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Internet (VoIP) phones

ENERGY STAR® certified VoIP phones (also known as “Internet phones”) use up to 40% less energy than a standard VoIP phone and can power down at night.

There are two big differences between VoIP phones and traditional phones. The first is that a VoIP phone will work no matter where you are. As long as you have internet, you’ll be able to make and receive calls without being tied to one place. The second difference is that you can make calls without a phone by calling through an app on your computer.

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There are many benefits of using VoIP that can help streamline your business, including:

  • Seamless set up on existing internet connections
  • Easy scaling
  • Virtual phone numbers that follow you and your employees
  • The technology supports older technology
  • Wide availability and economical implementation
  • Simple integration with other software applications
  • Range of device options

Types of ENERGY STAR certified VoIP phones:

  • Hardware or desktop corded telephone – hardware VoIP phones look like conventional phones with a handset. They connect to the network using their own Ethernet connection and do not need a computer to function.
  • Wireless – consists of a handset, cradle and battery with built in Wi-Fi that allow units to connect to a wireless network in home or office. They have a longer range than traditional cordless phones, but less than cellular phones as they rely on wireless routers or access points to make calls.
  • Conference – a VoIP without a handset that uses a speakerphone for all communications and is mainly used for conference calls.

Key features

  • Energy saving mode allows the phone to power down and enter into ‘off’ mode at designated times or during periods of inactivity to save you even more on your utility bills!
  • Have a wide variety of features, including: a keypad for dialing, an LCD display screen, multiple programmable feature keys, ports for network and/or computer connections, multiple language support, built-in headset jack, personalised ring tones, and data encryption.


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All ENERGY STAR certified products are tested to meet strict efficiency specifications and are certified by an independent third party. They perform the same as or better than standard products without compromising performance in any way.

Start your research using the ENERGY STAR Product Finder tool to find and compare certified phones (You will be redirected to the U.S. ENERGY STAR website. Click ‘VoIP’ under ‘Product Type’ when searching).

Helpful tips:

  • Make sure your service provider is compatible with your phone system.
  • Do you need a data switch port? If your computer and VoIP phone need to share a single Ethernet connection, then you will need duel RJ45 Ethernet ports.
  • Decide what features and functions you need in your phone before buying.
  • If you will be using “Power over Ethernet” you will need a VoIP phone that supports that technology.

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