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If You Go With a VOIP Phone, Consider This

Feb 27, 2008
It's not easy to find the right VOIP service provider. Often times people get themselves into situations that they don't want to be in because they didn't take the time to choose their service provider wisely. Here you'll find several things that you should consider before choosing which VOIP service provider you will go with for your service.

One of the first questions you should ask your VOIP is about the cost, and make sure that you tell them to give you all of the costs. If you've seen a really good price advertised, be careful. Many times, a service provider will hide all of the additional costs behind a deceiving advertising number. So when asking questions make sure that you get all of the details.

One question you should ask is "will there be any further costs after the setup and equipment?" This question is where many customers fail. Next, ask them if you will need anything other than what they have proposed to you. You need to make sure that you'll be receiving all of the necessary equipment with your initial purchase.

I've often seen cases where the provider did not mention that after the initial purchase the buyer still had to go and make further purchases elsewhere. Next, ask them if it is necessary for you to buy the phones themselves, or if you need to rent them. And lastly, make sure you find out the difference between local and international rates, and differences in pricing from region to region.

You should comb through the contract with care, and give attention to the policy on termination. You may not know now, but it is very common for service providers to sneak a cancellation fee into the contract. What if you don't like the service? Make sure that you know whether or not you'll need to pay a hefty fee to terminate your contract just in case.
In most cases, companies will demand a minimum of one year for any contract.

Find this out before signing kind of agreement.
Also, the time may come when you need to call the company for technical support in the event that your phone malfunctions, or breaks.

Basically, you should just make sure to ask them if they will provide you with a telephone number or a website for you to contact someone in the even that this should happen to you. Technical support can come in handy, but if you don't have any to help, you may find yourself up the creek without a paddle. If possible, getting your problem solved in person is much better than having to go online to a website, or even calling to sort it out over the phone, so a local support option is the best.

If you plan to use VOIP in your business, you should check as to whether you have analog phones or not. They work just as well with an IP phone, but it will most likely depend upon the service you go with. This can save you money if you use your analog phones instead of new IP Phones. Considering that one new VOIP Phone can cost more than a hundred dollars. So when choosing a service, check with them on the possibility of using your regular phones before buying new ones.
About the Author
Terry Fitzroy is a professional writer specializing in virtual pbx and conference calling To learn more about Phone Service visit Phone.com
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