You may already have a SIP trunk for your business or you may just be considering one.
Like any investment you’re probably thinking ahead and wondering how you can future-proof it to maximize your return.
How to Future-Proof Your SIP Trunking Service
I could end this post right here by simply telling you this:
You are already future-proofing your business phone system when you deploy a SIP trunk.
SIP trunks are so flexible that no matter what system you’re using now, or plan to use, you already have the foundation in place to build your communication platform for today and tomorrow.
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There are six reasons why your SIP trunking service makes your business phone system future-proof which we’ll explore below:
- Virtual vs. Physical
SIP Trunks are Compatible with Your Existing Phone System
Consider this scenario: You already have a phone system installed at your business and it works. So, why get rid of it?
You invested in it years ago, the infrastructure and hardware are in place, and everyone in the office is comfortable with it.
The trouble is, you know that it’s costing you more money than it should.
Not because you’re using legacy equipment but because you’re still make analog phone calls over POTS (plain old telephone service).
SIP trunks can be integrated with most PBX and IP-PBX systems. You may need an adapter or a gateway to make the connection but what we’re talking about here is more like getting new tires versus replacing the engine to keep your old phone system rolling.
SIP Trunks are Scalable – They Grow / Shrink as You Need Them To
At SIPTRUNK.com we always hope that your business forecast isn’t as volatile as your local weather forecast but, we also know that you can’t 100% predict what’s going to happen in the future.
And if you spent all of your time planning for all of the variables of what could happen you’d get nothing done today.
With traditional phone systems you have to plan well in advance if you know or predict that your business will be growing. If you get stuck not having enough phone lines to handle increased call volumes you risk slowing your growth.
For example, some of the downsides to physical phone lines such as PRI lines (Primary Rate Interface: digital telephone service delivered over T1 lines) include:
- Can only be used onsite or at a single networked location
- Can only be increased 23 lines at a time with additional PRIs
- Can take a couple of weeks just to get hardware installed and phone lines configured
SIP trunks on the other hand, are scalable:
- Add or subtract new phone lines as needed on short notice
- Seasonal businesses can add lines just for peak seasons and remove them later when no longer needed
- Telecommuting workers and travelling salesman can access your SIP trunk and use your business phone system remotely
SIP Trunks Allow You to Pay-As-You-Go
There’s no reason you should have to pay for more phone lines than you need.
You only have to pay for exactly what you need with SIP trunking. And with SIP trunks you’re not necessarily paying “per user” or “per seat” because you know that not everyone is on the phone all at the same time.
Once you determine how many average concurrent phone calls you have on a daily basis, you simply deploy the necessary number of SIP trunks to handle that.
And should that number of concurrent calls change (up or down), you can easily add or subtract lines – keeping your communication costs in line with the ebb and flow of your business.
Some SIP Trunks Allow Bursting
You know what they say about the best laid plans – they get still get messed up.
SIP trunks will give you some peace of mind with an option called “bursting.”
Even with all of your planning and the wide range of different SIP trunk billing options you still might find yourself going over your calling limit on a SIP trunk.
But not to worry because call bursting is an option with some SIP trunking providers that’s like overdraft protection, allowing you to temporarily get more call volume than what you signed up for.
SIP Trunks are Virtual, Not Physical
Compared to traditional phone lines that are physical, copper wires; SIP trunks are phone channels through your internet connection.
With SIP trunks you’re not limited by hardware. Your call capacity is only limited by your available bandwidth.
Sure, with SIP trunks you’re managing an on-premise phone system but by using a virtual connection you gain a lot of flexibility in features and functionality.
Additionally there’s a SIP developer community called SIPit that meets regularly to test interopability, test new methods, and work on advancing SIP standards.
With constant testing and improvements, your there’s virtually no way that your SIP trunk can become outdated.
SIP Trunks are Backed Up by Failover
On the software and virtual side of things, SIP trunks sound like they’re future-proof, right?
All of these SIP trunk capabilities sound great but…WHAT IF THE INTERNET GOES DOWN!?
Well, the same thing could be said for traditional phone lines – if there’s a storm and a tree knocks over a phone pole, guess what? You just have to wait until it’s repaired to start making phone calls again.
SIP trunks will allow you to automatically re-route your phone calls to other locations if your service gets disrupted.
Failover ports plus a backup internet connection can keep you, and your SIP trunk, in business with only a slight amount of downtime.
Need More Proof?
If you still need more proof about the future-proof-ability of SIP trunks, give us a call today at 800-250-6510 to learn more about how a SIP trunk from SIPTRUNK.com can help your business now and well into the future.
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