As integral as they are, phone systems can be costly. It is important to survey
several telephone system vendors before making a final decision. Phone systems
help businesses make money, but businesses do not want to pay astronomical amounts
for the phone system itself. Here are some tips for saving on business phone
Phone System Tip Number 1 - Light User
When users do not use a cellular phone often, they should shop for a low flat
rate. Conversely, a person that uses the phone regularly should expect to
pay more. Most plans allow a user to cap the number of minutes that are used
month. This way, users can avoid shocking overages on the monthly bill.
Phone System Tip Number 2 - Quick Calls
Some calls are billed in two-minute increments. This means a 121-second call
costs twice as much as a 120-second call. If the calls are mostly short,
a phone service provider with a lower rate and high billing increment could
end up charging a lot more than one with a higher rate but a six-second billing
Phone System Tip Number 3 - Long Calls
Long-distance calls can be expensive as well. Some phone
system providers offer
clients a volume discount. This can work well if they call long-distance
regularly. However, the first minutes may be expensive. For businesses that
dont regularly use enough minutes to qualify for a rate discount, such a
plan could be costly.
Phone System Tip Number 4 - Analyze Bills
It is a must for companies to have their bills itemized. This way, managers
can determine what departments spend a lot of time on the phone, or can research
which employees spend excessive time on the phone. Executives can modify
individual and company behavior if needed.
Phone System Tip Number 5 - Keep it Simple
Phones come equipped with cameras, keypads, special rings, accessories and
so on. Keep the price of your phone simple by declining unneeded accessories.
system providers can allow you to block access to extras
redial and three-way calling that can drive up costs.
Business Phone Tip Number 6 andNumber 8211; Avoid Long-term Contracts
Some phone system providers
like to lock their clients into the longest agreements they can. Avoid these
as they can put you in an unfavorable position if the
going rates for phone service improve. Standard contract duration is one
year. And some providers allow you to adjust to a more competitive rate if
you get a better offer. You can then avoid the hassle of changing phone service
to get a better deal.
Business Phone Tip Number 7 - Choose Wisely
Many business phone systems exist. This means there are plenty of service providers
vying for business. Take time when deciding on a vendor. Survey three to
five vendors. See what they have to offer and how they fare can against the
competition. These tips can ensure the best choice is made.
St. Louis Business Journal