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Technology marketing and advertising being the way it is, it isn’t unusual for clients to ask us about the latest and greatest piece of retail hardware or software that’s around… regardless of whether it actually has the potential to add very much to your business or not.

For example, your employees are probably dying to have the latest iPad or smartphone, but the newer generation will come out in a matter of months, and the productivity gains that come with the next model might not be significant enough to offset the expenditures. In other words, advertising convinces people that they want something, but it might not be worth the price.

Meanwhile, other lesser-known (and more technical) solutions tend to be ignored, even if they could add something significant while saving the company money. Hosted VOIP is one of those technologies. Although few business owners come in and ask for it by name, it’s something that nearly every small or medium-sized business could benefit from.

Here is how it works: Instead of having extensive telephone systems and hardware installed in your office, we give your business a network of phone numbers that work over the Internet, rather than traditional phone lines. That means you only need one strong web connection to keep the system going, and that you don’t have to worry about paying for (or maintaining) the hardware and equipment in your office.

By making that switch, your company gains a few important advantages:

  • Cost savings. Similar to cloud computing, hosted VOIP means doing away with expensive equipment and lowering monthly fees. That’s something every business owner or CFO can appreciate.
  • Remote office integration. Because calls are processed through the Internet, and not physical phone lines located at your office, it doesn’t matter where you are — you can still receive calls at your main number. That means you can integrate remote employees, and route calls to your company to any place in the world where you have a web connection.
  • Security and dependability. By using established backup and redundancy systems, you can ensure that your communications are always online, something that’s hard to accomplish with a traditional business telephone or PBX system.

Once you understand the basics and bottom-line realities of hosted VOIP, it’s easy to see why it’s such a hot trend — and why it’s something that more business owners and executives should be demanding. Why not call Bay Area Computers in Palo Alto, CA today and let us show you how hosted VOIP packages can give you more while allowing you to save money on your communications budget every month?

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Published on 16th June 2015 by James Berger.