So, you’re thinking about a new phone system for your growing business, but you don’t know where to start? And you’ve read about PBX in the cloud…what the heck is that? I know, it sounds a little too _pie in the sky_ to be reliable. And what does this mystery phone system cost? Well, you can rest easy. Let’s take a look at PBX and break it down into bite-sized pieces — dollar for dollar.
Before Cloud PBX, the best option was the traditional PBX phone system that requires on-site hardware.
These older on-premise systems are still around, but are mostly used by large companies with hundreds of users and big budgets. The initial cost of hardware and installation alone can cost thousands of dollars, depending on the number of employees you have. Then there are costs for telephone lines, user hardware, maintenance fees and toll free service charges that can add thousands more – ouch. Another thing to consider is the problem these land-based systems have when you’re ready to expand. The last thing you want to hear is, “Sorry, your system’s capacity is maxed out…time to buy a bigger version”. There goes your communications budget for that year!
Now let’s go to the Cloud (just a fancy word for the Internet) — where there’s no hardware to deal with and no expensive maintenance contracts.
If you have an internet connection, you can install a Cloud PBX phone system. And you’re going to love the cost of getting started. How about zero? Well, almost zero. You’ll need a VoIP phone for each employee, but those are very affordable depending on the features you’re looking for. And if you don’t want to buy them, you can lease them for a nominal monthly fee.
There are dozens of Cloud PBX service providers and their fee packages tend to be similar. The important thing here is to find a reputable company that’s been around for a while and has a good track record. Your PBX provider will offer several payment plans. The monthly fee will depend on the number of employees — the more employees, the bigger the discount. Some providers even offer a free 30-day trial period. More perks for taking your phone system to the Cloud:
- Most providers don’t charge a set up fee • You can keep your existing business phone number at no charge
- Cancel at any time without paying a penalty (or commit to one or two years and get a discount)
Thinking of taking your business global? The Cloud can do that.
Unlike the hardware-in-the-house PBX systems, virtual PBX providers can connect your team members from anywhere in the world…from a single business phone system in the Cloud. International toll free numbers are also available. All things considered, Cloud PBX is easy on the wallet and will allow you to grow your phone system as you grow your business — and without much fanfare or additional cost. Maybe it’s time to put your money where the Cloud is…