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Considerations when choosing a VOIP provider    

The World is changing fast andpeople are moving to buying online without ever needing to speak with anotherperson. However, for many businesses, speaking to someone is still veryimportant as it helps them to build a relationship with the suppliers and clients.

 

Although e-commerce is booming,it’s a simple fact that higher value sales are rarely done only online.Customer service, supplier management, and even the process of hiring staff allrequire individuals to interact with each other, which means calls are stillessential to just about every business.

 

So, with calls still being theprimary method of communication for many businesses, choosing the right companyto handle your calls is essential. The wrong VOIP provider can have adetrimental impact on your business, causing issues such as downtime, low callquality, or limited functionality. Each of these could mean a loss inreputation, and therefore business opportunities.

 

To prevent such issues, here aresome key considerations when choosing your VOIP provider…

 

Number portability

Being able to keep yourbusinesses phone number is vital to most businesses. If customers can’t reachyou on the number they wrote down for you, this can have big impact on sales.Some providers don’t have porting agreements, especially smaller players. Inthe past, we have seen this used as a customer retention strategy, with smallerplayers not allowing you to port a phone number to other providers, andessentially holding you to ransom. Using the larger carriers generally stopsthis as they have more porting agreements; this is generally due to the factthat they win and lose customers all the time. At TelcoSolutions, we willalways check portability ahead of recommending the best VOIP carrier to workwith.

 

Resilience

There are various potentialpoints of failure to be aware of when using a VOIP provider. These include the‘last mile’ circuit between your business and them (this could either beinternet facing, or a private connection), the VOIP provider’s telephone switchand finally, where they break their calls out to the rest of the world.

 

The first part, the ‘last mile’,is down to you. You can choose if you need just the one circuit or a backupcircuit as well, the quality of the circuit, and whether it comes with SLAs anduptime guarantees. What is down to the provider, however, is how resilienttheir switch and call breakout are. Generally, smaller lower cost providerswill have less resources to invest in, which ensures that any potentialdowntime is minimised. This means that a cheaper service can often be much moreexpensive in the long term.

 

Sneaky charges

Most VOIP providers offer whatlooks like great fixed costs, with unlimited calls and a really simple tounderstand package. However, when we analyse billing for potential customers,we often see a lot of extra costs. Calling outside of the US, dialling premiumrate numbers, and making directory enquiries can all have very different ratecards depending on who you use. For example, if your business does a lot ofinternational calling, you will want to make sure that you have a good idea ofwhat you will be charged long before you sign up. Analysing past bills can helpyou work out how much this is likely to impact your actual bill at the end of themonth (rather than the one you hoped for!)

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