Connecting Your Analog Phones to VoIP with ATA

Switching to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) for your phone service can dramatically decrease your monthly phone bill. In addition, you can access advanced phone features that may not be available through your local phone company. You can make or take calls on your desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or mobile device anywhere in the world that has Internet access. One central dashboard can manage access for all the devices across the network, which can be in your home office or at different locations for remote or at-home workers.

Since most of the work of the call routing happens in the cloud, implementation is fast and easy. There is no need for expensive PBX systems or copper lines. Existing hardware, such as analog phone sets, can be added to the network using a VoIP ATA adapter.

What Is ATA VoIP?

ATA is an analog telephone adapter. It connects traditional analog phones and fax machines to digital telephone systems to allow for VoIP. By connecting these ATA VoIP adapters, you can use current phone instruments along with your managed VoIP network.

How Does VoIP ATA Work With VoIP Software?

The analog telephone adapter simply connects the analog phone with your digital network. Once it is part of the network, it seamlessly becomes another line on the network. This means you can take advantage of the VoIP features without having to replace your traditional hardware.

The software installed on your computer facilitates the VoIP calls which can be handled through your analog headset and VoIP ATA. The VoIP client will route the calls through the system as part of a subscription services or a SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) server. Instead of using traditional copper lines that you lease monthly from the phone company, your voice call is routed through the internet to the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network). It’s the same place traditional phone companies route calls. The call is then directed to the end user.

With VoIP, you do not need a leased line from the phone company to connect to the PSTN. That means eliminating the monthly costs from your local phone company. The call is also routed to the end user without additional costs for access. This eliminates long-distance charges and most international calling fees. If both parties are using a VoIP client, there is no cost for the call regardless of where in the world they are.

Since a VoIP client or software app can be installed on your computer or mobile device, you can easily integrate your calling functions with your internal software. It can be part of a virtual office, unified communications suite, or cloud contact center solution for your business. This can give team members access to the same platform and information and work off the same database. Integrating with CRM systems allows your team to manage customer interactions with instant recall of client histories.

IP Desk Phones

You may also want to consider adding IP desk phones to your VoIP system. IP Phones are designed specifically to work on digital networks and VoIP. They offer true “plug and play” functionality. Plug the phone into any public (or private) internet connection and you can immediately make or receive calls. They can be powered over Ethernet (PoE).

Advantages of VoIP

For most businesses, replacing a traditional analog phone system using leased lines from the phone company can lead to savings of 50 percent or more. With VoIP, you get:

  • One flat-rate low monthly bill with unlimited long-distance and local calling
  • Connected offices
  • Limited up-front costs because there is no hardware or software required
  • ATA adapters can allow analog handsets to connect to VoIP
  • Advanced features like auto attendant, voicemail, caller ID, call forwarding, and conferencing
  • Managed systems using a cloud-based administrative portal means you do not require IT staff to implement or manage the system. Adding, changing, deleting, moving, or routing can be handled online with a simple click.

When it comes to VoIP, 8x8 provides a reliable and compliant cloud solution at a demanding level rarely seen by other cloud providers. Don't take your chances with a subpar cloud-based telecom system. Call 1-866-879-8647 or fill out an online form to request a no-obligation quote from an 8x8 product specialist.

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