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How To Buy The Right Telecom Equipment For Your Small Business

Aug 17, 2007
Telecom companies have flooded the junk boxes with their campaigns and commercials, making every offer look even more lucrative than the last one. Innovation and creativity seems to rule the market. Every promotional campaign has a new outlook promoted by various stars. However, in the entire bargain, it is extremely difficult for the end consumers to analyze the offerings of different telecom equipment, especially for small businesses whose entire operations rely on these communication channels. This expensive equipment needs diligent checks before making the purchase, as ignorant decisions might create endless problems. Even a minor problem can lead to huge losses. An hour's delay on the part of these carriers can result in bad deals. Telecom equipment has taken up such an important place in the every day lives that even a small technical problem seems unbearable.

Tools and Services
Telecommunication tools entail two aspects: the equipment and the service. Both must be opted in a way that one acts as a complement to the other. The equipment opted for must support the desired services subscribed for. When choosing the desired telecom equipment, there are various factors to be accounted for.

It is essential to start the exercise by devising the budget and basic requirements. Make a list of priorities. Do not be led on by the promotional campaigns. You might like them all, but need only a few. So, before dividing your finances, among the available options, be clear of what the urgent requirement is.

Chart out the functionalities required. For instance, do you require an intercom system or direct phone line? These decisions are interlinked with other factors like, do you intend to hire a receptionist to man your phones? The optimality of any equipment depends upon the services offered for a specified price. A few features like recording facilities and multi calling could be more desirable than video coverage.

Make sure to opt for user friendly equipment. Any complicated instrument though loaded with the latest technology offerings, could be difficult to operate or of no use.

After selecting the appropriate combination, cabling takes up the second most crucial slot in the in the consideration list. The cabling must be done in a manner to avoid any loose wires hanging out. This is even more important, if you are operating from home. Cabling should be in a manner so that small kids do not have access to any wires.

Another crucial aspect to be studied while making the purchases is the guarantees or warrantees offered by various telecom equipment manufacturers. Try opting for equipment that provides more safety by way of replacement and regular servicing.

Additional Help
There are various consultants who offer professional advice in this arena and can design the requisite telecommunication chart depending upon your requirements and budget.
About the Author
David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes a free weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their web site http://www.smallbusinessconsulting.com.
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