Cost Considerations of Phone Installation
Start-up costs of phone installation are largely dependant on the scale of the phone system and the number of lines installed. Quotes will be based on the physical internal and external lines that need to be installed, the location and size of terminals and hubs and the number and location of individual handsets. These requirements will determine the number phone installation technicians needed for your new system. Small businesses usually only need one technician with just one day of disturbance whereas larger companies with up to 1000 handsets will require a team of technicians for over a week of intensive labour and configuration.
Keep in mind that your phone dealer may offer a bundle or monthly payment scheme allowing you to add installation costs to your monthly phone bill or pay the entire package off in smaller payments over a period of 6 to 24 months. Ensure you check the interest payable on these schemes and confirm the best solution for your business and cash flow with your accountant.
Pre- Phone Installation Inspection
Most phone dealers will visit your site pre-installation to assess and confirm your phone system and phone installation needs. This may take place in the form of an initial onsite inspection and quotation or once the phone system is selected and will allow for accurate quoting. If you are in a rented or leased office space, it is important to notify strata management of any changes and confirm with the phone installer that you will not be liable for any accidental damage they may cause to your building during the phone installation process. During the pre-installation inspection, the phone dealer’s technician or engineer will also be able to recognize any potential problems or drawbacks to your office’s configuration, current hardware or wireless capacity to avoid future issues before they arise.
The length of time your phone installation takes and the impact the installation has on your business will vary depending on the type of phone system installed. There are three main kinds of phone systems including KSU, PBX and Key systems. KSU systems are easily installed, plugged and relocated if necessary and can support 5 to 40 extensions. PBX systems are often used for over 40 extensions and require not only the usage of old wires but the installation of new internal and external wires so can more time consuming and labour intensive.
After the wiring and connection of the phone installation is complete, the system is tested with incoming, outgoing and internal calls to ensure all lines are routed correctly and configurations and smooth with immediate transfers. Finally, programming is conducted including ringing tones, speed dials, restrictions, and phone book entry. This process may take several weeks and is an ongoing process of updating once the phone installation is complete.
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