Today there are more businesses that want to charge you money to evaluate what you have than ever before. If you’re a government entity there are companies that want to help you write your RFP, there are also many call accounting groups that want to audit your telecom and wireless expenses. They’ll plug in all of your numbers to make sure that you’re not paying too much and compare that against what the proper rate structure is. If you have an abundance of time and you want to talk things out with each of the carriers to see what their most current promotions are, you can contact each one individually and get quotes for each of your locations. Below are links to some of the more well known carriers:
CenturyLink – AT&T – TW Telecom – Integra – Paetec – Level 3 – LightYear – XO Communications
Call accounting software, RFP audits and working with the carriers directly are all good things to consider depending upon your situation. My point in this posting is to let you know that there is an option to spending tons of upfront money and time in evaluating your current telecom and data costs, especially if you have a multi office environment. Work with a carrier agnostic agency that already has relationships with all of the carriers and access to many additional resources that you might be seeking to save yourself time. In most cases these individuals or agencies will charge you nothing upfront, they have extensive industry experience, and they make their money once they place you into a service or product that works best for your business. After many years inside the direct channel for a number of carriers and now 6 years with the indirect side of our business it’s important to know that you will not pay more money when you buy through an agency vs. buying direct. The cost model is identical regardless of who you sign an agreement with.
Save time and money and seek these consultants out.