Choosing the right landline contract for your business

Tips for choosing the best landline contract for your business.

Starting up or running a business is one of the most challenging things you can do. Choices will need to be mulled over and the decisions you take will impact your success and stay with you for some time. Details like the business landline you choose will take on a new significance and determine the efficiency of your operations. Getting it right the first time will save you much time and precious resources in the long run.

Good things come in packages

Most telecom providers offer phones for business bundled with business internet, business mobile and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to suit the specific needs of your company. Recent legislation has eased BT's control in these areas, resulting in a number of new entrants into the sector. Luckily for the consumer, this has meant that competition has kept prices low. It's a good idea to carefully consider the requirements of your business when aligning them to a package that meets them; combining landline, mobile and broadband services from one company at a discount will keep your costs down.

So many lines

There are different types of landline options depending on the services you need such as fax, video calling, data and broadband. Single analogue lines, for example, are mainly used for making calls, connecting to fax machines and broadband. Multi-analogue lines give you additional lines to receive calls when your existing line is engaged. ISDN2e and ISDN30 are digital lines that are more sophisticated and provide several connections that use different channels for video and faxing, for instance. Think about the future implications of your contemporary choice as your business is likely to grow bigger as time passes. Click here for help in choosing a better business landline.

Surprises should be kept to a minimum

Your call charges will largely depend on the business phone deal that you choose and the features included. Make sure that you've taken into account the 0800 numbers, mobiles, international calls, peak hour calls and national calls that you'll be making to avoid unpleasant surprises when they appear as ''out of usage'' debits on your bill. Doing your research beforehand will put you in a strong negotiating position with your provider to get you discounts.

Cap those calls

Most telephone companies offer the option to cap the cost of certain call types within your plan. For example, if you call 0800 numbers or mobiles often the cost can be capped at, for example, 10p an hour. This is when it becomes important to have done your due diligence as this can be a great way to keep costs down.

VoIP

VoIP services can bring plenty of cost-cutting benefits, especially if you intend to make a large volume of international calls. There are other benefits available through VoIP programmes, too, such as additional phone lines at low costs and intuitive features such as worldwide country codes that make your life that little bit easier.

When things go wrong

Your business is reliant on a number of services and your landline is just about at the top of this list. Most telephone providers understand this and offer advanced support for business users. Make sure yours is one that will offer you the level of support to fix any issue within a reasonable time and with the least amount of damage to your business.

To check for this and to compare prices between landline providers, call Make It Cheaper today on 0800 980 2092.

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