Being able to take your business’s phone system on the go is undoubtedly a game changing function, especially when the feature can be installed on practically any smartphone with a downloadable app.
Cloud phone apps can effectively separate business-related calls from personal ones and they also allow users to use their phone’s internet plans for calls instead of relying on their mobile plans.
But that’s in fact the exact problem with VoIP apps, since they still force users to consume valuable mobile data even when they are conducting business calls. This is where VirtualPBX, a well-known virtual phone system provider, enters the picture with a revolutionary idea: VirtualPBX Mobile for Business.
Merging Mobile Service With VoIP
Even if it’s still in beta testing – and is only available only for selected users – the idea behind Mobile for Business is simple yet ingenious. By receiving a special SIM card, VirtualPBX Dash subscribers will not only be able to turn their mobile phones into a virtual extension of their phone system but they can make use of the mobile data that is provided in their VoIP subscription instead of consuming the data from their own personal mobile plan.
This doesn’t sound too revolutionary at first, but the brilliance of VirtualPBX Mobile for Business lies beneath the surface. First and foremost, the SIM card completely eliminates the need for apps and as such saves the phone’s battery from draining quicker. More than that, however, it means the device is turned into an extension of the phone system in much the same way that applications of big VoIP service providers do. Through the SIM card users will connect to VirtualPBX’s servers to make use of the company’s 4G LTE network instead of whichever their mobile data provider uses.
This is the classic case of a win-win situation for both employers and employees, who will each be able to save significantly on their costs. Businesses will be able to handle both their mobile and VoIP subscriptions under the same roof, while employees won’t ever have to waste precious personal mobile data plans again and ask employers to reimburse them for the extra costs.
Fees and Limitations
Although VirtualPBX’s idea is indeed brilliant, the fees of this extra service are horrendous. For starters, the smallest 500MB data plan starts from $29.99 per month per mobile device, which increases to a whopping $89.99 per month for the users of the top VirtualPBX plan. Admittedly there is the option to upgrade to better mobile data plans – which can provide 1GB, 2.5GB, 5GB or 10GB worth of data – but these prices range between anything from $39.99 per month to an insane $199.99 per month. This is ignoring the additional cost of $45 for the SIM card itself, too.
To make things more complicated, the service won’t be available for all VirtualPBX subscribers, not even once beta testing is finished, because Mobile for Business will only work on devices manufactured after 2016. This can be prevented, though, by buying a compatible smartphone directly from the company; too bad that the cheapest device costs $649, then…
Way Ahead of Its Time
Despite its limited availability and shocking prices, VirtualPBX Mobile for Business is without doubt the future mobile integration with VoIP. In fact, being able to connect to the cloud phone system and access all call-related features without the need for a separate app or to pay additional phone bills is indeed one of the best ideas a VoIP provider has come up with in the last few years.
And if Mobile for Business ends up officially released with better conditions and cheaper prices, then it’s safe to assume that the company may soon find itself as the leading VoIP provider.
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