Not only does FreePBX provide one of the most feature-rich PBX in the market, with a price that can’t be beaten, it has also been the key for thousands of businesses to escape the lock that traditional telephony providers have had on them for so many decades.
With SIP phone service so readily available, it has led to hundreds of SIP VoIP telephony providers and with that, a lot of confusion as to what providers to use and who is going to provide reasonable service and be ready to support a FreePBX/Asterisk based platform, or who is even going to continue to be around as many have gone out of business. Having worked with hundreds of customer systems, I can tell you that the reliability and technical knowledge amongst these providers vary across the board and choosing who to use or trusting what they are telling you when things go wrong can be a daunting task for the customer base.
With the affiliation of Bandwidth.com as the primary corporate sponsor of FreePBX, Sangoma decided to help their customer base by developing a service that would be mutually beneficial to FreePBX users looking for reliable SIP trunking services and for the FreePBX project to gain a revenue stream to further support its development efforts. Bandwidth.comhas one of the best VoIP infrastructures in the US market with a nationwide network and multiple points of redundancy across the country. They are also a strong and financially healthy company, with three INC 500 awards from 2005-2008, one of only nine companies to win the award three years running. Of those nine privately held companies, Bandwidth.com was the 4th fastest growing overall and the only Telecom firm on the list.
Although Bandwidth.com has been supplying one of the best SIP trunking services in the industry, they have not offered their service using instant online activation nor is it available to systems that do not have static IP addresses. In order to address this, we have created a new FreePBX branded SIP Trunking service delivered on Bandwidth.com’s network with the goal of seamless interoperability with FreePBX and available for quick and easy activation so you can be up and running in minutes. Our initial offerings will target the commonly requested Unlimited 2-Way SIP Trunk service complete with one or multiple DIDs on an account and E911 enabled service across the US.
Although the service will not be free in the same way that FreePBX is, they are striving to create an excellent service at a reasonable price and will evolve the capabilities as new customers come online and provide feedback for what they are looking for. One example of “reasonable” is the cost of DIDs (inbound phone numbers). Many other providers are serving SOHO and small SMB businesses charge $5-$15 per additional DID per month! FreePBX will price our DIDs for only $1 each per month.