Benjamin J Grunwald. Business Phone System. March 08th , 2018.
Another consideration with business phone systems is the number of phone lines coming in. Smaller systems typically have single lines that come in to a trunk group. This trunk group would allow one call per line and depending on the number of calls you anticipate processing each day, you would be limited to the number of single lines coming in to the phone system. Ask your vendor about the ability of the business phone system to interface with T-1 circuits. T-1 circuits are more expensive than an individual single-line, however they can accommodate up to 23 calls at the same time. If the phone system purchased cannot accommodate T-1 s, then you are limited to multiple single lines. Depending on the number of single lines needed, the cost of individual lines could be more than one T-1.
Virtual Attendant - A virtual PBX supplies a dedicated virtual attendant which provides peace of mind and reassurance to clients and customers knowing that they can be connected to the people they need to reach. Clients in different time zones and business hours feel more confident about getting the service and support they need with a dedicated virtual assistant that can securely and instantly record messages. No call is ever lost due to human error or voice mail overflows. Clients expect better communication knowing that a dedicated virtual assistant is there to take their call, instead of dealing with confusing layers of options and circular routing. With a virtual PBX, clients are directed to whom they need to speak with and the channels of communication are clearer and more accurate.
This business phone system should normally not be purchased from those vendors who have a background in data networking as they may sell "VoIP only" system. Such a purchase may increase costs unnecessarily when a hybrid / traditional VoIP system may be found to be more suitable.
When speaking about scalability, it s important to estimate how many extensions you re going to need in the future. This is particularly important for smaller businesses where the owner might be tempted to buy a smaller system with a limited number of users. If the particular system purchased can only accommodate up to 20 users, clearly it won t be able to handle any reasonable business expansion. To gain true value, always add an extra number of extensions to accommodate this future growth. Even if you decide not to purchase licensing for extra extensions, you must ensure that the system can be upgraded in the future.
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