Reducing business costs is a primary concern of any small business owner.
One key area where this can be accomplished is in reviewing your business phone service bill and exploring potential areas for savings. In this article we will briefly examine the following categories: transitioning from fax machines to scanning and emailing; bundling internet and phone plans; using packages that include free long distance charges; moving from traditional lines to SIP channels; dropping extra, unnecessary features, and looking at lower cost alternatives to cell phones. Contact us if you are looking for help with alternatives to your current business phone system.
1. Transition from Fax to Scan & Email and Cancel Your Fax Lines
Most documents that were formerly faxed can be safely scanned and transmitted by email. If you have documents that simply must be faxed then consider switching to one of the fax options listed here. Then do away with the fax machine and all its associated costs!
2. Bundle Your Phone And Internet Services
Considerable savings can be achieved by bundling phone and internet services, often in the 10% range or more. Using VOIP can allow you to eliminate traditional phone lines altogether and use only your internet provider.
3. Get Packages That Include Free North American Wide Long Distance
The act of moving from traditional phone lines to voice networks will allow you to route calls over the internet and take advantage of the considerable long distance savings available. Using IP networks to transfer calls is much less expensive than traditional phone networks.
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4. Move From Traditional Lines to Lower Cost SIP Channels
In the good old days of Alexander Graham Bell, there were physical trunk lines that you could see. These days, virtual trunk lines use virtual channels to transfer your calls, removing the need for an expensive dedicated voice circuit (PRI). When you move from traditional phone lines to SIP channels, the savings are considerable.
5. Drop Extra Cost Features
Do you really need extra features like call waiting, caller ID or call forwarding?
Why not use a VOIP network where you can take advantage of all the traditional extra cost features and others that may not even be available on your existing landline? Your people can do more, easily and cost-effectively, by using voice network system calling features that save time, stress and money.
6. Look at Lower Cost Alternatives To Cell Phones
Do a phone usage audit. Is it necessary for your employees to be making expensive cell phone calls between each other? Explore and implement methods where calls between employees and customers can be made less expensively. Options would include Skype, and making wireless calls using wifi, such as Avaya communicator.
Why Choose Packetworks?
For decades, Packetworks has provided business communications technology including internet and networking services technology. Choose wisely, allow the professionals to handle your networking project and be confident that your project will be handled quickly and efficiently. If you are exploring ways to save on your business phone bill, then click here to contact us today.
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