BYOD, or bring your own device, is a service where providers allow users to configure any SIP based device for use with their service. This service is steadily becoming more and more popular amongst business telephony use as market studies have shown cost savings; however, with this comes increased risks for businesses. As a result many Business VoIP providers do not offer unrestricted BYOD service. This means that while the service is available, users will have to follow any restrictions providers put forth. For example, some providers limit/restrict the devices that users can use. Opposite this trend, however, are business VoIP providers that offer BYOD without restriction. This freedom of choice is ideal as users choose BYOD to fit their own needs; therefore, they want the ability to use the device of their choosing, as opposed to those predetermined.
Nextiva: This business VoIP provider offers plans categorized by the number of included lines and features. Additionally, they offer a restriction free BYOD service throughout their various plans with no additional costs.
RingCentral: RingCentral allows for BYOD through different methods. The provider offers phones, and lists applicable phones to use; however, they also allow iPhones, Androids, and Blackberrys to perform tasks such as display business caller ID when making calls, extension dialing, and fax messages from anywhere. While RingCentral offers restriction free BYOD service, the provider recommends users use their phones. RingCentral phones come service enabled and support ready (also with a warrantee); however, users using their own devices do not have access to the customer support.
BroadVoice: BYOD plans are available with the provider’s unlimited Business Plan. BroadVoice allows users to pick a phone number from one of 3,800 rate centers, have the selected device provisioned immediately, and service up and functioning quickly.
CallCentric: This provider offers plans for making and receiving calls separately; therefore, BYOD will be separate with each. Here, users have the freedom to use any softphone, SIP phone, or telephone adapter they choose, as long as it can support SIP.
Vonage Business Solutions (previously Vocalocity): Vocalocity’s BYOD service does not require any specific device(s). While they do have preferred devices, any SIP enabled phone can be used with their BYOD service at no additional cost.
Jive Communications: Jive’s BYOD service is also unrestricted in that users are free to choose any SIP enabled device. With BYOD and extensive features available through their Hosted solution, Jive offers an inclusive service.
Phonebooth: Staffed with a knowledgeable support team and back with quality tech, Phonebooth offers users quality BYOD service. The provider takes pride in its customer support, experienced staff, and service record; therefore, users should feel assured in seeking out this provider.
BYOD service is typically something provider’s do not like. As stated above, the service reduces user cost and increases risk; therefore, many providers do not advertise the service, despite offering it. Additionally, to minimize risk and still turn in profit, some providers fit their service with restrictions that limit user choices. The providers listed above do not have restrictions with their BYOD service. Instead, they offer users freedom in choosing the device that is best for them.