How can digital phone systems help your school?

Save money by switching to a digital phone system!

We specialise in school broadband, digital safeguarding and online security for primary schools, secondary schools and trusts all over the UK. But we also know a thing or two about school cloud solutions too! One of our best-selling extras is our digital phone system for schools designed especially for education.

Digital phone system

Over the last year, we’ve seen a huge rise in the number of schools switching to a fully digital VoIP phone system. There are a few reasons for this:

  • It’s cheaper -yay!
  • It’s flexible – set up new extensions and access your calls in a matter of minutes!
  • It’s easier – because who has the time to faff around with phones?

So if you’re looking to save money and have a hassle-free phone system, get in touch with us today to see how we can help you.

What is a VoIP phone system?

VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. ‘What does that mean?’ we hear you cry! Well, in a nutshell it means that your calls are routed through an internet connection instead of a landline. Therefore you only need school broadband (and no old-fashioned phone lines) to chat away to your heart’s content. And the best part? This saves you money!

VoIP calls are also known as internet or Wi-Fi calls. Basically they’re just audio or video calls you make over the school internet! They’ve become hugely popular over the last few years (Covid-19 played a part in this with the sudden rise of remote working), and lots of schools and businesses switched to VoIP calls.

We’ve partnered with 3CX to bring you a fully managed digital phone system. Everything is hosted in the cloud too, so we can take care of updates, security, users and extensions remotely. Because of this, it’s easy to scale your phone system by shrinking or growing to suit your school as you need.

The features of 3CX.

3CX phone systems use the latest cloud technology to create an affordable and flexible solution to improve communications. Their features include:

  • Cloud based
  • Easy to manage and use
  • Accessible anywhere with an internet connection
  • Smart device apps for Android and iOS
  • Integrated chat system
  • Unlimited users
  • Call recording

Using a digital phone system in your school.

Our VoIP digital phone systems work in a similar way to traditional phone systems. They work by using physical hardware – specialist IP handsets, computers and smartphones. They just use the school internet rather than a phone to make and receive calls!

Your staff will be able to access their extensions in any location – so no matter where they are, they’ll be able to access their calls and voicemails. Working from home? No problem! You can use an app to use your digital phone system for schools on any device. And don’t worry about getting called out of hours – you can set your phone to that all important ‘Do not disturb’ setting.

We’ll take care of the installation and set-up too, so you’ll be up and running in no time!

Ready or not, here it comes.

By 2025, every phone network in the UK will be routing calls through a fully digital network. BT will be moving all customers from the old analogue public switched telephone network (PSTN) and integrated services digital network (ISDN) to route calls over IP instead. This is known as the BT switch off.

We’ve put together a blog all about the big BT switch off, so take a look to find out how this is going to impact your school or trust. Although it’s still a couple of years away, it’s best to get ahead of the game and prepare your school early!

How can we help your school?

The quality of your school digital phone connections will depend on the state of your school broadband line. Slow school internet can mean rubbish phone calls! So if you’re looking to switch to a digital phone system or want to upgrade to a super speedy school internet connection, then we can help.

It’s also worth considering a back-up school broadband connection (we can help with this too!). That way, if there’s ever an unexpected outage, your school can carry on accessing the internet and calls as normal.

What are you waiting for? It’s easy to get in touch with us and we can have a chat about how we can help your school!

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