Put simply, hosted telephony is voice over internet telephony (voip) but without the central control unit (some people refer to the ccu as ‘the box on the wall’ or CPE)
The telephone system features are housed in our data centre and you gain access to the features via your voip phones provided by Hosted Phones Ltd.
A whole host of features are readily available via our custom made platform meaning that with hosted voip you get alot more for your money in an instant, without having to wait for costly engineers to turn up on site.
If your offices have a structured cabling network for voice and data (cat5-cat5e-cat6 etc) installation can be as simple as plugging in your new hosted voip phones and waiting a few seconds for the network to recognise them and you’re away.
Never Heard of VoIP?
If you’ve never heard of VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), then get ready to change the way you look at and think about phone calls. VoIP or Voice over internet protocol, is a method for taking analogue audio signals, just like the kind you hear when you are talking on a phone, then turning them into data that can be transferred over the internet.
How is this useful? VoIP can turn this data into such a way that you can even place calls for free using this process. The practical upshot of using VoIP is that you can use software to really reduce call costs and even bypass the big call companies (and their charges) sometimes entirely.
VoIP is a revolutionary technology that has the potential to completely rework the world’sphone systems. VoIP providers like Voice Host have already been around for a while and are growing steadily. Major carriers are already setting up VoIP calling plans in several markets including the UK and The United States. The governing bodies are already looking at the potential ramifications of VoIP services.
The useful thing about VoIP is that there is not just one process in order to make and receive calls using the internet, two of the most common ways include:
ATA – The simplest and most common way is throgh the use of a device called an ATA (analogue telephone adaptor). The ATA allows you to connect a standard phone to your computer or your internet connection for use with VoIP. The ATA is an analogue-to-digital converter. It takes the analogue signal from your traditional phone and converts it into a digital data for transmission over the internet.
IP Phones – These specialised phones look just like normal phones with a handset, cradle and buttons. But instead of having the standard RJ-11 phone connectors, Ip Phones have an RJ-45 Ethernet connector. IP Phones connect directly to your router and have all the hardware and softare necessary built in to handle the IP call. There are also WiFi phones that allow subscribing callers to make VoIP calls from any available WiFi spots.