A VoIP Cost analysis: Compare your current telecomm costs with SIP, Part 1

We’ve talked quite a bit about the cost savings associated with SIP and IP Telephony. It’s understood that the integration of a VOIP business phone systems and the right VOIP provider is a powerful combination that leads to substantial savings, better communication tools, and increased organizational efficiencies.

SIP – A great disaster recovery solution!

Beyond simply saving large sums of money, SIP is also a great disaster recovery / business continuity solution. Up until now, we have just had to accept the fact that we can’t build any sort of reasonable amount of redundancy into our phone services. The proper deployment of an IP phone system and SIP trunking providers has changed that and Inflow has been leading that charge for over three years now!

What fail-over options do I have with SIP?

The answer depends on the SIP provider. We’ll answer this question with Broadvox capabilities:

General intro to SIP, VoIP, and internet phone systems (Part 2)

This post is part 2 of a 2-part series. Part 1 was posted on Tuesday.
I’ve been on the technical side of telephony for more than 15 years now – beginning in tactical military communications and phone systems. As you can imagine, I’ve seen incredible changes occur with IP telephony, business phone systems, and VOIP in general. This blog post will give our readers a high-level introduction to VOIP technology and how it has evolved to where it is today. I figure the best way to do this is to give you a glimpse of my own journey down the business telephone systems and VOIP technology road. Note that this might not be an accurate depiction of the history of the telephone system; this is simply my own experience.

Do I need a static IP address to support SIP trunks?

No, with Broadvox, SIP trunks can be provisioned with a dynamic IP address using registration.

SIP: How to save money on phone bills?

I get so excited about the technology, how to deploy it, what it looks like in a fail-over scenario, etc. I often forget to talk about how to use SIP to save money on phone bills. Cost-savings related to SIP is the number one reason why our ShoreTel and Allworx business is flourishing in this economy. It is also the reason why my company is growing rapidly. Once people can get their head around this concept - the light goes on! SIP trunks can save a business 40% to 70% on their phone bills! So without spewing out a brochure to you, I'll talk to the real-world experiences we've come across and implemented and how to save money on phone bills.

How does 911 work with SIP trunks?

Actually, 911 works very well. With Broadvox, it’s all about the number that is out-pulsed from the customer’s telephone system (which is usually easily configurable in the phone system). The number out-pulsed has to be a 911-registered number with Broadvox. The following examples illustrate this:

Why is Inflow Communications so involved with SIP?

Hello, my name is Travis Dillard. As of the last couple years, I've become very involved with SIP - Session Initiation Protocol technology. In addition to being a prominent SIP provider, my company, Inflow Communications (, located in Portland, OR, provides business phone systems and implementation services for clients throughout the Northwest. Our IP PBX solutions include ShoreTel and Allworx.

Can I purchase SIP services that give me unlimited long distance?

Yes. Pricing usually depends on the SIP provider and term.

What type of fees and taxes can I expect with SIP trunks?

That varies by the SIP provider and the location of the customer. We usually estimate about 12% of the total monthly billing with Broadvox. However, we’ve seen it higher. Normally the miscellaneous fees and taxes are much less than traditional carriers.

Can I port numbers from any state to my SIP trunks?

Yes, one of the fantastic things about SIP is that you can source or port numbers from any state to your SIP trunks (regardless of where the SIP trunks are terminated). However, there are a few areas in the country where not all numbers can be ported. Check with Access Technologies or an Access Technologies Agent to be sure. This also depends on the SIP provider.