Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is an Internet Protocol used to initiate or terminate live communication sessions including anything from instant messages to phone and video calls to interactive multimedia conferences. Over the last few years V1 VoIP sees SIP becoming one of the most popular signaling protocols of choice.
A SIP address is a lot like an email address in that it also serves as a locator of the user. SIP addresses even look similar to email addresses. Like email addresses, they are comprised of two parts: a username, and a domain. For example, if your name was Tom, you might have the following identical SIP and email addresses:
SIP communication would be routed to Tom at his SIP address sip:email@example.com as email would be sent to Tom at his Email address mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your SIP address allows you to participate in SIP based communication over the Internet. SIP can be used to initiate a variety of communication formats ranging from a phone call to collaborative conferences over existing Internet connections without the need of traditional telephone services.
What makes SIP even more powerful is that it is personal like an email address. While a telephone number is registered to a specific device, a SIP address follows the person it belongs to. This gives SIP users access to new features that standard landline telephone services simply do not offer. With the increasing prevalence of Internet telephony in the corporate and consumer markets comes the gradual migration from the use of telephone numbers to the use of SIP addresses.
The easiest way to obtain a SIP address is by creating an account with an online service. Like creating an email account with Google or Yahoo, you will be provided with an address (i.e. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). However, your SIP service provider may allow you to create SIP addresses within your own domain as well (i.e. email@example.com). As a SIP providers, we at V1 VoIP allow customers to use the registered domain name of their companies to create SIP addresses free of charge.
People using standard telephones can reach you on your SIP address, all you need is a regular telephone number which forwards to your address. If you want to call people who are using regular telephones, your SIP service needs the ability to call out to regular telephone numbers, and V1 VoIP can provide you with one or both of these services.
Want a SIP address? Contact V1 VoIP to obtain your SIP address today!