Small Business Saturday – Take Your Phone System To The Next Level

Hello from Toronto! It’s 11PM and I’m in Toronto, watching hockey (of course) and putting-together this post. It’s been a very busy day so I’m going to keep this short and sweet – that being said this could REALLY help a lot of business-owners out there!

Have you ever wanted to have a sophisticated phone system with your own 800-number and extensions for different groups within your organization?

Last week I found-out about a very cool solution – Grasshopper.com

Grasshopper is a great service for small businesses that want to have the sophisticated phone systems larger businesses have but don’t want to pay a fortune or deal with complicated equipment.

Here’s what you get with Grasshopper:

– Local or Toll Free Number

– Call forwarding

– As many extensions as you’d like (that’s right – there’s no limit!)

– Voicemail via email (HUGE plus for us road warriors)

– Manage your account via the phone or online

Plans start at only $9.95/month however it looks like the best option to get started is the “Ramp” plan which is $24/month. One of my favorite things about this service is that there is no long-term contract like with Vonage which is by far my least-favorite phone service out there.

Vonage locks you into a two year contract without telling you and makes it almost impossible to cancel the account. So if you’re thinking of Vonage I’d avoid it like the plague. I get unlimited phone service through my cable provider for the same price as Vonage and I can cancel anytime!

Sorry for the rant but I really can’t stand Vonage!

So if you’d like to take your phone service to the next-level there is a good chance that Grasshopper.com is the solution you’ve been waiting for!

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  • Marcus May 8, 2010, 11:26 am

    An alternative to Grasshopper is VirtualPBX.com.

    They have a $9.99 with same amount of minutes, more features, and NO ACTIVATION fees. I’ve used them in the past.

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  • Attila May 9, 2010, 12:19 am

    I think I am stating the obvious here, but Phone.com is pretty neat as well. Their pricing, easily to customize menus and greeting systems is amazing. Also you can hand select the numbers you want rather then letting them give you a random number.

    Morgan, with your busy schedule, don’t forget to call mom in the next day or so to wish her happy mothers day…

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  • jec31moto May 10, 2010, 9:05 am

    Virtual PBX has been around the longest, has all the features needed by small businesses, and is very competitve on price. And no activation fee already puts you $25 ahead of Grasshopper.com.

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    • Morgan May 10, 2010, 9:30 am

      Thanks for sharing @jec31moto!

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  • Business Phone System May 10, 2010, 11:07 pm

    PBX system is a great choice for small business to meet their communication requirements. It has a lot of features that keep communication process at ease.

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  • Matt January 22, 2014, 10:18 am

    Update for anyone reading this – Grasshopper no longer has an activation fee so that shouldn’t be viewed as a deterrent. Plans start at $12/month.

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  • Nick January 22, 2014, 10:26 am

    Strange that I got this in my email today as if it were a new post…….. and its Wednesday, not Saturday.

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