Phone System Pop Quiz
- Do you have a relatively new phone system that uses traditional analog phone lines?
- Is your phone system pretty old, but you don’t have any room in the budget to replace it?
- Are you paying one company for the office’s internet service and a separate telephone company for the phone lines?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, we have another one for you – Have you looked into switching to SIP trunks?
Welcome to the World of SIP Trunks!
SIP trunks are the next generation of telephone lines. Traditional analog lines, those copper wires in the walls, are expensive to implement, use, and maintain. SIP trunks, on the other hand, are a more cost-effective approach and allow you to use your existing internet connection to provide your phone service.
We covered a few industry terms last month, including SIP and SIP trunking. If you haven’t had a chance to check that post out yet, here’s a refresher.
SIP (Session Initiation Protocol): A communications protocol for signaling and controlling multimedia communication sessions, including VoIP. It is the standard communications protocol for voice and video solutions across a data network.
SIP Trunking: SIP trunks allow your business to obtain phone services from a provider using a simple internet connection instead of a traditional analog line to make phone calls.
How Much Does it Cost to Switch?
Using some rough numbers, let’s say an analog line costs between $40 to $80 a month. This cost varies significantly depending on whether you have a long-term contract with your provider. The features that you have associated with the line, like call-forwarding, can also increase the cost. These monthly charges typically don’t include installation or future service fees, meaning you’re going to receive an invoice if you need a technician to come onsite.
Comparatively, SIP trunks cost between $20 and $30 a month. Many vendors offer month-to-month service and include all line features and installation fees within the rate. Since technicians can complete most maintenance remotely, it’s unusual to receive service invoices as well.
If you haven’t looked at your phone bill in a while, dig it out and see what you’re paying per line. More than likely, you can save money by switching to SIP trunks. And, the installation process is much easier than converting to a brand new phone system. Your current infrastructure remains the same, except for the lines connected to it.
Plus, when you’re ready to move to a hosted VoIP phone system for the added flexibility and robust feature set, already having SIP trunks installed makes the transition more seamless.
Your SIP Trunk and VoIP Provider in Lafayette, IN
When you are ready to start saving money on your monthly phone costs, the experts at UpLync Communications, a SIP trunk and VoIP provider in Lafayette, Indiana, can help you compare different estimates and make the vendor selection that’s right for you. Save yourself time and headaches. Contact us for a free consultation.