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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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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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Channel Transitions East: MSPs Should Practice What You Preach

When you speak with a prospect or a customer about a new solution, you discuss its benefits — some of which could fall into the categories of automating to increase efficiency, making data-based decisions, and enhancing the customer experience.

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Channel Transitions VAR/MSP Executive Conferences powered by Business Solutions magazine — education and networking conferences designed to help VAR and managed services provider (MSP) executives learn how to best implement and manage the as-a-Service model — promise “real-world, nuts-and-bolts, headaches-and-heartaches discussions and success stories on the transition.”

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