The other day I received a phone call that left me bewildered. It was a sales call and the caller had asked me if I was interested in SIP services offered by a local provider. I politely declined and told the caller this was something I would have to discuss with my husband. Not wanting to seem rude I asked him to call back at a later date. The truth is I had no idea whatsoever what he was talking about. What is SIP and what did he mean when he referred to SIP trunking?! Honestly I felt like he had just called me up and spoken a different language. The whole thing about asking my husband was a ruse, and one I use often with sales calls. How could anyone ask me to make such an important decision without me first consulting my husband after all? The truth is, I needed to find out what this guy was talking about before I could even find out what he was offering me. Of course I went straight to my computer and jumped on Google to find out more.
It turns out that National SIP Trunking or Session Initiation Protocol, is a service referred as unified voice data and consists of services that bundle your voice, data and Internet services through an Internet Protocol connection, usually referred to as the IP connection. Used mostly by small companies, this consolidation can save monthly fees on each utility while boosting the capacity of your network. If you have never hear of VoIP before it is the abbreviation for Voice over Internet Protocol), and you are not alone. I had never been exposed to terms like SIP and VoIP until I received that phone call, and I am grateful he called not only because we just may end up saving money by combining our services in this way, but because also because it exposed me to new technology I would have otherwise not known about. I certainly feel the shift from typical landline telephone services to wireless such as mobile phones as the primary phone or via the Internet, which is what the SIP, services are all about. In any case when he calls back, as I asked him to do, I will be able to make a much more educated decision about the specific product that he is offering. Then I can consult with my husband about it.
*This is a partnered post.