Wholesale dialup and VoIP provider StarNet, Inc. just announced vePipe — a service that adds VoIP capabilities to corporate clients who want to switch to IP-based communications without the need to dispose of their PBX telephone equipment.
StarNet's vePipe will allow clients to get area code and phone numbers serviced by StarNet’s VoiceEclipse network — the company’s residential Voice over IP (VoIP) ( define - news - alert - tutorial) plan, or port existing numbers to the service.
"As we have experienced over the years, growth and expansion can severely strain a company's phone system," says CEO Russ Intravartolo. "We're excited about vePipe service because we believe it is designed exactly the way our customers wanted it. If you already own your own PBX system, you can still take advantage of VoIP savings. It seems that many VoIP providers are offering a service which appears to be designed around one telephone, and ignores the fact that many businesses already own a PBX, and want to keep that investment in place."
StarNet’s new VoIP service for businesses enables users to add pipes—which are similar to calling lines in the traditional telephone network in real-time, using a Web-based management interface. Users can also add on more phone numbers — local and toll-free, and select the number of pipes per number they want to have. The user’s phone numbers are available from any area code supported by the VoiceEclipse network, allowing the use of different area codes combined within the single phone system at the same time.
vePipe cost varies according to the client’s number of numbers and pipes — for example, a medium-sized business with 12 phone numbers, 2000 local minutes & moderate long-distance usage can cut their monthly bill from roughly $700 to below $350 when switching to vePipe. Businesses can get vePipe starting at $43.95 per month.