Do you know how easy it is to have a local company presence in other cities? You might think that this is an expensive proposition. Well, it used to be, or it still may be if you don’t know about SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) numbers and SIP trunks.

If your company services cities beyond the local telephone area code of your headquarters, you may want your customers there to feel like they are working with a local company. Establishing local presence is one way to do this without opening satellite offices in each city.

The old way to create a local presence in other cities was to lease a Remote Call Forward telephone line from a service provider. This is a special type of line that is forwarded to a number at your corporate office. The costs of a Remote Call Forward number can be $15.00 per month plus long distance charges per minute. Also, if you want the capability of having more than one call forwarded at a time you would have to pay for additional call forwarding paths. This can get quite expensive, especially if you want to have a local presence in multiple cities.

An Economical Solution

The answer is SIP trunks or SIP lines. With the right SIP service provider you can have a local number for any city in the United States. If you want this number published in the local phonebook, it can cost as little as $5.00 per month, and you can have unlimited call paths across the number with no additional monthly costs and no long distance charges!

I recently employed this SIP solution for a disaster restoration company that had 15-20 Remote Call Forward lines in multiple cities. They were paying over $400.00 per month. With SIP trunks they were able to reduce this to just $50.00 per month! This saved them enough money that it cost-justified a new VoIP phone system, plus it gave them other capabilities that they didn’t have before such as telecom redundancy.

To find out more about how to reduce the cost of establishing local presence for your business, contact TelWare at 1-800-637-3148 or

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