When investing in a phone system replacement, edcuational institutiones have two
main options: an on-premise PBX or a hosted VoIP serv ices. To decide on the best
technology and vendor, the school district’s IT decision makers have to consider several factors, including feature requirements and maintenance, to reliability, and budgetary constraints.
In this paper, we investigate the commonly cited needs of educational institutions and explore how hosted voice over IP both meets and exceeds these specifications— particularly with SIP phone interoperability; no equipment or software required; no contracts or commitments; free SIP-SIP calling across school locations; mobile VoIP; and a free, technologically-advanced unified communications interface— all while keeping costs low.