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The best business phone plans: Reliable 5G for work


When I started writing for ZDNet 15 years ago , mobile phones were being used by 74% of the US population, but only 14% of those people were using these basic phones to access the internet. The latest data shows that 97% of Americans own a mobile phone, with 85% of those being smartphones that access the internet multiple times a day.

Smartphones and wireless cellular services are now essential for businesses to compete in today's market and broad coverage is an expectation. After T-Mobile's recent acquisition of Sprint, the US market is dominated by Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T. Each of these carriers offers various plan options for businesses of all sizes.

5G continues to roll out across the US, but reliable LTE service is still essential to getting work done. The pricing for business service is competitive, and as someone who has been in the industry for decades, it is amazing to see the reasonable pricing for such fast service that reaches across the nation.

Verizon phone plans for businesses

Verizon Wireless has the most subscribers in the US and is popular with businesses. Three Business Unlimited plans make it easy to find the perfect option for your business. All three  Business Unlimited plans  from Verizon include unlimited talk, text, and data. Support for 5G, mobile hotspot, and tablet use differentiate the three plans. Pricing is also for five or more lines, targeted for business and not for family usage.

Business Unlimited Start

$30 per line per month.

While there are no limits on minutes, texts, or data, in times of congestion data may be slower with this Start plan. Nationwide 5G, low-band spectrum 5G, is supported with the Start plan and a compatible smartphone.

Tablet, smartwatch, and hotspot options are available for additional costs on the Business Unlimited Start plan. The price also includes $5 per month savings for paper-free billing and auto pay.


  • Nationwide 5G coverage
  • Able to add additional devices (watches, tablets) to the account
  • No support for mmWave, high-band, 5G
  • Data speeds slowed down during times of congestion

Business Unlimited Plus

$40 per line per month.

For $10 more per line per month, Verizon adds 100GB of premium network access, 5G UWB (mmWave) support, and unlimited mobile hotspot service. In addition, Verizon's Business Mobile Secure is included at no additional cost. This enhanced security bundle includes lookout mobile endpoint secure, mobile device management, Wi-Fi protection, and tech support.

  • Nationwide 5G coverage, including mmWave spectrum
  • Enhanced security bundle included
  • Unlimited mobile hotspot service
  • 100GB limit during high usage time periods

Business Unlimited Pro

$50 per line per month.

The highest level Verizon Business Unlimited plan provides twice the amount of premium network access, 120GB, along with 50% off on Business Unlimited Pro tablet plans.

This plan may be perfect for businesses using connected tablets out in the field and smartphones that are using data throughout the day away from Wi-Fi service.

  • Nationwide 5G coverage with mmWave support
  • 50% cost savings on tablet plans
  • $50 price per line higher than other tiers

T-Mobile phone plans for businesses

After the purchase of Sprint, T-Mobile is now the second largest (in terms of subscriber count) carrier in the US. While T-Mobile has long been known for its consumer-friendly cellular plans, it also has one of the most extensive  libraries of business offerings  for small companies, large companies, and government agencies. Its new  Business Unlimited plans  are presented below, but other options require  direct discussions  between businesses and T-Mobile.

Business Unlimited Select

$25 to $60 per line per month.

Business Unlimited Select plans are designed for small business customers who need 1 to 12 lines of service. A one line plan is the most expensive, at $60 per month. Two lines are priced at $45 per line per month, four lines are $30 per line per month, and six or more lines are just $25 per line per month.

These plans include 5G network support, 5GB of high-speed mobile hotspot data, as well as unlimited calling/texting/data in Mexico and Canada.

  • Very affordable small business plan
  • Unlimited service in Mexico and Canada
  • Unlimited streaming is limited to SD content
  • Included data in Canada and Mexico is 128kbps speed

Business Unlimited Advanced

$30 to $70 per line per month.

If the employees of your small business travel by airplane and need Microsoft apps, then you should consider the T-Mobile Business Unlimited Advanced plan. This service plan includes 40GB of high-speed hotspot data, Microsoft 365, one hour of Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi, and 5GB of high-speed data in Canada and Mexico.

  • Affordable per line price point
  • Microsoft 365 productivity service included
  • One hour of in-flight Wi-Fi service
  • 40GB of high-speed hotspot
  • 100GB of premium data

Business Unlimited Ultimate

$40 to $85 per line per month.

For small businesses that want it all at reasonable per line prices, the new Business Unlimited Ultimate plan is for you. In addition to the unlimited talk, text, and data (with 5G included) small businesses also get unlimited premium data, 100GB of mobile hotspot, and Microsoft 365.

Streaming content is provided with unlimited 4K UHD quality, WiFi on your flight is unlimited, and data in 210 countries is twice as fast (256kbps) as the other T-Mobile small business plans.

  • Unlimited premium data
  • Unlimited WiFi on your flight
  • Microsoft 365 services included
  • 5GB of high speed data in Canada and Mexico

AT&T phone plans for businesses

After T-Mobile added Sprint subscribers to its total subscriber base, AT&T dropped to third in total subscriber count. However, AT&T is also well established as an enterprise service provider with  four enterprise options  available to customers. AT&T also serves as the backbone for the  FirstNet network  optimized for first responders.

Unlimited Your Way for Business

Starting at $30 per month.

The Unlimited Your Way for Business plans allow up to 10 devices per plan group and are designed for small to medium-sized businesses. The more lines you add, up to 10 lines, the less expensive the starting price is for AT&T Business Unlimited Starter, Business Unlimited Performance, and Business Unlimited Elite. For 10 lines, the starting price is $30, $35, and $40 per line per month, respectively. For just a single line, these prices are $65, $75, and $85 per line per month, respectively.

Hotspot data allotments, priority data transmission, and higher definition streaming are features that improve as you move from the Starter tier to the Elite tier of service. Select the number of lines on the Unlimited Your Way website to view pricing for your company.

  • Price per line decreases with additional lines
  • Multiple tiers of service are offered
  • Limited to 10 lines of service
  • Priority data transmission restrictions
  • Hotspot data limits

AT&T Mobility Select - Pooled

Starting at $35 per month.

Unlimited calls and text messages in the US, unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada, and unlimited texting from the US to more than 120 countries are included in the  AT&T Mobility Select - Pooled  plan service. Data is served up to each employee from a single shared pool for each business account.

Plans start at $35 per month, but potential customers need to contact AT&T to discuss specific details and plan pricing.

  • Affordable plan pricing
  • Unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada
  • Shared pool requires management to allocate

AT&T Mobile Share Plus for Business

Starting at $50 per month.

The AT&T Mobile Share Plus for Business plan supports from one to 25 smartphone lines with various monthly data caps, ranging from 3GB to 120GB per phone. Pricing per phone starts at $50 per month for 3GB and goes up to $615 for one phone with 120GB of data.

Shareable data, rollover data, unlimited talk and text, mobile hotspot service, and international talk, text, and data are provided with these plans.

  • Support for up to 25 lines of service
  • Rollover data support
  • Mobile hotspot service included
  • Data caps allocated by service option

AT&T Business 4GB

Unlimited talk, text, and 4GB of data per line are provided with the AT&T Business 4GB  plan. Hotspot data and standard mobile security services are also provided with the plan. Pricing for smartphones starts at $50 per month, but further pricing requires consultation with an AT&T representative.

AT&T Business 4GB is available for tablets for $20 per month and for wearables for $10 per month. AT&T advertises this plan as best for small businesses.

  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Controlled pricing per each phone
  • Service options for tablets and wearables
  • 4GB data limit per each line

MVNO options for businesses

While the three major carriers offer focused business plans, there are also a few MVNOs that offer attractive per line plans that may work well for small businesses. MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) are companies that use establish wireless carrier infrastructure to provide no or minimal contract options for customers. The MVNOs do not openly advertise which wireless carrier infrastructure they are using, but as soon as you insert a SIM into your phone, you can see which carrier is connected to which MVNO. MVNOs are optimized for consumers looking for phone service with no contracts and prepaid options, but these same elements may help small businesses control costs and adjust to market demands.

US Mobile for business

$9 per line and $2 per gb per month.

Most MVNOs offer attractive per line prices with each account limited to five or six lines. US Mobile is one MVNO that actually provides shared data plans for companies of any size. Enter the number of lines you need and the amount of shared data to view your total monthly payment. 

A couple of examples include 50 lines with 100GB of data for $674 per month or 30 lines with 50GB of data for $385 per month. We had the opportunity to test out the two available US Mobile SIM cards and found the service to be fast and reliable.

  • Specific service offering for businesses
  • Scalable to your business size and line needs
  • Competitive $9 per line base fee
  • Verizon and T-Mobile serve as network providers
  • Data price per GB may be higher than unlimited plans

Mint Mobile

$30 per month per line.

Mint Mobile is one of the most popular MVNOs thanks in large part to advertising by one of its owners, Ryan Reynolds. While there are no specific business plans, three/six/twelve month plans for individual phones are available starting as low as $30 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data.

T-Mobile provides the network for Mint Mobile's service so you will need GSM handsets for the service.

  • Unlimited talk, text, and data plan options
  • Flexibility for less expensive data limit plans
  • No specific business service plans
  • Limited to T-Mobile coverage area
  • Three available contract period options

Cricket Wireless

Starting at $25 per line per month.

Cricket Wireless is an established MVNO, service provided by AT&T, that has retail stores around the country so you can get support and establish service in person if you desire. One to five lines can be setup for each account with measured data or unlimited data. Mobile hotspot data can also be added to each line.

4G LTE and 5G data is provided, along with international support, cloud storage, and more.

  • Established, trusted MVNO
  • Physical retail stores around the country
  • Unlimited and measured data plan options
  • No long term contract required
  • Service coverage area limited to AT&T network
  • Five line limit per account

What steps should a new business take to establish wireless service?

While this buying guide provides current pricing and service options from the three primary US wireless carriers and MVNOs, specific pricing for your business requires a conversation with the carrier to fully define your company needs, available service discounts, and contract lengths.

One of the first things to figure out is where you will need service geographically in the US as all three carriers have slightly different coverage maps. Your geographic operating area may remove one, or more, carriers from your viable candidate list. 

The next step is to determine how many lines of service you will need and then the data needs of those lines. Calling and text messages are unlimited in all cases, but data speed and amount of data will drive your costs.

Most carriers also offer additional incentives and services, such as hotspot, in-flight coverage, Microsoft 365, and more. Make sure to account for the value of these incentives in your decision-making process.

What are the disadvantages of a MVNO?

Most MVNOs are focused on the consumer market so business plan offerings for more than six lines of service are rare. Pricing can be very competitive and with no contracts these MVNOs may be attractive to businesses just getting started that do not want to lock in long-term contracts.

Account management may require more time from businesses given the consumer focus of MVNOs. MVNOs are also subject to the infrastructure provided by the big three US carriers, but there are several established MVNOs with solid reputation and a record of high-quality service and support.

What is the best business phone plan?

We analyzed reliability, coverage, and price to compile a list of the best phone plans for your business which includes: Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

Does the choice of my smartphone model limit wireless service?

In the past, the US wireless market was split into GSM and CDMA service technologies with two carriers supporting each of these technologies. Modern smartphones support LTE and 5G service without CDMA technology your choice of smartphone is not as limited.

The most popular smartphones in the US, Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones, support all wireless technologies in the US wireless market so there are no limits on using these phones with any US carrier. If you purchase these phones directly from Samsung and Apple, then you can choose to purchase unlocked models.

