SIP-based phones

SIP-based phones

SIP-based phones are no doubt the hottest topic in the telecommunication industry today. You may have heard people talking about SIP phones and have no clue what they are and how you can benefit from them. Today, we will walk you through the important things you need to know about this types of phones and help you stay on top of the trend!

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a communication protocol that manages multimedia communication such as video and voice calls. To use SIP, you need a SIP phone that establishes communication over the internet.

Simply put, a SIP Phone is a phone that uses the Open Standard “SIP” to set up and manage phone calls. The actual voice is carried over an IP-based network using another Open Standard called “RTP”. Since these protocols are generically termed “VoIP” (voice-over-internet-protocol), these phones are also sometimes called VoIP Phones or VoIP Clients. Unlike traditional phone systems, phones that are SIP-based rely on internet technology to make secure and reliable calls. The phones generally fall into two categories: hard phones and softphones. Both of these offer superior performance over analog phones, but they afford users many distinct benefits. They can only work with cloud-based phone systems, unlike traditional analog phones. Hard phones (Physical Phones) function like traditional ones but they make phone calls through IP network instead of PSTN lines. The phones can share the existing data network with your computer and don’t need to have an extra internet service.

If you’re looking for SIP-Based IP phones for small and Medium enterprises (SME), school, work, office use, now’s the time to get the right brand and model that suits your needs. In Kenya, popular hardware phones that are SIP-based that you can buy for your office include Fanvil X3SP, Yealink T21, Yealink T31, Yealink T33, Yealink T29, Yealink T43.

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