When is the last time you got really excited about phone service? Probably never… unless you haven’t had it before. Usually I think we believe they hold us over the barrel. Especially with business phone lines if you ever had to establish them.
Being involved with commission only businesses, moving, add and changing numbers, I know I have experienced my fair share of establishing phone service for business and personal use. In hopes to save money, you always will try the next guy because they all sound great…. then just end up nickel and dime you or try to lock you into a long term contract.
Business phones are the worst because they typically charge you by the minute, most cases you have to get a special phone system, and it is a pain to make changes or maybe just add another line to the system.
My first adventure away from the traditional land line was Vonage which is a Voip System that utilizes your high speed internet instead of the regular phone line. Believe me, I was excited to make the transition because unlimited minute, designated fax line without needed to pay for another number. It was going to be great… or so I thought. Things were alright, but to secure a low price they required a contract, also you had to buy special boxes to link through your modem so that you could get your regular phone to work. Needless to say, it wasn’t exactly what I imagined. Yes, you got all the call waiting and call forwarding including in the price. And they did have nice features like getting voice mail in my email box or even converting my message to text. Features my local service didn’t provide.
For a small business, it just wasn’t quite practical enough. Trying to have an 800 or multiple lines. It just wasn’t as flexible as I needed for running a business that would have people come and go…or even if it didn’t fluxuate.
Then…I found another system, it offered multiple lines, unlimited minutes… it seemed great, but the monthly fee even know it was less was more than what I wanted to pay for a small business….and again, they locked you into a contract.
Finally…just a couple of month ago I found it. Probably one of the best finds I have had as a small business. I wish someone would have suggested this years ago. I have been self-employed for over 8 years now… and I have finally found something that is of real good value, RingCentral!
If you only knew how good this service is. They give you the boxes, you can use blue tooth, you can forward to your pda or cell and make calls as if you were from your office…$4.00 800 numbers..unlimited minutes,