Most businesses need an automatic system to receive phone calls when actual employees are unavailable. In many cases, the least expensive and most convenient way to avoid missing important calls is an answering machine.
AT&T answering machines for businesses are a popular option for small- to medium-sized companies because they offer advanced technical features while retaining their reasonable price and reliability.
Before purchasing an AT&T answering machine, you should consider the following questions:
1. What are the advantages of AT&T digital answering machines over voice mail systems or answering services?
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of AT&T digital answering systems that integrate AT&T phone and answering machines?
3. What features do I require from an AT&T answering system?
Research AT&T digital answering machine featuresEven inexpensive AT&T answering machines offer a time/day stamp and power outage message protection. Other features include total recording time, number of mailboxes, remote access and message retrieval, toll saver, volume control and variable speed playback.
Investigate reviews of AT&T answering machinesRead both professional reviews and consumer opinions of the different AT&T digital answering machines. Of course, the views of individual consumers may or may not be reliable, but reading a substantial number of these opinions can alert you to potential problems in voice quality or ease of use.
Compare prices among several suppliers of AT&T answering machinesAT&T answering systems are reasonably priced. Integrated phone/answering machines are available at a wide range of prices, with more expensive models offering a greater number of special features. Stand-alone answering machines are quickly becoming obsolete, but a small number of models are still available. Also, many discontinued models can be purchased used or refurbished.
- Although voice mail can often be more expensive than an answering machine, it can receive incoming calls while you are on the line, and it is less affected by power outages.
- Integrated telephone/answering machine combinations are more readily available than stand-alones, but they also cost more, and the failure of one device can mean the loss of both.
- Used or refurbished answering machines may be more economical, but you may sacrifice warranty and service packages.