The telephone is integral to business work and everyday life. As such, owning the right phone system for your needs is incredibly important. A phone system that does exactly what you need it to do is more important than looks or ringer sounds. It symbolizes the connected nature of your business or home. It is worth noting, though, that every phone comes with a total cost of ownership (TCO). The TCO is the composite amount of money and resources that a product—in this case a phone system—will cost its owner during its lifespan. This is a very important in deciding on the best phone system for you.
The Phone TCO
A phone system comes with a number of costs that you may not realize when you simply pick the out of the products of your local electronics store. Other than the immediate cost of the phone, you need to consider the post-purchase prices that come with every phone, as well as the costs of the specific phone. You need to consider that a phone needs to be installed. This is extra important when installing a complex office phone system for the first time. The TCO for this will be quite high, and if you don’t have all of the wiring right the first time, you will need to pay more. The phones will also use electricity. Even if you use a wireless handset, it will require charging. Registering a phone system for a new number will also cost you. Don’t forget that all of these require time costs, as well, which require your presence for each of these events. Finally, system repairs in the event of emergencies will cost you. In some cases, such as events covered by warranties, the repair service won’t cost money. However, you will still need to be available to receive the service, not to mention you may miss important phone calls while your system is inoperable.
The Benefits of Planning
As you can tell, these are some stunning costs in terms of money and time. The TCO can be quite high, especially when new phones come into play. In fact, businesses are often leery of switching phone companies because of these TCOs. This fear can be eased by comparing TCOs before purchasing or switching phone systems. A little research often goes a long way in determining at least some of the costs. While determining every cost up front is nearly impossible, figuring out as many as possible before purchasing the initial product can save you time, money, and stress.
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