Differences Between Virtual PBX and Hosted PBX Cloud Phone Systems
Posted on: March 11th, 2019
People often assume that all cloud-based phone systems are the same.
There are, however, different types of cloud phone systems available. The two most common are versions of a Private Branches Exchange (PBX): Virtual PBX and Hosted PBX. Whichever option you choose, cloud-based phone systems will help businesses of all sizes to lower their upfront costs.
While the two PBX systems have similarities, there are a few significant differences between the two.
1. Virtual PBX Only Transmits Incoming Calls
Virtual PBX phone systems work by rerouting all incoming calls to existing cell phones, landlines or phone extensions through an automated answering service. Essentially, Virtual PBX allows the business to transmit incoming calls and route them to the appropriate person within the organisation.
The business must use another method to make and manage their outbound calls. Therefore, the company must pay an additional amount for calls that employees make on top of the Virtual PBX costs, through another phone company.
2. Hosted PBX Provides Both Inbound and Outbound Calls
A Hosted PBX phone system provides a business with both inbound and outbound calls, making it a complete business phone system. The system will replace existing phone companies and will allow employees to make a high volume of calls regardless of their location.
3. Hosted PBX Offers More Enterprise Features
Through Hosted PBX, a business can utilise several enterprise-grade features. These features include call forwarding, three-way conferencing, and extension dialling to reach specific people. This results in increased productivity and efficiency within the business. A Virtual PBX system will not provide any of these features and lacks the ability for employees to use extension dialling to connect.
5. Technology Maintenance
As the Virtual PBX system requires phone lines in place for outbound calls, there is a need for constant maintenance on behalf of IT staff within the organisation. Hosted systems free up the business from having to manage and maintain phone lines and deal with phone companies. Everything is handled and supported by the cloud service provider.
When determining which cloud-based phone system is best for your business, consider factors such as the size of the company, the number of outbound calls, scalability requirements, and if there are multiple office locations. If you’re unsure which system is best, contact onPlatinum ICT for a free assessment of your telecommunications.
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