SIP trunking is the process of sending data from one IP or network address to another IP. It is a very popular way of making calls, making voice or video conferencing and sending emails across the internet with very little extra cost on your part.
There are two types of SIP trunking options – a hosted SIP trunk or an IP-based SIP trunk. The hosted SIP trunk allows you to talk to the SIP server with a third-party IP. This option is used by a lot of small and medium sized businesses and individuals alike for making international calls and sending SMS text messages. The IP based SIP trunk is more flexible and efficient means of using SIP while at the same time it provides your business with more capacity.
In the IP-based SIP trunking, your business will have to buy a separate IP to host the trunk. This requires that your business has more than one physical server which can be very costly. With the hosted SIP trunk, you only pay for the IP address that you actually use for the entire operation.
The other main difference between a hosted and an SIP based system is that hosted systems require that you buy the hardware to get started. A hosted system allows you to connect to the SIP server but it does not require any additional hardware. The hardware that you need is provided by the SIP provider. Most of the time, you will have a license to use the server which is usually free. Some providers also provide software and applications which you can use to operate your business with SIP.
A SIP account will allow you to make your own calls using your own phone number, using your own network. You can use the SIP account for a longer period of time and it will not charge you anything. When you buy a SIP trunk, you will be charged for the usage charges of the SIP trunk service. This can vary depending on how many minutes you want to be billed for.
When you set up a SIP account, you will have to choose the SIP provider and then sign a contract with them. You must understand how long you will be able to use the SIP service and what types of features you wish to receive. Some services will include fax support and conference calling.
When you are setting up a SIP account you must select the type of service provider you will use. There are three basic types of services; hosted, IP-based and SIP trunking. There are also some special features that you can select depending on your business needs.
Setting up an account is relatively easy when you know how to do it correctly. Once you have your account set up, you will have the ability to communicate with your clients from anywhere in the world and make more calls.
When you set up a SIP trunk, the SIP provider will provide the equipment, software and documentation to make your calls as if you were using your own phone line. If you use the hosted option, you will have an IP phone that connects to the SIP trunk service. You will be able to use your normal phone number to call your customers. The cost of these services can vary greatly.
If you are interested in using a hosted service, it is very easy to set one up. All you will need is an IP address, which you can get by doing an IP address lookup. The SIP service provider will provide you with your own IP address. Then all you will need to do is enter this address into the SIP account setup page and the SIP service will provide you with your own IP address. In most cases the SIP service provider will provide you with an IP phone number.
In order to get started, you will need to select the SIP service you would like and you will need to create a SIP account which will allow you to create a user ID and password. You will also need to create your own SIP trunk service account. After creating your account, you can set up your own SIP account, enter your own IP address and create your own toll billing plan. Once the account is set up, you can then call your customer from the SIP trunk service, even if they are on the other side of the world.
As you can see, there are several differences between a SIP account and a SIP trunk. It may be helpful for you to familiarize yourself with how the two work before making a decision.