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Calling the Shots

Is a VoIP telephone system in your company's future? Here's how to find out--without breaking the bank.

This story appears in the October 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Rent or buy: it's a familiar calculation for businessesmaximizing cash flow. Just as you might outsource Web site hostingor expensive programs, you can check out VoIP telephone systemsbefore buying PBX hardware by signing up for IP Centrex.

It's not the same as the analog Centrex services the Bellsand other large telecom companies offer small and midsizebusinesses. Like other all-digital systems, IP Centrex benefitsfrom the cost-effectiveness of an Internet transmission backbone,the growing need of businesses for broadband data streams, and itsability to mingle voice and data.

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