Get your business ready for 2015: phone plans

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Get your business ready for 2015: phone plans

Here are three basic ways you can bring your phone bill under control.

Now might time to think about some of the issues that you've pushed to the back burner during the year.
 
There are several ways you may be able to bring your phone bill under control.
 
Mobile plans. If your business has been grown, it may be worth looking at business plans that provide free calls between phones on the same account (for example, like these from Telstra). 
 
Another money-saving feature of some of these plans (for example, like these from Optus) is that they pool the data allowance, which may mean you may escape extra charges for the heaviest users if their data consumption is offset by lighter users. For example, if the plan provides 2GB of data per device and three of you only use 1GB, that leaves 5GB (their own 2GB, plus the three 'unused' gigabytes) for the fourth user.
 
VOIP. If you do want or need a fixed line number and you are able to get a broadband connection without a bundled phone line, consider switching to VoIP. Companies such as MyNetFone provide good rates (eg, 10c untimed national calls, and calls to mobiles at 15c per minute), as well as 'big company' features such as auto receptionist, voicemail to email, and rules-based diversion at affordable prices. And you can keep your existing phone number.
 
Bundles. These aren't restricted to home users. For example, Optus offers a bundle of ADSL2+ broadband with unlimited data, plus phone service with unlimited calls to local, national, mobile and 13/1300 numbers for $115 per month. That's just $15 more than the broadband service alone. 
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