How can I detail the components of VoIP and estimate a price point?

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I am in charge of explaining the costs associated with VoIP to the boss of the pharmaceutical company where I work. How can I detail the components of VoIP and also estimate a price point for the company?

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Just like anything else in IT… the answer is “it depends”. You can have a basic system, a system with some options and a “decked out” system. The minimum components you will need are:

Phones – $150 and up
Cabling – CAT5e or above – how much per drop?
Layer3 Switches (Power Over Ethernet – POE – preferred) – have to also provide Quality & Class of Service (QOS, COS) – $3000
Gateway between data network and PSTN – varies, low end maybe $4500
Callmanager – can be integrated into gateway; this is the “smarts” of the VOIP system – varies from free open source (Asterisk) to high end systems like Cisco which could run $15,000
Voicemail ?
Software licenses if not using open source options like Asterisk – say $100/phone
PSTN connection(s) – copper trunks, PRI, ISDN, etc – depends on your local telco
WAN costs for site to site VOIP – may have to add capacity and/or QOS/COS to this link – depends on your provider

So, you can assign a quantity and price to each of these elements that will get you your estimated costs for the boss.
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Call charges .
Internal saving
Mobile or Cell ? ( GSM gateways) or the like
Line rental saving if using VOIP lines

Versa capital expense of putting PBX in

+ Extra functionality

Will lead to a bus case of do it or forget it

If you need further info drop me a line .

Cheers
Daryl

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