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Some software vendors and communications pundits are predicting the demise of the hard phone, including SIP phones. This appears to be inaccurate hype to bolster their SIP softphone license sales. A recent blog “SIP Phone Market Can Support More Manufacturers” points out several opposing arguments. SIP phone sales are expected to increase with more SIP phone models and manufacturers entering the market.

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What is a SIP Phone? Manufacturers, vendors and service providers describe the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) as if it were the foremost technical solution for Voice over IP (VoIP). It does have numerous benefits; SIP brings enhanced VoIP and powers other technologies such as SIP phones and SIP trunks. Understanding SIP and the uses for business allows users to make the greatest gains.

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There are many Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) phones on the market manufactured by IP PBX vendors and third parties. Selecting the best phone for your use is both a technical and a business decision. The selection process starts with the choice of SIP phones based on technical requirements. Once the SIP phones have been selected, possibly from more than one manufacturer, then the manufacturer’s geographic coverage, sales channels and financial strength will narrow down the potential choices.

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