Businesses, at least those businesses with an interest in survival, are often seen looking for ways to not only save money, but make more of it. Whether it's cost savings, increased productivity, more sales or the like, whatever improves a business' bottom line generally does not go without at least some consideration. That's led more than a few businesses to consider switching to VoIP and in a recent study from Telappliant, the company is revealing that once businesses actually pull the trigger on a VoIP installation, they generally don't return to landlines.
The study focused on 175 different businesses in the United Kingdom over several different industries, and found that of those 175, 63 percent had been using VoIP successfully for the last three years. Further, 15 percent reported successful use between one and two years, while 22 percent had been using it less than one year. The biggest reason to switch to VoIP, according to the survey, was reducing communications costs, cited by a whopping 70 percent of businesses. But, there were other reasons as well including 37 percent who wanted to start up telecommuting programs, 33 percent who wanted to make their operations run more efficiently, and 15 percent just looking to improve their overall customer care system.
Big savings were also to be had across much of the survey's respondents, with 23 percent saving over 60 percent over their landline calling methods, 27 percent saving between 41 and 60 percent, and a full third—33 percent—saving between 10 and 40 percent.
However, some key points emerged when it came to VoIP, 31 percent of respondents revealed that potential buyers should "select a VoIP provider carefully", 29 percent stated users make sure their "broadband service is VoIP ready" and 22 percent advised getting some kind of trial version first to best ensure their provider of choice is indeed the best one for them.
While there are always issues with any new technology, it's quite clear that there's plenty of room for big savings as far as this particular new technology goes. Plenty of businesses have found a lot of value in the switch to VoIP, and while that doesn't necessarily mean that every business will, it's a safe bet that those who bring in VoIP to their operations will discover that savings and utility alike are close at hand with the introduction of VoIP in place of the more standard landline phone connection.
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