Understanding Your Phone System
What is your current telephone system?
- ANALOG LINE or POTS (Plain Old Telephone Set) systems:
Characteristics of POTS might include the following: Name Brand Manufacturer, you purchased it yourself, phone line plugs into standard wall-jack, 4 lines or fewer, No On-Hold Message or Music function.
These POTS will need an additional piece of equipment – called a "Coupler" to enable On-Hold Messaging.
The "Couplers" have varied specifications and are predicated on the model of your phone.
- "PBX" (PRIVATE BRANCH EXCHANGE/KEY SYSTEM UNITS (KSU) If you have this you will know, because it is so costly.
A PBX serves larger businesses. It uses trunk lines and T-1 Lines. You dial 9 to connect to a line. The aspects that distinguish a PBX from the key system and Hybrid system are the amount, scope and complexity of features and facilities offered.
A Key System Unit is a multi-line system typically used in small office environments. A key system is noted for expandability and having individual line selection buttons for each connected phone line. It has the capability to accept T-1 lines and ISDN.
If your PBX/KSU is older, it might require additional line cards, paging/music cartridges, retrofits, programming, or upgrading.
- PBX / KSU options might include the following ...
Voice Mail – Human or automated interaction – the call is intercepted by a "receptionist." If the party is unavailable, voice mail option is activated.
Automated Attendant – Starts with a greeting, then the call is directed through a menu of options which can include voice mail.
Information Box – No human interaction. Caller chooses different menu of options for information.
Voice Recognition Unit (VRU) – Caller communicates to a computer via phone's touch pad or voice until party is reached.
Automated Call Distribution (ACD) – Evenly distributes calls to agents. If all agents are busy, a message advises that "all lines are busy – please hold ...." Calls remain in que until answered.
- VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) systems
Voice calls are sent over a computer network, via broadband Internet connection.
System has PBX features.
Some manufactures include Cisco, NEC, AVAYA, Samsung, etc.
- HYBRID PHONE SYSTEMS
A hybrid system is fully digital and can embrace VOIP. A hybrid combines features of both PBX and Key systems.
These new Hybrid Systems combine POTS with newer VOIP Technology and are less expensive than PBX.
Message On-Hold functions are usually available with these phone systems; they can be set up out of the box.
What do your customers hear when on-hold now?
NOTHING ... SILENCE ... DEAD AIR ... and their own thoughts about hanging up while being On-Hold.
YOUR LOCAL AM/FM RADIO STATION ... Too much chat and endless commercials – maybe by your competitors! It is illegal unless you are paying licensing fees.
CD COLLECTION FROM HOME – also illegal unless you are paying royalties.
ON-HOLD MESSAGING – always ahead of the curve.
Call us! We will gladly check the compatibility of your phone system and help suggest the perfect program for you and your customers.
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