Selecting business phones for your company means having to know the standards that you have to hold them up to. You should never settle.
Choosing among the many business phones out in the market today is just as important as choosing the right kind of phone system that you want working for your company. No matter how good your telephony system is, it simply won’t work if it’s not backed up by a device that can reliably handle the calls that you’re getting from customers, clients, or even investors. A bad phone influences the way you hear the caller, the way the callers hear you, and the chances of any calls being dropped. Getting the right telephony device is serious business, no matter how much you didn’t wish it to be so.
The phone you connect with your business phone system can be a “soft phone” (a computer with software that “transforms” the computer into a phone), a traditional phone (sometimes fitted with an analog telephone adapter or ATA to make it VoIP-friendly), or a full-on IP phone. But no matter what kind of device you decide to use for official business telephony, you must always make sure that the quality you’re willing to tolerate is never compromised.
Here are a few things that you should look for when you’re shopping for business phones:
Traditional or virtual, you should always want the quality of the sound to be decent. Some virtual-to-traditional or traditional-to-virtual calls end up with one of the parties sounding metallic. It can be acceptable in moderation, but once it seriously gets in the way of understanding what the other party is saying, then you simply have to change phones. You must also take note of phones that consistently pick up fax tones, turn down the sound from either end and add an echo or scratchy quality to the sound of the calls. These need to be replaced, too.
Business phones should always protect the integrity of your calls. If you find that most of your calls have some sort of sound delay between the parties (assuming that both sides have equally good internet connection), investigating your device. You may need to replace it or consider another brand. You also have to watch out for phones that constantly disconnect from the system – even though the system itself is fine – and phones that keep losing the dial tone. These prevent you from giving and receiving calls. This may be remedied by finding the brand of business phone that works well with your phone system.
Having a phone that can take on multiple calls and put them on hold if necessary is a staple of business. You should expect to have some busy business days wherein you receive important calls left and right – consecutively or at the same time. And if you’re a good businessman, you wouldn’t want to have to send any of those to voicemail. Your business phones should always have multiple line capacity (whether two or more is up to you) so you can handle as many important calls as you like. If your business phone is only capable of handling one line, reconsider your choice.
There are many business communication companies out there that offer great business phones for affordable prices. RingCentral, a company known to have established and upheld virtual PBX standards, offers high-quality business phones along with its special business phone system package. Check out its products in RingCentral.Com.
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