Go VoIP to Save Cash When Mobile | Page 2
There are plenty of VoIP clients available for download for most mobile phone platforms, including Fring and Nimbuzz. They offer a bridge to the Skype network so you can make and receive Skype calls. They also provide connectivity to standard SIP services and Truphone. These are great for budget travelers and backpacking teenagers, but for the most part, these applications are an irrelevent to the enterprise user.
Who's going to pick up their phone, launch an app like Fring or Nimbuzz, stumble through the app's unwieldy contact list, and finally make a call, when they can make a conventional call far more simply without it? For VoIP to be a practical proposition for business purposes it has to be transparent to the useror as nearly transparent as possible.
A good example of this is Nokia SIP client built in to the Nokia E51one of Nokia's smaller business phones with built-in Wi-Fi, and the one I happen to carry. Thanks to the SIP client's deep integration with the rest of the phone making low cost international calls from the Caribbean is simply a matter of finding a number from the E51's address book and choosing "Internet call" rather than "Voice call."
Since I've configured the phone to use the SIP service offered by my ISP, and since the ISP bundles 120 free VoIP minutes every month with my DSL line, the calls I made back to England weren't just cheap , they didn't cost anything extra. Now that's what I call free speech. For an enterprise, connecting one of these handsets to the corporate VoIP system would be just as easy.
Also, Skype is keen on making it easier -- and more secure -- for businesses to use its Internet phone service. On Dec. 2, Skype opened up the Skype for SIP (session initiation protocol) beta program, allowing businesses to use Skype for SIP with their existing SIP-based PBX or Unified Communications (UC) systems.
A companys IT administrator just creates and registers a Skype Business Control Panel(BCP) for the organization and then follows the instructions to configure Skype for SIP to work with its existing SIP-enabled communications system.
This Web-based tool allows a company to control its Skype usage from a single point and enables centralized billing, as well as reporting about both usage and spending.