VOIP Provider with Asterisk


#1

I’m in the process of spec’ing out an Asterisk system for my small office. I’ve looked on voip-info for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) providers. It’s still unclear what I should be looking for from a VOIP provider. What exactly is needed from a provider in order to run a VOIP connection with a phone number for an Asterisk installataion? I’ve spoke with a few and they all provide a SIP connection. Is this all that’s needed or should I be looking for a provider that offers an IAX connection? Any other types of connections I should be looking for?

My goal is to be able to not purchase a physcial phone from the local phone company. I want all phone calls to go through my internet connection. At first I will only have 2-5 IP phones.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.


#2

Dont get rid of your old line completely, the internet will go down one day! (even saturated internet will ruin your calls).

you can use both a sip connection or an iax2 connection.

(i would not use anything else but those two).


#3

I’m assuming that if I use IAX2 that the provider would need an asterisk box on the other end. Is this correct?