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2 . Traditional phone systems present two main problems for businesses: limited features and high costs. Communications are the lifeblood of any business. Therefore, small business owners are often reluctant to take a chance on new telephone technology no matter how attractive the pricing is. As a result, small businesses are migrating to Internet phone systems that deliver advanced communication features over a broadband Internet connection. In fact, a recent survey showed that small businesses are leading the charge VoIP-based telephone service was first introduced in the 1990s, and has become a mass market phenomenon. Improvements in network technology now enable service in this shift, with 70% of these purchases With 11 offices and over 80 phones, we providers to offer highly reliable VoIP coming from businesses with 30 or fewer used to pay a lot in long distance charges solutions with outstanding call quality, on when we called between offices in other phones. 1 par with traditional phone systems. cities and states. These voice over IP (VoIP) solutions are The only difference will be reflected on your Now we can call just by dialing an 8x8 hosted by a service provider and are much phone bill: it will be a lot less than you re extension. During our peak season, 8x8 less expensive than traditional phone used to! But the savings are not just limited saves us about $6,000 a month. Even systems. That all sounds good, but how during off-peak months, we still save to reducing your equipment costs or long much can a small business really save by switching? about $2,500 a month. distance charges. In fact, there are six ways your small business can save when you The answer is: a lot! Cheri Jenkins migrate to a hosted VoIP solution. General Manager, The AHI Group Since leaving Verizon, we have cut our phone bill by 80%. The features 8x8 VoIP phone service provides, along with the system clarity and reliability, are a blessing to our business. Matt Roberts VP and GM, C & S Precision Machining, Inc Study by Eastern Management Group stating that small businesses purchased the majority of hosted and cloud PBXs in Almost 70% of all sales worldwide were systems under 30 phones. 2
3 1 Eliminate PBX maintenance and upgrade costs. 2 Easily make changes. Many older telephone systems are based on PBX equipment installed in the telecom closet at the business location. Businesses that use a dedicated PBX must maintain and operate the system themselves, which can be very expensive. For example, to support 100 users over 5 years, 75% of your operations and administration costs goes to system administration and technical support. The remaining 25% goes to planning, security management, physical space, insurance, and power. 2 When you switch to a hosted VoIP solution, there is no need for a PBX in the telecom closet. You no longer have to pay PBX maintenance and upgrade fees: it s all handled by your service provider. Instead, you pay a predictable and more consistent monthly fee that allows you to manage a long-term fixed cost. And when it s time to upgrade to the latest software, your service provider automatically pushes the updates out to your system as part of your monthly service fee. In addition, maintaining your own PBX requires either outside consultants or dedicated IT staff. With a VoIP solution hosted by your service provider, you can reduce or eliminate outside consultant fees, and your IT staff can focus on business initiatives instead of your outdated phone system. Our previous PBX system was behind the times and took at least an hour a day to maintain, sometimes more for repairs and upgrades. With 8x8, we spend almost no time on phone system maintenance. 8x8 is the easiest of all the phone systems I ve had to deal with. Allan Berkovitz Director of Technical Support, OTI A traditional PBX phone system is difficult to grow or change. Consequently, you may end up purchasing excess capacity you don t need now just in case you need it later. And when you do need to add employees or change your setup, you have to pay your service provider additional fees, dedicate your IT staff to the project, and possibly hire outside consultants to help with the transition. VoIP solutions, on the other hand, are hosted in the cloud, so you can easily expand and make changes to your phone system yourself. Some providers allow you to add lines by simply logging in to your account and placing the order. And when you need to move an employee, it s as easy as unplugging their phone and plugging it back in at the new location. Web-based system management also makes it easy to set up and modify your ring groups (hunt groups), auto attendant, voic boxes, and many other features. All without purchasing a service contract or hiring an IT consultant to help you. This is something I love about 8x8 hosted VoIP. It s so easy to administer by myself. I can log in, see a complete picture of our setup, and make any tweaks I want without calling my IT consultant for support. We replaced our dying $16K legacy phone system with an 8x8 phone system. We love how affordable and easy it is to manage and set up. With 8x8 there are no more $900 a month PRI costs, no more service calls or costs to maintain the legacy PBX system, no more hardware maintenance costs, and no more analog line monthly costs. Dr. Angelique Andrews Pediatrician and Owner, HAPPI, Inc. Brian Flores, President, Cognetics 2 Diane Myers, The Cost Advantages of Hosted Telephony, Infonetics Research Cost Analysis Paper,
