Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




1 post

Wannabe Geek


#191820 17-Feb-2016 14:17
Send private message

I am part of a small firm - 7 of us in total, and only 4 (sometimes 5) in the office.  We currently have 2 phone lines and have 2 phones (like you woudl have at home) and we could transfer between them when on Vodafone.

 

We have just moved to Telecom and they say we now can't transfer between them, unless we move over to Centrex.

 

Does anybody use this?  Is it any good?  What are the benefits of moving across? 

 

I have phoned and internet chatted with Spark - got 2 different stories, costs and equipment supplied from them.

 

Any help appreciated.

 

Thanks, Lisa


Create new topic
I fix stuff!
1819 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Vocus
Lifetime subscriber

  #1494041 17-Feb-2016 14:19
Send private message

Centrex is a very old product.

 

Virtual PABX's using VOIP would probably be the best way forward. Lots of providers do these now and are quite cheap to setup and run.


4705 posts

Uber Geek


  #1494044 17-Feb-2016 14:22
Send private message

would 2degrees and a fritzbox work ? Can connect 6 phones to dect, plus 2 wired phone ports .And you can transfer calls ( i think). 

 

 

 

Probably not though i guess. Pretty basic solution, just one phone number, I wonder if you can attach more, no reason why not?

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


1003 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Chorus

  #1494073 17-Feb-2016 15:19
Send private message

Sounddude:

 

Centrex is a very old product.

 

 

The wheel is a very old product too, but people still use them.... cool





The views expressed by me are not necessarily those of my employer Chorus NZ Ltd


I fix stuff!
1819 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Vocus
Lifetime subscriber

  #1494077 17-Feb-2016 15:22
Send private message

Wheelbarrow01:

 

Sounddude:

 

Centrex is a very old product.

 

 

The wheel is a very old product too, but people still use them.... cool

 

 

 

 

Invented at the same time as Centrex I believe :-)

 

 

 

 


1515 posts

Uber Geek


  #1494105 17-Feb-2016 15:38
Send private message

We use Centrex at one of our work branches with 3 people.

 

Its good at being a quick easy phone system replacement when you don't want to mess around with setting one up.

 

The main advantage for us is the flexibility, there is no contract. We're not sure how long we'll be at the current premises, so don't want to enter into a 'long term' contract with a phone system.

 

The price is not much more than a standard copper line, and includes the handsets (which are often expensive for phone systems).


4546 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #1494141 17-Feb-2016 16:21
Send private message

To be fair the only real 'problem' with Centrex is the price.

 

There is also the fact you don't have BLF keys so its harder to manage in an office where you can't see everybody. Transfers are done 'old school' by using hook flash and then dialling an extension number - rather than just using a one-touch key. Doesn't sound like a big deal but try being the receptionist having to read a little list of extensions every time they want to transfer a call.

 

If you want some decent 'business phone' features a proper PABX is the way to go. I am still a massive fan of the on-site PABX with SIP trunks on the back end. The biggest problem with a lot of hosted solutions is they are being done by IT companies that really don't know how a phone system should be set up and are often less flexible than an onsite system.

 

Monthly cost for a leased PABX with 6 handsets, SIP trunks, broadband connection and all the bells and whistles would be maybe $200-$250. A hosted solution will be cheaper but you will probably have to buy the handsets up front and make sure it is from a company that truly understands what a phone system should do.

 

 


55 posts

Master Geek


  #1494350 17-Feb-2016 20:31
Send private message

Another option if you are covered by UFB and need Broadband would be IP Centrex via the second port on the ONT

Cheers, Paul

Create new topic





Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Soul Machines joins forces with the World Health Organization
Posted 13-Jul-2020 18:00


Chorus completes the build and commissioning of two new core Ethernet switches
Posted 8-Jul-2020 09:48


National Institute for Health Innovation develops treatment app for gambling
Posted 6-Jul-2020 16:25


Nokia 2.3 to be available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Jul-2020 12:30


Menulog change colours as parent company merges with Dutch food delivery service
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:53


Techweek2020 goes digital to make it easier for Kiwis to connect and learn
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:48


Catalyst Cloud launches new Solutions Hub to support their kiwi Partners and Customers
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:44


Microsoft to help New Zealand job seekers acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 economy
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:41


Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduces new HPE GreenLake cloud services
Posted 24-Jun-2020 08:07


New cloud data protection services from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:58


Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils HPE Ezmeral, new software portfolio and brand
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:10


Apple reveals new developer technologies to foster the next generation of apps
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:30


Poly introduces solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:14


Lenovo launches new ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations
Posted 23-Jun-2020 09:17


Lenovo brings Linux certification to ThinkPad and ThinkStation Workstation portfolio
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:56



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.