Selecting the Right VoIP Telephone for Your Business
So you’ve made the decision to use VoIP for your business – great! Now you just have the daunting task of selecting a telephone for business that suits each one of your employees and doesn’t break the bank.
The good news is that VoIP phones come in a wide range of styles and prices, with business-class features that can accommodate everybody’s needs. There really are just three things you need to consider when selecting a telephone for business, and we help you break them down:
Sure, you need great features, but the primary reason Vonage Business Solutions (formerly Vocalocity) customers select a range of phones is because they need to stick with a budget while maximizing the functionality of their new phone system. First, we recommend that you actually write out a budget. How many physical phones do you need for your office? How long do you plan on keeping your staff size the same, and do you have any plans to expand? Once you’ve figured out how many telephones your business needs, it’s time to figure out how much you’re willing to spend on each of them.
From the most affordable Yealink T20 at $50 to the top-of-the-line Polycom SoundStation IP 6000 at $629, there’s sure to be a phone that matches your need and budget. The best thing is that while each phone offers a different level of functionality, they’re all considered to be telephones for business which means that they’re proven to give you exceptional call quality to give you the best professional presence.
Did you make a general budget of how much you want to spend? Excellent – now it’s time to figure out which employee gets which phone. The majority of Vonage Business Solutions customers choose a variety of phones to suit different needs. This is an excellent option if your business plans on growing, because you can mix and match phones or repurpose them as employees change roles or you add more talent. You can mix and match brands – all phones will work with our hosted, no-contract service.
For example, an intern who doesn’t use the phone except for internal calls between departments would benefit from the two-line Yealink T20 at $50. A receptionist who needs to handle multiple lines would likely enjoy the Polycom SoundPoint IP 650 with six lines and a full duplex speakerphone at $299, and a sole proprietor who manages most of the business functions by him or herself may love the features and flexibility of the cordless, 8-line Panasonic TGP IP 550 at $229.
Finally, consider what you’ll do when or if you plan on growing your business. Will the phones you choose now suit your needs in the future? Many customers opt for mid-level phones to accommodate their needs as a growing business. These affordable, feature-rich phones work great for everyday calls and also handle conference calls, multiple extensions and voicemail like the top-of-the-line phones.
Phones like the Cisco 504G, for example, are a great mid-level solution that can grow with your company. At $129, it’s a little more expensive than an entry-level phone but comes with four lines, a speakerphone, and is compatible with headsets to suit regular callers and frequent callers like sales or support departments.
Do you have questions about choosing a telephone for your business? Fill out the form on the left or contact us for a no-hassle conversation about what types of VoIP phones can help your business stay connected.