Some phones are sold in a locked state so they can only be used on one specific carrier. This may be changing soon and there are processes to unlock your phone from your carrier if you decide to switch carriers. There used to be incentives for purchasing locked phones, but in today's world purchasing unlocked phones gives you the most flexibility for choosing your service provider.

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6 Best Business Cell Phone Plans of 2024

Published January 18, 2024

Published Jan 18, 2024

Corey McCraw


Sam Dadofalza

WRITTEN BY: Sam Dadofalza

This article is part of a larger series on VoIP .

  • 1 Best Business Cell Phone Plans Compared
  • 2 Verizon: Best for Mobile Hotspot and Premium Data
  • 3 RingCentral: Best for Streamlined Call Distribution
  • 4 AT&T: Best for Mobile Security
  • 5 Nextiva: Best for Toll-free Calling
  • 6 T-Mobile: Best for Global Communications
  • 7 Google Voice: Best for Budget-conscious Freelancers
  • 8 How We Evaluated the Best Business Cell Phone Plans
  • 9 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • 10 Bottom Line

The best business cell phone plans offer unlimited calls, texts, and mobile data, support remote work via mobile hotspot access, and enable communications with overseas contacts. They provide robust mobile security through proprietary apps for spam call detection and safe browsing. The plans have valuable add-on features such as subscriptions to streaming services and business tools. In this article, we outlined our top picks for business cell phone plans:

  • Verizon : Best for mobile hotspot and premium data
  • RingCentral : Best for streamlined call distribution
  • AT&T : Best for mobile security
  • Nextiva : Best for toll-free calling
  • T-Mobile : Best for global communications
  • Google Voice : Best for budget-conscious freelancers

Best Business Cell Phone Plans Compared

Verizon: best for mobile hotspot & premium data.

Verizon logo

What We Liked

  • Unlimited calling and texting in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
  • TravelPass offers 24 hours of unlimited talk and text in overseas locations and 2GB of high-speed international data
  • Huge discounts on tablets when subscribed to the Unlimited Pro plan

Where It Falls Behind

  • Expensive subscription plans, with the entry-level package starting at $70 per line, per month
  • Caller ID and personal block list feature are not available in the base-level plan
  • Mobile security requires a separate activation fee of $5 per device

Verizon Monthly Pricing*

  • Business Unlimited Start 5G: $70 per line for unlimited talk, text, and data, unlimited 5G and 4G LTE data, 5GB of 5G and 4G LTE mobile hotspot data, call filter, and 480p video streaming
  • Business Unlimited Plus 5G: $80 per line for 100GB of premium smartphone data and mobile hotspot data, enhanced security features, up to 4K video streaming, and TravelPass for two days (24 hours of unlimited talk and text, 2GB of high-speed international data, and then unlimited data at 3G speeds thereafter)
  • Business Unlimited Pro 5G: $85 per line for unlimited premium smartphone data, 200GB of premium mobile hotspot data, TravelPass for four days, and 50% off on tablet plan

*Pay only $35, $45, or $50 per line for the tiered subscription plans when you get five or more lines. Secure $5 savings per month when you sign up for Auto Pay and paper-free billing.

Verizon is our top provider in this list of the best business cell phone plans, offering a generous allotment for mobile hotspot and premium data. This allows on-the-go professionals to have fast access to the internet wherever they are. The provider features 200GB of premium mobile hotspot data in its most expensive plan. While its direct competitor, AT&T, has the same maximum cellular data, Verizon’s mobile throttling speed is more tolerable.

AT&T slows down the speeds to a maximum of 128Kbps when you reach the data usage threshold. Verizon, on the other hand, reduces the speed to 600Kbps for 4G LTE and 5G and 3Mbps for 5G Ultra Wideband. Meanwhile, its premium data has no cap and won’t slow down based on the data used. On top of the excellent data offerings, Verizon has a range of business cell phones for small businesses, carrying top brands like Apple, Samsung, and Google.

The downside of using Verizon is that some of its call filtering features, like caller ID and personal block list, are not available in the entry-level plan. You must upgrade to the second-tier package, which costs $80 per line, monthly, to access those tools. Other business cell phone plans providers have these call filtering capabilities in their base-level subscription packages. You’ll save more with RingCentral , for instance, as it’s priced at $30 per user, per month.

Verizon Features

A smartphone screen showing Verizon’s spam filter feature, which is set to block high-risk phone calls and send them to voicemail.

Block high-risk calls automatically using Verizon’s spam filter. (Source: Verizon )

  • Call filter: Screen and block incoming spam calls and those from unwanted numbers. Upgrade to Call Filter Plus to access caller ID for robocall control and total spam protection.
  • Business Mobile Secure: Get alerts when a device tries to connect to unsecured Wi-Fi. It protects your phone against phishing and other cybersecurity risks.
  • Bring your own device (BYOD) : Verizon allows users to keep their smartphones and numbers when switching to the provider. Simply check your eligibility, bring your smartphone and number, and activate them with one of Verizon’s unlimited business plans.

RingCentral: Best for Streamlined Call Distribution

The RingCentral Logo.

  • Free local and toll-free numbers in all plans
  • 99.999% uptime guarantee, which translates to less than six minutes of annual downtime
  • Up to 200 video meeting participants
  • Only offers up to 200 business texting credits per user
  • Phone rentals are only available for those tied to a multi-year contract
  • Unlimited storage for files is locked behind the most expensive plan

RingCentral Monthly Pricing*

  • Core: $30 per user for unlimited domestic calling, local or toll-free numbers, 100 toll-free minutes, 25 short messaging service (SMS) credits, and multi-level auto-attendant
  • Advanced: $35 per user for 1,000 toll-free minutes, 100 SMS credits, advanced call queues, automatic and on-demand call recording, and up to eight-digit phone extensions
  • Ultra: $45 per user for 10,000 toll-free minutes, 200 SMS credits, and unlimited storage for files, messaging, and recordings
  • Free trial: 14 days

*Save up to 33% by paying annually. Volume discounts for 50-plus users are available.

RingCentral ranks second on our list of the best small business cell phone plans, most suitable for teams wanting to improve call management. Its wide array of voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) features route phone calls to team members more efficiently. For one, the multi-level auto-attendant automatically directs calls to the right departments based on the caller’s key presses. Its call queue accommodates up to 25 waiting calls.

The VoIP phone system supports various call routing modes: round-robin, sequential, and simultaneous. Aside from organizing the flow of inbound calls, these distribution methods ensure you won’t miss important customer queries.

Before choosing RingCentral, note that it only provides a maximum of 200 SMS credits per user. If you frequently send texts for marketing or customer service, explore other best cell phone plans businesses use, like Verizon and AT&T , which offer unlimited texting.

RingCentral Features

RingCentral interface showing the voicemail tab with a message from "Sara Bennett".

Get an overview of all your voicemail messages on RingCentral. (Source: RingCentral )

  • Visual voicemail: Access and manage your voicemail through RingCentral’s admin portal. Instead of listening to audio files and playing them repeatedly to get the details of the message, read the voicemails. Users have the option to preview, delete, and forward these messages.
  • Team huddle: Let team members hold spontaneous virtual meetings that resemble face-to-face, informal huddles. Easily host audio and video conferences where participants come and go as they please.
  • Video conferencing: Host virtual meetings for up to 200 participants. If you get the large meeting add-on, your sessions will be able to accommodate a maximum of 500 attendees.

AT&T: Best for Mobile Security

AT&T logo

  • Unlimited texting from the U.S. to 200+ countries
  • All subscription plans feature mobile app security
  • Waived activation fees for new customers who buy plans and devices online
  • More expensive subscription plans compared to other providers listed here
  • 5G+ is available in limited parts of select cities only
  • Hotspot data speed slows to a maximum of 128Kbps when your allotted data is consumed

AT&T Monthly Pricing*

  • Standard: $70 per line for unlimited talk, text, and data within and between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, 5G/5G+ access, 5GB of mobile hotspot data, basic ActiveArmor security, and standard-definition video streaming
  • Advanced: $80 per line for 100GB of mobile hotspot data, advanced ActiveArmor security, and high-definition 1080p video streaming
  • Premium: $90 per line for 200GB mobile hotspot data, high-definition 4K video streaming, and unlimited talk, text, and data in Latin America

*Pay only $40, $45, or $50 for the tiered subscription plans when you get six or more lines. Secure a $10 discount when you sign up for AutoPay and paperless billing.

AT&T is the best cell phone plan for businesses prioritizing the privacy of confidential company information. Among the providers mentioned in this list, it offers the most comprehensive mobile security through the AT&T ActiveArmor app. This app offers spam risk call blocking, safe browsing, public Wi-Fi protection, and identity monitoring. The last one involves tracking the dark web for your personal information.

On top of these key features, you’ll be able to receive data breach alerts, run reverse number lookups, identify unknown caller details, and get information about your Android smartphone if it gets lost or stolen. While AT&T offers excellent mobile security among the best cell phone plans for small businesses listed, its data offering may be a deal-breaker. It slows down the hotspot data to a maximum of 128Kbps when the user hits their data cap.

In contrast, Verizon’s mobile throttling speed is 600Kbps, a more acceptable speed for professionals who need to stay connected. Consider this option if you need internet access when working remotely. The provider offers some valuable mobile security features as well, such as Wi-Fi protection and robocall blocking.

AT&T Features

An iPhone showing the settings for cellular data options with the data roaming toggled on and the voice and data configured to LTE.

Turn on data roaming when traveling internationally. (Source: AT&T )

  • Video streaming: Watch shows on your smartphone in standard definition, high-definition, or ultra-high definition, depending on your plan. To control data usage, AT&T’s Video Management feature automatically renders streaming video in standard definition.
  • International roaming: Call, text, and use mobile data in Latin America with no usage limits. This lets you communicate with colleagues and customers whenever needed, wherever you may be.
  • Mobile hotspot: Plug your devices into your hotspot and secure your internet connection instantly. With AT&T’s broad coverage nationwide, you’ll connect and work remotely without the hassle.

Nextiva: Best for Toll-free Calling

Nextiva Logo.

  • High-definition voice is featured in all subscription plans
  • Number porting is free of charge
  • Lets users bring their own device
  • Only allows a 45-minute duration in video calls
  • SMS isn't available in the entry-level plan
  • Users must upgrade to the most expensive package to access call recording and voicemail transcription

Nextiva Monthly Pricing*

  • Essential: $30.95 per user for free local and toll-free numbers, up to 1,500 toll-free minutes, auto-attendant, and call history
  • Professional: $35.95 per user for up to 3,000 toll-free minutes, multi-level auto-attendant, voicemail-to-SMS, and a maximum of 1,000 messages sent and received per user
  • Enterprise: $45.95 per user for up to 12,500 toll-free minutes, call recording, a maximum of 2,000 messages sent and received per user, and voicemail transcription

*Save up to 33% by paying annually. Volume discounts are available for more than four users.

Nextiva is included in this list of the best cell phone plans for small businesses, ideal for companies catering to a national client base because of its generous toll-free minute allowance. It offers a maximum of 12,500 toll-free minutes, allowing customers from different parts of the country to reach out to the business without any charge.

The provider’s call management features, specifically the multi-level auto-attendant, call queueing, call park, and five-digit phone extensions, make accommodating several customer queries easier. The threaded conversations, which put all customer interactions from different channels in one interface, help users be more organized in addressing concerns.

