Save yourself from the cost and hassle of switching (if you don’t need to)

Technology has changed a lot in the past few years. The NBN is being rolled out across Australia, and VoIP and SIP have become the powerhouse of the phone network. As a result, the rise in businesses using cloud-based PBX systems has been dramatic.

And while the benefits of these IP systems are no secret, many businesses are left wondering if they should get rid of their legacy phone systems for a new cloud-based solution.

There are mountains of websites that are telling you a hosted system is just plain better. Here you will find some useful information about why keeping your existing on-premise PBX can be sensible and practical.

1. You can still use SIP with your existing system

Here’s two facts you may know.

  1. Cloud-based phone systems and SIP go hand in hand
  2. VoIP and SIP both require an excellent internet connection to function.

But here’s two facts you might not have been made aware of:

  • You do not need the NBN to have a VoIP/SIP service – a quality ADSL connection will do the trick
  • You can utilise a VoIP/SIP service with your on-premise PBX system. Say goodbye to hefty PSTN line rental and expensive calls WITHOUT having to purchase a new cloud based system

Many business owners have been told falsely that they have to have a cloud-based system in order to use SIP, and that they can only use a cloud-based system with the NBN. Not true.

Bottom line: You can still save on phone bills by having a VoIP service connected to your on-premise PBX system. If you have a decent internet connection, you won’t need the NBN to start enjoying the benefits. Click here if you’d like to find out more about how SIP works with a phone system.

2. If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it

If your existing PBX system delivers everything your company needs, and you and your staff are happy with it, why change it?

Now that you can switch to a SIP service, it would be logical to keep what’s working for you by getting rid of the old PSTN phone lines. You’ll also save yourself a lot of money.
The bottom line: If it works for you, don’t go through the hassle of buying and getting used to an entirely new phone system.

3. Management

Keeping your existing PBX system means that you continue to control the management and maintenance of all the system features. If you switch to SIP, using these features will be simple and hassle free for your resident tech wiz.

Bottom line: Work with what works for you and your IT team. Keep the control in the hands of your company.

4. Money

There’s two big areas to save. The first is that you won’t be forking out for new hardware and cloud-based system setup and features. The second comes if you get rid of the old expensive PSTN lines and make the switch to a SIP service. Line rental is super-low and a LOT more affordable than they have been in the past.

Bottom line: if your system works for you, keeping it and switching to SIP basically means you are saving a lot of money without actually sacrificing anything. Sound pretty good, right?

5. Familiarity

While there are obvious advantages to cloud-based PBX systems, the truth is that any new technology in the office can take a lot of getting used to. If you’ve read the other reasons on this list and made it all the way to this one, it could be that you’ve found yourself wondering if you really do need to make such a big change to your phone system, after all.

At the end of the day, getting the hang of a new system could be a major time waster if you’ve already got something that can work with SIP trunks, is easy for your team to update and manage, and has pretty much everything you need, anyway. Worth a thought.

Only you know what’s best for your business

At the end of the day, you know what’s best for your business. There are a lot of reasons to switch to a cloud-based PBX system but, if you’re happy with how your existing system works, there are also some pretty good reasons not to.

In the meantime, if you are thinking of getting rid of your expensive PSTN line rental and saving on the cost of phone calls, we recommend our carrier partner SpringCom. They will help you make the switch to VoIP or SIP, and you can still keep your existing PBX system. We know that they also work with their customers to find the best solution, with the least cost possible. You can give their Australian-based team a call on 1300 857 194 to find out more.