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Together at Last

In the near future, phones and computers may be inseparable. What will it mean for your business?

This story appears in the June 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Maybe you've heard: computers will be making more phone calls in the future, and phones will be doing a lot more computer stuff. For a glimpse of what that can mean, check out the new SIP-compatible phone systems from companies like Alcatel, Avaya, Interactive Intelligence, Nortel Networks and Pingtel.

SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) is a developing standard for how computers make phone calls over the Internet and how phones can use computer applications. It's the glue that binds these independent technologies, facilitating new kinds of interactions.

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