How to choose the best VoIP provider for your business

You’ve done your research. You know that a business Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system is an efficient, simple and affordable communications option that can help keep your growing business competitive. And you’ve decided to make VoIP part of your operations. Now you have another decision to make—which VoIP service provider to partner with. 

There are many VoIP solutions out there, but not all are created equal. When choosing the best VoIP service for your small business, you want to make sure you’re getting a solution that meets more than just your calling needs. Here are a number of things you should consider when evaluating VoIP solutions and providers.


Reliable VoIP needs a reliable network.

A good VoIP solution starts with a strong foundation. Because VoIP calls are routed through the internet, it’s critical that your VoIP solution runs on a network that gives you reliable connectivity and coverage where you need it. You should never have to worry that you’re missing important communications because you can’t trust your network. 

Your VoIP system should grow with you.

One of the best benefits of a VoIP solution for small businesses is that it is scalable. A complete VoIP solution should be able to easily expand as the number of users changes. Adding new lines or devices—or even locations—should be virtually effortless, and not cause any disruption to your operations. 

Competitive features can help create better experiences. 

Your customers have come to expect a certain level of service from the companies they do business with. When they call a business, they expect to reach someone who can help them—and they don’t like to wait. So your VoIP solution should come with a rich variety of business features that can help you operate more like a bigger business without costing a lot. Features like automatic call forwarding, seamless call transfer between devices, virtual receptionists and more that make it easier for your callers to quickly connect with the person best suited to help them. Not to mention features like visual voicemail, virtual meeting rooms and personal phone directories that make it easy for your employees to do their jobs. 

VoIP should make your job easier, not harder. 

An efficient communications solution should allow you to monitor, fine- tune, streamline and manage your network assets. And you should be able to do it all easily. If you don’t have a dedicated IT department, or if your IT resources are just stretched thin, you want to make sure that your VoIP solution won’t create a management headache. Look for a solution that comes with an intuitive web-based management system, so you can stay in control of your communications from where you’re working. 

Customer support should be available when you need it.

A good VoIP solution should be easy to manage and deploy. But in times when you could use a little extra help, you need a comprehensive VoIP solution that comes with access to professional support throughout the design, implementation and management phases. You need your communications system to work around the clock, so it’s only fair to expect that your VoIP customer service does, too. 

The bottom line.

The communications system you choose for your business will play a pivotal role in building relationships with your vendors, partners and customers—and those are the relationships that will determine how successful your business can be. So you need to partner with a service provider that will help you strengthen those relationships at every turn.

Many small businesses have put their trust in Verizon because of our proven ability to deliver effective VoIP services. We continually invest in our VoIP network, and we have the expansive reach your growing business needs. Verizon Business Digital Voice,* our VoIP business solution, offers more than 30 features—including Auto Attendant, Hunt Group, Extension Dialing and more—to help you control your communications, improve customer experiences, streamline your business and simplify your day-to-day.

By choosing the right VoIP solution, you’re taking the first step toward a productive and competitive future for your business. So you need to make sure you choose a provider that has the experience, reach and range of services that will support your growth.


* Business Digital Voice is available in select areas of nine states and the District of Columbia.

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