What business owner wants their hands tied? You have enough binding contracts in your business, you don’t need a phone service that is going to tell you how long you have to use them, and when you can leave if you aren’t happy with their service. There are plenty of services out there, like RingCentral and Grasshopper, that don’t constrict their customers with long term contracts or harsh early termination fees.By not having contracts, you can pick and choose the virtual phone system you need, or up and move to another service provider without facing harsh penalties. A good virtual phone system will also allow you to “port-out” your number to another company. This means you can keep your established phone number if you decide a particular service is not right for you.
When you sign up for a virtual phone service, you expect that you will receive excellent call quality. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the issues are with the equipment or your current setup, while other times they are solely based on the company. Regardless, we are here to point out a few things that can influence your call quality – and possibly how to fix them if you notice a decline in your own quality.
The connection you have over the internet will play a heavy role in determining overall call quality. The bandwidth you reserve for your virtual phone service will determine quality too. For example, if you have a slow DSL speed, do not expect great quality. While broadband connections will work, they can be spotty if they are shared with other communication tools. Therefore, you will need to see how much bandwidth you have and how much your phone service will consume – and increase accordingly so call quality doesn’t suffer.
Some companies offer free equipment or have you buy your own, but the quality of that equipment will ultimately determine the quality of your service. Poor or cheap equipment will give you hazy phone calls. Before you buy, get as much information as you can on the ATA, router or IP phone and you may need to increase your investment if you want HD call quality. The hardware you purchase needs to suit your virtual phone service’s needs – which is why most companies will sell adapters and phones based on what will maximize call quality.
Weather can impact your call quality. Your voice may be distorted due to static, which is typically generated on broadband lines due to thunderstorms, strong wind gusts, electrical impulses and heavy rain storms. This will typically pass when the storm passes, but you can also get rid of it just by unplugging your hardware and then plugging it back in.
Where You Place Your Hardware
Poor quality can also be an issue of interference. Your equipment can interfere with other items in your home or office – thus, creating poor quality. For example, an ATA adapter cannot be close to a broadband router – otherwise you may notice interruptions or static.
The Caliber of Provider Matters Too
While all of the above can impact call quality, the type of virtual phone service you pick will ultimately determine how clear your call quality is. There are plenty of virtual phone systems out there that offer low prices and free equipment, but they make up for it with poor quality.