Hosted VoIP vs. a Premise Based IP-PBX
Even a small company can see benefits from
having their VoIP phone system residing in their closet rather than 2000 miles
away, but it depends on their use and business model. Benefits of an in-house
IP-PBX can range from using multiple providers with different types of service to lower costs when
averaged over several years. Or if your business requires certain features which
can quickly increase monthly charges like call recording, then an in-house PBX
will save money, even for a very small business.
Both Cloud phone service and an on-premise PBX
have benefited from open source Asterisk. Hosted VoIP providers use Asterisk as their PBX software
and the best affordable in house PBXs do also.
We have listed some of the pros and cons of a premise based business VoIP phone
system versus hosted business VoIP or a cloud based phone system. These advantages should be weighed against the
advantages of a cloud based system which can offer substantial benefits for
NOTE: Which type of system would be best for you will depend on several factors,
including what type of service you may currently have and if you're tied in with a contract
that would incur charges if you wanted out.
Benefits of a premise based business phone system
- Lower costs over several years. With a
premise based business Asterisk phone system the cost of hardware would
be greater than hosted VoIP as there would be additional hardware
needed. However, this additional cost would be off set over some
period of time at which point the cost over time would be lower.
- The ability to have two different types of dial tone
service. For example many small companies have 2 or 3
traditional phone lines. They can keep 1 or 2 of these lines and
additional lines as SIP trunks delivered over the Internet. If one
type of service goes down, as would be the case from loss of Internet
(SIP trunks would not connect), they would still be able to make and
receive calls from their traditional CO lines.
- Lower costs on some feature sets. Many hosted
VoIP providers have additional charges for some features. For
example, multiple attendants might incur additional charges. A
call queue would also be an additional feature at an additional charge.
Music on Hold or Message on Hold can typically incur an additional cost
with hosted VoIP, if they offer it at all. With a premise based
business VoIP phone system all these feature sets might be incorporated
in the PBX software so would not cost anything additional once you buy
- More control and more flexibility over your phone system.
Owning your own PBX (business phone system) allows you to
have total control over its use and operation. Making changes to
the system or changing VoIP providers is easier and can be quick to do.
- 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. With a hosted VoIP system a transfer
from one extension to another takes place at the hosted provider's
switch which would usually reside many states away. This increased
distance caused a certain latency and also increases the need for a
constant robust Internet connection. Although the voice traffic is
the main user of bandwidth on any VoIP connection, eliminating all the
PBX signaling can be an advantage, especially on days where the Internet
connection is not as good as other days.
Benefits of hosted business VoIP
- Lower upfront costs. Hosted VoIP requires
less hardware, therefore the initial outlay of money is less than buying
a premise based phone system. To be up and running with a hosted
solution all you need is an account with a business VoIP provider and IP
phones. The largest hardware cost are the phones. (This may
be true with either hosted VoIP or a premise business VoIP PBX.)
- Easier to set up off site phones or extensions.
One of the great benefits of a hosted VoIP service is how easy it is to
set up an extension or phone at remote locations. The provider's service
depends on ease of connections and setup, therefore plugging in an IP
phone and putting in the correct credentials should result in dial tone
on that phone easily. Although, you can set up remote phones or
extensions off site with an on premise business PBX it may be more of a
- Maintenance and upgrades are handled by the hosted VoIP
provider. You are buying a cloud based phone service with
hosted VoIP. That being the case it is the provider who maintains
the PBX, not you. They need to fix hardware failures and upgrade
the versions of software just like any cloud based provider.
Hosted VoIP limits your responsibilities.
- Over the phone tech support. Tech support can
be important if you need it and with most hosted VoIP provider's service
packages, tech support is part of the package. Troubleshooting
remote problems can be a challenge, but having the ability to call a
trained tech who can help solve issues is a big part of hosted VoIP
- No loss of service in the event of a catastrophic event at
your business. Suppose a fire or flood affects your
business and your equipment gets destroyed. To reestablish phone
service with anon premise phone system you would need another phone
switch and phones. With a hosted VoIP solution all you would need
would be some IP phones and an Internet connection somewhere and you
would be back in phone service/business. All the features,
recordings and operation of your business phone system reside far away
at another location, not affected by the catastrophe back home.
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