Managing a busy school isn’t an easy task and time is valuable. This means that you probably don’t have the time to research into the benefits that switching your telephony to a hosted solution gives your school. In this article, we have completed the hard work for you. We’ve sifted through and compiled together a few of the benefits that moving your school/academy to a hosted telephony solution (VoIP) may provide.
Before we start we should clarify what VoIP (Voice of Internet Protocol) is. Simply VoIP is a hosted technology that allows users to make phone calls using their broadband connection rather than conventional or analogue phone systems.
Put simply, moving to a hosted solution is a cost effective and can save your school money regardless on its size. This is due to the low installation and maintenance costs are able to be kept minimal. You avoid paying costly traditional phone line bills as calls are made over the usually already installed broadband connection. With tight budgeting imposed on schools and academies it’s important to be able to save money wherever you can.
Saving money doesn’t mean that you need to compromise on features. With VoIP you are able to save money whilst benefiting from features that are simply inaccessible on traditional phone lines. One great feature of hosted telephony is the multi-site benefits that it gives you. As more schools are involved in academy trusts and expand to multiple sites it’s important that they are able to easily connect with one another. With VoIP you are able to make free calls between sites which is an incredible benefit to take advantage of.
VoIP systems allow for increased flexibility. With more staff needing to work remotely or are on the road travelling, VoIP allows you to link employee numbers with the school office and mobile phones. This means that they can be contacted when needed wherever they may be. As your school grows so will your VoIP solution. New users or devices can be added or removed simply when required. There’s no need to be paying for extensions that are no longer necessary. Adding or removing lines is a far simpler process than with traditional solutions. Usually it only takes a few button presses, there’s no need to request a costly engineer to visit onsite.
Moving to VoIP is an important decision as it means that you will be future proofing your communication. You may not be aware but ISDN phone lines will be ceasing as of 2025. This may seem like a fair way away, however we urge you to start considering a hosted solution now to ensure that you have time to find a solution that works best for you and your school.
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