Business VoIP Phones

By Ryan Ayers
Updated: March 01, 2011

Business VoIP phones have revolutionized the way that businesses communicate and allow businesses to integrate the voice, data, and messaging components of their communications solutions. Although the need for physical on-premise hardware is minimal, a business should be sure to purchase handsets that are manufactured with the future of business VoIP phone systems in mind.

Not an Ordinary Telephone

Business VoIP phones are a more evolved version of traditional office telephone handsets. This equipment is designed to be a full-service unit that allows for Unified Communication (UC) solutions.

A business VoIP phone is an intuitive device that contains features such as:

  • UC menus/applications
  • Simple integration with other devices
  • Intuitive displays
  • HD audio
  • Voice recognition dialing

Top Manufacturers of Business VoIP Phones

Among the top manufacturers of VoIP handsets are many names that have been in the communications and IT field for many years. Many of these companies also supply the network equipment necessary to build and deploy an effective VoIP network. When selecting the hardware for your IP network, it is important to be sure that it will integrate seamlessly with whatever systems that your business currently has in place.

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco is an industry leader in network and routing equipment, and has been in the communications field for quite some time. Cisco has long been an innovator and has a focus on changing the way that we use our networks to communicate and share information.

Cisco’s business VoIP phones contain advanced technology that enables businesses to have a seamless experience. Their newest VoIP phones include features such as:

  • Bluetooth and USB integration
  • Touchscreen menus
  • High Resolution video/audio support

Polycom

Polycom is another familiar name in the communications industry. Providing hardware and support for a wide variety of UC equipment, Polycom is the global leader in telepresence and voice/video solutions.

Polycom offers business VoIP phones for every level of business, from small companies to extremely large organizations. Choosing Polycom phones allows their clients:

  • Access to proprietary technologies such as Soundpoint/Soundstation
  • Compatibility with most major SIP and IP providers
  • Exclusive partnership arrangements with providers that ensure high-level support

Aastra

Headquartered in Canada, Aastra has been a leader in communications for some time, acquiring Ericsson Enterprise and other companies in an effort to expand its reach and provide better products and support to its customers. Aastra is also a major manufacturer of gateways, servers, and other communications equipment.

Aastra’s business VoIP phones have a focus on improving existing function and increasing the capabilities of VoIP communications. Improved functionality in Aastra phones includes:

  • Increased mobility options
  • Increased programmability
  • Aastra Hi-Q audio technology

Business VoIP phones are an integral part of any business’ UC strategy and should be selected based on the features and improvements that will best fit into the existing communications infrastructure. The right equipment, when coupled with your service provider and/or your existing VoIP network, can enable your business to function more productively and to expand in a much more fluid manner.
 

Featured Research
  • Your Phone System and Your Bottom Line

    Businesses have been using phones to drive increases to their bottom lines for almost a century now. Telephony, much like the rest of the business world, has seen drastic changes with the increase in technological advancement. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), has enabled companies to connect with consumers at levels that have been seen as unheard of before. And trust us when we say this, it is doing wonders for the bottom line. more

  • 2017 Phone Systems Checklist

    As you are well aware, we are living in an age of extreme technological growth. With this, an understatement might be that phone systems have changed a bit over the last decade. If you are in the market for a new phone system, it is absolutely essential for you to have knowledge of this vast sector and just what exactly you need in order to have your business succeed. more

  • VoIP vs. VoPI

    Are you searching around for an upgrade to your current phone system? If so, you've mostly likely heard of VoIP, but do you know about VoPI? Lately, there has been a lot of conversation around what the difference is between the two systems. Most of this conversation centers around security, as both of these systems, operate over the internet versus the traditional phone lines. more

  • Why You Need Mobile VoIP

    Mobile VoIP is growing at an exponential rate and can help your company reduce costs, improve communications, and drive increased employee satisfaction and loyalty. If what was just mentioned above sounds like it would be good for your business (it is), download our latest guide Why You Need Mobile VoIP to learn even more reasons why you need to make the switch today! more

  • How You Can Stop VoIP Eavesdropping

    In today’s modern technological world we face cyber threats on an almost daily basis. This rings true when switching phone systems to VoIP. While there are many benefits to making the switch, there MUST be precautions taken to ensure that your new phone system is safe and secure. more