Why people still choose a digital pbx.

In todays IP voice revolution, where all the talk are IP-PBXes and VoIP, why would any company still opt for a digital business phone system? 

Business phone and telecommunications advisor.The answer to this question can be found from the businesses that choose such systems.  First, most of the businesses that end up getting a new digital phone system for their office start by exploring the the latest technology opportunities that are available, VoIP, or an IP-PBX in-house system that can connect through any means (VoIP SIP trunks, CO Lines, or PRI).  These businesses are small offices or retail establishments that may only need 3 to 10 phones and are operating with traditional copper phone lines, probably not a PRI circuit.  They quickly limit their new choice to either an over the open Internet VoIP service or a small new digital system, due to the fact that the cost per phone can be significant when getting an in-house IP-PBX.  Unlike a larger company that wants later technology, special features and makes budgeted purchases based on their needs, which is often spread out among 40 or 80 users, a very small company is looking at price and that price is going to be substantially lower for digital phones connected to their already in place telephone lines.  That is until late 2017 when the hardware cost of a VoIP ready Asterisk based ip-pbx and SIP phones are half of what they were just a couple of years ago. Now a later technology IP PBX appliance with SIP phones can be in the same price range. The decision often comes down to how comfortable a small business owner feels in managing the system. A digital system which they may have had was installed and unless a new phone or additional line was needed, it remained mostly untouched.

The caveat may be very small companies where advanced features would drive better revenue, like a real estate office or ones that do significant calls.

Small companies still opt for the right digital PBX.

Simplicity and familiarity also play a role in the companies that get a digital phone system.  They look at the cost, ask a few feature questions and quickly find out that it will do more than their old phone and can connect to their existing phone lines, with no need for porting, cancelling contracts, or moving carriers. If an alternative Asterisk based system is offered at prices that compete with any other system, and can be connected right to their existing lines, the decision may often rest with the purchaser believing simple is better; fear of advanced technology.

Choices for a new digital phone system can go as low as $1300.00 to $2,500.00 including voicemail and an attendant.  This low price, unheard of five years ago is grabbing the attention of both new businesses and those that need to replace a failing system.  Older systems that are replaced due to a part going bad, or possible taking a voltage surge during a lightning storm are rarely budgeted for and if the company can place the loss on their insurance, they typically need to make the case that the older system is too antiquated to be fixed and the new system is similar.

So, who are the companies getting new small digital phone systems?

They are the small businesses that everyone knows, dentists offices, pizza franchises, hardware stores, lawn service companies, insurance offices, and all the other traditional small existing businesses that have two, three or even four phone lines from a traditional carrier like at&t, and a fax line and have around four or five or six employees. Phone lines are in place, already connected to a block in the phone closet. Some phones may be in places where no data connection (computer) is present and the cost to run one, two or more cables would add up.