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How much phone systems will cost

January 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Phone System Costs

When discussing the cost phone systems, wiring and installation, purchasing the actual phones, the system itself (cabinet), optional accessories, and monthly service charges must all be considered. Ultimately, how much you pay for a phone system will depend on which system you choose and the number of employees you have. Phone system costs are often displayed as the total cost per employee or user.

Average phone system costs

Again, keep in mind that while there are average phone costs, how much you will end up paying for a phone system is dependent upon the size of your office and the features you require.

Key systems can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000 per employee. The features your business will require play a major role in the pricing for this type of system.

PBX systems start at around $800, but you will generally pay an average of $1000 per employee for this system. If your business has at least 100 employees, the cost PBX phone systems may be less, due to scaling.

KSU-less systems are usually the least expensive type of phone system because the only things you will be paying for are setup, installation, and the telephones themselves. Telephones for this type of system usually range from $100 to $250 per phone.

VoIP systems will cost around the same as a KSU-less system, however, these types of systems require a router, which can increase the amount of money you will have to spend. A KSU-less telephone can be used with this type of system with the purchase of an adaptor, or, you can purchase a VoIP phone, which range from about $100 to $250.

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Other things to consider

There are several factors that can affect the cost of your business’ phone system. They include:

  • Telephones – The telephones that you choose will affect the overall costs of your phone system. The price of telephones may vary depending on who you purchase them from. You may also be able to save money by buying phone in bulk. If you are looking to purchase cheap phones, you can expect to pay around $100 for each.
  • Cabinet – The cabinet runs your phone system, so the cost will depend on the size and complexity of your system. Cabinets can cost anywhere from $1,000 to more than $10,000. Cabinets are included in the cost of a phone system, but because they can dramatically increase your total cost, they are important to consider.
  • Optional phone features – If you want to add additional features to your phone plan that are not included as standard phone services, such as on-hold music, you can expect to pay more.
  • Installation – The cost of installation is not included in the overall cost of a phone system, and, in some cases, installation fees can be just as costly. Key systems and PBX phone systems are very complex, and require professional installation, so paying installations fees may be necessary. You may also be required to pay additional charges if your existing wiring is not compatible to your new phone system.
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