I often get queries about phone services. Traditionally, phone services has been a specialty requiring very different training and equipment than I have. Phone PBX machines which allow you to setup voicemail and route calls tend to be quite expensive.
Over the past 10-15 years, Voice over IP (VOIP) has come into its own and now provides a convenient and cost-effective alternative. My favorite company to recommend is Ring Central. They provide a cost effective and portable service that allows you to have a physical line anywhere you have Internet service. It can also easily re-route to your cell-phone in case you leave the office or you simply want to mask your private cell phone number.
At a recent meeting of the Oregon Computer Consultants Association (occa.org) I learned about a couple other services.
OOMA is an even more reasonable service for home users (it has a 5 line maximum limit) with which several of the members have had positive experiences.
Vonage was also a popular VOIP service.
So if you are planning to move your office, replace older phone equipment, or simply wonder if you can save some money on a phone system, look into one of these great VOIP services.
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