4 3 Lower your monthly phone bill. 4 Avoid long distance or international charges on your smartphone. Many small businesses today have a distributed workforce, a distributed customer base, or both. This usually means separate phone systems for each location, and toll, long distance and Using your cell phone for business calls can become prohibitively expensive, especially when making or taking long distance and international calls. international calls can quickly add Hosted VoIP phone service can up. Not to mention the complexity Our church is small and it is very important that we watch reduce your cell phone charges of managing multiple bills and our spending without cutting quality. We finally found a service contracts with various local and long distance providers. provider that could give us everything that we needed but only a Fortune 500 company could afford them! With 8x8, we lowered our monthly phone bill by 45% and now have by allowing you to use your smartphone as an extension of your office phone. Instead of paying By migrating to a hosted VoIP solution, you substantially reduce the same phone features many Fortune 500 companies use. expensive cellular rates, you ll pay low-cost VoIP rates even when all of those costs and streamline using your mobile phone overseas. Paul Ebert your service contracts as well. Pastor, Oak Lake Baptist Church 8x8 has provided me with a Because your service is hosted in mobile office on my Android the cloud, you can unite all your phone. The international rates locations and workers under the that I can access using 8x8 s mobile app save me more than same phone system. Another benefit: hosted VoIP service offers the monthly cost of the line! local, long distance and international call rates that are typically much lower than what you are paying with traditional phone service. Allen Gluck Director of Operations, ETC Foundation, Inc. I wish I had used 8x8 for my last office because my phone bills would have been cut drastically. I am paying about 10% of what I used to. Curtis Collins Broker, EFCU 8x8 has saved my company thousands of dollars in communication charges over the two years we have been a subscriber. And with 8x8, I can use my iphone to make calls from my business phone number, even when I m out of the office. Shannon Coy Vice President, Business Development Solutions, LLC After moving to 8x8, we reduced our monthly telephone bill by 80%. I also do a lot of international travel and using 8x8 s mobile app on a Wi-Fi network helps keep my international phone costs down. I would never go back to a traditional land line. Keith Russell President, Euresys, Inc. 4
5 5 Enhance your productivity with advanced phone features. 6 Consolidate all your telephone and conferencing services. In the past, many small businesses with premises-based PBXs had to make do with basic phone features like voic and call forwarding. Only big businesses could afford state-of-the-art features like extension dialing, auto attendants, notification of voic , mobile apps, and corporate directories. Today, the advent of VoIP technology has made these and other advanced features affordable even for very small businesses. More than just a convenience, they can have a dramatic and very positive impact on your employees productivity and workflow efficiency. That in turn offers a double-savings for you: you ll pay less for better phone service with more features, and the rich new features will help you do more business. Being a small business, the affordability of 8x8 is great! I save 60-70% of what I paid AT&T for lesser phone service. With 8x8, I can be anywhere with high speed Internet access and still be in contact with the office and my customers. Also I can have my desk phone and cell phone ring at the same time, so I can stay in touch with customers even when I m away from my desk. Clay Crafton Owner, Supreme Heating & Air With 8x8, our insurance adjusters can use phone features like 4-digit dialing between offices, transfer calls, set up conference bridges and access business directories. They can also conduct video calls, send instant messages, and check the online status of colleagues. Even when they are out in the field, adjusters can use 8x8 service to record calls, listen to office voic on their smartphones, and use video to share visual assessments of damages with colleagues back at the office from their ipads. Instead of paying multiple hardware and software vendors a lot of money upfront for their equipment and services, we now just pay one monthly fee to 8x8. And by reducing our infrastructure footprint, we ve cut our annual telephony costs by more than 50%. Bob Hughes CIO, McLarens To reduce travel and training costs, many small businesses use audio conference bridges and web conferencing services in addition to their phones. These ancillary services are certainly less expensive than traveling, but they can add hundreds of dollars to your monthly communications costs. With some hosted VoIP solutions, you can consolidate your telephone and conferencing services and pay just one affordable monthly fee to your service provider. For example, 8x8 Virtual Office Pro includes both audio- and web-based meeting capabilities, so there s no need to purchase separate WebEx, GotoMeeting, or conference bridge services. With 8x8, we no longer need multiple providers for our web meetings and conference bridges. Getting all our services from one provider saves us about $500 $600 a month. Allan Berkovitz Director of Technical Support, OTI America Last year prior to an office move I was tasked with evaluating a new phone system for our company. 8x8 offered a business-grade platform that was more flexible and cost-effective than anyone else s. By selecting 8x8, we cut our communications bill by over 50%. We also saved by eliminating web conferencing and conference call services that we no longer needed, and by offloading IT staff who no longer have to run wire and maintain a premises-based PBX. Jon Duke IT Manager, LSN Inc. 5
6 What s the bottom line? So what s the bottom line when it comes to business phone service? The bottom line is this: if you stick with a traditional PBX you ll continue to pay a lot of money for a limited set of features. That s why tens of thousands of small businesses have already made the switch to VoIP phone service. If you re interested in learning more about what a VoIP phone system can do for your business, contact 8x8. We ll help you explore the many ways you can save money and enhance employee productivity with our industry-leading solutions. We replaced our AT&T service and old hardware with Polycom phones provided by 8x8 as part of their service. Our 8x8 bill is half the cost of AT&T and the savings paid for our new phones in less than 12 months! Michael Applegate VP/CFO/Broker, St. Helena Insurance I m a small business owner. I selected 8x8 because of the reliability and flexibility, and the on-the-go mobile features. 8x8 gives my business the tools to be as efficient as the larger companies, at a fraction of the cost. Jason Casman Owner, Lightning Production Studio To learn more, call or visit NASDAQ: EGHT The 8x8, Inc. logo is a registered trademark of 8x8, Inc. 8x8, Inc. is a publicly traded company. SALES512/1212
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