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Published 8/14/17

Professional salesman for phone systems.Why companies more and more are choosing a premise based business ip-pbx phone system over a cloud solution.

Everything has changed and Asterisk is the core reason.

Several very good VoIP hardware companies, which have been making SIP based phones, gateway hardware and other equipment for the open market, are now each making an IP-PBX appliance. And they are available at very affordable prices. These well crafted appliances use Asterisk on Linux, both extremely reliable open source software and now in 2017 have been fully designed to take the guess work out of installation, configuration and management. To say the least, this has made traditional PBX manufacturers and some hosted VoIP providers very unhappy. In fact a few are annoyed enough they have threatened to stop purchasing some SIP phones because that manufacturer is making an innovative ip-pbx appliance, that is creating stiff compitition. Actually, these VoIP UC PBX appliances beat the competition drastically in pricing and feature sets and have advanced to being very easy to install and configure. This change is affecting the entire telecom landscape, not just the traditional PBX companies, but hosted VoIP providers (cloud based business pbx) as well. Up front costs for hardware are now drastically lower than before. Historically, by year two the cost of a hosted PBX phone system becomes equal with the on-premise solution, however now with new affordable UC appliances and SIP phones it can be just a number of months.

Consider these benefits for a premise based ip-pbx.

  1. Low costs on hardware. Traditional PBX phone systems were and still are a major expense, but SIP phones and Asterisk based IP PBX appliances are extremely low in cost and every bit as good, probably better for ninety percent of SMBs.
  2. Systems are complete; tested, easy to install and configure, and reliable, all without the guess work of a do-it-yourself system. They offer so many features without license fees. If you need an extra conference bridge just configure it at no extra cost. Several makers of these Asterisk based VoIP appliances offer advanced call center apps, hotel management apps and other solutions at just a fraction of the cost of their traditional PBX competitors.
  3. Choose your provider at any time. Connect up to your existing phone lines, add VoIP (SIP Trunks), have a combination, or go totally VoIP. Your in control and have the flexibility to choose lower cost, better service providers.
  4. Support and ease of installation. For Up until just a year ago or so, installing a PBX phone system was only for telecom professionals. However, all that has changed and now most tech savvy individuals can configure an Asterisk or FreePBX system themselves and if they can't figure something out, the manufacturer is there for support. This has not made most traditional PBX manufacturers happy, some have become so annoyed that they don't even want to buy certain SIP phones, but that's not going to change the direction of the communications industry.
  5. In-house management. Yes, these systems are intuitive and so well designed that someone in-house can take care of any changes. They can be customized for your company.
  6. Any additional hardware costs should be recouped in just months. Recently several quality manufacturers of IP phones moved into the IP-PBX hardware market. They each build an affordable quality appliance that uses a version of Asterisk sitting on Linux as its operational software. The savings have been passed to the consumer lowering prices dramatically which has made the difference in initial costs between hosted VoIP and an in-house ip-pbx phone system easily recouped.
  7. Signaling over your own network (LAN) instead of over the Internet.  When you transfer a call from one extension to another extension in the office the phone switch in the closet on premise makes that happen.  All the signaling occurs locally just feet away instead of miles. Calls between extensions don't have to go through a cloud hosted PBX provider, they're all on your network.

VoIP UC PBX Top Choices

These are the 2017 top choices for a SMB VoIP asterisk based appliance. Each device has offers tremendous feature set, excellent support and an array of extra apps for additional solutions.

Top 3 Asterisk IP-PBX Appliances 2017

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Cloud Costs Can Add Up

When you break down the cost of cloud based phone service, aka Hosted Business VoIP, on a per seat basis, you can see it quickly adds up. Consider $20.00 to $35.00 per user, per month is typical. For a 15 person office the monthly cost would range from $300.00 to $525.00 every month. On the lower end, many features would not be included and as added would increase that cost quickly. If you need to record calls then that service can be added with many providers, but you will be charged an additional per month, per user fee, as much as $20.00 more.

Phones are typically a cost that can be either paid for upfront, or added as a monthly cost. An amount might be $5.00 per month per phone. With the current low cost of many quality SIP phones you can see that it doesn't take long to have paid enough in rental fees to have paid for the phone itself.

Doing the math shows how an in-house ip-pbx using SIP trunks through a reliable provider can make financial sense.