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June 20, 2014
New PBX Launches on the Cloud and on the Cheap
By Miguel Leiva-Gomez, TMCnet Contributor

If there's one thing you can learn from venturing into the cloud, it's that not everything that's enterprise-friendly comes with an enterprise price tag (News - Alert). This week, an Australian VoIP provider called SIPTalk launched a product named OnPBX which, as its name suggests, is a cloud-hosted private branch exchange (PBX (News - Alert)) service allowing businesses to get enterprise-level telephone services with the pennies they find inside their shoes.

This product, particularly targeted at small, ambitious businesses running tight ships, costs just under $25 per handset month and nothing more. There aren't any setup fees, and calls around Australia will cost nothing on top of what you pay each month. The Gold plan ($39.95/handset/mo) includes unlimited fixed to mobile calls. If you plan to make lots of international calls, you might want to go for the unlimited calling included in their Platinum ($49.95/handset/mo) plan.

To sweeten the deal, OnPBX is eliminating the cost of setting up and maintaining a dedicated office phone system with the myriad of cables that tangle when you're not looking.

Raaj Menon, CEO of PCRange, the folks backing SIPTalk (News - Alert), said, “OnPBX helps to reduce phone costs, a major expense for most companies, and to improve customer service through better communication. Rather than relying on a fleet of mobiles, business owners can now use SIPTalk OnPBX to run a centrally-controlled, affordable, and feature-rich phone service for their organization.”

Cloud-based PBX systems allow small businesses to get everything they need up and running within a few minutes without any of the infrastructure that a traditional PBX requires. It's scalable, easy to install, and costs less than your typical home phone. For perspective, a “Home Phone (News - Alert) Pinnacle” plan on Telstra will cost about $85 per line per month and have slightly less features than OnPBX's Gold plan.

If you don't have your own hardware, SIPTalk can provide it. High-quality handsets can cost you from $169.95.

For Australia, this smells of competitive edge. It is essential for small businesses to use proper phone systems that make them look like actual working companies rather than a bunch of folks with a laundry list of phone numbers. SIPTalk is ready to provide enterprise-class hosted PBX services for a very low asking price. It's a wonder if you don't just get up and snag the deal.

Edited by Alisen Downey

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