Choosing a VoIP Provider
There are a lot of of VoIP providers that advertise cheap calls over the internet, but what should you look from your VoIP Service? What features are available?
Things to consider when picking your VoIP service provider
Cut Monthly Service Costs with VoIP
Look at your current phone bill and work out how much you are paying for calls and additional services such as Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Caller ID and International Calls. Also consider the monthly line rental you are paying for having a physical phone line connected to your property.
Some providers may charge for added features like Call Recording and IVR, so be sure you know what features you need and find someone that includes these, ensuring reduced costs for you.
Is It A Contract-Free VoIP Solution?
Make sure you look at the details of any VoIP solutions that tie you into a contract with little flexibility. Look at t he terms of service and understand the contract’s length and any early cancellation fees.
Consider your usage and business needs. If you are a growing company and will need more SIP Users or service features in the future, make sure you are able to change these services without extending the contract. Compare call costs, call plans and services offered.
Reliability & VoIP Call Quality
Evaluate the quality of calls and reliability of the service. You need to be sure inbound callers experience the clearest calls when speaking to you. A good provider of VoIP will offer the chance to try before you purchase any call plan or package.
Ensure your internet connection is up to speed too. As a rough guide you will need at least 80 KBPs of upload and download speed per concurrent phone call. With an upload speed of 11 MBs you could potentially make around 137 concurrent calls.
Ease of VoIP setup
How easy is it to set up the service and can you start making VoIP calls straight after sign-up? Look for a provider that can offer a smooth and simple setup. One that doesn't need an additional engineer, additional switchboard hardware, or their associated added costs.
If you need to get calling as soon as possible, a good service can be configured with a number of the free and paid-for VoIP softphones available online. Setting up on a softphone will enable calls to be made via your mobile phone, tablet or desktop computer.
Support & Satisfaction
With any service it is also important to be happy with the level of support offered to you. The best business VoIP providers will deliver amazing customer support whether you are a residential customer, growing startup or large multinational corporation.
Look for reviews of your chosen VoIP service provider online, drop them an email to see how fast their response times are or give them a call and see if they’re knowledgeable and friendly!
Phone Number Portability
You may have a phone number specific to your geographic location or familiar to your customer-base which you may not want to change.
Find out how easy it is to keep your existing number when moving to your new provider. Transferring your number is often known as ‘porting’. Talk to the VoIP provider before starting the service with them and be sure you are confident in their capability to deal with your phone number.
Easy Scalability For Your Business
If you are a growing business, it is vitally important that it is as easy as possible to add new devices or users to your phone service, which you should be able to do via an online dashboard. Gone are the days when an engineer was needed to fit a new phone line or extension.
Having a configurable online dashboard, means you won’t require a physical PBX (Private Branch Exchange) taking up space in the office. Look for a service that lets you add users at the click of a button and allows call plans to grow as your business does.
VoIP Hardware & PBX Compatibility
If you already have a VoIP desk phone or on-premise PBX in your office, be sure these can be used with a new service. If you need to purchase VoIP hardware, check to see if there are any recommended brands that you should look to use.
Popular brands of IP phones include Grandstream, Yealink and Siemens Gigaset. Some brands may have been officially tested with the service so you can be confident they will work in partnership without issue.
Choosing Us As Your VoIP Solution
We give you a huge range of features and phone numbers all included within a low monthly cost. Our state-of-the-art VoIP platform provides crystal clear calls using a fraction of internet bandwidth and call quality is often even better than older ISDN landlines. We supply a user interface that’s accessible from anywhere online, we don’t tie you into a contract, and you can even customise call plans at any time. Yay!Why not try our service for 30 days FREE!