As with many consumer products, there are arguments to be made for purchasing used phone systems for office use.
Cost Savings and Environmental Advantages
Buying a refurbished or previously used phone system is an environmentally friendly solution. Phones can be particularly bad for the environment when they are deposited in landfill sites. Many of them contain dangerous chemicals that are fine as long as the phone remains intact, but can be harmful when released into the environment.
Purchasing a used telephone system can represent significant cost savings. If your phone has to be replaced, a new system is likely to cost more than the system you have now. Obsolescence in phone marketing is very much alive as it is among most technical devices in the marketplace.
Reliability and Warranties
Most reputable companies offering refurbished telephone equipment sell it with at least a 90-day warranty which gives you the time to make sure it will function well. The warranty will give you the choice of repairing the phone if it should malfunction.
According to consumer statistics, refurbished phones have a much lower defect rate than new phones because the refurbished phones are repaired to be free of any defect that brought them back. They are inspected, serviced and tested before they are repackaged by the manufacturer to meet original product specifications. There is no real guarantee that a refurbished phone will be defect free, however. You have to check to make sure that what you buy was thoroughly refurbished and inspected.
The Used Telecom Industry
Many companies specialize in the purchase of used business phone systems that are being replaced, perhaps by more advanced or updated models. Often whole telephone systems are bought out when buildings are demolished or businesses close. These used systems may include excellent PBX and IP phone systems from brands like Avaya, Nortel, Cisco and other top manufacturers.
In recent years the secondary network equipment and used telecommunications hardware market has developed into a mature and established industry. Used and refurbished telecom equipment typically costs 60% to 90% less than the original market price. The systems are sold with full technical support for a wide range of manufacturers and models.
Obsolescence and Preference
Digital PBX phone systems are very often being replaced by VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) systems. However, the older systems can be very functional in a typical office environment. They can be purchased for a fraction of their value. The supply of secondary market phones and telecom equipment is growing larger rapidly as new technology replaces old. Yet the older technology can be completely serviceable and can be purchased at enormous and increasing savings.
There are many companies who prefer technology that is one generation behind. Many feel that the older technology has worked through the development “bugs” that tend to plague newer technologies. This preference is keeping the secondary telecommunications market alive.
It is also only a matter of time before new advances will bring about the abandonment of the current state of the art. Perhaps soon the manufacturers of current VoIP equipment will begin introducing new technology and the secondary market will begin to offer what is now state-of-the-art at bargain prices.
Visit Clarus Communications here or call us at 855-801-6700 to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff so we can work with you on finding the right used phone system for your business at the most affordable rates. Our goal is to ensure high levels of customer service plus building and maintaining a system that enables your business to run well.
Clarus Communications is a national leader that specializes in providing over 60 telecommunication and technology provider solutions and we would appreciate the opportunity to become your technology partner and help you find the best solution for you and your company.