BT to switch off standard telephone lines – Are you ready?

How do you currently make and take your calls? If it’s through a standard phone line rather than an internet-based solution such as ‘VoIP’ then you need to be aware of a looming deadline! That’s because BT is planning to ‘hang up’ all ISDN and PSTN phone lines by 2025.

‘2025!’ we hear you say! No rush at all then? The reality is that you’re going to need to make a change and the quicker you do that, the sooner you could start gaining from the benefits, which include greater freedom and flexibility, as well as potentially lower costs.

Let’s explain the current position and why there couldn’t be a better time to make your move…

The current position

If you have an ISDN or PSTN phone system then the reality is that it’s going to need to be replaced in the next five years. The good news is that most IP-based alternatives are already far superior to any of the analogue systems you may be using or used to.

You’ve probably heard terms like VoIP (Voice-over Internet Protocol) and SIP before. This technology changes the way calls are transmitted; it is incredibly practical, scalable, flexible and can also provide you with significant cost and efficiency savings.

Start enjoying the benefits now

VoIP systems have been shown to save some organistations up to 40% on their system and call costs. This is because they use ‘virtual’ phone lines instead of relying on the multiple cables we’ve had for decades, allowing for the costs of adding lines, making and taking calls to be reduced.

Add that 40% up over the next five to six years and the prospect of moving now certainly becomes a very attractive one!

What are the benefits of making the move now?

The benefits of VoIP can seem to be endless, but here’s just a few to get you going…

  1. Reduce costs by up to 40%.
  2. Enjoy endless call handling features – hunt groups, auto assistant, easy transferring, automated receptions, emergency messages.
  3. Save on costs as your business grows – easily add lines and numbers
  4. Plug your IP phone in to a data connection anywhere in the world and receive calls to the same telephone number – great for flexible working.
  5. Video and conference calls can be available at the touch of a button.

But what if you have poor broadband speeds?

The concern with VoIP has always been the reliability of your internet connection, so let’s answer any concern that you may have there.  If you’re currently based in an area that has a painfully slow broadband, the reality is that VoIP may not be the one for you at the moment.  However, there are other solutions that may be and that could also cut your costs so even if you do have a poor internet connection, please do get in touch. 

For more information on how much you could save by making the move away from your analogue phone system today, please give us a call on 01237 420010.


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