Business Telephone Systems the Basics Explained

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There are four main types of business telephone systems – voice over internet protocol (VOIP), key telephone systems, private branch exchange telephone systems (PBX) and KSU-less telephone systems. All these provide the basic need of most businesses i.e. to communicate with clients anywhere in the world on a high quality line. For businesses who need more than that, it is worth knowing more about the characteristics of each of them…

Private Branch Exchange Telephone Systems (PBX) – This is the most expensive type of telephone system available but that is because it is also the most advanced one. It can deal with over fifty extensions and can be customized and upgraded as needed. If your company has lots of employees who require access to a phone, then this is the best choice for you. You will save yourself a lot of the hassle involved that comes with having multiple other types of telephone systems in use.

Key Telephone Systems – This is a good choice for small businesses who have between ten and fifty employees. However, even if you have less than ten employees, you should still consider this telephone system because it is cost-effective and easy to install / maintain. It is not difficult to expand this system (it can also be combined with a PBX system) if needs be too.

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) – This system is both the cheapest and the easiest to set-up. Unfortunately, it also the most basic of the four types of telephone systems and many of the features found on other systems are not available on this system. For businesses with just a few employees, and especially businesses who need to keep costs down to an absolute minimum, it is the best option.

KSU-Less Telephone Systems – This telephone system is suitable for businesses with ten or fewer employees. It is cost-effective, easy to install and not difficult to move from office to another if you have to relocate. Another benefit is that it is highly customizable, so you can have it set-up in pretty much any way that you choose. The disadvantage of this system is that it if you need to upgrade it is quite expensive to do.

If you are not sure which of the above telephone systems would be best for your business then you should contact a company who specializes in these systems to ask for their advice. They will also be happy to demonstrate each of the systems to you, so you can get a hands on feel of how they work.


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