Easy and Affordable Small Business Phone Systems

By Kevin Stewart
Updated: July 08, 2011

For the new business just getting started, choosing and installing a phone system is a priority. Choosing a system that is easy to install and use is also a priority, because it directly impacts productivity and profitability. The following systems are designed for ease of installation and keeping costs down.


For either analog or VoIP capability, Talkswitch offers an affordable and easy to use system. Depending on how many extensions you need, you can start with as few as 16 and go up to 64 phones for each system. These systems are also able to handle either traditional analog phones or newer IP phones, making the transition to VoIP easier for organizations that have not fully embraced that standard yet.


Specializing in feature-rich systems that are scalable and affordable, Avaya has phone systems that can support any number of phones from 5 to 250. The IP Office system is based on VoIP technology and uses all IP phones. The entry level system is called IP Office Essential Edition. This system is designed to provide the must-have features and flexibility needed for most small to medium-sized businesses.

After getting up and running with the Essential Edition, IP Office users can move up to the more advanced editions that include more features and expanded capabilities.

Cisco Systems

Cisco offers a full range of business phone systems. Using IP phones and VoIP equipment, these systems are affordable, scalable, and relatively easy to install and maintain. Cisco also offers lots of support and information that can help you make your decision, from online chat and technical help to white papers and other documentation. As with any technical purchase and installation, you should have a partner representative go over the potential benefits and issues for these systems before you buy.


Supported by its many years of experience in the telephone business, AT&T offers business phone systems that should address the needs of most small business customers. Through its Small and Medium Business phone store, AT&T can provide a tour of the available functions and features of their systems.Through its large partner network, you can get the kind of guidance and support you need to evaluate, design, and install the right system for your business.

Choosing and installing the right business phone system can seem like a major challenge. But with better affordability and advancements in technology that make installation and maintenance easier, no small business should be without a state of the art business phone system.



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