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VoIP Phone System Basics
Selecting your system In fact, some PBX functions, such as follow-me calling,
appeared in a hosted service before they became
Here are a few different types of available available in hardware PBX equipment. Since that
VoIP phone systems. No matter which introduction, updates and new offerings from several
you choose, you will be required to companies have moved feature sets in both directions.
have a VoIP system if you want to take Today, it is possible to get hosted PBX service that
advantage of VoIP’s benefits. includes far more features than were available from the
first systems of this class.
Hosted IP Telephony is the licensing of VoIP systems,
VoIP PBX (private branch exchange)/Premise Based VoIP
Internet access, telephone access, and more. It is similar
Phone System is similar to many business phone systems,
to an ASP model, where you purchase and pay for what
typically placed in a phone or data closet, and requires
you need and the provider houses, maintains, and owns
you to purchase, upgrade, and maintain the system.
the required equipment.
They have a stated life expectancy of 5 to 7 years,
however most companies try to make the system last for
This model allows you to purchase what you need
10 to 12 years. When a manufacturer discontinues the
once—it’s a lifetime purchase (without necessarily being
system, you’ll be forced to buy a new one or continue
locked in). The business phone system is housed in the
without the manufacturer’s support.
provider’s central office, and they provide the data
network components, the phones, and the integration
Hosted PBX/Premise Based VoIP Phone System is a
to the customer’s network. Plus, the provider upgrades
hosted PBX system that delivers PBX functionality as a
the system and available features while maintaining the
service, available over the Public Switched Telephone
network without a cost being passed to you. You simply
Network (PSTN) and/or the Internet. Hosted PBXs use
pay a month per user fee. Typically, hosted IP Telephony
equipment located in the premises of the service
is an all-inclusive offering. Everything you need for your
business communications system is included in the
This means the customer organization doesn’t need to
buy or install PBX equipment. The telephone company
can, in some configurations, use the same switching
equipment to service multiple PBX hosting accounts.
Instead of buying PBX equipment, users contract for PBX ManagedIP is TDS’s flagship offering of
services from a hosted PBX service provider, a particular VoIP Telephony, and it’s the total business
type of application service provider (ASP). The first communications system you’ve been looking for.
hosted PBX service was very feature-rich compared to
most premise-based systems of the time.
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