How to Choose an IP Video Phone for Business
An IP video phone is probably one of the best options to stay in “live” touch with both family members and business partners. Video phones are not the most popular office decision, but their advancement is very fast, and the tendency to combine computer technologies with other devices is stable now more than ever. Today, videophone technology is advancing constantly; many new features are persistently popping out on the market, so it could be a problem to choose the best one among different types of IP video phones. IP phones use Voice over IP (Internet Protocol) technology, so calls are made over an IP network instead of PSTN system. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing an IP video phone for business:
Features of the Screen
The variety of TFT, LCD or TFT-LCD screen features is impressive. Just as the screens of mobile phones, the video phone screen can be of different sizes. It can feature different menus and it can even be touch-screen. Sizes range from 4'' to 7''. If the menu is icon-based, make sure the icons are clearly visible. Some new models have touch-screen technology, and there are even some affordable ones to offer you this modern feature.
Style and Call Options
Standard options of most video phones are:
- Call transfer
- Video and voice call selection
- Group manager
- Ring tone selection
- Screen saver
These options may vary by model. According to your personal style, you can also choose the look of the model to match your office environment and smoothly fit into the working atmosphere. Some of the most important video features are full-screen possibility, pixel resolution, picture and video codecs, and adaptive bandwidth adjustment. Cool additional options can be Picture-in-Picture and TV output when in video call to enhance your communication even more.
Compatibility, Connectivity and Security
Some models have a 3G compatibility for calling 3G mobile phones. A Wi-Fi client capability and PSTN connectivity are innovative features to orientate you. Of course, if you are looking for a more affordable video phone, you can still purchase a high quality device without the Wi-Fi and PSTN interface. IP technology is susceptible to attacks, as will all Internet-connected devices. Therefore, firewalls, encryptions, admin/user configuration modes and VPN options are crucially important for the security of your data.
IP video phones are not necessarily too expensive. Of course, more features and more innovative technologies cost more, but the competition among sellers leads to more models and more possibilities for customers to purchase a good quality video phone at a reasonable price. Prices may vary between $200 for a basic phone and $2000 for voice center systems.