VoIP vs. Cell Phones
Here’s a question we recently received from a reader:
We’re in the process of setting up a new office and considering going away from land lines altogether and fully tech with use of cell phones only.
Are you familiar with services like flyp, http://getflyp.com/
And/or do you have any recommendations how to fold traditional office phone system and land lines into cell phone technology?
Here’s my thoughts on Flyp:
$3/mo is a good price for a phone number. Although you can get 1 phone number free from Google Voice (with similar functionality – being able to make/recieve calls from a smartphone) other carriers charge at least $5/mo for numbers.
That said, the carrier uses your cell minutes, so you aren’t necessarily saving $ compared to a traditional VoIP office setup…. Also, it doesn’t look like Flyp has many business phone features – like auto attendant, call groups, the ability to transfer callers / place callers on hold, etc.
If the main reason you’re considering cell phones is portability, keep in mind that most VoIP providers have mobile apps that do the same thing – let you make/recieve calls from your business number. If the reason you’re considering cell phones is to save money, just bear in mind that a program like Flyp, Google Voice or Skype won’t give you business phone features, like the ones I mentioned above.
Nextiva, Phone.com and RingCentral all have mobile apps. You can check out our comparison of the 3 here: https://fitsmallbusiness.com/small-business-voip-service/.
Hope this helps!