.

No, it’s not a spell like hocus pocus. It is actually something you use everyday! To best explain it in layman’s terms, let’s start with some definitions.

Codec: a device or computer program used to encode or decode a digital data stream or signal. (digital signal / language)
Audio Codec: also known as a ‘sound codec’ is a codec that encodes or decodes audio.
Opus: an audio coding format

Now that we have the definitions, lets tie them together in an example.

When you go on YouTube and watch a video, Codec is working behind the scenes. If you do not have a strong internet connection, YouTube is going to deliver your video in the best possible quality. The graphic display resolution will depend on what your internet connection can handle. However, the quality of the audio will not be affected. Even though you have a low quality resolution video, you will still have good quality audio. The worse the internet connection, the smaller the codec needed.

YouTube engages with your internet capabilities and chooses the best resolution for you. Audio quality is a little bit different. Desk phones communicate with different codecs and Opus is an audio codec for phones. Opus Codec is capable of handling a wide range of audio applications like VoIP and video conferencing.

Another example to explain how Opus Codec works:

Say you are in a hotel. Often, the wifi in a hotel is slow, unstable or has a weak signal because so many consumers are sharing it. You are grasping for a good connection to make a phone call through your VoIP phone or UC application. Opus Codec is able to optimize the audio codec with the given bandwidth to provide the best call experience possible with the resources you have.

Sometimes audio on a mobile device is good and then bad and then the call drops. Opus is smart and does what YouTube does and adjusts the audio quality instead of dropping the call. It automatically adjusts based on the network, service range and other factors affecting the connection.

Another example would be talking on Bluetooth in a car. If you are driving at a fast speed, if it is raining or windy outside, or if there are other outside noises affecting your ability to hear, your Bluetooth will adjust the audio for you. Opus will help when you’re driving and will shift from one tower to another to ensure the best quality of your network connection. It will change minute by minute, without you knowing, and will adapt to give you the best possible quality for your current situation. Unfortunately, it can’t help with back seat drivers.

Opus Codec is very smart and adaptive to what your internet’s capabilities are. It gives you the best possible outcome for what you are capable of. This automatic adjustment is something that often goes unnoticed or taken for granted.

Although the concept is relatively new for the telecommunication industry, Opus Codec is a feature found in Bicom Systems PBXware and gloCOM version 5.2. Bicom Systems seeks to provide the best products for our customers. Poor audio quality is not considered ‘the best’.

To learn more about PBXware and gloCOM visit our website or contacts our sales team at sales@bicomsystems.com.

Fusion Networks Case Study

fusion-networks-blogFusion Networks is a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) based out of New York. The were established in 2014 and have grown drastically since. With this growth came a huge influx in demand for voice-over IP, which is something they didn’t provide at the time.

In order to please their customers and remain competitive, Fusion Networks decided to partner with Bicom Systems to solve their problem. The main reason why Fusion chose Bicom was the flexibility, says Philip Simunek. Bicom’s solutions were easily customizable for their needs. Another key selling point was that Bicom provided “a great feature-set without nickel and diming you for everything.” Bicom’s competitive pricing also helped seal the deal, as Fusion would now have a competitive resale price. Implementation was fairly simple, with no need to halt operations as it was done remotely by simply installing the app onto the local servers.

Ever since adding VoIP to their already well-established set of offerings, Fusion Networks has been able to continue its growth.

Read the full case study

Easy Payments

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Unified Communications is a system of integrated communications that enhance business practices. Every business, no matter how big or small should be using VoIP and UCaaS to a certain extent. Since UC is a variety of products that uniformly work together, it’s important to find a product that contains all those features you need, which Bicom has. As for the financing aspect, Bicom Systems is introducing a promotion that allows you to halt your payments until the fall. This means that you defer three (3) months payments for your UC Service. This is the perfect promotion for small businesses as you get to delay payments and adjust your finances.

With the UCaaS market growth at 25-20% per year, you know you are making the right decision.

Read more on what UCaaS is and how it can help you:

http://blog.bicomsystems.com/what-do-we-mean-by-ucaas/

Learn more about the offer:

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How To Sell VoIP: A $140B Industry

How To Sell VoIP

“The VoIP market is expected to grow over 9% in the next 3 years,” and any telco service provider wants to be a part of that growth. In order to be a part of the $140B industry, it is imperative to know the right tactics that will make your product or service sell. Despite all of this promising news, many still don’t know that they need VoIP or are hesitant to switch.

The guide below will make your dive into VoIP a lot easier and enhance your experience with something that might seem very intimidating. It includes 5 key steps on how to: build your VoIP service, market your VoIP service, overcome VoIP selling challenges.

Download your copy here to cement your part in a $140 billion industry

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