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MICROSOFT TEAMS PHONE INTEGRATION

MAKE MICROSOFT TEAMS YOUR AFFORDABLE PHONE SOLUTION

Take control of your voice communications. With expert integration of Teams and Cisco® Unified Border Element (CUBE), GMI delivers unified communications without the high costs of user-based pricing.  

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WHY USE TEAMS AS YOUR PHONE?

According to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service, remote workers will soon make up two-thirds of the digital workforce. Clearly, the ability to work from anywhere is no longer a nice to have. Employees want a seamless experience that lets them call, chat, video conference, share screens, and show presence. One that works on all their devices and no matter where they sit — office, remote office, favorite coffee shop, or somewhere else entirely. With more than 250 million users, Microsoft Teams is at the forefront of meeting this demand.

Since most organizations use Teams for their internal collaboration, adding external voice capabilities commonly achieves the single platform dream.

HOW GMI SAVES YOU MONEY

The only drawback is the price. Depending on the size of your organization, the costs associated with the Microsoft® Teams Phone plan add up quickly. Between the annual subscription, per-user pricing model, and steep jumps for usage beyond the 3,000 included minutes (your heavy users will hit that mark in days), let’s just say you pay for the privilege. Plus, you are at the mercy of Microsoft’s rates, subject to any changes they put into play. Pivoting to another cloud-based alternative for your Teams calling plan is an option, but you still pay per user and the price shavings are relatively small.

Fortunately, GMI’s approach is more of a game changer. When it pencils out, we install a Cisco CUBE for your session border controller (SBC). This edge device enables direct routing that gives you full access to the public switched telephone network (PTSN). Instead of paying Microsoft, you become your own provider. You pay the typical costs associated with your local telephone company and that’s it. Typically, this solution pays for itself in about a year if you have 250 users. In laymen’s terms, after integration costs, it’s all gravy.

The more users, the bigger the savings. But regardless, no matter your situation, our experts help determine the best path for you to leverage Teams calling.

EXPERT INTEGRATION

Our team is comprised of collaboration solutions specialists. With more than a decade of focus on VoIP technologies (internet-based phone), we not only ensure you get the features you need, but that your voice solution is properly configured for optimal results.

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