IT Block breaks down the top three VOIP phones available in Singapore.
Landlines are here to stay, as long as offices are still a thing. They probably can be a thing, after all, work is work, and there can be a reason for there to be an office. The landlines of old relied heavily on telephone lines and these days the landline infrastructure is simply a forgotten relic. There are still residences with active telephone lines, but with hardly any calls, it is relatively cheap to maintain. But if you are a business, having a landline through a telephone line can be costly in the long run. Those minutes charge by cents, which effortlessly combines into dollars. Especially if you have a secretary or receptionist taking in vasts amounts of calls, businesses are now relying heavily on VoIP phone technologies, and with most internet providers offering a free VoIP line, it would be a waste not to use something free. And we mean unlimited numbers of calls at no extra cost to you whatsoever. We say it over and over again; we like to keep things simple. Henceforth, we would like to keep our top countdowns or best of the best to three. Yes, it does seem lazy of us, but too many choices are not exactly a good thing. Does not do anybody any favours, your time is precious, so keep it to three. Choosing from three is much easier than choosing from five or ten, right?
Number 3: Cisco SPA 303 3-Line IP Phone
Top 3 VOIP phone solutions in Singapore
Very sexy name, as usual. Great job guys but let's try and make it easy for people to remember your products next time?
Now let's start with the features:
3-line business-class IP phone
Connects directly to an Internet telephone service provider or to an IP private branch exchange (PBX)
Dual switched Ethernet ports, speakerphone, caller ID, call hold, conferencing, and more
Easy installation and highly secure remote provisioning, as well as menu-based and web-based configuration
Supports both Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Smart Phone Control Protocol (SPCP) with the Cisco® Unified Communications 500 Series
As far as VoIP phone goes, Cisco delivers one of the more reliable products. It is not a lot of fun to use, nor is it exactly easy either. In the era of smartphones, we think there are better options out there. But when it comes to an economical solution, we feel Cisco has some of the best solutions in the market within an affordable range.
It is unfortunately not the sexiest solution and in many modern offices, you always see conference calls going through a laptop. And if staff feel it is more convenient to bring their own laptop to the meeting room and run Skype or Google Hangout, you may want to look at another solution.
Number 2: Yealink SIP-T48S
Top 3 VOIP phone solutions in Singapore
What is with these numbers? Can somebody come up with an official model name, please? There is a reason people love the Lamborghini Diablo. It is a nice-sounding name but digression aside. Now if you want to spend a little more on a VoIP phone that looks elegant is relatively easy to use via a visual touch screen. We think the Yealink SIP-T48S (sigh) is a great option. We, humans, are very visual, and the users of conference calls are not necessarily the most IT savvy people in the office. And there is nothing wrong with that; IT people are not good at sales or marketing. We all have our strengths.
Why this made it to our number two is its compatibility with Skype for business. Certified for use with Skype for business and with more businesses using exchange services, this is very compatible. You can set it up for all the users in the office and provide the caller with the information to connect to your phone, a better and seamless experience. It is also a talking point since your phone looks advanced. After all, it is better for a meeting where you portray office infrastructure design well thought out, it gives the professional feel to your clients, and that is what you want. The user touch interface is relatively simple and easy to navigate; this is Yealink's interface, so don't expect it to work as an Android operating system. It does have some limitations, and you cant install applications onto it. a Still, this makes it to number two because it has the best of both worlds, a digital and manual interface. A great combination of both old and new.