One disadvantage you need to know before subscribing to Nextiva is that its video calls only last for 45 minutes. Consider other best cell phone plans for businesses if you frequently go on long video calls for client and team discussions. RingCentral is a good option, as its video meetings have a duration of 24 hours.

Nextiva Features

Nextiva settings displaying the user's name, status, and the features from top to bottom: "Call Settings," "Preferences," "About," "Help," and "Sign Out".

Set your status on Nextiva to let colleagues know if you’re available for a call. (Source: Nextiva )

  • Call recording: Capture phone calls and store the recordings to secure a reliable reference for business deals and agreements. These files may serve as training materials for new customer service representatives in the future.
  • Call presence: Know who among colleagues is available for calls. The phone system’s presence displays user status: available, on a call, unavailable (do not disturb), or offline.
  • Call pop: See who’s on the other end of the line before answering a call. Refer to the call pop feature to know the customers’ last interaction, account value, and experience score or customer sentiment.

T-Mobile: Best for Global Communications

T-Mobile logo

  • Offers valuable productivity tools, like Microsoft 365 license
  • Add-ons, like extra high-speed hotspot and high-definition streaming, offer flexibility when users need additional data
  • All plans have dedicated customer care services
  • Wi-Fi for traveling isn't available in the entry-level plan
  • Reverse number lookup tool is only available at the most expensive subscription package
  • Netflix subscription is locked behind the Ultimate plan

T-Mobile Monthly Pricing*

  • Select: $60 per line for 50GB of premium data, unlimited mobile hotspot with 5GB of data, unlimited international texting and up to 5GB of data in 11 countries, and unlimited calling, texting, and data in Mexico and Canada with up to 5GB of data
  • Advanced: $70 per line for 100GB of premium data, unlimited mobile hotspot with 50GB of data, four full-flight Wi-Fi sessions a year, and secure Wi-Fi without additional charge
  • Ultimate: $85 per line for unlimited premium data and unlimited mobile hotspot with 100GB of data

*Pay only $25, $30, or $40 per line for the tiered subscription plans when you get six lines.

T-Mobile is our top pick for international communications among the listed small business cell phone plans, given its attractive travel benefits. For one, you’ll have access to in-flight Wi-Fi with streaming on select airlines, namely Alaska, American, Delta, and United. To use the service, you must have your Wi-Fi calling settings enabled. The in-flight solutions cover video streaming, text and picture messaging, visual voicemail, and over-the-top messaging.

On top of that, you have unlimited international texting and data in more than 215 overseas locations. The high-speed data is capped at 5GB per month, and the unlimited data is up to 256Kbps. If you’re traveling to Mexico or Canada, maximize the unlimited talk, text, and data of up to 5GB.

One downside of choosing T-Mobile is that the business cell phone plan has a more expensive subscription when you want to secure unlimited premium data. You must upgrade to its highest-tier package, which costs $85 per line, monthly. Verizon is slightly more affordable at $80 per line.

T-Mobile Features

A smartphone screen showing T-Mobile’s scam shield app with an alert that the scam block is on and that 72 spam calls were blocked in the last 30 days.

Block spam calls automatically using T-Mobile’s Scam Shield app. (Source: T-Mobile )

  • Microsoft 365 access: Higher T-Mobile plans like the Advanced and Ultimate packages come with a single Microsoft Office license. Access popular productivity tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and collaboration features, such as Microsoft Teams and OneDrive (1TB cloud storage).
  • Scam Shield: This feature automatically identifies and prevents spam calls, which may put your security at risk or negatively affect productivity. It features a caller ID that displays callers’ information even on numbers not registered on your contact list. Additionally, it provides a proxy number to keep your real phone number private.
  • T-Mobile Tuesdays: Get exclusive access to free offers and attractive deals from different brands on T-Mobile’s app. The perks include prizes and discounts on food, fuel, hotel stays, gadgets, and app subscriptions.

Google Voice: Best for Budget-conscious Freelancers

Google Voice logo

  • Service level agreement (SLA) is offered in all subscription plans
  • Offers seamless access to other Google apps, like Calendar and Meet
  • Google AI blocks spam calls automatically
  • Doesn’t have call recording in the entry-level plan
  • Users must subscribe to the most expensive package to access advanced reporting
  • Lacks advanced VoIP features other providers offer, like toll-free minutes and call monitoring

Google Voice Monthly Pricing

  • Personal: Free for one user, local phone number, unlimited calls and text messages within the United States (U.S.), and voicemail
  • Starter: $10 per user for up to 10 users, calls to the U.S., Canada, and most European countries, unlimited text messaging within the U.S., voicemail transcription, and integration with Calendar and Meet
  • Standard: $20 per user for unlimited users, multi-level auto-attendant, ring groups, and eDiscovery for calls, voicemails, and text messages
  • Premier: $30 per user for unlimited international locations, advanced reporting, and automatic call recording

Google Voice is our top-recommended small business phone plan for budget-conscious freelancers, as it’s the most affordable solution in this list. For only $10, you’ll have unlimited calls within the U.S., Canada, and select European countries and unlimited texts within the U.S. Solopreneurs who only need a second phone number and unlimited domestic calling will benefit from the Personal plan, which is free of charge.

The VoIP provider is likewise an excellent option for freelancers who are already working with other Google products. It seamlessly integrates with Calendar and Meet, so if you need to switch to a longer huddle with colleagues and clients, the video conferencing feature is easily accessible.

But unlike other small business VoIP services , Google Voice doesn’t have advanced VoIP tools like toll-free minutes and call monitoring. RingCentral is your best option if these features are essential to your business communications. It offers up to 10,000 toll-free minutes and call monitoring tools, like whisper, barge, and takeover.

Google Voice Features

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  • Multi-level auto-attendant: Send callers to different departments by letting them choose from a phone menu. Record your greetings using Google Voice’s text-to-speech tool or uploading a professionally recorded audio.
  • Enhanced spam protection: The phone system automatically labels spam calls as such using advanced artificial intelligence. On top of this, it marks suspicious text messages on Android and iOS devices.
  • Ring groups: Delegate a ring group to a specific Google Voice user. A ring group manager will be able to configure the ring group members, call routing rules, ring duration settings, and working hours.

Manage your VoIP costs better by exploring pay-as-you-go and prepaid VoIP options. Take into account your business and communication priorities as you consider the providers mentioned in our buyer’s guide.

How We Evaluated the Best Business Cell Phone Plans

To assess the providers objectively, we developed a scoring rubric that takes into account companies’ considerations when choosing business cell phone plans. These factors include subscription costs, essential features like unlimited calling, spam call blocking, and international calling, and customer service hours. The popularity of each vendor was likewise a part of our assessment.

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  • General Features
  • Advanced Features
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Expert Score

20% of Overall Score

To determine if the vendors have an accessible pricing point, we considered the entry-level plan’s fees and the number of subscription packages offered. We assigned higher points to those providing annual and volume discounts and free plans.

25% of Overall Score

The general features we looked at were unlimited calling, call forwarding, and call routing. Similarly, we assessed how robust the third-party integrations are.

The niche features include tools improving security and international communications. We gave more points to those with spam blockers, in-flight texting, and international calling support. Those with video meeting features earned more points as well.

10% of Overall Score

Since not all users are tech-savvy, we considered how easy it is to set up accounts and maximize the features offered by the provider. We checked if the vendors’ proprietary apps’ interfaces are beginner-friendly.

The customer support channels we included in our evaluation were live chat, phone, and email. We considered the schedule of customer service, giving more points to those with 24/7 operations.

15% of Overall Score

The vendors’ standout features and ease of use were part of our expert score. We checked third-party review websites to evaluate their level of popularity among professionals. In addition, we evaluated the feature inclusions for every subscription plan to determine if they provide great value for money.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which is the best cell phone carrier for coverage.

According to the Federal Communications Commission’s national broadband map, AT&T and Verizon have the broadest 4G LTE coverage, covering 56.95% and 55.9% of the country, respectively. Meanwhile, T-Mobile covers 35.3%. AT&T and Verizon are excellent options if you prioritize coverage.

How fast is Verizon’s 4G LTE?

Verizon 4G LTE can accommodate download speeds between 5 and 12Mbps and upload speeds between 2 and 5Mbps.

How do I choose the best cell phone plan?

In a nutshell, these are the factors you must consider when comparing cell phone plans:

  • Data and voice coverage: Check the carriers’ coverage maps to see if your business areas are included. Ask contacts as well which providers work well in different locations.
  • Device options: If you plan to get a new device, see if your carrier offers your preferred brands and models. Meanwhile, if you plan to stick to your existing phone, ensure your phone plan provider supports BYOD.
  • Plan inclusions: Compare the high-speed data limits for each provider’s unlimited data offerings. If you frequently travel for work, check if there’s mobile hotspot access included in the plan. Those traveling overseas should benefit from a package that features international coverage. If you choose VoIP platforms, check if the plan includes a toll-free minute allowance and robust call routing tools.
  • Subscription rates: Determine how much you will spend on your mobile plan each month. When comparing quotes, consider the taxes and fees on top of the subscription rates. Note that some providers offer discounts for bulk lines and enrollment in AutoPay and paperless billing. VoIP vendors provide discounted prices for those who choose annual billing.

Bottom Line

Your cell phone plan of choice ultimately depends on your calling and texting habits, travel frequency, and monthly budget. The best providers offer affordable packages, unlimited calling, and essential features like call forwarding and call routing. They offer robust support for remote work and mobile security and make availing new devices easier.

In our evaluation, Verizon reigns supreme over the best business cell phone plans, especially for on-the-go employees who need reliable internet connection wherever they are. With its broad coverage nationwide, premium data offerings, and unlimited talk and text features, you’ll be able to stay connected to your customers and colleagues, regardless of your location.

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4.5 out of 5 overall

  • Widest U.S. coverage.
  • 5G coverage
  • Solid network coverage.
  • No overages.
  • Access to 20M WiFi hotspots.
  • Unlimited talk and text.

Business cell phone plans are offered by phone carriers to help small businesses have affordable access to a reliable phone network. Businesses are often eligible for discounts when they add more numbers or opt for additional monthly features.

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Why We Chose Verizon, AT&T, and Xfinity Mobile:

Verizon is one of the largest network providers in the United States . With plans for as little as four employees, Verizon offers phone packages suitable for small and large teams. All of Verizon's phone bundles include great unlimited features, including unlimited calling, texting, and data while in Canada and Mexico.

Verizon is ideal for businesses that plan on supplying their employees with handsets . The network provider offers nearly 100 different iOS and Android phones and tablets for teams that are constantly on the go.

All of AT&T's plans offer great unlimited features , including unlimited data and calling in Canada and Mexico, as well as unlimited international texting, domestic calling, and free domestic roaming. AT&T's Business Unlimited Plan comes in three variations: Starter, Performance, and Elite. With all three plans, users also have access to 5G network.

Xfinity Mobile offers a large variety of plans for businesses to choose from , with prices ranging between $30.00 and $240.00 per line. Thanks to its multi-line pricing system, businesses pay less as more lines are added to their plan. Xfinity Mobile also offers 4G LTE and 5G network access, making it great for employees who are always on the move.

Things to Consider When Evaluating Small Business Cell Phone Plans:

  • Carefully consider the contract as most plans require business owners to sign up for extended contract periods of one to two years.
  • Check coverage and compare it to where your employees live and travel. Some cell companies offer better coverage in rural areas, others offer much less expensive international plans.
  • Keeping up with the latest in phone technology could be important to your business, so see how often the contract entitles you to new phones.

