Cheap VoIP PBX
Are you looking for a cheap VoIP PBX phone system?
There are quite a few options out there and finding a reliable PBX so you can benefit from cheap VoIP phone calls is important.
Over the last eight years we’ve seen and tested many different solutions. Yep that’s right! we’ve been implementing cheap VoIP solutions for our clients for that long 😉
If you’re new to VoIP you need to know there are three main VoIP phone server categories; Hosted PBX’s, Free PBX’s and Paid PBX’s. Let’s take a quick look at some of our recommendations for the New Zealand market…
Hosted VoIP PBX
A hosted PBX is an excellent choice for many different sized businesses. The upside here is you don’t have any hardware to take care of and you don’t have to worry about backing up your phone server.
Our preferred New Zealand based ITSP (Internet Telephone Service Provider) is 2talk and in our opinion they have the best locally hosted VoIP PBX.
In a nutshell you can buy some VoIP phones, purchase the right 2talk account and configure your phones up to work directly over the internet without any on-premise telephone exchange.
You can have multiple offices connected, customised welcome messages & voicemails, highly configurable forwarding rules and everything else you’d expect from any modern telephone system.
Unless you have very specific requirements, we’re finding most new clients fit into this category quite nicely.
Free VoIP PBX
When it comes to building your own free VoIP PBX there is only one name, and that name is Asterisk. Asterisk comes in a few different flavours and there is a huge community of users to gain knowledge from and even paid distributions and support if you need it.
Basically you can buy yourself a server, install the software, configure your phones, connect it to the internet (and an ITSP) and you’re away laughing. That’s if you don’t run into any technical difficulties of course.
VoIP can be a mine field for the uninitiated, so if your business relies on telephones at all we don’t recommend giving this a go on your first outing.
If on the other hand you want to do some testing and you’re not planning on running it in production, this is a great place to start for those who are interested.
Paid VoIP PBX
While there are many out there, 3CX is a good choice if you’re looking for something easy to manage with a tonne of features. If you have a number of branches in varying locations, need to see all of your companies phone calls in real-time, or just like the thought of using a fully supported phone system, then 3CX might be a good choice.
You can connect traditional VoIP phones to the PBX, or use a VoIP softphone straight off your PC with a headset.
The 3CX phone server is relatively easy to install & configure and you’ll be up and running in no time.
So which solution is right for me?
As we said before, there isn’t one solution which is right for everyone, but there are some important things your business should do if you’re looking at implementing any VoIP PBX.
Get a good internet connection. We recommend a good VDSL or fibre circuit from a reputable provider. We use 2talk for our internet connections and as our ITSP. It makes sense to keep it all with the same provider if you can, especially when dealing with real-time services like VoIP.
Use business grade routers & firewalls. So often we get called in to take a look at a businesses VoIP system which has poor quality phone calls and we find them using poor quality equipment. Some businesses just use the (typically) cheap gear which is provided to them for free when they get their internet setup. You won’t be disappointed by spending a little extra here and upgrading.
Cheap VoIP phone calls are now available to any business in New Zealand with a decent internet connection. It is a cost effective and flexible alternative to high-priced traditional phone lines.
Research your options and look into this now, because in some cases we’ve helped businesses save up to 70% on their monthly landline spend.