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Why use voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) hardware in your small business? Because VoIP lets you combine voice, data, and video into a single, easy-to-manage service.

Not sure why VoIP is such a big deal these days? You're not alone. Many small business owners have heard about voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), but they're not sure how it applies to them. Find out here.

Why VoIP? It's the first step toward greater efficiency and productivity

Before we start talking about why having VoIP hardware is such a great way to go, we should review what we mean by VoIP and unified communications.

  • VoIP (voice over IP) allows you to have your phone line on an IP (Internet protocol) network.
  • Unified communications from Cisco offers the power of VoIP combined with a secure network. By combining all of your communications-everything from voice to data to video-you can enjoy a cost-effective, easy-to-use business solution full of features that help you do business better.

How VoIP Helps You focus on What Matters: Your Business

Small business owners are discovering why VoIP hardware is such a powerful tool for maintaining a competitive edge. When you switch to an IP-based unified communications system, you'll find that you can increase productivity because you've combine and simplified your communication tools. You can secure your voice and data more strongly. And you can make it easier for your employees to maintain access to your network, whether at work or at home.

  • Why VoIP helps you cut costs
    • You'll spend less money on travel by using online conferencing, easy-to-use video calls, and other tools for better collaboration
    • You'll find that it's easy to add extra phone lines, because VoIP lets you send multiple phone calls across your IP network
  • Why VoIP helps you improve communication with customers and employees
    • Your employees will have more ways to stay connected
    • By using "presence" technology, you'll be able to see if your employees are available and how to get in touch with them
    • With unified communications, you'll see that it's easy to work remotely from any place with an Internet connection
  • VoIP lets you have many features without paying extra fees
    • Voicemail
    • Caller ID
    • conferencing
    • forwarding
    • Unlimited long distance

Cost-Effective, Efficient, Small Office Phone System

Today's small office phone system technology delivers more than just a dial tone.

Many small office phone systems are now part of a converged infrastructure. They use your Internet Protocol (IP) network to transparently tie together voice, video, messaging, data, mobility, security, and other business-critical communications tools and applications.

A small office phone system makes basic as well as sophisticated business communications more affordable, for your main office and any branch offices you may have.

How an IP-Based Small Office Phone System Saves Money

  • You have only one appliance to manage, which is less expensive and more efficient
  • It saves you money on long-distance charges, because you can use your data network to place calls at low rates.
  • It reduces the costs of moving or changing a phone extension.
  • You'll save time-and therefore money-when adding a new site or a new employee.

Other Benefits of a Small Office Phone System


For employees, an IP network-based phone system can be as easy to use as a traditional landline phone, yet offer far more features and capabilities.


Communicate your way, in the most effective way for the task at hand - a phone call, video call, or with instant messaging or chat.


Embrace mobile and teleworking trends offering essential communication and collaboration from smartphones or tablets - even employee-owned devices.

Anywhere Access

Your communications or phone system is available to employees anywhere they have a broadband Internet connection. This helps employees improve productivity and collaborate more easily, and speeds decision-making.

The Cisco Business Edition 6000S provides all the essential collaboration capabilities needed for your small office environment. It is designed to specifically to meet the needs of small businesses with up to 150 users. The Cisco Business Edition 6000S offers an easy to deploy, manage, and use IP telephone system for your small office, plus much more.

So why buy VoIP hardware from Cisco? Because it gives you technology that's just your size. And with a unified communications system, you'll spend less time focusing on technology and more time focusing on what matters—your business.

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