Best Business Cell Phone Plans:

How to choose a business cell phone plan:, 1. look at your business's communication needs..

Every business's communication needs will vary. For example, construction companies will require a smartphone with excellent data access for teams that are on the move and working on different sites, while call center teams will only require wireless services and ordinary phones.

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Carrier Strengths:

2. choose a plan designed for businesses..

Look for plans with multiple lines and unlimited talk, text, or data options. In addition, your plan should be tailored to fit your specific business. If you won't require talk options, look into business text and email plans.

3. Make good network coverage a priority.

Your plan should have excellent coverage in your area, especially if your business requires strong talk capabilities. Consider sound quality, speed, and network coverage. More importantly, your network coverage should be reliable in urban and remote areas.

Best Network Coverage:

T-Mobile provides the widest network coverage, making it the best fit for businesses that operate in urban areas. Since acquiring Sprint's network in 2020, T-Mobile's network coverage has grown exponentially, narrowly surpassing Verizon's coverage in the U.S.

4. Look for strong security features.

Instead of paying for a separate network security service, look into network providers that include VPNs and encryption with their cell phone plans. Your business's private information is a top priority and with so many open networks, you'll want to ensure your and customer's information is secure.

Best Security Features:

5. purchase hardware..

You can either ask employees to use their own smartphones or you can supply them with hardware. This option should only be considered if your business has off-site teams. Look into the hardware and handsets on offer and compare the plans that offer data and hardware bundles.

Common Cell Phone Plan Offers:

  • Reduced costs as the number of lines and devices increase.
  • Multiple lines and devices free of charge.
  • International coverage.
  • Data-only plans.
  • Unlimited options for talk, data, and/or text.

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Who has the best small business cell phone plans?

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  • RingCentral .
  • Cricket Wireless .
  • Metro PCS .

What is the average cost of small business cell phone plans?

The cheapest business cell phone plans are usually in the $15.00 to $30.00 per month range, while a complete business cell phone package could cost $60.00 or more per line per month.

What carrier has the best small business smartphone plans?

In terms of cost, Republic Wireless has some of the best cheap business phone plans for smartphones. However, Verizon has the best data coverage and features, meaning you can use your smartphone to access emails and business documents almost anywhere.

Who are the best business phone providers?

What is the best business cell phone plan for companies with less than 10 employees.

It really depends on what features your employees need on their phones, but most businesses with 10 employees or less can find an affordable plan that suits them.

How do I know what the best cell phone plan for my small business is?

The best way to find the best small business mobile phone plans is to do a small business cell phone plan comparison. Compare current offers from several providers to find out who can give you the best deal.

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The best small business cell phone plans

Just as one shoe size can’t fit all, there’s no single cell phone plan that will suit every small company. But there are numerous high-quality plans that are worth considering as they strive to meet the needs of different types of businesses. To settle on the best cell phone plan for your business, you first want to figure out what kind of plan best fits your company.

How to choose a plan

Big four basics.

Business owners generally buy and pay for employee cell phones or plans or both when workers spend at least some part of their time off-site. With employees, you may want to track hours and data. In that case, to streamline operation and collaboration, a specialized business cell phone plan might be optimal. Today, more American businesses are accommodating work-at-home schedules that avoid meetings and travel, but note that quarantines and shelter-in-place orders will not last forever, so it’s a good idea to take the entire spectrum of your business activities into account.

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There are numerous factors to reflect on when choosing a cell phone plan for your small company. Here are some major issues you’ll want to consider.

Business design: Is your proposed plan built for businesses and scaled for business customers? If you’re a solopreneur or an extremely small company with just a handful of employees, you may be able to get away with a personal friends-and-family-type plan, as opposed to a bona fide business plan. But once you have more than a couple of employees, start to think bigger about scalabilities such as multiple lines, unlimited options on talk, text, and data, data-only plans for companies that don’t need talk or text, and discounts for more lines or devices.

Network coverage: Consider sound quality, data speeds, coverage, and overall dependability. Make sure the plan you choose has good coverage in the area where your employees are located or are traveling. If your employees travel internationally, choose from plans that have good rates for the target countries. Also, don’t forget about airline coverage and in-flight texting services.

Security:  Some cell phone business plans offer virtual private networks, encryption, and other features to protect your company’s data. That could be quite valuable, as it relieves you of having to research, choose, and pay for additional services.

Hardware: If you need to supply employees with handsets, consider the kinds of phones offered with the plans you’re considering, or whether employees prefer to use their own smartphones.

Hot spot: Some business environments just don’t have usable Wi-Fi, but you can use a cell phone signal to connect a wireless device to the internet with a mobile hotspot. For multiple device connections, look for a dedicated hotspot with a fast, stable, secure connection, as well as other services like call forwarding, voicemail, call hold, analytics, and call queuing.

Data: Business plans should be generous with data, but unlimited is best — unless you really do not need data to conduct business.

Customer service: Count on problems arising, and when they do, you or your employees will want someone reliable to call before customers and clients get restless.

Price: Price is always a factor, and sometimes the cheapest plans offer just the service and features you’re looking for. But for something as critical as your business communications, do not buy on price alone.

Just in case you’re also looking for the best all-around mobile cellular deals, have a look at our survey of the  best cell phone plans of 2020 and our report on the best prepaid cell phone plans . Meantime, below are some of the business-oriented plans available now.

AT&T offers several variations of its Mobility Rate Plans — Mobile Share Plus, Mobile Select Priority Pooled, and Business Unlimited Elite, plus several in between — tailored to your budget for $50, $55, and $85 per line per month. Designed for small- to medium-sized businesses, the Elite plan offers unlimited data, talk, and text for up to 10 devices. The Pooled plan gives employees a data allowance alongside pooled data within a single account. The Plus plan lets you share data across up to 10 or up to 25 business devices. All plans feature unlimited domestic talk and text and unlimited talk from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada, plus unlimited texts from the U.S. to over 120 countries, along with high definition video streaming. The Elite and Pooled plans also feature 5G . Data speeds may slow down with congestion past certain data points.

Verizon markets the Plan for Business, Business Unlimited, the New Verizon Plan, and the Flexible Business Plan specifically for small companies. The Plan for Business starts at $175 per month for up to 25 lines, with data plans ranging from 25GB to 200GB for various prices and topping out at $1,000 per month. All plans include carryover data, safety mode, calling to and from Mexico and Canada, use of your device in Mexico and Canada, and data boost costing $15 per 1GB. With all business plans, you can turn your device into an internet hotspot and send unlimited messages to more than 200 countries worldwide. Additional smartphones cost $15 per month.

Simple Choice for Business by T-Mobile costs $50 per line per month up to $110 per month for up to five lines. You can add $10 per line per month for 6 to 12 lines and up to 2GB of 4G LTE Data. You can call and text from any Wi-Fi connection, as your unused LTE data (up to 20GB) rolls forward for 12 months. The plan features unlimited calling and texting to and from Mexico and Canada, plus you get up to 5GB of data at 4G LTE speeds. If you’re looking for a more streamlined option, T-Mobile Essentials only costs $30 per month per line for four lines. It offers unlimited 3G mobile hotspot data, unlimited talk, text, 2G data in Mexico and Canada, and unlimited texting and flat-rate calling at 20 cents per minute in over 210 countries. An additional 10GB of high-speed 4G LTE mobile hotspot data will cost you $10 a month. For a more robust plan, the Magenta for Business plan is available for two, four, eight, and 12 lines for $60, $40, and $30 per month per line, respectively. It features 5G service, 3GB of 4G LTE hotspot data, plus unlimited 3G data, in-flight texting and data, unlimited data and texting in over 210 countries, and unlimited talk, text, and data in Canada and Mexico. The included Digits program eliminates the need for separate work and personal phones, allowing you to access up to five numbers on one device and use one number across several devices.


RingCentral is a VoIP system that functions extremely well in an office setting. It supports unlimited calling and conferencing toll-free numbers and a customizable caller ID. Functionality is its primary priority; It supports useful features, like texting, online meetings, and faxing. When you use RingCentral, incoming calls go through the same call-routing system as your office phones. It helps make your office number into a portable communication system. You can call, text, and fax from your business number on any mobile device. The service could be used by two users to 1000 and offers four levels: Essentials, Standard, Premium, and Ultimate for $20, $25, $35, and $50, each with a free trial.

Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless is a highly-rated and widely-used prepaid wireless service that prides itself on its affordability. It typically costs users from $30 to $60 per month. With Cricket Wireless, users can build their own custom phone plans. If you prefer a more basic plan with talk and text and no data, that’s manageable. You can build off that basic plan by adding data (2GB, 5GB, or unlimited), unlimited talk and text, picture messages, a mobile hotspot, and SD quality video streaming. If you often travel or need international coverage, that’s also manageable. You can add coverage for Canada and Mexico and unlimited text to 37 countries, HD Voice, and Wi-Fi calling from a compatible phone. Data-only plans of 20GB and 40GB are available for $35 and $50 per month, respectively, with Mexico and Canada coverage in the mix.

Republic Wireless

Consider Republic Wireless for your business if you don’t exactly need a phone network, but you do use a significant amount of Wi-Fi. This plan functions more like a virtual network than other cellular providers. The vendor relies on T-Mobile and Sprint networks when Wi-Fi is unavailable. The base plan is incredibly affordable, starting at $15 a month or $150 a year for unlimited talk and text. At this level, Republic Wireless charges $5 per gigabyte of data, up to 15GB. Fortunately, Republic won’t let a person’s bill skyrocket if they start to use too much data; Instead, the company disables data before you stretch past your limit. Using their data plan, users can also opt to make their smartphone a hotspot. One feature we enjoy about Republic is their Extend Home service. This feature allows people to connect their cell phones with their home phone to access contacts, receive calls, or make calls from one direct number using either of their phones.

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Your Voice line works on mobile devices, laptops, and supported deskphones so you can stay connected at work, home, or on-the-go.

Voice can be customized to fit your day-to-day workflow. Number assignment, porting, and billing are neatly consolidated in the familiar Google Workspace Admin console.

Voice uses Google AI to help save you time by blocking spam calls and transcribing voicemails to text automatically. Integrations with Google Meet and Calendar help keep the focus on what's important.

Voice can be deployed instantly — and globally — from anywhere, with less administrative work. This feature includes easy set up of multi-level auto attendants and ring groups (also known as hunt groups).

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When it comes to business phone services , cookie-cutter plans just don’t cut it because it’s impossible to have a one-size-fits-all plan.

But there are so many—possibly several dozen—high-quality plans vying for a slice of your communication budget that choosing the right one for your business might seem like a tall order.

To choose the right business cell phone plan for your business, you first need to determine what your needs are; then you’ll need to choose a plan that meets those needs. And that’s where this post comes in.

We’ve done the hard work for you by researching the highest-quality business phone plans and narrowed your choices down from several dozen possible options to the seven absolute best.

In this post, we’ll explore these seven options, suggest possible use cases, dissect pricing, and discuss the pros and cons of each plan.

Best Business Cell Phone Plans

1. ringcentral, best overall business phone plans on a unified communications platform..

