Looking for alternatives to phone land line

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Bonch, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Bonch macrumors 6502

    Bonch

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    I have a small business and currently pay $115 a month for 2 land lines, with no long distance service. I'm wondering if there is a cheaper option. One line is for voice and voice mail, the other is for fax and credit card machine. I have internet through another company, with wifi through an airport express. The phone has to stay at the business because other employees use it (i.e. no cell phone).

    This is in Oregon, USA. Any suggestions appreciated.
     
  2. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Check with your ISP and see if they have some kind of VOIP service available as a package deal. Honestly, you'll probably have to keep at least one analog line for the fax and credit card machine unless you want to get into some in-depth networking using an ATA device on a VOIP network.
     
  3. fcortese macrumors demi-god

    fcortese

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    Steve's is good advice and a good possibility. What about linking your internet and phone service-would that save you money. Who provides your internet? Do they have phone capabilities as well? Most cable companies do that, but then again you'd have to get cable.
     
  4. mactastic macrumors 68040

    mactastic

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    Just be careful about a VoIP solution. The cheap ones can be crappy. I know my last company made the switch and the first system was crap. Dropped calls, major latency, etc. They stepped up to a more expensive solution, which solved the problems. But it cost them.
     

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