Choosing the most suitable VoIP service provider VoIP phone system or Internet-based telephony is becoming hugely popular among business circles because of the tremendous saving in costs and the host of useful features that VoIP provides to enhance the effectiveness of business communications. However, there are some fundamental issues you need to look into when selecting the VoIP phone service provider best suited for your business communication needs. The simple fact is you can ill-afford to take chances with regard to your business communication. Without a dependable VoIP service provider, you can get into serious problems resulting in breakdown of communications with your customers, business associates, branch offices and field staff.
Apart from the reliability of the service provider, there are other issues as well. There is no doubt that VoIP is cost-effective and can provide numerous features not ordinarily found in traditional phone services that are immensely helpful for your business needs. But many business owners do find the host of VoIP features rather confusing and not readily able to decide on the type of VoIP features their business will optimally need. If the nature of your business is such that it heavily and critically depends on voice communication, then it may be even worthwhile to consult a professional and obtain expert advice. The VoIP offers a host of features and your business may not need them all and it will be pointless overbuying. The professional can help you understand your exact needs and instruct the VoIP service provider accordingly and you can pay only for what you need. There are numerous VoIP service providers and due to fierce competition, they vie with one another in offering attractive terms to grab your business. But remember not to
make a decision based on the rates alone. Even if the rates are marginally more, it is necessary to choose the right VoIP service provider who is reputed, reliable and is sensitive to your business communication needs. When searching for a suitable VoIP service provider, bear in mind the following: • Ascertain if you can include your existing business phones in the new VoIP system without any additional expenses. • Find out the feasibility of upgrading your VoIP network system without buying any additional equipment when the need to upgrade arises. • Check whether the rates the service provider charges for all local, long distance and overseas calls are reasonable and in keeping with market norms. • Find out what the standard features are and what are the optional extra feature and the cost for the same. • See if your VoIP provider is able to give you all the standard features plus free long distance calls, e-mail, fax, Web conferencing and even videophone for no extra cost. That would be a great deal. • Please remember that long distance calls should be free or nearly free on your VoIP phone systems as VoIP uses the Internet to send your voice messaging. • Check whether you can avail VoIP service wherever you go provided there is an Internet connection. • The sound quality of VoIP is today vastly improved and therefore you can demand impeccable voice quality from your vendor. You can even make a few sample phone calls to satisfy yourself about voice clarity. • Make absolutely sure that the VoIP service provider will unfailingly give you 24/7 customer support. • There are VoIP Phone services who will offer a free 30-day trial and you should seize the opportunity to know the service quality of the provider. • So understand the imperative need to do your pre-study properly and make all verifications and obtain the required feedback information before deciding on the VoIPservice-provider. • Prior to signing up for any VoIP-service-provider, ascertain if there is a contract, and if so - the terms and duration of the contract and conditions of cancellation.
Published on Aug 17, 2011
Apart from the reliability of the service provider, there are other issues as well. There is no doubt that VoIP is cost-effective and can pr...