Many companies look to bolster VoIP in 2007

By Justin Mann on March 5, 2007, 8:28 PM
Could VoIP be set to receive a huge boost this year? VoiceCon Spring 2007 is hinting at exactly that, with a lot of big players such as Cisco and Microsoft stepping in to offer hosts of new VoIP based products. Whether intra-office or over the Internet, for business use or personal use, VoIP has made leaps and bounds the past few years with increased broadband availability. Some of the bigger hurdles it has to overcome is mobility (since you can't always take Internet with you) and support. The rates and features VoIP offers are attractive to many, but the hardware to do it without a computer is often bulky and expensive.

That's going to change, and Cisco is one of the biggest pushers of that change. They are looking to add many new products, particularly a few that increase mobile communications, and will be looking to target small businesses a ripe place to test and demonstrate new technologies:

"We're introducing server and client capabilities that literally change how cell phones integrate into the environment," said Richard McLeod, director of unified communications solutions for worldwide channels at Cisco, San Jose, Calif.
Imagine calling overseas with your phone at a third of the price it might take you normally.Other companies, such as Nortel and Avaya, are also bringing new products out. As many offices look to ditch aging PBX systems with something more robust, VoIP is quickly becoming the most attractive choice.




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black_death said:
I dont understand why VoIP is popular at all, youre paying like $40 a month ON TOP of your normal phone bill since you need a phone to conenct to the internet anyways.
Julio said:
Dial-up Internet? It's too bad if that's your only alternative.
Soul Harvester said:
[b]Originally posted by black_death:[/b][quote]I dont understand why VoIP is popular at all, youre paying like $40 a month ON TOP of your normal phone bill since you need a phone to conenct to the internet anyways.[/quote]While it's definitely not true that you need a phone to connect anyways, my article wasn't pertaining to VoIP at home - it was pertaining to VoIP in a business environment. Intra-office communications or a VoIP "PBX" linked to external systems - these are much different than, say, Skype. That's what these vendors are selling to, companies with dozens or even hundreds of workstations that need to have a phone and want to migrate away from aging analog systems.
windmill007 said:
[b]Originally posted by black_death:[/b][quote]I dont understand why VoIP is popular at all, youre paying like $40 a month ON TOP of your normal phone bill since you need a phone to conenct to the internet anyways.[/quote]Dude you are wrong..You can get Dry DSL (means you don't need phone service for DSL) for $14.99 and then get $25 Unlimited Vonage or even cheaper VOIP that are unlimited long distance packages... So I hope you can see where this can be chaper. Our home regular phone without adding in long distance charges runs us over $40 a month...Plus we pay $30 DSL. Plus I have Skype VOIP (Ran $15 for a year unlimted long distance). If we call our regular monthly long distance you can figure we will tac on another $25 easily....So u can see where we are saving..Yes we still have our regular phone..But I want it cuz where we live the power goes out a lot.
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