September 23, 2014 13:19 ET

The Two SIP Trunk Providers Perfect for a Business, Announced by

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 23, 2014) - Most people know the Internet can be mapped hierarchically. At one end are the "last miles" or points of contact with individual users. At the other end are much larger paths through which many orders of magnitude more data can be transmitted. These larger connections are called "trunks," analogous to a tree's trunk.

SIP is an acronym that stands for Session Initiation Protocol. SIP trunking is a means of synthesizing the Session Initiation Protocol and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to provide telephony services over data networks. The two leading SIP trunk providers are BroadVoice and 8x8, Inc.

When ranking these providers, the specialists at took into account many criteria including price, features, expert analysis and reviews.


Both residential and business services are provided by BroadVoice as VoIP products. Mobile access is provided through a VoIP app. Single-line existing phone handsets can also be used on the network. The phone service itself is indistinguishable from alternative services from traditional phone companies. Business communications hardware is also provided, including multi-line IP handsets from Polycom and Cisco.

BroadVoice provides trunks to VoIP traffic assigned by port. Each trunk can have multiple IP addresses associated with it and each user's call is assigned a port. IP addresses are assigned on the basis of outgoing calls, with additional capacity rolling over when network limits are reached. BroadVoice SIP trunking services start at $11 a month. Up to five lines can be ported for $55, there is a 30 day money back guarantee and they offer unlimited calling.

8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc. features business VoIP service and also promotes integration with various other business-related enterprise software such as NetSuite, Zendesk and Outlook. They are listed as a Gartner Industry Leader and also appear on the Forbes Best Small Companies list. They feature a no contracts policy, unlimited calls to many countries and customers are invited to keep their existing PBX equipment.

From a business standpoint, 8x8, Inc. seems to have a well-developed presentation geared towards the enterprise. Although their SIP services are not directly featured on their site, it is clear they offer a superior level of service when it comes to combining SIP and VoIP technologies to provide a full range of business telecommunications solutions. 8x8 SIP trunking services are priced at $29.99 a month to start.

Their feature list for business services includes Unlimited Calling, 3-Way Calling, Conference Bridge and Voicemail. The services integrate with eAgent, ACT!, NetSuite and SugarCRM.

There are common criteria that can be used to compare just about any two companies in a particular industry or market segment. VoIP phone service, however, often makes a direct comparison difficult because of the immense variety in service options, technologies, equipment used, price ranges and how these can be combined to offer a product. Foundational technologies like SIP and VoIP are no different than a simple phone switch. Any company can sell you a phone switch. Technology companies can enhance their product with specialized knowledge and by tailoring their product to fit the customer's changing needs over time.

Businesses interested in learning more about SIP trunk providers can visit:

About is an authority SIP trunk provider site that offers comparison tools to help businesses and residences to help find the best SIP trunk provider for them.

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