In this day and age, business truly is global and the need for people to keep in touch with clients the world over has become paramount. No matter where you go, there are a variety of call plans that make it possible for you to conduct business with people around the globe. Gone are the days of having to use the old dial-up telephone, replaced by plenty of new communication options. In this guide you can read about mobile phone options and VoIP systems.
Be smart with your mobile
One of the most convenient inventions in recent years for business is the smart phone. Smart phones are great for having the internet at your fingertips and for being able to keep on top of your emails – they’re also good for the old-fashioned phone call.
The best thing for you to do is contact your network provider if you’re travelling abroad to find out the best deals they can offer you for phoning internationally. Make sure you include your internet needs in any plan and when you’re out of the country keep the roaming connections off until you need to use them.
Purchase an international mobile
Another option is to purchase a phone in the country you’re travelling to. If you’re staying for a while and conducting business in that country, this is a good idea as you should only get charged local rates. You need to do your homework with this one to find out the best deals and to see if this option will save you money in the long run. One issue is that the cost of calling home may well be greater, so make sure you check it all out.
Use a VoIP system like Vonage
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) systems are a great way of making business calls and can save you a lot of money. With providers like Vonage (www.vonage.co.uk) you’ll be able to pay a set amount and make all the calls you need. You can pick the plan that best suits you and get call packages for the countries you’re most likely to do business with or in.
The really good thing about companies and plans like this is they have specialist business plans, will understand your needs and can provide a variety of money-saving business call plans. You’ll be able to use the call plan package to use your existing number and have calls connected via the internet. All you need to set up such a system is an internet connection and a touch tone phone – then you’re away!
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