4 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Your Outdated Phone System Right Now
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Thomas Bertram Lance, probably, never expected this phrase to blow out of proportion. The American businessman was simply targeting the Government on their lousy policies in a newsletter of the US Chamber of Commerce, Nation’s Business, May 1977. It states:
“Bert Lance believes he can save Uncle Sam billions if he can get the government to adopt a simple motto: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” He explains: “That’s the trouble with government: Fixing things that aren’t broken and not fixing things that are broken.”
Ironically, many businesses use this excuse to avoid technology upgrades. Many businesses (SMBs, in particular) still use technology and equipment that (probably) date back to the Stone Age. Stuff like wired phone systems are still in common use— and I don’t know how. Perhaps the system does work, but so does Nokia 1100 or your Dad’s rusty Brownie camera.
It’s high time you leave the idea (and the system) behind. Why? In this post, we’ll give you solid four reasons for doing so.
Hang Up On Your Old Business Phone System
1. Compatibility issues; may not support new features and functionality:
Imagine relying too much on pagers in the world of smartphones. Or using heavy typewriters when sleek laptops are available. Smartphones and laptops come with dozens of new features— HD cameras, voice recorders, seamless integration with several other devices, the internet…
In short, they make your life easier. Outdated business phones, not so much.
Compatibility issues are fairly common with old VoIP and telecom equipment. Some of the features might work, but most of them need an upgraded system. This means more repair costs and more time in the dungeon.
2. Lower Shelf Life Means Increased Repair Costs:
If your business phone dates back to 2007 or before, you might need to bring the upgrade fast. Or ditch it altogether.
The average life expectancy of a phone system made before 2008 is five years. This might look like a fair number, but know that it has been ten years since 2008. It’s possible that most of your outdated telecom equipment is at the EOL (End of Life) stage.
On the other hand, most of the new phone systems can survive a decade or more.
Repair costs are another nuisance attached to older systems. The prices can reach up to $2,000 for major problems and upgradations. And it usually takes up to 3 days to fix such phones. Ask yourself— is it worth the pain?
3. Expensive Call Rates When Compared to Next-gen Models:
Remember the days when we used to pay dollars for a minute-long call. Even local, system to system calls inside the office building charged more than ten venti caramel mochas at Starbucks today. The prices, currently, have come down to mere cents (or even free, if you are making Skype calls).
With newer systems, you save like 1000% (plus no repair costs, yay!).
4. Scalability Issues; Unequipped for Growing Businesses:
Sometimes, it’s not about the features. Neither rates nor repair costs. It’s simply that your business outgrows your phone system.
You started with the basement and now own a 5-floor office building. Old and outdated phone system is no longer a problem in this case. Perhaps it has some outstanding features, but not the ones your company needs.
Scalable options are crucial in today’s high-tech age. After all, you may move to a 20-floor office space within the next few years. If only business phones providers in 1995 could see the future.
How Can You Make The Most Out Of Your Outdated Phone Systems
As much as you may like to tuck the model under the rug, alongside your fresh inventory, in the dusty corner of your warehouse— you can’t. You shouldn’t. Not when you can derive some monetary benefits out of them. Check out:
1. Return them to the vendor
If possible, return the equipment to your vendor. Or add some bucks and exchange it with a new system (if you have a great relationship with your vendor).
2. Sell them to ITAD companies
There are many liquidation and ITAD companies that take up your old phone systems. So if you need some quick cash for your inutile equipment, do look for such companies. Check us out too!
All you’ll need details of your phone system and some pictures. Fill up the form, respond to the quote provided, and done!
3. Donate them
If selling is not an option, try donating your old systems to NGOs and charity. But make sure they are in working condition. You might even draw tax deductions out of the donation.
With Telecom Recycle, you get maximum return on your used but functional telecom equipment. Contact us to get an exclusive and fair quote for your sellable IT equipment. Submit the bid form with all the equipment details and we’ll get back to you soon!