Michael Prior
Michael Prior, Principal at PB Advisory Group

Telecommunications, mobile and wireless

What were your experiences with Australian VOIP providers?

I am looking for information on using VOIP in my business

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Andrew Egan

Andrew Egan , Director & IT Specialist at Adept IT

Hi Michael,   It's a very broad area, however I'd be happy to answer specifically targetted questions. Below is a quick high-level rundown. Like Micha said, there are plenty of providers, however I'd recommend sticking with the larger names. Internode and Exetel would be two major ISPs I can think of that offer SIP trunks. There's more to it than that though. I have one client with an internal VoIP system that actually uses ISDN to make all their calls. This is potentially more expensive than using a SIP trunk.  Other clients just use SIP trunks. What's the difference? Well, a SIP trunk uses spare internet connectivity (there's a bit more to it, but this is the simple explanation" so it's important to ensure you have enough bandwidth. Usuallly, an ADSL2 connection wouldn't be enough and you'd want to be looking at a minimum of SHDSL, depending on the unmber of phone calls you wanted to make/receive at any given time. If you'd like to discuss more, I'm happy for have a no-obligation free discussion with you and help identify a solution that's right for your needs.     Personally, I've got an internode Nodephone service and one of my clients has 5 exetel services, none of which I can fault. regards, Andy

Michael Prior

Michael Prior , Principal at PB Advisory Group

Thanks Andy, I currently have broadband cable with significant bandwidth so should be able to handle my current and future phone calls in the short to medium t... read more
Thanks Andy, I currently have broadband cable with significant bandwidth so should be able to handle my current and future phone calls in the short to medium term.
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Micha Wotton

Micha Wotton , Head of Development at SavvySME

Hi Michael, I ran a small business primarily on VoIP for 5 years. My experience is that the larger providers have excellent QoS and service, while some of the smaller providers CAN have issues with quality. In the end, I used Engin, because it was very simple to set up using their provided voicebox, as well as allowed me to very easily move the phone line around.  While their costs were not the lowest, their service was excellent.  Another consideration is number portability. Before you sign up, check whether any phone number a VoIP provider would allocate to you can be taken ('ported') to another provider should you wish to change providers. This can be a trap. I overcame this issue in my own business by having an inbound 1300 number, which was very reasonably priced and gives your business a certain perception of professionalism. Since I was in the market the VoIP market has expanded - there are many other providers and quality should be very good. Be aware that if the VoIP service uses an internet connection that is shared with other internet use, your quality could be impacted. You should consider whether it is cost effective to have a dedicated internet connection for your VoIP service.  As always, do your research (as you are doing right now) and you should be able to come up with an appropriate solution.

Michael Prior

Michael Prior , Principal at PB Advisory Group

Thanks Micha
Thanks Micha
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Suzy Roberts

Hi Michael

We have used Iinet as our Broadband and VOIP provider and run with 'naked cable' broadband so we don't have to pay for a phone line. Iinet's service is brilliant. If you do happen to experience problems, which is inevitable and call them from your mobile, they have a great call back feature, which you can enable if they are busy. Their call backs are not just limited to landlines they will call back on mobile too. Over the last 4 years we have had very few issues, and those we have had, have been rectified promptly. I would definitely recommend them.

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Peter Jones

Peter Jones , Founder at LinkSmart

Hi,

I use WorldDialPoint as a voip provider and zoiper as calling software. Works well for me.

Regards

Peter

 

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Simon Halliday

I use Telecube for my 1300 numbers which are directed through VOIP.  Works like a charm and inexpensive.  I also use clickncallnow for international calls, if I don't use Skype or Google Voice.

Happiest day of my business life was cutting the connection to Telstra.

 

Cheers,

Simon

Aspen Homes

Michael Prior

Michael Prior , Principal at PB Advisory Group

Thanks Simon, Much a appreciated
Thanks Simon, Much a appreciated
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Mark 'Spud' Russell

Mark 'Spud' Russell , Admin/Stores at ACN

G'Day Michael

 

I use Voip myself & I'm an online service provider, only bad thing is if there is no power there is no Voip line that's the bottom line mate.

Your welcome to check out my website for services/pricing etc & our head office is based in Nth Sydney that caters for our Aussie & New Zealand customers.


Cheers & catch ya later Michael.
 
Mark 'Spud' Russell
ACN Independent Business Owner
 
2 Cootha Drive
Kallangur  Qld  4503

Mobile: 0411 664 375
Iris X Videophone (H): 07 3049 4603

 
 

Michael Prior

Michael Prior , Principal at PB Advisory Group

Thanks Mark
Thanks Mark
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