RingCentral is the Best Overall Business Phone Plans on a Unified Communications Platform

RingCentral is a full-featured unified communications platform that offers VoIP and small business phone plans. The system functions extremely well in an office setting, boasting such features as unlimited calling and conferencing, customized caller IDs, text messaging, faxing, online meetings, and toll-free numbers .

RingCentral routes incoming calls through the same call-routing system used by your office phones. This turns your office phone into a portable communication system that can be used with any RingCentral-supported device.

In other words, you and your employees can send texts, faxes, as well as make and receive calls with your business number from your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. All you need is to install the top-rated RingCentral app.

This flexibility is good news for businesses with a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy as it allows your employees to switch seamlessly from their mobile devices to their desktops when making or receiving calls.

RingCentral also allows you to rent business hardware—such as headsets or desk phones—for as little as $3.99/device/month. Whether you have 2 users or 1,000, RingCentral has a plan for you. And there are tons of features for customization and third-party integrations.

RingCentral Pricing Plan

RingCentral’s plans start at $29.99/user/month ($19.99/user/month with annual billing) after the free trial on which you get 50 free minutes of domestic calls per user for five users and two desk phones.

The Essentials plan only supports up to 20 users. But the higher-tier plans allow unlimited users plus the ability to host video conferences with up to 200 participants. All plans come with voicemail-to-text, unlimited calling and texting, and an auto-attendant.

  • Apps for smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers
  • Cheaper than traditional carriers
  • Supports video conferencing for up to 200 attendees
  • Advanced functionality is only available on the premium plans
  • Might be overkill for smaller teams

2. T-Mobile

Best business phone plans for flexibility..

T-Mobile is the Best Business Phone Plans for Flexibility

T-Mobile became the second-largest carrier in the US by subscriber count after it acquired Sprint in 2020.

The acquisition also increased its coverage; T-Mobile now offers wider 5G coverage than other major carriers, although this is limited to major cities. Also, 4G coverage still lags behind AT&T and Verizon and rural areas have spotty 4G coverage at best.

T-Mobile may be widely known for its consumer-friendly plans, but it also boasts an extensive library of business offerings for companies and organizations of all types and sizes.

Its low-cost plans support local and international teams pretty well, and with in-flight WiFi, you and your employees can stay productive while traveling, too. You can access your voicemail, text, or finish business projects while traveling anywhere in the world.

Opting for the T-Mobile Magenta or Unlimited plan gets you a free subscription to Microsoft 365 , allowing your team to collaborate in real-time on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Plus, you get a company intranet, email program, and project collaboration tools.

T-Mobile also provides users with unlimited 2G data and texting in at least 210 countries, keeping your teams connected anywhere they may go.

T-Mobile Pricing Plan

Small businesses that need between 2 to 12 lines may opt for the Business Unlimited Select plan which is priced between $45/line/month (for 2 lines) and $25/line/month (for 6 or more lines). This plan gives you 5G support; unlimited calling, texting, and data in Canada and Mexico; and 5GB of high-speed mobile hotspot data.

For $30 – $60 per liner per month, you can get the Business Unlimited Advanced plan. This plan is ideal for businesses with employees that do a lot of air travel and need access to Microsoft tools and apps.

It includes 40GB of high-speed hotspot data, a free subscription to Microsoft 365, 5GB of high-speed data in Canada and Mexico, and one hour of Gogo in-flight WiFi.

Lastly, if you want it all at a reasonable price, then you might want to consider the Business Unlimited Ultimate plan which costs $40 – $70 per line per month. This plan gives you unlimited premium data, 100GB of mobile hotspot, and Microsoft 365 in addition to unlimited text, talk, and data (5G inclusive).

With this plan, you also get 4K UHD streaming, unlimited in-flight WiFi, and data in 210 countries that is twice as fast as the other T-Mobile business plans.

  • In-flight data is free on select airlines
  • Improved 5G coverage after the acquisition of Sprint
  • Allows the use of multiple lines on a single device
  • The limited plans are restrictive
  • Free international texting is limited to 2G
  • Coverage is spotty in rural areas

Best Unlimited Business Cell Phone Plans.

Verizon is the Best Unlimited Business Cell Phone Plans

Of all major carriers, Verizon has the widest coverage , which means that most of your employees will be covered wherever they may be. It offers cell phone, landline, internet, and VoIP plans for businesses on devices purchased from Verizon or compatible devices purchased elsewhere.

With their three Business Unlimited Plans, finding the perfect plan for your business is easy. All plans feature unlimited talk, text, and data. Where the plans differ is in support for 5G, tablet use, and mobile hotspot. The plans also require at least five users since they’re for business and not personal or family use.

To use Verizon VoIP, you only have to download the mobile and desktop app on any compatible device.

Verizon’s plans for small businesses include the Verizon Plan for Business, the Flexible Business Plan, Business Unlimited, and the New Verizon Plan. All plans include safety mode, carryover data, calling to and from Canada and Mexico, use of your device in Canada and Mexico, and data at $15 per GB.

All plans also allow you to turn your device into an internet hotspot and send unlimited messages to recipients in over 200 countries.

And finally, the Verizon Plus and Pro plans come with a security bundle that offers premium protection for your employees, data, and devices. In addition to mobile endpoint security, they also feature WiFi protection, mobile device management, and tech support.

Verizon Pricing Plan

Verizon Business Unlimited plans start at $30 per line per month and they all offer unlimited talk, text, and 4G and 5G data. The Plus and Pro plans feature guaranteed speeds during peak hours for up to 120 GB per month, and an unlimited mobile hotspot with reduced speeds after 60 GB.

  • Offers unlimited calling in Canada and Mexico
  • Solid national coverage
  • Flexible pricing plans
  • Device selection can be overwhelming
  • Might be excessive for small teams
  • The costs of international calling quickly add up

Best Full-featured Business Cell Phone Plans.

AT&T is the Best Full featured Business Cell Phone Plans

Like every other major carrier, AT&T provides cell phones, landlines, and internet services to businesses. But AT&T also offers the largest variety of plans among the major carriers . This flexibility allows you to potentially lower your monthly costs by customizing your setup.

For example, on some plans, you may experience slower speeds during peak hours, while other plans offer guaranteed 5G speeds up to a certain amount of data. With pooled plans, you can share data among your employees, which is a great option for teams with varying needs.

After T-Mobile acquired Sprint, AT&T became the third-largest carrier by subscriber count. But it remains well-established as an enterprise provider, offering four enterprise plans to its customers. It is also the backbone of the FirstNet network, a network optimized for first responders.

There are several variations of AT&T’s Mobility Rate Plans—Mobile Share Plus, Mobile Select Priority Pooled, and Business Unlimited Elite, including several others in between. The plans are all tailored to your budget, being available at different price points.

The Elite plan offers unlimited talk, text, and data for up to 10 devices. The Pooled plan gives each employee a data allowance plus access to pooled data in a single account. The Plus plan lets you share data with 10 – 25 different business devices.

On all plans, you get unlimited talk and text within the country and unlimited talk from the US to Canada and Mexico, plus unlimited texting to over 120 countries and HD video streaming. On the Elite and Pooled plans, you get 5G, although data speeds may slow down during peak hours.

AT&T Unlimited Business Plan

AT&T’s Business Unlimited Elite plan is priced at $65/line/month; the Mobile Select Pooled plan starts at $35/line/month; the Mobile Share Plus plan starts at $50/line/month; and the AT&T Business 4GB starts at $50/line/month.

  • Impressive coverage
  • Data plans rollover
  • The wide variety of plans offers flexibility
  • Hardware selection can be improved
  • Some plans get quite expensive
  • Slower speeds can occur at any time

5. Google Voice

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Google Voice is the Best Free Business Phone Plans for Small Teams and Solopreneurs

Google Voice is a virtual phone number service that lets you make and receive calls on your existing phone or desktop. Getting started is as simple as owning a Google account; with that, you get basic calling & texting, a new local business number, and voicemail.

On the paid plans, you get mobile apps, integration with Google Calendar, and voicemail transcription. You can also set up custom greetings, an optional special announcement that cannot be skipped, custom working hours, menu prompts, and rules for call routing. And you can transfer callers to an extension, a submenu, or voicemail.

Pricing starts at only $10/user but for small teams in need of a free solution, Google Voice is an excellent choice. The apps are supported on any mobile device, eliminating the need to buy any new hardware or pay monthly to call or text anyone anywhere in the US.

Google Voice Pricing Plan

The free plan gives you a business phone number and lets you make unlimited calls and send unlimited text messages to any number in the US and Canada.

The paid plans range from $10/user/month to $30/user/month and at the very basic level give you unlimited domestic calls and SMS, mobile apps for Android and iOS devices, and voicemail transcripts.

Other advanced features on higher-tier plans include a multi-level auto attendant, compatibility with desk phones, ring groups, advanced reporting, and the ability to add employees in unlimited international locations.

  • Serviceable free version
  • Unlimited national calling and texting
  • Free local business phone number in most US cities
  • Requires an existing personal device
  • Features are limited

6. Grasshopper

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Grasshopper is the Best Business Cell Phone Plans for Small Teams Needing Call Routing Capabilities

Grasshopper is a virtual phone system that provides small businesses with VoIP features like unlimited calling between the US and Canada and virtual receptionists.

Just by installing Grasshopper’s user-friendly mobile apps, you can turn any smartphone into a business phone. The apps are available for Android and iOS and allow you and your employees to read text messages, listen to voicemails, or answer calls.

Instead of charging per user, Grasshopper lets you add extensions to your business number . This means that you can route incoming calls to unlimited devices. It’s an effective way to connect several employees without burning a hole in your pocket.

Features like an automated attendant and simultaneous call handling mean that your callers never get a busy signal. Instead, they are greeted with a custom greeting set by you before being transferred to an extension, including an optional self-service extension.

Additionally, this business VoIP system provides you with a virtual phone number and call answering rules that make call forwarding to other devices easy. Small businesses can stay competitive without spending a fortune on expensive business phone systems or hardware since Grasshopper hosts all the data and hardware.

Setting up the system is as simple as installing an app on your mobile or desktop device ; when customers call your business phone number, the call is routed to your preferred device. You never have to give out a personal phone again.

Even better, all calls to your Grasshopper phone number will be marked as business calls, so you’ll always be able to tell a business call apart from a personal one. Grasshopper is a great RingCentral alternative for entrepreneurs and solopreneurs with tight budgets.

Grasshopper Pricing Plan

Grasshopper pricing starts at $29/month for one phone number and up to three extensions . The most expensive package—priced at $89/month—gives you unlimited extensions and allows you to add dozens of employees and devices.

  • Affordably priced
  • Provides automated voicemail transcripts
  • Intuitive mobile apps
  • Might be a bit expensive for solo workers
  • Bigger teams might require more advanced functionality
  • No support for video calling

Best Value Business Phone Plans.

Teltik is the Best Value Business Phone Plans

An authorized reseller of T-Mobile’s business plans , Teltik’s plans include unlimited calls to and from Canada and unlimited domestic roaming. You also get unlimited music and video streaming from select providers that don't count against your data cap, mobile hotspot, visual voicemail, WiFi calling, and roll-over data on qualifying plans.

On your first order with Teltik, you get free access to a PBX cloud phone system , which will give you a new business phone number that works on mobile, desktop, and office phones.

The PBX also includes other features like a customized virtual receptionist to greet your callers and present them with options, call-routing capabilities, simple voicemail management, and many other features.

