1. Instantly Save Money with Business VoIP
Making the switch to business VoIP provider can immediately lower your operating costs by simply moving away from traditional “ma-bell” telecommunication carriers that only offer analog lines at high monthly fixed cost. Business VoIP has lower monthly costs because the service comes through the internet versus dedicated telephone lines. VoIP is not limited to the number of telephone lines that a company has.
For example, a company with 10 business lines has a maximum of 10 concurrent phone calls. What would happen to the 11th call? Not only that, what if the company only uses 1 business line for the majority of the month? Now you are paying a fixed cost for something that you may or may not use.
The only limitation is the internet bandwidth which is getting faster every year, the global download and upload speeds are 21.6Mbps and 9.9Mbps respectively. Check out my internet speed as of July 2016:
2. Lower Long Distance Costs
Calls within North America are considered local with VoIP. Whether you are calling Toronto, San Fransisco, or New York City, all calls are treated local, hence, no charge.
International calling with VoIP is much more competitive simply because the internet is the predominately the backbone, allowing for diverse routes to every part of the world. Thus, the lower costs that the VoIP providers see benefit the end users.
3. Lower Mobile Usage
If you have a virtual workforce, you may incur variable costs from fixed monthly costs, roaming costs, and usage costs. Along with mobile phones, there may other tools and services that may be used for conference calling and travel costs.
Business VoIP solutions have the ability to use existing equipment using the internet. Connecting to the office using their laptop, smartphone, and home phone.
4. HD Voice Quality
Older telephone networks work very much like a string and two cans, or a microphone and a speaker – the sound wave (vibrations) are transmitted along a line, reproduced, and amplified until it reaches the other person on the other end. The process is great but not perfect.
With HD voice quality has a larger range that is closer to what the human can hear, resulting with a much clearer conversation. HD voice makes it easier to differentiate between callers on conference calls, make vocal intonation clearer, and cuts down signification on ear strain.
5. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
As mentioned in my article, “Is your phone system BYOD ready“, it is clear with the amount of mobile workers which accounts for over 75% of the U.S. workforce and about 3 million people in the U.S. telecommute, it makes sense to have the ability for employees to use their own devices. Not only are you cutting costs, but you are increasing flexibility and productivity of your workforce.
6. Simple Network Infrastructure
No more questions like:
- Where is your networking switch?
- Where does your internet come in?
- What type of cabling do you have – CAT3 or CAT5e?
- Where is your phone room/equipment?
- Where does your phone lines come in?
These are typical questions that professional telecom professionals will ask. And guess what, more often than not, this becomes a game of “who knows these answers”. Why is so difficult?
With VoIP, the network becomes one – the IP network. Having one network simplifies the solution and
7. Web-based System Administration & Management
You can use and manage your system from anywhere. Unlike traditional telephone systems that can only be configured and maintained by software on-site. Typically, business VoIP providers are a cloud-based platform that requires nothing but a web browser and an Internet connection to manage. Changes are made in real-time and you can twat tweak the system to fit your unique needs.
8. Lower TCO and Operating Costs
Moving away from traditional PBX phone systems to the cloud lowers your Total Cost of Ownership and ongoing operating costs by as much as 40% to 60%. With Slingshot Office VoIP and Virtual PBX Plans, those savings increase through the use of new technologies like VoIP and BYOD. Not to mention the cost savings of adding a telecommuting option to the organization with a range of flexible billing options. In addition, substantial savings can be achieved with the telecommuting option. Slingshot provides for flexible billing options.
9. No Maintenance Costs
Traditional telephone systems and solutions are quickly becoming obsolete due to the costs of maintenance and upkeep. For any business, having to upgrade and support the system could add significant overhead to their operating costs especially for those companies that do not have the technical skills or time to support it themselves hiring with the need to hire expensive certified telecom technicians to do so.
By moving their phone system to the cloud services, stakeholders will not have to worry about upgrading either their hardware or software constantly. The maintenance and upgrade will be taken care of by the dedicated technical teams of the cloud service providers.
10. A Business Continuity Plan
For companies that keep their important systems and data on site, they could lose all valuable information about their business when disaster strikes. For example, what would happen if there were a fire or flood in the office could result in the loss of systems and data ? All systems and data will be lost and with a telephone system, that means there will be no calls being answered at that time.
Using a cloud-based communications provider, your system and data will be backed up on the cloud automatically. The server and database could be located 1,000 miles from the business. So, even if there is a fire or a flood at the physical location, the data will remain intact, and most importantly, the calls will always be answered.
Moreover, Cloud-based communication service providers back up their own system and data saving all important files automatically. This redundancy allows businesses to continue with their business with minimal interruptions so that you can concentrate on your business only.
11. Quality & Reliability
Cloud-based VoIP providers have a focus on a highly redundant, resilient voice communications network that guarantees a service level of five 9′s (99.999%). Typical providers have multiple points of presence (POP’s) and data centers across US and Canada to ensure the service will always be online.
12 (BONUS). More Features
Business VoIP is a full-featured pbx that offers all the standard features that most companies need. Along with standard functionality, new features like multiple VoIP endpoints, call announce, call blocking, unlimited usages, and more are readily available if the need is there.
As companies migrate their business operations to the cloud, more features will be released. The world is changing along with the work place – with that, there is no reason you should be stuck with an old telephone system.
Convinced? Why don’t you find out ‘when’ you should switch to business VoIP now.