March 21, 2008, Newsletter Issue #85: Pay Now, Save Later With Business VOIP

Tip of the Week

With Business VOIP, the major cost is going to come upfront, with installation of business-quality VOIP equipment: phones, switches, routers, etc. Expect to pay a few thousand dollars to set up a small office (5 to 15 extensions) with VOIP hardware. Double the cost to go to 30 to 50 extensions. Some Business VOIP providers offer equipment as part of a contract, but you still have to set it up and make it work with your network.
It's hard to report actual rate quotes here, since Business VOIP companies don't like to give them out until you talk to a sales rep. But Business VOIP providers generally charge a single flat rate based on the number of phones used, with no per-charge calls. This can be anywhere from $50 to more than $500 monthly. Expect to save anywhere from 50 percent to 90 percent off your current phone bill.

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