Since Teltik is an authorized T-Mobile reseller, great coverage is guaranteed. Plus, you also get an international calling plan and Smart Voicemail.

Teltik Pricing Plan

For as low as $20 a month, you can get one of Teltik’s plans with unlimited talk, text, and data. There are no hidden fees, contracts, data overages, or rate increases.

  • Excellent coverage
  • The Smart Voicemail feature is fantastic
  • No number porting, even from T-Mobile

How to Choose a Business Cell Phone Plan

To choose the right business cell phone plan for your organization, you must consider how the cell phones will be used.

Cell phones may be awesome for mobility but there are some trade-offs. If you own a buying business or manage a sales team, then mobility should be paramount in your buying decision.

But if you run an office with largely stationary employees that spend a lot of time on the phone with clients (such as a law firm or an investment firm), then mobility isn’t a key factor. In fact, cell phones might present some issues with call quality that will cause you to miss out on the nuances of speech and interaction.

So, it is important to approach this decision as carefully as possible.

1. Research Your Company’s Calling Habits

The best way to approach this is to pull some copies of past phone bills to get accurate insight into your company’s calling patterns.

Are most of your calls local or international? Would data and texting be useful to your organization? Asking yourself questions like this will help clarify your thinking around the features you need and those that are merely nice to have.

2. Outfit Your Key Employees

It’s unlikely that all your employees will need corporate cell phones for their day-to-day work. So, it makes sense to identify those key employees that truly need a cell phone to function.

Senior management usually requires cell phones so that they can stay in touch in case of emergencies. And salespeople also need them for the sake of mobility.

3. Assess the Mobility Needs of Each Team Member

You also need to assess the mobility needs of each team member. People that spend a lot of time away from the office obviously need cell phones. But those who hardly ever leave the office to do their work might be better served by a desk phone.

Likewise, it doesn’t make sense for salespeople to have both a desk phone and a cell phone as they’ll get the most use out of a cell phone and not much use out of the desk phone.

Armed with the knowledge of the needs of your team, you’ll be able to choose a plan that accommodates everyone’s talk, text, and data needs, and you may even be able to get a discount on the phones themselves.

4. Find a Service Provider

Compare cell phone providers in your area, contrasting their plans, network coverage, range of services, contracts, prepaid plans, unlimited plans, and so on.

If you often have to communicate across the country, then a national carrier like AT&T or Verizon might be your best bet. But if your communication is mostly local, you can opt for a lower-priced local provider.

You’ll also want to check coverage maps and ensure that the provider covers areas in which you’ll need the service the most.

If the provider offers great coverage in your home region but sparse coverage in other cities where you’ll be spending a fair amount of time with clients, then you might get slammed with extra roaming charges for calls to those areas.

5. Pay Special Attention to Security

If you work with sensitive data, then security should be a major concern to you, especially with the preponderance of data breaches these days. A study of Fortune 1000 companies recently revealed that telecommunications companies are the most vulnerable industry to a data breach.

Ideally, you want a provider that allows you to remotely wipe all data from a lost or misplaced company device.

6. Understand That There Might Be Room for Negotiation

Finally, you should know that there might be some room for negotiation when it comes to small business phone plans. You might be able to get a better deal on your plan and equipment than the pricing table shows if you contact the vendors.

And remember: a cell phone plan is just a contract, not a lifelong commitment. So, towards the end of your contract, it makes sense to shop around again to see if you can find a better deal.

You might even be able to negotiate a better deal with your current provider if you can prove that you can get a better deal elsewhere. There’s no harm in trying.

Small Business Phone Plans FAQ

The EIN (Employer Identification Number), sometimes referred to as a Tax Identification Number (TIN), is widely accepted as an alternative to the SSN (Social Security Number) for many business-related transactions, and this includes the purchase of cell phones.

The cheapest plans will generally run you between $15 – 30/month, while a complete business cell phone package may cost as much as $60/line/month or even more. 

This is a largely subjective matter as different businesses have different needs. That being said, Verizon does offer some of the best phone packages for small businesses, even for teams with as few as four employees. You get unlimited calling, texting, and data in Canada and Mexico as well as in the US.  It’s also a great option if you plan on issuing company devices to your employees as it offers a broad selection of nearly 100 different Android and iOS phones and tablets for itinerant teams. 

Quick Best Business Cell Phone Comparison

Staying connected in and out of the office is vital. VoIP and cellular phone plans don’t limit you to certain device brands or cost you an arm and a leg to implement. They allow your employees to bring personal devices, and you can mix and match plans to suit your peculiar needs while taking advantage of call management features.

The best plans allow you to customize packages according to your employees’ data requirements and location while staying flexible and affordable.

And, though Verizon offers stellar business cell phone plans and services, you might be better served by a VoIP caller like RingCentral. So, here are our recommendations:

  • For small teams , try Grasshopper .
  • The best free solution , albeit with limited features, is Google Voice . But it also offers some really good paid plans, too.
  • If you want all the features you can get, RingCentral is a unified communications platform with all the bells and whistles .
  • And Verizon boasts the best unlimited cell phone plans on the market.

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  • Best Small Business Phone Systems of 2024

Small businesses need reliable phone systems, especially when day-to-day operations rely heavily on this form of communication. We looked into all the features that matter most when it comes to small business phone systems, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, which all the companies on our list offer. Our top three best small business phone system providers are Intermedia, Nextiva, and Dialpad.

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If you’re a small business owner, you know that your day is full of juggling tasks and that you just don’t have time to add communication issues to your to-do list. The best small business phone systems make communication reliable and affordable so you can focus on running your business. They also rely on VoIP phone technology, allowing you to use an internet connection for your entire business phone system. VoIP phone systems have no special equipment to buy or staff to manage them. You simply need to download a mobile or desktop app to have a fully-featured phone system at your fingertips.

Many VoIP providers have also advanced business phone systems considerably, allowing you to add unified communications features like video conference, team chat, and voicemail-to-email. We’ve researched and rated the plans, pricing, and features of the best small business phone systems to develop a list you can trust choosing from.

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Best Small Business Phone Systems in Detail

Not every good business phone system is appropriate for a small company. We sorted through our rating of the Best Business Phone Systems of 2024 to find ones that are affordable, flexible, and easy to use with a mobile device for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Follow the links in the companies' summaries to find our full reviews, and read our advice on how to choose the best plan for your small business.

Straightforward pricing

Most integrations available with basic plan

Some features require separate add-ons

Video conferencing maxes out at 200 participants

Intermedia Unite is a unified communications (UC) phone system with integrated chat, video, file sharing, and contact center capabilities. Its two plans offer a variety of add-on features, such as resource lines and toll-free numbers. Along with unlimited calling to U.S. and Canadian numbers, all subscriptions include an auto-attendant, call recording, cloud storage, team messaging, and video conferencing. Also, all users can schedule video meetings from Slack, Google Workspace (formerly G-Suite), and Microsoft products, like Outlook and Teams.

Advanced features and additional capacity come with Intermedia Unite Pro and Enterprise packages. For example, Unite Pro adds a virtual assistant to your video meetings, which provides AI-driven transcripts and insights. Enterprise users get 200 GB of cloud storage, Microsoft Exchange email, and video conferencing with up to 200 participants.

Read more in our Intermedia review .

Round-the-clock customer support

Monthly, no-contract plans available

Integrates with existing contact and CRM tools

Some features aren't available on the base plan

Expensive per-user cost for the base plan

Best price requires a three-year commitment

Nextiva’s UC platform offers unlimited calling within the U.S. and Canada, an auto-attendant, virtual faxing, and U.S.-based local and toll-free numbers. Regardless of the plan tier, users can host and record 45-minute video meetings with 250 participants. The subscriptions include 1,500 to 12,500 toll-free minutes, team messaging, and voicemail transcriptions. Plus, Nextiva provides several payment options with lower rates for one, two, or three-year contracts and annual billing.

Professional and Enterprise integrate with customer relationship management (CRM) programs , such as SugarCRM , Salesforce , and HubSpot . Higher-tier plans also include one to three professionally recorded greetings. Nextiva recently rolled out NextivaOne, a desktop application that puts your calls, texts, and emails into a single inbox.

Read more in our Nextiva review .

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App integrations available at entry-level

AI-powered call analysis and transcription

APIs provide additional user management functionality

14-day trial period is short

24/7 support not available with all plans

Dialpad Pro and Enterprise plans support U.S.-based and international offices, offering unlimited calling within your country, the U.S., and Canada. The entry-tier version (Standard) provides a robust feature set with tools typically found on higher-tier VoIP packages yet costs $15 per user per month with annual billing. The advanced capabilities include built-in AI and analytics, such as live speech coaching and automated post-call summaries. All subscriptions have multilevel auto-attendants, file sharing, and unlimited texting.

Dialpad users, regardless of the plan, can host five-hour video meetings with 10 attendees. However, Pro and Enterprise users gain international texting, integrations, and local number support in more than 70 countries.

Read more in our Dialpad review .

Base-level Express plan is very inexpensive

Compliant with various privacy standards including HIPAA

Many plans include unlimited international calling

24/7 support is limited to higher plan tiers

Basic plan doesn’t offer as many features as other companies

8x8 stands out with plans catering to very small businesses and global corporations. The competitively-priced 8x8 Express plan supports companies with five or fewer users and includes unlimited calling in the U.S. and Canada, an auto-attendant, video conferencing, and team messaging. 8x8 X-Series offers unlimited calling to 14 or 48 countries, depending on your subscription. These versions work for teams of any size, and you can customize plans to only pay for features each individual needs.

Along with call management features, X-Series business communications plans support 500 video conference participants and live streaming to YouTube. Interactive meeting features like breakout rooms and instant polls keep remote users connected, while CRM integrations can help track customer interactions.

Read more in our 8x8 review .

Designed for office, remote, and mobile employees

Unlimited number of users can be added

Offers secure global PBX services

Essentials plan limited to 20 users

No video conferencing capabilities on the base plan

No 24/7 technical support on the base plan

RingCentral offers three plan options: Core, Advanced, and Ultra. The Core plan begins at $20 per user per month with an annual contract.

All plan levels include:

  • Unlimited domestic calling 
  • Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
  • Single sign-on
  • SMS and MMS
  • Analytics for IT administrators

The platform also offers many collaboration tools for remote and hybrid teams, with different capabilities on each plan. For example, users can host 24-hour video meetings with breakout rooms and whiteboard sessions. Upper-tier versions integrate with hundreds of applications, including HubSpot and Salesforce .

Read more in our RingCentral review .

Business phone service providers typically charge a per-user fee that can be paid monthly or annually. Base subscriptions range from $10 to $30 per user per month. The flat price per person generally includes a business telephone number, unlimited or metered calling, and other communication features.

Some other important pricing factors you may encounter include:

  • Tiered pricing models: They provide more features on higher-priced plans. 
  • Cloud-based tools: These tools generally don’t require onsite servers and, therefore, typically don’t require an installation fee. 
  • Hardware: VoIP phones and headsets are optional purchases that depend on your business’s specific needs.

Add-on features: Features such as international calling packages, increased conferencing capacity, and integrations are offered by many companies. For businesses that can benefit from these services, the added cost will be worthwhile, and businesses with simpler requirements can forgo them and save on costs.

What Should I Look For in a Small Business Phone System?

