One feature not to be overlooked when buying a new phone system is paging. If you currently have a paging system, it is probably for a reason. You need it. So let's say you decide you are going to buy a new phone system. And let's say you are considering a Hosted-VoIP phone system. The question to ask is are you still able to use your paging system. You will probably get different answers based upon the knowledge (or lack of) that the phone vendor has and level of experience. Let's explore.
If you purchase a new Hosted-VoIP Phone system with Mitel SIP phones or similar, you can probably page through those phones. Hosted-VoIP Interconnect Carriers (like ConnectMe) can set up a button (also known as a hot key) that you can press for paging through the phones. There may also be a paging method using star codes. That may work for your business. But what if it doesn't. What if you really need an overhead paging system. You may be in a warehouse, store or large area where the only thing that works is an overhead system. Let's look at some options.
When overhead paging systems are needed, Hosted-VoIP Interconnect Carriers (like ConnectMe) usually turn to Valcom or Algo products. Valcom (founded in 1977) has a unique and extensive experience in IP and Analog Voice Paging Systems. The SIP Paging Systems that work with hosted VoIP phone systems can sometimes work by connecting to your existing paging system. If a new system is required, you can get the Paging system and horns that are mounted on a ceiling or wall.
The Hosted-VoIP Interconnect Carrier will set up the paging system as an extension of the phone system. If you want to page someone, you simply dial an extension and speak out over the horns. In closing, I suggest you choose an experienced Hosted-VoIP telecommunications provider. They will know exactly what you need and how to configure the system.