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You’re stuck aren’t you?

You know that Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is the future for your company but you can’t handle the information overload alone.

Well, I’m here to help.

I’ve combined the ultimate collection of this years best IP phones just for you.

Whatever your needs, I’ve found the phone for that suits you best.

Once I helped my client make the switch to a VoIP system, I ended up saving them £67 per phone.

That’s a whole 39% cheaper than the original system they were going to purchase.

I’ve spent a grand total of 53.25 (yeah I counted) hours sourcing and comparing this years most favourable phones, so you don’t have to.

All those nit-picky details you hate searching for.

Well, I’ve researched them for you.

From the price of the product, to the temperature of the system - I’ve got it all.

Think of me as your personal phone ‘dictionary’.

Let’s get started, and find you that winning phone.

Chapter 1

7 Questions You Must Ask Yourself

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It's time to get thinking.

Before I begin, I want you to ask yourself the following questions.

Understanding your needs will help you click straight to the appropriate section.

If you’re unsure, read every section.

Then read them again.

Then answer the following questions.

What’s my budget?

How will you know how much you have to spend without budgeting first?

When I sat down and worked out just how much my client would have to allocate, they ended up with an extra £43 to spend on each phone than I originally thought.

This allowed them to upgrade to a high-tech system without cutting other costs!

How big is my company?

If you don’t know the size of your company, you won’t know how many phones you need.

The number of employees will also determine your overall budget.

My client's company realised that they only needed to give 57% of employees one of the new phones.

This meant that a quick headcount ended up saving them £327.

Am I looking for a simple or hi-tech system?

This depends on the size of your company, what your job role is and the features your office needs.

My client was a young entrepreneur with a smartphone obsession at a multi-employee company.

They wanted a high-tech gadget to play with.

However, a lot of other employees were older and wanted a simple-use system.

This led to them settling on an easy use but fully customisable phone.

Without comparing the needs of all employees, they wouldn’t have found one suitable for everyone.

What top 3 features must this phone have?

You need to know what’s important to you when shopping around and what you’re willing to compromise on.

With their rough budget calculated, my client was prepared to compromise on price if it meant they could have an HD video conference and a high-speed system.

They could have paid less for a standard system but for just a 23% price increase , they got every hi-tech feature they wanted.

Do I need this phone to be portable?

This one’s easy.

Are you going to sit at a desk all day or are you going to be out and about?

My client personally went for cordless.

They were a multitasker and rarely sit at their desk for a call.

Though they would never venture further than my office building, my client enjoys the freedom to move.

Do I need a video conference feature?

Another easy one.

Do you want the people on the other end of the phone to see you or not?

My client finds face-to-face calls to be more personal.

More personal equals more sales as far as I’m concerned.

But the need for this feature depends on your business and your clientele.

Do I want to personalise this system?

Do you want more than just a phone?

My clients wanted app connections and the ability to stream content.

They also wanted a fully customisable home screen so they could rearrange their buttons to reflect my smartphone’s set up.

Daniel Cooper Author

Daniel Cooper
Telephone Expert

Did You Know?

The first ever VoIP call took place in 1974.

Cool, right?

Chapter 2

Best For Small Businesses: Yealink SIP-T21P
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Cheap and easy, the Yealink SIP-T21P (retailing around £46 per phone) was designed with small businesses in mind.

Able to support two VoIP accounts, I believe this entry level phone is one of the simplest to use from this product selection.

It also uses PoE technology, making the installation of this product as effortless as the rest of the set up.

I’m sure the quality of your calls are very important to you.

You’ll be pleased to know that this phone is Yealink Optima HD Voice Supported.

This means that you’ll be in receipt of wideband technology, echo cancellation and adaptive jitter buffer (to name a few).

I think you’ll agree that this phone is pretty amazing.

The only downside is that it isn’t Skype compatible (but that isn’t necessary for everyone, anyway).

Do you think this is the right choice for you?

