One of the most overlooked aspects of a company’s overall operating costs is the line provider phone bill. Many business owners are out of touch with the unnecessary maintenance fees, hidden charges, and built-in costs that spike phone bills to extreme highs. If you want to lower your telecom bill in Ontario, here are some tips to get you started.
Review Telecom Service Contract
To get a firm understanding of what telecom services you currently have, carefully read your service contract. Doing this will also help you understand pricing and the renewal status of your current contract. The first step to reducing the cost of your telecom services is knowing what you’re paying for.
Use Lowest-Cost Routing
For multi-site companies, installing a VoIP phone system linking all sites will enable you to totally get rid of carrier long-distance charges amongst your sites. This can save big money for businesses that have high call volumes within their multi-site organization. Similarly, changing your carrier services to SIP trunks can further reduce carrier charges, and long distance costs.
Many people use their smartphones rather than their desk phones even when they’re in the office. But these added cellular costs can make a huge dent in IT’s operating budget. Thanks to mobile unified communications solutions, employees can use their cell phones and tablets over the wireless LAN and cellular network without driving up cellular charges. Mobility seamlessly integrates your cellphone into your VoIP system and provides real-time voice communications, conferencing, collaboration and voice mail to e-mail service regardless of where you are in the world.
Consolidate WAN Trunks
WAN connections can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. Businesses can consolidate their WAN circuits to maximize the bandwidth they already budgeted for. This can be done by using SIP trunks. To prevent costs from getting out of hand, voice can run alongside video and data using the same connection.
Simplify Disaster Recovery
Business continuity is a high priority for many organizations. IP communications can be an essential part of any disaster recovery plan. In the event of a disaster, your VoIP system can keep communications up and running, and it is a more affordable option than the traditional method of disaster planning using PSTN. This is because PSTN involves adding extra trunks to reroute calls when necessary.
Eliminate Unnecessary Services
Check your carrier phone bills to make sure you’re not paying extra for phone line features such as call waiting or last call return, voice mailboxes, and three-way calling. These features are better suited for residential customers. Also, after analyzing some of our customers’ carrier services bills and equipment records, we have found that sometimes carriers continue to charge “rental fees” for old equipment removed many years ago!
Get Help from High Tech Communications
If you want to save money on your telecom bills, you may want to speak with telecom specialists for advice on where to start and how to get the most savings. Based in Aurora, Canada, High Tech Communications has partnered with several first-rate cloud service providers to bring excellent communications technology to our customers. Our services also include structured cabling and peripherals, video surveillance systems, WiFi systems, full turnkey supply and installation of VoIP phone systems and data solutions (on site or in the cloud). These all integrate to benefit a host of GTA sectors such as business, education, health care, hospitality, and contact centres. We provide dedicated communications support to national, regional, and international accounts. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us toll-free at 1-(800) 853-2335.