An IP PBX system functions over the Internet rather than transmitting audio signals via an analog system (i.e. traditional land lines). Voice data is turned into digital signals, and is sent much more affordably over your company’s broadband internet connection. Here are three of the top reasons why it’s time to switch to an IP PBX phone system by Vonage Business: Reason #1: Reduce Your Phone Bill Significantly Businesses are always looking to cut costs, and with a hosted IP PBX system, phone service is an area where you can significantly cut costs without sacrificing quality. Vonage Business doesn’t require any equipment purchase beyond the phones themselves, and we have a diverse lineup of affordable phones for your business. Then it’s just a low flat monthly rate to get unlimited calling and all the features your business needs to grow and succeed. Reason #2: Talk Anywhere Around the World Travel is often a necessity when starting – and maintaining – a small business. Vonage’s business VoIP phones allow you to talk almost anywhere around the world, wherever a broadband connection is available. Even when you’re away from the office, you still need a reliable phone system. Thanks to an IP PBX phone system you can make and receive calls from your company number wherever you are. Even from a hotel room you can be available via extension dialing, and transfer calls to other employees within the company. With Vonage you can communicate with customers and colleagues anytime, anywhere. Reason #3: Feature Set With an IP PBX, you get unlimited long distance calling, and so much more, for one low flat rate. Voicemail to Email, Call Forwarding, Virtual Receptionists, Call Logs, Find Me Follow Me, and much more are included standard with every unlimited extension phone line. For less than the price of long distance calling through a traditional land line, you get a host of powerful business features and unlimited calling too. Businesses benefit not only from the increased functionality of an IP PBX, but also present a much more professional appearance to callers. Phone menus can direct callers to their desired extension, or in off hours answer questions. Many Vonage customers say they save time having to answer the same question by simply directing callers to the appropriate recorded message describing services or giving directions. To learn more about Vonage’s IP PBX systems, contact us today – we can connect you immediately. Next time you find yourself exceeding your small business budget, call on us for help. That’s what we’re here for! You Might Also Like… IP Phones PBX Phone Features What is a hosted PBX March 25 2014 Archives As Director of Strategic Partnerships at Vonage Business, I work closely with smart sales organizations that do a fantastic job reselling our cloud-based business VoIP phone solutions. And just like my team here at Vonage, these professionals are in the field every day speaking to business owners and learning firsthand what motivates their business decisions. Right now, an unprecedented number of companies are discovering the business-enabling benefits of VoIP – and many are switching from their traditional, wire-based phone providers. This list outlines the top 10 reasons behind their decisions to switch: 1) A Less-expensive Phone Service By dropping traditional phone service and switching to business VoIP, companies typically save 30% or more on their monthly phone service.* According to a recent survey by Consumer Reports, people who have purchased VoIP service are reportedly saving around $50 each month on their phone bill. 2) Affordable Local and Long Distance With local and long distance built into Unlimited Extension phone extensions, companies save substantial money on long distance calls. Savings are also significant with Vonage Business’s International Long Distance service, with rates that are 75% lower on average than traditional carriers.** 3) Free Calling Features with Optional Advanced Features Our business VoIP users enjoy a variety of free calling features for which they were charged extra with their traditional phone service. These features include voicemail, caller ID, call conferencing, call waiting, call forwarding and many others. With VoIP voicemail, users get the improved functionality of voicemail (for instance, the ability to call someone back directly and easily), plus they can get each voicemail emailed to them as an audio file attachment. Email can even be used to track missed calls or to call the person back – directly from the email. In short, business VoIP enables people to communicate in more ways and with more choices, while remaining cost effective and gaining efficiencies. 4) Convenience What many users enjoy most about their business VoIP phone service is the overall convenience. They place and receive phone calls in much the same way they did with traditional phone service. In most cases, they place calls exactly as they did with traditional phone service. Even better, companies can track their call activity, manage voicemail, view billing information, and change account information online and at their convenience, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 5) Mobility Most business VoIP providers allow users to take their VoIP service with them anywhere in the world. With high-speed Internet and a VoIP phone adapter, callers can place and accept VoIP calls from any location, at any time, at no additional charge. They can take their phone and plug it into any network in the world and it appears they are calling from their office. Vonage Business’s mobile apps for iPhone and Android also give users the flexibility to make and receive calls as if they are sitting in their office. 6) 24/7 Monitoring of Your Phone System by IT Professionals A great advantage of using a cloud-based PBX is the constant monitoring of the phone system by professional engineers. This monitoring means that customers always have the latest features and updates uploaded to the cloud, and that any issues receive immediate attention and resolve quickly. 7) Save Money by Combining Your Phone and Data Networks A misconception of VoIP is that it slows down Internet service by running on the same cable, which is not true. A company’s broadband Internet and ISP (Internet Service Provider) can certainly handle the slight increase in traffic. In fact, VoIP makes it easy to add extra phone lines and allows sending multiple phone calls across the IP network with no interruptions or connectivity issues. 8) Increase in Employee Productivity With a cloud-based VoIP solution, employees now have more efficient business phone features, apps and plugins than ever. And they’re so easy to use. As a result, employees spend less time focusing on technology and more time focusing on what matters – their business. 9) Cloud-based PBX Easily Scales An IP PBX is well equipped to face complex communication management than traditional PBXs. Particularly as a business grows and requirements change, it’s extremely easy to add services, extensions and customizations. Also, with workers getting more mobile and with physical and geographical barriers removed, innovation imposes itself. If employees are shifting to a more sophisticated way of doing business and are using smart weapons like the iPhone and Android phones, then companies should definitely be looking beyond the old wireline phone system. 10) Integration with Online Applications The Vonage Business Desktop application provides a number of plugins and functionality that allow the phone service to integrate with online applications – right on the users’ computer desktop. As a result, employees have more visibility and intelligence associated with every call. In summary: There is a wealth of empowering features that business VoIP solutions are providing growth-minded businesses, many of which are simply not available from legacy phone services. With call routing, virtual receptionists, find me/follow me, caller ID, conference calling, call forwarding and more – business owners are quickly learning the great benefits that business VoIP provides. It’s no wonder so many are making the switch. *30% savings claim is based on the average monthly recurring charge for unlimited nationwide business calling plans from leading wireline service providers. Comparison excludes promotional pricing, fees, surcharges or taxes and assumes a customer already has broadband internet service. Check your phone bill to determine the savings that would apply to you. **75% lower rates claim is based on comparison of the per-minute rates to the top 50 markets of the top three leading wireline carriers. Rates and savings vary by country. See rate locator for current rates to numbers called. About Jason Wernick Jason Wernick is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Vonage Business where he focuses on driving new channels and partnership development. He has over 20 years of experience in Business Development, Sales, Product Innovation, Product Management and Product Marketing with emerging companies as well as market leaders.