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Without the need to buy or maintain PBX hardware, you get to save those costs. Savings of 30% to 50% are common for SantaMonicaSystems customers who made the switch.
Hosted VoIP makes it easy to add or subtract users so you only have to pay for what you need. Setting up new offices or branches is quick and easy.
With SMS as your Hosted PBX Provider, you’ll work with a team of experts who care about your business as much as you do. If something goes wrong, you’ll get fast access to a committed support team.
Connect more people, more simply, with voice and video conferencing, multi-party chat, and desktop sharing in an integrated team workspace. Work, communicate, and collaborate more effectively than ever before.
Conveniently make calls from Skype for Business using your SMS Hosted Voice service. Award-winning phone system with 50+ calling features integrated into Skype for Business, for a more productive office.
Hosted PBX, Virtual PBX, and Hosted VoIP all refer to the same thing. A Hosted PBX is a service that allows routing of voice communication by hardware that does not physically reside at the location where calls are being made and received. Thus, the hardware that routes calls for your business is “hosted” by a service provider. Hosted VoIP is a related and synonymous term because Hosted PBX requires voice communication to come over an internet line (not a phone line).
In layman’s terms, it takes some technology to properly route phone calls when they come into your business. That technology used to be a physical box at your location, and in some cases still is (prior to this, you had a human operator routing calls by plugging and unplugging cords). Thanks to the internet, you don’t need to worry about that box because it’s owned and maintained by a service provider. You use the hosted PBX via the internet, in much the same way you don’t need to have a server in a closet to house your digital files. Nowadays you can access them remotely, using the internet with a system and environment that is commonly called “the cloud.”
Benefits of Hosted PBX
So, what makes Hosted PBX so great? As described above, you don’t need to have hardware on-premise to get the features that come with it, like call routing, extensions, hold, call forwarding, etc. There are many other benefits of hosted PBX outlined below.
The availability and efficiency of a hosted PBX system is subject to variables, like the location of your physical address, how new your infrastructure is, and the speed of your internet connection.
In theory, hosted PBX reduces cost by eliminating the need to maintain physical hardware at your location; but every location is different. In some cases, an on-premise PBX system (not hosted) may be superior. If you don’t have a strong internet connection at your place of business, you may not be able to support a Hosted PBX system, which relies on VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). Since Hosted PBX relies on the internet to provide service, it’s only as strong (or weak) as your data connection and in cases of very poor internet – can’t be supported at all.
At Santa Monica Systems, we consult with you to find the right solution so there’s no risk of matching a weak data connection with a VoIP system that can’t handle it.