WHAT ARE THE BEST PHONE SYSTEMS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES?
Hosted Phone Service. The upside is flexibility, features, low cost, low out of pocket, and it's very easy to add users, and the only down side is occasional audio quality issues, or poor audio if not installed correctly.
BEST PHONES ON A BUDGET?
Best phones for a low cost hosted or IP phone service would be Yealink T Series. They have a bare bones phone the
- Yealink T19. $50-$75 + set up or installation. Simple small screen - No programmable buttons.
- Yealink T41 / T42 $125-$165 + set up or installation. Backlit Med Screen with 15 programmable buttons.
- Yealink T46 Gig $195-$250 + set up or installation. Full Color Large Screen with 27 programmable buttons.
- Yealink T48 Gig $295-$350 + set up or installation. Full Color Touch Screen with 27 programmable buttons.
BEST PHONES TO SCALE?
The best phones to scale are not so much the phones, but (1) the phone service or (2) system you choose.
If you're looking to grow, and worried about your phone system keeping up, then VoIP is the only solution for you.
Hosted VoIP, where you pay a monthly service that includes features and phone lines, typically scales from 1 to 1000 phones.
A VoIP Phone System, where you pay a monthly service that only includes the phone lines, typically scales from 1 - 1000 phones very simply as well.
Traditional phone systems that are only digital / analog need additional hardware through out the entire growth process. Often a 8 port digital card is $400-$1000, or if you need more phone lines a 4 port analog line card is about $300-$600 dollars. You just keep paying as you go over the capacities of the last card that you bought.
Scalable = VoIP Phone System. Period.