Cloud Hosted NBN Phone

New Phone or Not? When to Upgrade to NBN-ready Handsets

In a recent article, Will my existing phone system work on the NBN, I compared switching to the NBN to the change from analogue TV to digital TV. At the time, there was an option to buy a set top box, which served as a cost-effective stop gap, but it wasn’t until we upgraded the TV that we got the best out of digital TV.

It’s no different to your phone and the NBN.

You don’t have to buy a new phone to utilise the NBN. Adapters are available to make your current phone lines NBN compatible, which means you can keep your current phones. That may seem like a reasonable thing to do if cash flow in your business is tight, but there comes a point when it may simply be more cost effective – and more productive – to upgrade to NBN business phones.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each.

If you’re considering an adapter to keep your current phones going, here are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • How old is your current phone system?
  • Are spare parts available for my current phone system? And will providers continue to support this model into the future?
  • What new features would you like to have now the NBN is available and will your current system provide them?

If your phone system is relatively new and in good condition, you may be able to just update the main phone system unit and continue using your handsets. Analogue, Digital and IP handsets can all be used with a hybrid onsite phone system.

Analogue handsets, however, cannot be used with a cloud hosted NBN solution.

If you’re unsure what new features are available with NBN handsets, check out Benefits of the NBN for Your Small Business where we talk about how NBN phone systems can take your business to the next level.

In short, NBN handsets can give your small to medium business a real professional edge by introducing features more commonly associated with large corporates. Transferring calls is seamless and you’ll never have to worry about phone line faults or accidental damage to your phone lines again. You can also introduce a whole host of new technology from apps that measure calls to 3-way conference calling, professional queuing of calls and more.

Still not sure what is the best solution for your small business? Give the team at Expert Telecommunications a call. We’ll visit your premises to get a better understanding of how your business works and provide an obligation free consultation to suit the NBN needs of your business.

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About the Author: Mauro De Girolamo