Choosing the best VoIP wireless phone
There are many suitable VoIP Wireless phone solutions available depending on scale, coverage and environment involved. Before choosing a VoIP Wireless Phone, it is a good idea to define your requirements.
Here are some good questions to ask yourself:
– Who will be using the VoIP Wireless phone?
– Where will they be using it?
– What times of day and for how long will it be used?
– What features are required on the VoIP Wireless phone?
– Is there any wireless infrastructure already built that should be leveraged?
– What is the budget?
Since most of our readers are small and medium sized organizations, we will focus this article on solutions for small and medium business VoIP systems.
There are 4 options we will look at:
VoIP DECT Phones
Anchor textDECT is a digital technology that was specially designed for cordless phones so it gives you better battery life and in many cases better audio. VoIP DECT Phones typically have feature keys that can integrate with your VoIP Phone System to make it easy and convenient for users to hold, transfer, toggle and conference calls. There are a number of VoIP DECT products available. The products targeted for small and mid-sized deployments generally come with a base station that is good for unto 9 wireless phones and has an indoor range of about 150 feet. Repeaters are available to extend the range. Typical DECT handset battery standby time can be upto 100 hours.
In terms of cost, VoIP DECT phones work out to be less expensive in smaller areas. If you have a large area over which you need to extend DECT coverage for a small number of users, the cost can easily add up. A couple of popular VoIP DECT Phone models are the SNOM M9 and the Aastra MBU400.
VoIP WiFi Phones
WiFi is a popular wireless data technology that is typically available at most businesses. VoIP WiFi Phones do not require a base station since they work with existing WiFi networks. VoIP WiFi handsets also usually have feature keys that can integrate with your VoIP Phone System to make it easy and convenient for users to hold, transfer, toggle and conference calls. Quality can depend on the quality of the Wi-Fi signal. Typical WiFi phone battery standby time is unto 40 hours. All of these features make this an ideal Business VoIP Phone to be used in the offices with ease.
VoIP Wi-Fi phones are more expensive than VoIP DECT phones but since there is no base or repeaters to purchase, overall cost is manageable especially if the WiFi network is already built and coverage is needed over a larger area. One of our most popular WiFi phones is the Cisco WIP-310.
Analog Cordless Phones
With so many Analog Cordless Phone models on the market, this is likely the least expensive cordless solution for VoIP. To use an analog cordless phone with your VoIP Phone System, a VoIP Adapters is needed. The drawback of using an analog cordless phone with a VoIP adapter is that lack of feature buttons on the phone. So if all you need is to dial and receive calls, this may be a cost effective solution for personal or business usage.
Analog Long Range Wireless
Analog Long Range Wireless Phones are worth considering if your application is primarily in a factory, warehouse or campus environment where long range and durability are extremely important. This solution would also require a VoIP Adapter to integrate with your VoIP Phone System. However it is likely the best and possibly the only reliable long range solution for VoIP, albeit the most costly solution.
For more information on product options, check out our VoIP Wireless Phones page or feel free to call us at 1-866-924-4292 for further help.
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