Gone are the days of expensive phone systems that small businesses simply don’t need and most simply can’t afford. That’s because many phone system developers are now finding more cost-efficient solutions to get smaller companies some of the more advanced features of a larger phone system at a price that makes sense for their business.
Ooma is one of the suppliers that have taken the dip into this potentially very lucrative market. The company is now offering a phone system that provides the higher-end features like a virtual receptionist, conference bridges and virtual extensions without the hefty price tags. To get the Ooma Office system, the prices start at about $250 for the equipment for up to 10 lines of service. The monthly fee for unlimited calling to the U.S. and Canada is an additional $20.
“Ooma Office helps small businesses present a professional image without paying an expensive monthly phone bill. Now businesses can use their hard earned dollars to attract more customers rather than pay the phone company,” Jim Gustke, Ooma’s Vice President of Marketing said.
So how are these companies able to provide these systems at such a discounted rate? The biggest difference between a system like Ooma Office and other more expensive providers is the process of utilizing regular phones rather than expensive I.P. handsets that require Ethernet cabling. The do-it-yourself system reduces the amount of equipment involved and brings down the installation costs significantly.
“I was amazed how easy it was to set up in just a few minutes and I’ve been impressed with the virtual receptionist text-to-speech feature in particular, which gives me the ability to change my greeting on the fly so I can make the best impression with my customers,” said Jeff Batchelor, President and CEO, XEOS International, Inc.
The Ooma systems are now available nationwide at Staples retail stores and online. The starter kit costs $249 and comes with a base station and two linx devices.
So far, the customer reviews through Staples online are pretty favorable, with the system currently getting 4.5 out of 5 stars.