Buying a New Business Phone System

Written by Jason Morris

Buying a new business phone system is one ofrepparttar most important purchases any business will ever make. The selection of a phone system can either bring a business closer to its customers and clients or, cause confusion and chaos amongst all that use or interact with it.

It is therefore essential that you chooserepparttar 147270 right phone system for your business needs. The telephone is quite oftenrepparttar 147271 fastest and easiest way to reach customers and clients. It should also berepparttar 147272 fastest and easiest way for them to reach you. It should be flexible enough to be able to cover all of your company’s needs and handle all calls appropriately. The last thing any business wants is for its important business callers and customers to be routed incorrectly, disconnected, or faced with a long list of confusing automated options.

There are lots of factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing a new business telephone system. Below are a few ofrepparttar 147273 main ones:

1. You need enough capacity to fulfil your current business needs.

2. Assess your potential future growth and select a compatible phone system accordingly.

3. Ensure compatibility with any equipment you already own (headsets, handsets, conferencing equipment, cabling etc).

4. What features does your business phone system need to incorporate?

Fulfilling allrepparttar 147274 factors above and any more you can think of can be an expensive challenge for any business. The aim of this guide is to help you understand what decisions you need to make in order to chooserepparttar 147275 right phone system for your business.

Types of business phone system

There are three major types of phone system available: KSU-Less phones, Key systems and Private Branch Exchange (PBX) systems. Which type of phone system you choose will depend onrepparttar 147276 amount of extensions you require andrepparttar 147277 features your telephone system needs to have installed.

KSU-Less systems

KSU-Less systems are usually more suited to companies that typically have less than ten employees, or require less than ten extensions. That isn’t to say that all companies requiring less than ten phone extensions can make do with a KSU-Less system. It may be that you require more features which are only available through either a PBX or Key phone system.

Requiring a far lower initial investment thanrepparttar 147278 other types of business phone systems, KSU-Less phones are specifically designed to include many ofrepparttar 147279 features usually only available throughrepparttar 147280 implementation of a full small business phone system.

KSU-Less systems can be easily unplugged and relocated, because they are not permanently wired into your office. This portability allows you to treat a KSU-Less phone system, muchrepparttar 147281 same as any business machine, rather than a lost permanent investment.

You will need to ensure that any KSU-Less system you choose is compatible not only withrepparttar 147282 type of wiring you have in your office, but also with any accessories you may already have, such as: headsets, answering & fax machines and modems. Because KSU-Less phone systems are relatively inexpensive, they are not usually sold, installed, or maintained by telecoms vendors.

All of this means, you have to go out there and do not onlyrepparttar 147283 shopping yourself but, alsorepparttar 147284 installation and support. This is one ofrepparttar 147285 two major drawbacks of KSU-Less systems. The last thing any business needs is to be concerned withrepparttar 147286 reliability and maintenance of its phone system. Another drawback of KSU-Less systems is that they are more prone to something known as “crosstalk”. This is where separate conversations may blend into each other. With PBX, Key systems and Hybrid systems falling in price, it sometimes makes more sense to invest in a full business phone system, rather than become susceptible torepparttar 147287 risks of a KSU-Less system.

Private Branch Exchange (PBX) systems

If your business typically requires more than forty extensions, or your needs dictate you need advanced functions from your business phone system, then PBX systems are oftenrepparttar 147288 solution. PBX systems used to be extremely expensive and only affordable by huge corporations with hundreds of extensions. Though this is stillrepparttar 147289 case for larger installations,repparttar 147290 development ofrepparttar 147291 technology required has progressed torepparttar 147292 point where a powerful, fully functional PBX office phone system for a small business is able to fit onrepparttar 147293 top of a desk.

Nearly all these compact PBX phone systems come with allrepparttar 147294 features you might want as standard. You pay a premium forrepparttar 147295 programmability and flexibility that a PBX offers, but in most casesrepparttar 147296 price difference is not as much as you may imagine between that of a less flexible phone system.

Key Systems

Key phone systems are more typical in businesses that require five to forty extensions. This type of phone system uses a central control unit calledrepparttar 147297 Key System Unit (KSU) to provide features and functions that are not available using ordinary phones. An example of this is: key systems using a KSU allow one extension to call another in house extension, and prevents any other users from picking up a line that is already in use. Key systems usually come as standard with most features any business would expect, but in some cases they are often less flexible than a PBX phone system.

PBX & Key Systems (hybrids)

Though Key and PBX systems have some different technical features, these differences have become somewhat blurred overrepparttar 147298 past couple of years. Many Key systems now offer features that were once only available to those who chose to install a full PBX phone system. Some systems also operate internally as either a PBX or Key system depending onrepparttar 147299 software installed. Sometime these systems are often referred to as “Hybrid” phone systems.

Installation & maintenance of PBX and Key phone systems

PBX and Key phone systems require installation by fully trained and qualified telecoms engineers. All outside and inside lines must connect torepparttar 147300 PBX or KSU cabinet. The installation and maintenance of one of these types of phone system can be just as expensive asrepparttar 147301 phone system itself. In many cases you may be able to userepparttar 147302 existing phone lines available in your office, but unlessrepparttar 147303 phones you have been using are relatively new, they may not be compatible with your new system, requiring you to purchase new handsets as well asrepparttar 147304 system itself.

Cheap Long Distance for College Students

Written by Troy Sapp

As a parent, watching your child go off to college may be exciting and yet scary! Your new college student may also be happy to go off to school, but atrepparttar same time feel anxious to be leaving his family behind forrepparttar 147022 first time in his life.

One ofrepparttar 147023 problems with living on campus is that students usually do not have a choice between long distance carriers. Most college dorms will not allow your child to pick a Cheap Long Distance plan or any phone plan for that matter. But we do have some solutions for you that will allow you to get a cheap long distance so you can talk with your child as frequently as you like without fear of an expensive phone bill arriving atrepparttar 147024 end ofrepparttar 147025 month!

Below you will find solutions for your long distance options that will save you money while also allowing you to talk to your child frequently without worry of a huge phone bill!

Phone Cards

Purchasing a calling card is a good choice for long distance and it offers a couple options as well. The two types of calling cards are – prepaid and postpaid. From parents point of view, prepaid is probably your best option. You can send your child a phone card with allotted time paid for in advance. That way you pay this fee only, shouldrepparttar 147026 card run out of minutes it won’t work again until you recharge it or buy another depending onrepparttar 147027 phone card you choose.

A postpaid card means you are billed on a monthly basis for all ofrepparttar 147028 calls you made. As you can see, this may end up a problem atrepparttar 147029 end ofrepparttar 147030 month when you get a larger bill then expected! To use a postpaid calling card you will be billed monthly through your debit card or credit card that you set up your account using.

Cellular Phone Plans

Cellular phones come in second to calling cards for convenience and allowing you to stay on budget! In this day and age there are many different phone companies and Cheap Long Distance plans to choose from. With most cellular phone companies you can pick a service plan that has unlimited minutes and some even have a small extra fee should you go over your plan minutes that month.

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