Does your business still run on traditional based phone systems? Traditional based phone systems are analog communication networks and switch boards that are setup not much different than the design Alexander Graham Bell had in mind when he created the very first telephone for dinosaurs to use during the Jurassic Period (excuse our artistic license with history). Traditional based phone systems have an established history, are reliable, and accomplish the task you need of them. You might feel like your traditional based phone systems get the job done, why would you ever need to change it up?
While this is true, we’re about to blow your mind with the concept of advanced hosted telephone technologies. Instead of your phone switch board being hosted on-site with one line per phone you have, cloud based business phone systems are hosted online, and offer a huge ton of benefits. If you’re on the fence about hosted VOIP systems, after you read our list of benefits, you’ll be eager to set up a business phone system consultation for your business:
- Save yourself a ton of cash.
The thing about traditional based phone systems is that they are expensive to setup, expensive to maintain, and expensive to use. You pay for every minute that anyone is talking on the phone. You pay for every line you have. You pay to relocate a phone line. God forbid you have an international call; you’ll definitely have to pay out the nose for that. You pay. You pay. You pay.
Meanwhile, with VoIP systems, all of these little incidentals are going to be included in the bill you pay for your VoIP system. This could (and will) save you hundreds of dollars in setup, maintenance, and operations. The only other expense you’ll be subject to is the cost of your internet which carries your VoIP system. But then, if our modern age, you definitely will be paying for internet either way. Depending on what you currently pay for your phone system, you’ll save about 40% on local calls, and a massive 90% on the bill you pay for international calls. That’s right. Can anyone say CA-CHING!
- VoIP systems offer flexibility that traditional based phone systems just aren’t capable of.
If you were alive in the 90s, you’ve probably used conference calling, where you’d get the operator to merge a call with two other friends together. This was expensive and a hassle, and offered terrible quality. It was very inefficient to use for business purposes.
When you use a VoIP system, setting up a call with multiple people is as simple as clicking a button or two. No matter where in the world the other participants are, the sound quality is superb. Not to mention adding in multi-media tools such as video and screen-sharing are often included features. The flexibility offered with VoIP systems is incomparable to what you’re used to now.
- VoIP systems have very low startup costs.
One of the greatest costs that that startup company has to deal with is for infrastructure hardware. The cost of a phone switchboard and all of the hardware and software to setup your traditional based phone systems is high on the list of pricey expenditures. When you go with a VoIP system instead, those costs are the price of the computer and internet connection (which you’re paying for anyways), and a headset. This is peanuts in the grand scheme when you compare it to the cost of traditional based phone systems.
The cost of the software needed to run your VoIP system is also far less than acquiring the infrastructure to house traditional based phone systems in-house, and the ongoing bill is less also. In fact, the software can usually be downloaded from the internet; it literally takes the same level of effort to setup a VoIP system as it takes to order a pizza online! But fewer calories.
- VoIP systems offer an array of interesting features.
We touched on this above, but your VoIP system is about as versatile as a Swiss army knife. For example, if your entire company moved to a new building, or just played musical chairs and rearranged desks, the moment they plugged their phone into their new desk, their phone line would follow them. Easy peasy.