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August 09, 2012

What is an IP Phone Maker?

By Rachel Ramsey, TMCnet Web Editor

An IP Phone (News - Alert) Maker is a manufacturer and provider of IP Phones, or phones that are designed to work within the Voice over IP (VoIP) environment. The IP Phone allows you to make telephone calls over the IP network, converging voice and data over the same connection as an alternative to the standard PSTN. Calls made on an IP phone traverse the Internet, or the private IP network of a particular company.

IP Communications is the phrase used to describe networks that use the IP protocol for voice and video traffic, or the principle communications standard used for transmitting data across an internetwork using the Internet Protocol Suite. The IP Communications industry has seen its series of ebbs and flows over the years, particularly as trends like VoIP and video conferencing begin to become more ubiquitous. IP Communications is one the largest growing industries in the tech space and as the industry matures so too does the role of IP Communications. One of the main benefits of IP Communications is the technology’s reliability as the Internet Protocols assume that inherently the network is unreliable.

There are specific elements that make up the IP phone, including the physical hardware, the STUN client, the DHCP client, the DNS client, the signaling stack, the RTP stack and codecs, including audio and video where appropriate. As stated earlier, the IP phone hardware will often resemble that of traditional phone system, or like a mobile phone. To work appropriately, however, the IP phone will offer additional hardware components. 

The common features of the IP phone include caller ID; dialing using name or ID – this capability differs from speed dial as no number is actually stored on the client; locally-stored and network-based directories; conference and multi-party call; call park; preserving user name and number; applications; and call transfer and hold.

IP Phone Makers manufacture and provide VoIP phones and IP communications solutions. Many VoIP products that are offered are characterized by high cost-performance, easy deployment and affordable price. Customers benefit from flexibility and broad interoperability with major IP-PBX (News - Alert), softswitch and IMS in the market. Reliable VoIP service providers offer a number of value-added services users have come to expect from the standard desk phone, including call waiting, call forwarding, speed dialing, voicemail, conferencing and more.

Services providers rely on IP phone makers to provide the necessary equipment to support a wide range of Internet routers, VoIP services, IP phones and any other related equipment needed to provision the VoIP services. With the right tools and provider support, business owners can easily set up access to reliable VoIP telephony. This access guarantees clear connections on an IP phone maker device, minimizing the distance between callers and eliminating much of the cost associated with international communications. With easy access to VoIP, businesses of all sizes can enjoy reliable, available, easy-to-use and inexpensive communications with clear quality calls.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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