In comparison to sticking with a phone company, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) prices are a true godsend in business budgets. That doesn’t mean that you still won’t have a few charges. Take a look at what you generally have to pay for this perpetually growing telecommunications system, and find out how your business can save even more money. You can especially save if you’re currently moving into a new office and installing a VoIP system for the first time.
A reputable hosted VoIP company should provide free installation, even though technicians have to check to see how fast your Internet connection speeds are. Most companies won’t charge, plus providing minimal upfront fees. And they’ll also provide the necessary routers around the office.
When it comes to adding additional equipment, it’s important to note that extra charges are going to be necessary. An extra port generally runs around $20 on average. Monthly fees are sometimes included for an additional fax extension and an extra phone number. These may not be needed depending on your business structure.
Consider the Cost of Training
Some companies may need training to learn how to use a VoIP system, particularly if used for more complex purposes. Most VoIP systems are simple to operate, though initial learning may perhaps cause confusion if employees haven’t used it before. The good news is that more (however, not all) VoIP companies are starting to provide free training for businesses to avoid being blamed for sticking on a hidden training charge.
In most cases, you’ll pay a flat rate every month for every phone feature. With prices generally ranging from $30 to $40 for a professional company with 11 to 20 people, your cost savings are nearly cut in half from what you’d pay through an analog phone service. Eventually, you may need to upgrade with more phones. You can usually buy those directly from the VoIP company or by leasing the phones from them.
The Advantage of Moving into a New Office
A new office space has the advantage of being able to configure your VoIP installation without need of routers or other equipment in an overhaul of your old phone system. That’s an immediate savings, plus not having to worry about taking the extra time to dispose of your old phones.
Your savings are going to be very noticeable in the long run, plus you’ll get all the features you had on your old phone system without added cost. It’s worth the time jumping onto the VoIP train right now, because you don’t want to be left behind when it becomes the standard telecommunications system for businesses before the end of the decade.