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Read More: Small Business VoIP

Chapter 3

Best Value: Yealink SIP-T23G
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If the SIP-T21P doesn’t suit your needs, Yealink also supply the SIP-T23G.

I discovered that both phones have very similar features.

But this one is equally suited to small and large offices.

Flexible deployment and outsourced management options are just a few things Yealink boast about.

Oh, and you can even install third party applications.

Sweet.

A personal highlight of this particular project is that you can use up to 3 SIP accounts.

This isn’t Chinese whispers.

You don’t need to take on the role of messenger. You can now take part in three way audio conferencing.

No more relaying other peoples messages, now you have more time for important tasks.

If you don’t already think that this is the best phone of 2019 , maybe the intuitive user interface and enhanced functionality can sway you.

This phone really does have it all.

Retailing at around £53 , I think the extra few pounds are worth paying when you consider all the added features you’ll be getting.

Considering this purchase?

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Chapter 4

Best For Executives: Polycom VVX 600
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If you can use a smartphone, you can use a Polycom VVX 600.

It’s just that simple.

With comparable technology to the phones and tablets we know and love - it’s easy to see why everyone is falling in love with this system.

Even the home screen is customizable!

Calendar.

Diary.

Instant Messenger.

Like your smartphone, the VVX 600 allows you to access it all.

You can even stream video content.

Computer not starting? Not a problem.

You can do all of this from your phones home screen.

This product was designed explicitly for executives and managers due to the ease of using this system to manage a considerable number of phones.

Do you have an entire army of phones to monitor?

Well, zero touch provisioning and large scale server-based configurations make this easy.

Deployment? Easy.

Maintaining the system? Easy.

Upgrading? Easy.

If you’re looking for a simple-use system that takes the stress out of your day, this one’s for you.

Still not convinced?

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Chapter 5

Best For Audio/Visual Impairments: AT&T CL2940
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Retailing at around £23, this is a steal for any office in a tight budget.

Have a hearing or visual impairment? Not a problem, this phone was designed with you in mind.

Not only is it hearing aid compatible with adjustable volume controls, the display and buttons are larger than usual.

It even has audio assist to ensure you get the loudest and clearest voices possible.

I think you’ll agree that this phone is brilliant so far.

It’s also corded!

Which means, if you’re as scatter-brained as me - it’s impossible to lose.

Don’t worry about your desk space being taken up by this phone system though - it’s also wall mountable.

I know this phone isn’t as high-tech as the others but it is easy to use and does exactly what you need at a low cost.

Now the AT&T can save 65 names and numbers, this isn’t an issue!

The only con is you need to supply four AA batteries for caller ID to work.

I think that’s a pretty small setback for such a good product.

Are you going to purchase this phone?

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Chapter 6

Best For Call Centres: Yealink SIP-T29G
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Another Yealink?

Yep, they’re just that good.

I found this one to be just perfect for a busy office environment - particularly, call centres.

It doesn’t matter where you’re from, this phone is able to be set up in more than 20 languages.

That’s right, not just English, French or Spanish.

Not only are you able to use up to 16 SIP accounts and your own hotline - you can easily supply a call waiting, call forward and call transfer for your customers.

It’s easy to see why I think this is a great fit for a call centre.

Getting nuisance calls?

This isn’t an issue with the T29G’s extensive call history and blacklist.

Need to leave the office?

Go ahead, you can lock your phone to prevent improper use.

Now, for the basics.

I’ve made sure this system has a headset and handset port, a call centre necessity.

Putting calls on hold, muting them when you need to and even redialing customers who’ve accidentally hung up are also key features on this phone.

Think this is the right fit for your office?

Video Compatible Entry-Level Customisable Low-Cost

Daniel Cooper Author

Daniel Cooper
Telephone Expert

Did You Know?

VoIP allows business executives like yourself to connect in countries where traditional phone lines don’t exist.

How's that for keeping in touch?

Chapter 7

Best Video Calls: Polycom VVX 500
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This phone is very similar to the VVX 600 I mentioned earlier.

The only key difference is that it’s not as tech-savvy.

