Conferencing and Hosted-VoIP Service
There are many facets to your business.... particularly communications and telecommunications. Every business has phones whether they are SIP Phones, traditional phones and/or cell phones. Some businesses have all three.
Let's focus on audio conferencing. The first thing is that audio conferencing is a perfect fit with Hosted-VoIP Service. Everything operationally works pretty much the same as you are used to using with traditional phone service.
Phone (including SIP Phone) manufacturers make conference phones specifically to work with Hosted-VoIP. Mitel and Polycom are two of the leading manufacturers. They have different models depending on your needs. You may have heard of the Mitel Mi-Voice conference phone or the Polycom IP5000, IP6000, IP7000, etc.
The first thing you need to know when selecting a Mitel or Polycom conference phone is the size of the room. Let me give you an example. Le's say your conference room is 10 feet by 12 feet. You can choose the least expensive conference phone and things will work just fine. What if your conference room is 18 feet by 30 feet. You will need a more expensive conference phone and may even need pick-up mic's.
Another thing you need to be aware of is that there is a big difference in price between a typical SIP phone and a SIP Conference phone. The SIP conference phone could cost you about 2 to 3 to 4 times the cost of a typical SIP phone. However, if you have conference calls with multiple people particpating, there is nothing better.
In closing, I suggest you speak with a telecommunications professional (like ConnectMe). Have them analyze the situation and make the recommendation that is right for your business.