Small businesses can face narrower profit margins, especially in their early years of operation, and trimming costs wherever possible can be essential to success. “Cost is a huge factor for [these companies] in their operations," explains Supradeep Dutta , a Rutgers School of Business–Camden assistant professor and an expert in technology and entrepreneurship. "VoIP is one thing to reduce the cost of communications.”

Cloud VoIP phone solutions are an excellent option for mitigating costs associated with traditional phone services. For example, VoIP means that small companies can not only skip traditional office phones but can also explore remote work options for staff that doesn’t rely on a physical office. With the help of the apps associated with these services, employees can use their own mobile phones or computers to make or receive calls, send texts, or hop onto a video conference call – all from a business number.

Aside from the cost, two of the most important factors to look at in a small business phone system are:

  • Ease-of-Use: The simpler and more intuitive the service and associated apps are, the better. Making a phone call or sending a text should be straightforward, and your VoIP service should never make you feel like you need to hire a switchboard operator just to reach the right person. Look for a service that offers features that will make your life easier. Depending on your business, this can mean generating automatic transcripts, offering custom hold music, ensuring reliable voicemail functionality, or employing spam protection.
  • Flexibility: For a small business, flexibility is key. The ability for your VoIP service to scale with your business should be clear from the start with easy-to-add lines and transparent pricing. Don’t forget to consider integrations, either. The compatibility of your VoIP service to integrate with a CMS or help desk system is something to note before committing to a provider.

Every small business is unique, and a single feature can’t address every concern. It can be helpful to make a list of the features you need or want most from a phone system, beyond cost. While it might not be at the forefront of your mind, be sure to think about the security needs of your business and if the VoIP provider you’re considering can meet them. And, don’t forget to look into the provider’s customer support.

It’s easy not to think about problems until you have one, but the last thing any business needs is to encounter a technical issue and be unable to reach the right person who can help. Some providers offer 24/7 support and others are more limited. Make sure this availability will work for your operating hours.

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How do i choose the best small business phone system.

Buying a business phone service can be an overwhelming process. The choices are vast and you have much to consider, from system types and features to cost and even your customers’ expectations.

The number of providers selling these services has grown as well. “Right now there are over 500 companies selling hosted phone systems in the United States,” says Phillip Sherman, president of Telecom Advisors Group , which helps companies find phone solutions to fit their business needs. “A new one or two pops up just about every day.”

Here are some factors you should consider when making a purchase.

  • Number of users: How many employees will be using your phone system? Most providers charge a monthly fee per user, so costs can really add up with the more users you have. A provider that charges a flat monthly fee regardless of the number of users might be a better choice if you’re just looking for a basic office phone system. 
  • Video conferencing: Does your company rely heavily on video conferencing with clients or other employees? If so, you’ll want to choose a provider that offers video meetings in its most affordable base plans. Those that offer it in their top-tier plans will drive up your monthly cost per user.
  • Automated features: If you expect a high volume of calls, you’ll want a provider that offers many automated call management features. These can include auto-attendant, voicemail-to-email or voicemail-to-text, and hold music. To keep your customers from waiting, you may also want to look into plans that include intelligent call routing, forwarding, flip, and transferring. 
  • Remote employees: If you manage many remote employees, you may also need a service with strong team communication tools. These can include an easy-to-use mobile app, team and one-on-one messaging, file sharing, and video conferencing. Just make sure you choose a cloud-based rather than on-premise PBX system that will support these remote features.
  • Customer service: If your business relies heavily on your phone system, make sure you choose a business with round-the-clock support. The last thing you’ll want to be doing when your phone system is down is submitting a support ticket. Instead, you’ll want to speak to a real person who can help you solve your problem fast.

How Do Small Business Phone Systems Work?

Business phone systems connect your employees to one another as well as to those outside of your business, like clients or customers. This can happen through voice conversation or through other tools like text or instant messaging. While there are different types of business phone services you can utilize, the ultimate goal should be to streamline communications to help your business run more efficiently.

Types of Business Phone Systems

Business phone systems can be broken down into a few different types. Each has its own benefits, but some are better suited to the needs of a small business. Larger companies may still lean toward the traditional private business exchange (PBX) system or IP-enabled PBX, which are dedicated systems to a specific company and generally based on-premise. On the other hand, small businesses most commonly use cloud-based VoIP systems.

Benefits of Cloud-Based VoIP Systems

When it comes to cloud-based VoIP systems, there are many benefits businesses can reap:

Cost savings: A cloud-based telephone service is not a dedicated system. Instead, it's hosted in the cloud and managed by the service provider. This allows the business phone service to be provided at a lower cost on a subscription basis.

Hardware-free: These types of phone systems don’t require hardware and can instead be accessed through mobile and desktop apps.

Dynamic updates: The hardware-free infrastructure allows the business phone provider to keep the service updated at all times and provides your company with access to UCaaS features, such as messaging tools, video conferencing, and third-party integrations.

Simplified implementation: The relative simplicity of implementing a cloud-based VoIP system makes it the ideal option for most small businesses.

Saves resources: VoIP systems give your company access to all the modern-day business phone system features, without the upfront cost of having to build out a dedicated on-premise system or the required staff to maintain it.

Mobility and flexibility: These systems give your employees the flexibility needed to work from anywhere since they can access your business communications network from an app on their cell phone.

To learn more about the ins and outs of VoIP systems, read our guide, What Is VoIP ?

Choosing the Right Business Phone Service for Your Needs

While cloud-based business phone services have many benefits, this type of system may not meet the specific needs of your company. Consider your options and how your business interacts with a phone system to complete your work in order to make a choice that best fits the way your company is run. Think about your business’s size, budget, and the most important features that you require from your business phone service.

Why Do Small Businesses Need a Business Phone System?

All businesses, small and large, benefit from better communication. For small businesses, however, there may be more specific needs that have to be addressed in finding the right phone system, like tighter budgets. That is why researching business phone systems are so imperative for small businesses.

As a small business owner, you will want to find a system that is the best balance of price and the features you need. To learn more, read our guide on How to Buy a Business Phone .

Cloud-based business phone systems work on your existing devices, such as cell phones and computers. No additional hardware is required. Mobile and desktop apps replace traditional analog telephones, and features like virtual faxing happen in the cloud. However, computer users may want a VoIP headset for call privacy and quality reasons.

If you want to use your current analog devices, including fax machines and conference phones, with VoIP, you will need an analog telephone adaptor (ATA). In addition, many small business phone providers support IP phones, which resemble analog desk phones but connect to the internet instead of a landline.

Yes, you can install your business phone system yourself. The best business phone systems for small businesses are commonly cloud-based telephony services. These services are quick and easy to set up because they do not require hardware to be configured on-site.

Cloud-based VoIP phone systems take a do-it-yourself approach. The system is hosted off-site and managed by the business phone system provider. So you don’t need to go through a complicated process to get your phone system up and running. Simply sign up for an account and pick out your phone numbers. Download the provider’s mobile and desktop apps to gain access to the business phone system. You will still want to set up typical features like voicemail and call routing, but once the app is installed, you are all set to make business phone calls.

You may also opt for IP desktop phones. These act as a more traditional business phone option and might be a good choice for small businesses with an office where employees spend most of their time. IP desktop phones are generally easy to set up with plug-and-play options or some minor configuring.

The average small business will generally require up to 10 phone lines. However, this number can be impacted by a wide range of factors, number of employees being foremost among them. If you are the sole proprietor of your business, you may only need a single. If you are a 50-person operation that fields calls daily across multiple locations and departments, you may require significantly more lines.

Some additional factors to think about include:

  • Number of both internal and external calls that occur in your business
  • How many employees actually require a line or separate number
  • How many locations, offices, and departments will require phone services
  • What your budget can comfortably accommodate
  • What hardware or equipment will be required to support your operations

Yes, internet-based phone services support employees regardless of where they work. VoIP lets you route or forward calls to employee-owned and company-owned devices. Your teams can answer and transfer calls, even if your physical office is closed. Home users typically have access to the same features provided for in-house staff, including virtual faxing, unlimited calling, and voicemail.

Moreover, many small business phone systems offer collaboration tools, allowing remote and on-site teams to interact in real-time through video and group messaging. These features may include file sharing, whiteboards, screen sharing, and breakout rooms.

Small business phone services often have security and privacy certifications that can help protect your company when communicating with clients over the phone. Secure networks, encryption, and modern internet protocols are among the industry standards for business phone providers. Although most VoIP providers encrypt phone calls, cloud-based tools do have vulnerabilities.

The type of information shared over the phone depends on your small business's industry. While some companies in sensitive information fields need to be more cognizant of these risks, all businesses should consider the inherent risk of using an internet-based business phone system. Robust password management policies, security software, and regular software and hardware updates help keep your business phone system secure.

Companies that handle personal health information (PHI) may need additional security measures, including working with a HIPAA-compliant VoIP vendor. These certifications are generally published on the phone provider's website for your reference. Be sure to find a provider that offers the necessary credentials for the regulations in your industry.

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The 5 Best Business VoIP Providers in 2023

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With business VoIP services, you don't have to worry about limited numbers of physical phone lines.  VoIP services offer tons of perks that small business owners love . Some of these include being able to place VoIP calls from your desktop or cell phone using your VoIP phone number. What is especially great about it, is that when you call, your business phone number will show up on caller ID instead of your cell number or whatever you are using to make that call. This goes for incoming calls as well. They will dial the VoIP number and you can answer on whichever phone you want to use.

Bottom line: We searched through the market for the top services and found the 13 best VoIP providers out there—with RingCentral at the top offering price matching and a wide feature range at a low cost.  Ooma is also great for remote workers because of its ease of use and phone system flexibility.

For a full-service business phone solution that also provides reliable services for your growing business, RingCentral is a great option.

  • RingCentral : Best full-service VoIP provider
  • Ooma : Best VoIP service for remote work
  • Nextiva : Best VoIP provider for midsize business
  • 8x8 : Best budget buy
  • Vonage : Best small business VoIP provider

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Ringcentral: best overall voip.

We love that RingCentral offers such a wide range of product features. And the plans are fairly affordable, with price matching available and a generous allotment of toll-free minutes. Just look out for a so-so customer service experience.

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RingCentral offers a well-rounded work-from-home solution that includes integrated messaging, unlimited video conferencing, and cloud-hosted VoIP service right out of the box. The service includes a lot of features that other providers charge extra for (such as generous toll-free minutes). And small businesses don’t have to worry about whether they’re getting raked over the coals for their cloud-hosted VoIP service because RingCentral offers price matching on plans with less than 50 lines.

RingCentral VoIP plans

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Another thing we love about RingCentral is its reliability. RingCentral promises a 99.999% uptime, meaning both your in-house and remote employees can rely on your VoIP system to work whenever they need it. Plus, RingCentral plans include unlimited internet faxing, phone conferencing, and video conferencing for up to 200 participants. Video meetings can even last up to 24 hours — just in case.

Here are a few other features business owners are sure to love:

  • Unlimited calls within the US and Canada
  • A toll-free or local phone number
  • Automatic call recording
  • Inbound caller ID
  • Service in 100+ countries worldwide
  • Voice menus in 10 different languages

And if you ever experience trouble with your VoIP system, RingCentral’s customer service team is available 24/7 via online chat or via phone during standard business hours. Keep in mind, though, that usually only larger enterprises get US-based support — small businesses usually get outsourced to overseas customer service representatives. If that doesn’t work for you, though, RingCentral also offers ticket service, an extensive online knowledge base, and weekly webinars to answer common questions.

