How much does a new phone system cost?
There is a lot of variety when it comes to phone systems. There are your traditional phone systems such as KSU phone systems and some PBX phone systems. Then there are VoIP phone systems which run over the internet and now cloud phone systems which are run through the cloud themselves.
Each of the different types of phone systems differ according to their functions and capabilities. More traditional phone systems rely on more old copper lines and are quite outdated in their capabilities whereas VoIP phone systems and the like are more up to date, are utilised through the internet with virtual phone lines and have a whole host of capabilities that may affect price in one way or another.
For simplicity’s sake it can be stated that phone systems consist of a system of phones working together, connected in a way to allow for various features to be used such as transferring calls, or call handling among a variety. A system of phones with extensions to desks have. various features that can aid in business processes, more specifically around communicating internally within the business/office environment as well as externally to customers for instance.
KSU Phone Systems a more basic phone system that utilises a central device called a key system which is evident in the name, that routes calls. This can be clunky and take up space as the Key System central control handles a lot of the routing. Limited to roughly 40 users it is more suitable to small business rather than large. Rather inflexible as you cannot move this system around as it is fixed in place the cost comes in the range of $300 to $1000 roughly.
As your business expands or if you have a larger business with more employees you may want to opt for a PBX system that like the KSU has advanced features able to built into it but provides more flexibility and adjustment of those features as well as not being fixed in place and can be moved from location to location if relocating, makes this system quite different to the KSU system.
Functioning without electricity due to its power supply, calls are routed through the PBX phone system efficiently because of its programmable switching device. The PBX is a box-like device that controls all calling functionality, providing everyone using the system with their own extension. As a standard the system comes usually with conference capabilities, call routing, specific recorded messages that can be tailored to the company and so on. This phone system will run you in the range of $800 to $1000, more expensive than the KSU with the increase in capability of this system and its suitability for larger businesses.
VoIP phone systems as aforementioned run through the internet with virtual phone lines. Some benefits of VoIP phone systems include lower cost of calls. This is due to the fact that with more traditional phone lines, you are limited by the number of lines which makes calls expensive. This is not a problem with VoIP as you do not need physical lines as you are transferring data packets over the internet. A VoIP phone system will cost you anywhere from $150 to $1000, the price is more scalable according to your needs, how much equipment you will need how many people are using the system.
Cloud Phone systems hosted by a third party along with the additional benefits of it being over the cloud, so costs of maintaining phone systems are reduced as well as time involved. Upgrades are also relatively irrelevant, and VoIP hacking which was a problem with VoIP is avoided with cloud phone systems due to a higher level of security incorporated in the system. It includes a host of Advanced features such as the ability to incorporate the system with your business CRM with automated logging, as well as its ease of use and ability to be easily configured by any of the employees in the business as opposed to having a dedicated IT Team. All of these features make it the most optimal pick in terms of quality and convenience and price wise it will cost you in the same $150 – $1000 ballpark as VoIP phone systems.
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