Do you want a modern phone with semi high-tech features and a good quality video system?

Yet, you don’t want to spend time learning how to manage smartphone-like features?

Well, this is the phone for you.

Accessing your contact list and calendar is easily available from your LCD homescreen.

Video conferencing is as easy as ABC thanks to the simple third-party app connection.

To ensure you have the best video conference imaginable, the VVX 500 includes integrated HD voice.

This means better quality audio and visuals.

(I know, I keep saying it - but I want you to know just how good this feature is).

Oh and did I mention you can stream a variety of content from your home screen including news, sports, weather and stocks.

Think you’ve decided on this system?

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Chapter 8

Best For New Companies: Polycom VVX 310
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Just started a company?

Are taking calls taking up less than 50% of your office time?

Then this entry-level phone is perfect for you.

I know the phrase “entry-level” worries you though.

You think you’ll have to go through the process and expense of purchasing a new system when your business expands.

However, I confirmed that this particular system comes already available for future upgrades.

This means that once your company begins expanding, your phone system can too.

But enough about the future, let’s talk about what this phone can do for you now.

This phone is customisable to ensure that it’s easy to use for you personally.

Can’t pick up the phone?

Cool, you can make it handsfree.

Not a fan of using the system manually?

Well now you can download it onto your PC and control it from there.

In an important meeting and don’t want your phone ringing constantly?

Put on the do not disturb function.

This phone isn’t just a standalone product, you can connect it straight to your company's business apps and integrate the whole system.

I thought I’d make your life a little easier and even make sure your meeting alerts get sent straight to your phone.

Like this product?

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Chapter 9

Best For Poor Network Conditions: Yealink SIP-T41S
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We’re not all lucky enough to work in high-tech, skyscraper office.

Some of us have to work in offices that barely have an internet connection, let-alone a smartphone-like phone system.

However, I’m here to tell you that you can get a smartphone-like phone system.

Yep, even if you work in an office that can barely load google’s home page.

Whether you’re in a high bandwidth or poor network are, this phones audio quality outweighs its competitors by far.

The T41S is also a lot faster to use than some of the previous Yealink models.

And guess what!

You even get three pages of customisable keys.

That’s right, it’s completely customisable to you.

No two phones in the office will look the same.

It even has USB ports to let you connect to wifi or bluetooth and even record calls!

Want to read more about this product?

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Chapter 10

Best For Poor Network Conditions: Yealink SIP-T41S
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Last Yealink, I promise.

But I just had to tell you about the W52P.

It’s everything a micro business/home office could need.

It’s low-cost, easy to use and is easy to transport if you’re on the move with multiple in-office tasks.

This phone reaches up to 50 metres indoors and 300 metres outside.

A lot more than you really need.

Don’t think that being cordless means you’ll constantly be running out of charge.

It actually has 120 hours of standby time and 11 hours of talk time.

And you get a verbal cue when the battery is low - no more running out mid-call.

Although you can only use up to 5 VoIP accounts on this system - it still has similar features to those that support a large scale business.

You too can take part in 3 way conferencing and send out intercom messages.

Want to know my favourite thing about the W52P?

The privacy it ensures.

Not only can you lock the keypad when you aren’t using it, you can also turn on anonymous call rejection.

Got a minute to read more about this product?

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Daniel Cooper Author

Daniel Cooper
Telephone Expert

Did You Know?

Are you always on the go?

Well VoIP’s Find Me Follow Me call forwarding option means you can answer the phone wherever you are.

Never miss a call again!

Chapter 11

Best Overall: Siemens Gigaset SL450A GO Cordless Phone
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This phone has it all.

Any feature you want, for any sized office.

All at an affordable price.

Let’s start with the technical bits.

You can add up to 6 different handsets which you can even individually name to make call transfers simple.

Your address book proves that size of your company doesn’t matter.

You can add anything from 1 contact to 500.

You can also add 3 numbers per person!

In addition to this, you can also block nuisance calls.

No more pesky cold callers for you.

Can’t miss a call from your boss?

