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Topic # 66347 17-Aug-2010 15:41
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Hi,
I am looking for a Hosted IP PBX system for our company.

We are a small company with the following staffing structure:
3 Staff - Wellington Office
1 Staff - Mobile (Wellington, Brisbane, occasional national travel)
1 Staff - Auckland (Home Based)

It is our intention to use primary PC soft phones.

Our clients are based around NZ.

We are looking for a low latency affordable service.

Any insite into recommended services would be appreciated. 

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  Reply # 368723 17-Aug-2010 15:48
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  Reply # 368850 17-Aug-2010 19:23
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cbcnz: It is our intention to use primary PC soft phones.


Don't use soft phones.  Trust me, been there, and they're not worth the dramas.

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  Reply # 368857 17-Aug-2010 19:37
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I'd have to agree with nate there.

Who wants to boot a PC to make a phone call? Real phones are (almost always) the way to go.






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  Reply # 368877 17-Aug-2010 20:04
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Thanks guys, your points regarding softphones is noted.

Personally (I'm the one travelling trans tasman) I was planning on using Sipdroid on my Samsung Galaxy S as my default phone. We currently have a single office phone using an analog phone on Vfx ip line using a router with the right port.

Thoughts on reccomended phones for a small office?

Thanks

Nic

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  Reply # 368891 17-Aug-2010 20:27
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Sipdroid is okay. I use it on my N1, voice quality isn't fantastic, but usable.

Regarding your original question; you should probably sit down and make a list of features you need (and would like) and work out what type of solution you actually need. Some general VoIP providers offer PBX-ish features that may mean you don't need a "hosted PBX" solution.

Phones are a bit of a personal opinion. Some popular brands I would recommend comparing are; Polycom, Yealink, snom and Cisco/Linksys. All are good, price wise they vary quite a bit, functionality wise they all do pretty similar things.

(Disclaimer: I have a commercial interest in VoIP equipment. I don't think I'm biased as we have access to everything so this is my personal opinion)




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  Reply # 368922 17-Aug-2010 21:19
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I use 2talk as my VOIP Provider with good results and have for the PAst few years. I use a Snom Desk phone for my office an it's great. I'm using Weephone on my iPhone for VOIP with 2talk an works well.

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