by Matt Peterson Wednesday, February 13th, 2013.
There are three main options for businesses in today’s fast-driven technology-paced world: traditional landlines, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or cellular phones. Which option is the best for companies? This article offers detailed advice and technology wisdom.
- Landlines – Years ago, this was the only option available to consumers. A local telephone company would set up an individual landline at a physical location. Unfortunately, landlines are expensive and more companies are finding they are already paying for much-needed Internet services, which allows them to maintain email, online order systems, video conferencing, etc.
- VoIP – VoIP for business allows companies to make normal calls over their current Internet connection. With the costs of telecommunication systems rising, more companies are switching and utilizing their existing Internet connections to send and receive voice data. One of the biggest advantages of this type of business phone service is the cost savings offered to companies, since it bundles a service into their existing Internet contract.
- Cell Phones – A universal communication tool, today’s Smartphones are so advanced, they offer the power of a small computer in the palm of one’s hand. Smartphones can do more than simply make and receive cellular phone calls, they can receive email, send and receive texts, maintain client contact, offer videoconferencing services and much more. The downside of cellular phones is the expensive data plans, costing an average of $80 to $120 per month per user. This can easily add up and cost companies several arms and legs, figuratively speaking, in monthly expenses. However, since the Internet has opened a new world of communication channels, cable Internet connections and cell phones have revolutionized the way companies conduct daily business operations.
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