Thank you for your question.
Your best bet, to get the best price and quality plan for your money,
is to go with a VOIP service. VOIP services, when run on a T1
internet connection, will have about 99.99% of the quality of a
traditional landline call. Voice T1 can handle up to 24 lines and
full T1 can handle more than that. I've found a few VOIP services
that should be able to do what you want within your budget. For many
of these, you would have to have multiple adapters, but it should be
workable and should save you money in the long run. One thing to
remember is that, if you have 16 lines of regular landline telophony,
you might not need all 16 lines with VOIP. You can get virtual
numbers for any line, whereas with the POTS (plain old telephone
system), you needed a completely different line to get a new number.
If all 16 lines are not going to be in use at once, you might be able
to have, for instance, 12 lines with 16 numbers and have the same
productivity and convenience as before, at a much smaller price.
JoiPhone offers a business line with unlimited nationwide long
distance for $29.99 and an additional line for $4.95, also including
unlimited nationwide long distance. From what I can tell, one of
their adapters can accommodate two lines. I've emailed JoiPhone to
confirm whether the $4.95 per extra line is for each $29.99 paid line
or for unlimited extra lines. Since the adapters each accommodate
only two lines, I'm going to assume that each should be counted
separately, in which case two lines would cost $34.94. Multiplied by
eight, that comes to about $280 a month for unlimited nationwide long
distance, and 16 high speed lines.
JoiPhone Service Plans
$24.95 monthly, unlimited nationwide, extra phone number for $3 a month
SunRocket is similar to the JoiPhone outline above-- two lines would
be $27.95 a month, which multiplied by 8 would be $223.60 per month.
$162.34 per month-- $49.99 + 7.49 per extra line per month. Unlimited
calling for US and Canada.
"In February, AT&T launched the AT&T CallVantage® Small Office Plan
targeting SOHO workers. The plan is a two line offer including
unlimited local and long distance calling throughout the US and
Canada, along with the ability to send and receive faxes for US$49.99
per month. Additional inbound phone numbers can be added for $7.49 per
number per month. Features of the plan include a "Locate Me" service
to ring up to five phones at once or sequentially and the ability to
set up a 10 line conference call at the rate of 35 cents per minute.
The company also provides VoIP services over broadband that integrate
with traditional key and PBX systems. AT&T's headquarters is in
Bedminister, New Jersey (www.att.com-800-222-0400)."
Packet 8 offers the ability to have unlimited extensions, with
unlimited calling to the United States and Canada (and to all Packet 8
customers worldwide) built into the monthly fee. Unlimited calling
internationally is also an option that can be chosen with Packet 8.
"Covad Communications: If you haven't seen Covad's Business VoIP
commercials, you haven't been in front of a TV or movie screen in the
past six months. The company is targeting businesses with anywhere
from 15-200 employees with two services. Existing PBX customers can
use Covad's PBXi service interfaced through ISDN; supported PBXs
include the Nortel Meridian 1, Avaya Definity, and Siemens HICOM.
Alternatively, Covad's vPBX service is available at a flat rate price
for unlimited local and long distance calling from US$36.95 to $59.95
per month, depending on the number of stations. Regardless of service
type, Covad also needs to provide the broadband access. The company's
headquarters is in San Jose, California (www.covad.com-800-636-3500)."
voice T1, 10 lines for $39.99 each with unlimited long distance
(may be able to negotiate discounts with 16 lines)
business voip 10 lines
"20 lines" business voip
hosted pbx voice t1
If you need any additional clarification, let me know and I'll be glad
to asssist you.