Maybe it’s your mum at the top of the speed dial list?

Whichever calls are most important to you, put them first with the VIP call function.

Never miss an urgent call again.

Thought your last phone had good sound quality?

Well, the SL450A’s frequency band is double the size of a standard phone thanks to HDSP (High Definition Sound Performance).

Now for the fun stuff.

Working from home? Kids asleep?

Use the babyphone function to receive gentle reminders to check on them.

And if birthdays aren’t your thing, you can switch on an auto birthday reminder.

You’ll never have to have awkward office chit chat with the colleague whose birthday you forgot again.

One last thing.

If you’re environmentally conscious, this phone is radiation free on standby mode.

Want to purchase this product?

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Need a refresher on the key points of each phone?

Want to compare prices?

Intrigued how the public rated each system?

Check out the product comparison table I put together for you below.

MODEL PRICE KEY FEATURES STAR RATING

Yealink SIP-T21P

||$||59.64||$||

Yealink Optima HD Voice Supported

Echo Cancellation

Adaptive Jitter Buffer

Yealink SIP-T23G

||$||68.71||$||

3 Way Audio Conferencing

Intuitive User Interface

Flexible Deployment

Polycom VVX 600

||$||287.79||$||

Zero Touch Provisioning

Can Use Before Computer Start Up

Fully Customisable

AT&T CL2940

||$||29.82||$||

Enhanced Features For Audio/Visual Impairments

65 Name/Number Caller ID

Yealink SIP-T29G

||$||164.89||$||

Multi-Language Set Up

Use Up To 16 SIP Accounts

Hold, Mute & Redial Features

Polycom VVX 500

||$||254.52||$||

Integrated HD Voice

Stream Content From Your Home Screen

Third Party App Connection

Polycom VVX 310

||$||134.83||$||

Entry-level

Upgrades In Parallel With Your Business

Connects To Your Companies Business Apps

Yealink SIP-T41S

||$||99.55||$||

Works in Poor Network Conditions

Faster Than Previous Models

Three Pages of Customisable Keys

Yealink W52P

||$||110.46||$||

50M Indoor/300M Outdoor Reach

11 Hours Talk Time/120 Hours Standby

Lockable Keypad

Siemens Gigaset SL450A GO Cordless Phone

||$||168.52||$||

Nuisance Call Blocking

500 Person Contact Book

VIP Call Function

Eco Friendly

*Prices given are a rough take. Get a quote from our suppliers for your individual cost.

Conclusion

As a VoIP expert, I get asked a lot of questions about it.

I’ve saved you from another 50 minutes of research by compiling a list of the most common ones below.

What is a VoIP phone?

A VoIP phone is simply one you can use to make calls from any device with a stable internet connection.

How do they work?

Well, it’s a type of technology.

It uses your device to turn your voice into a digital signal.

This allows you to make a call from any device fitted with VoIP.

Think of it like Skype but on a much larger scale.

Do I need a computer to use VoIP?

Nope.

As long as you have a good internet connection, you’re good to go.

If you don’t have access to a computer you have the option to purchase an exclusive IP phone.

There are even certain VoIP apps you can use from your smartphone.

How do I make a call?

Pick up the phone and dial a number.

Seriously, it’s that easy.

Will VoIP slow my internet down?

Not if your internet connection is already high-speed.

A VoIP call actually uses less bandwidth than web-surfing.

What cons are there?

A VoIP phone relies on internet connection to work.

If your internet goes, you don’t have a phone.

They’re also hard to trace in an emergency.

I would recommend keeping at least one traditional phone on the premises as a backup, just in case.

Personally, I don’t think two easily-fixed cons matter in comparison to the hundreds of advantages you receive when switching to a VoIP system.

Now, it’s over to you.

Have you decided which phone is the right fit for you?

This is your go-to guide for any assistance you need.

You know that VoIP is the future for your business.

Don’t spend any longer than you have to making this decision.

Get a quote from four of our trusted suppliers and find a phone that’s right for you today.