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Ooma: Best VoIP service for remote work

If your business has transitioned to remote work, Ooma offers affordable services that are easy to use and can easily grow with your company. While some customers have complained about dropped calls, we think Ooma’s still the ideal VoIP service for businesses working remotely.

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With its scalable solutions, Ooma is one of our favorite small-business phone services. But Ooma’s Office and Office Pro plans also stand out as some of the best VoIP phone service offerings for businesses with remote employees.

Ooma phone systems are flexible, so you can use your office phone while working at home, place and accept work calls on your cell phone, and even use the Ooma desktop app to place calls on your computer. And Ooma’s plans stay affordable even with an upper-tier plan.

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Ooma’s remote features can help your business stay up and running no matter where your employees are. For starters, Ooma’s mobile and desktop apps allow remote employees to make and receive unlimited calls within North America using your business number.

We also like Ooma’s Ring Groups feature, which lets you group extensions together in your phone system so they all ring simultaneously. Then it transfers the call to whichever employee answers first. This allows your customers to get through to a representative as quickly as possible and provides a backup in case one of your employees has to step away to deal with childcare or move the laundry along.

Businesses working remotely should keep in mind, though, that Ooma offers video conferencing only on the Ooma Office Pro and Pro Plus plans. Otherwise, you get a conference line that lets remote employees collaborate over the phone. That puts Ooma a pace behind some of the other providers on our list, but with providers like Nextiva currently offering their video collaboration tool to businesses for free, it shouldn’t be a major issue.

Nextiva: Best VoIP software for midsize businesses

If you operate more than one office or have employees scattered around your areas working from home, Nextiva is easy to scale without breaking your budget. However, this option may not be best for companies that need low-cost international calling features.

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Nextiva is great for midsize businesses on a budget because it delivers an impressive balance of pricing and features. Nextiva’s mobile app and desktop app allow your employees to ditch the clunky office phones of the past, and the service’s online management platform makes it easy to juggle multiple lines—even when your employees are all working from different locations.

Nextiva VoIP plans

Nextiva service also provides a number of helpful features for businesses working from home. For starters, there’s the Nextiva app, which lets you use your business phone number to make calls remotely from your desktop or mobile devices. Nextiva’s team collaboration tool, Cospace, also lets your team collaborate via video chat, so you can keep everyone one the same page.

If you need a way to video chat with your team, but aren’t interested in a full-blown VoIP service, we have good news. Right now, Nextiva is offering video and team collaboration for an unlimited number of users—completely free. See the Nextiva website to learn more about their Video & Collaboration service.

Word to the wise, though: Nextiva’s pricing can be a little complex, so make sure you click around the website’s pricing page to find the accurate pricing for your business. The website lists the Essential plan at $18.95 per month, for example. But if you click the tiny question mark next to the price, you find out that price is only for prepaid 36-month contracts on plans with 20-99 users. If you’re a small business on a month-to-month plan, you’ll actually wind up paying $30.95 per month for the same package.

That being said, we think it’s impressive that none of Nextiva’s plans cost more than $45 per month—especially considering all the VoIP service features you get. And for businesses with remote employees, features like unlimited video conferencing (with a Professional plan or higher), screen sharing, and team messaging make it easier to get work done even when everyone’s physically distant.

8x8: Best budget buy

8x8’s claims to fame are its incredibly low pricing, cheap international calling rates, and crowdsourced customer service. This VoIP provider offers limited mobile access, but it’s a good pick for any business trying to save a buck without sacrificing quality.

Data as of 7/7/23. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Given all the economic uncertainty faced by small businesses today, choosing a low-cost VoIP phone service makes a lot of sense. 

Fortunately, 8x8 offers three simple, feature-loaded plans that can help you keep your expenses low while also getting all the VoIP features you need. 8x8 even offers integrations with third-party business apps like Salesforce, Zendesk, Netsuite, and Microsoft Dynamics. That way, your business can build out a complete enterprise resource planning solution that allows your inventory, accounting, point-of-sale, and customer service to work together seamlessly—all without having to shell out big money for it.

8x8 VoIP plans

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All 8x8 plans include team messaging, HD video conferencing, and screen sharing, you you can easily keep all your remote team members engaged and collaborative. And contact centers that have transitioned to remote work can still enjoy features like omnichannel routing, which allows your employees to engage with customers via chat, social media, text, and phone—all in one platform.

And of course, you can’t ignore the fact that 8x8 offers full internet phone services that start at just $15 per month. The company’s introductory plan even offers an auto-attendant to help transfer calls to the appropriate extension without you needing to pay a receptionist to answer the phone—a feature other internet and phone providers don’t offer except on upper-tier plans. 

That being said, 8x8’s plan upgrades are not the cheapest on our list. But considering the number of features you get for the price, we think it’s a good value for most companies looking for a VoIP phone system that offers a lot of bang for your buck.

Vonage: Best small business VoIP provider

4.2 out of 5 stars

Sure, Vonage has dealt with bad press and technical issues in the past. But these days, the service’s easy setup, impressive 99.999% uptime, and scalable business phone system options make it a top-notch VoIP choice for businesses with an eye toward growth.

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As one of the earliest VoIP services on the market, Vonage is one of the most well-known PBX solutions currently available. And for good reason.

Vonage phone service can easily grow with your company, so you don’t have to worry about difficult transitions to new systems as your needs expand. Vonage integrates with everything from Salesforce to Slack, so you’re covered if your business ever outgrows its current customer relationship tools. And Vonage offers VoIP communications features that make the service easy to use even when you’re at home.

Vonage VoIP plans

Vonage plans offer great features for remote employees, including unlimited team messaging, unlimited calls, and unlimited business text messages on every plan. However, if video conferencing is important to your business, you’ll need to upgrade to the Premium plan.

We also like that Vonage offers 20 third-party integrations through the Vonage App Center, which is available even on the Mobile plan. This feature allows you to sync your VoIP phone system with select accounting, inventory, and CRM software so you can build out a completely interconnected business.

Furthermore, all Vonage customers get 24/7 customer support and IT solutions. Between that and all the other features included on Vonage’s basic phone system plans, it’s a great solution for small businesses that want advanced features at a budget price. And Vonage can definitely keep up when it’s time to upgrade your devices or add more lines, so your business can easily grow within your existing VoIP system.

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Other VoIP service providers for small businesses

  • Grasshopper : Best for mobile businesses
  • Verizon : Most reliable
  • GoToConnect : Best features
  • Phone.com : Cheapest plans
  • Fusion Connect : Best customer service
  • 1-VoIP : Most flexible
  • Google Voice
  • Mitel MiCloud Connect
  • Microsoft Teams Phone
  • Freshdesk Contact Center
  • Intermedia Unite

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Grasshopper: best for mobile businesses.


While Grasshopper may suffer from minor audio quality and transcription problems, the service is a major contender for businesses that operate from multiple locations. It’s easy to set up and easy to use, and it includes toll-free vanity numbers.

Now more than ever, businesses are discovering that they don’t need their employees to work in an office environment to be successful. But Grasshopper is an especially great VoIP software for mobile businesses like food trucks and pop-up stores.

Like many other VoIP phone services, Grasshopper offers iOS and Android apps that allow you to make and receive business calls on your cell phone. But unlike the competition, it allows you to customize call forwarding rules for each phone extension on your plan. That way, each of your employees or business locations can manage calls in whatever way works best for them.

Grasshopper VoIP plans

Grasshopper is great for small businesses, so why didn’t we name it our top small-business phone service? To be honest, we think Grasshopper is a little expensive compared to other options on the table. Grasshopper plans start at $26 per month (assuming you sign up for annual billing), which is pretty pricey considering you get only one business phone number with up to three extensions.

Grasshopper also offers fewer unified communications features than other PBX solutions. You also have to provide your own devices. That’s not a big deal if your employees are all working from home and using their cell phones or desktop phones to place calls. But it may pose a problem if you need to upgrade your office’s old analog phones.

Oh, and Grasshopper only offers service to businesses in the US and Canada.

On the upside, though, Grasshopper offers the same features across all its plans. Unlike other business VoIP solutions, you don’t have to upgrade your plan just to get business texting (for example). That means your business can enjoy the same high-end VoIP phone system features as a large company, even if you have only a couple of lines.

Right now, Grasshopper is offering $75 off when you sign up for a 12-month prepaid plan. That way, you don’t have to break the bank to stay connected. See Grasshopper’s home page for more details.

Verizon VoIP: Most reliable

Verizon is definitely one of the most expensive VoIP options on our list. But given the company’s reputation for reliable mobile solutions and full-service fiber-optic connections, it may be worth the extra cost for some businesses (assuming you live in an area with Verizon’s fiber-optic options, of course).

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Verizon’s mobile solutions and ultra-fast fiber-optic internet connections (named Fios) have made the company the current gold standard when it comes to reliable telecommunications. And frankly, Verizon doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its bring-your-own-device (BYOD) VoIP service.

Verizon’s appeal ultimately comes down to its reliability. The telecommunications giant offers both fiber-optic and DSL connections nationwide. And say what you want about Verizon’s customer service—the company is one of the few internet and phone providers with a reputation for maintaining a state-of-the-art network with few to no dropped calls on its internet phone

Verizon VoIP plans

Unfortunately, that reliability doesn’t exactly come cheap. Verizon’s Business Digital Voice VoIP plan starts relatively high, and if you need more than 5 lines, you'll need to call them for additional information. Keep in mind that Verizon isn’t a budget choice for small businesses: it’s a reliability choice.

If you’re located in one of the 8 states (plus Washington, DC) that currently enjoy Verizon Fios service—which are mostly in the northeast—you’ll have access to one of the fastest internet connections available, which is perfect for VoIP. If your remote employees don’t have Verizon Fios internet or your business is in DSL-only country, the speed will be slower, but uptime is still guaranteed at 99.9%. Either internet option will support steady VoIP service, and if your business is more medium-sized than small, Verizon could add up to a better value in the long run (especially if you’re in Fios territory).

Since Verizon is a massive company, customer service ratings are in line with what you’d usually read in the comments section—meaning, people are far more motivated to complain than praise. Navigating Verizon’s bundling plans for businesses may be like a choose-your-own-adventure odyssey, but its support lines are segregated well, with separate contacts for small, medium, and larger businesses. Verizon also offers competitive SLAs (service level agreements) for quality and service and 24/7 VoIP phone services support via phone, email, and tickets.

Verizon Business Digital Voice isn’t necessarily budget friendly for a smaller business, but it should be attractive to medium and larger outfits that demand reliable uptime, or at least prefer an all-in-one telecom provider.

GoToConnect: Best feature-rich VoIP

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GoToConnect offers all its features on every plan—the only difference is the number of users you get. That makes it easy to choose a feature-rich plan that’s easily customized to suit your business needs.

GoToConnect has nearly as many glowing reviews as the Radiohead discography, minus the pretentious lyricism. GoToConnect has established a positive industry reputation since its launch as Jive in 2006, thanks mostly to its interface simplicity, focus on small businesses, and large array of telephone features that are available to all pricing tiers.

GoToConnect VoIP plans

All these tiers deliver top-notch phone service features, which include the following perks:

  • Call routing
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Custom hold music
  • International calling
  • Advanced ring strategies
  • Call queues

In addition, GoToConnect plans deliver unlimited video conferencing for up to 250 participants. That makes company-wide meetings a lot easier while your employees are based from home. Plus, GoToConnect offers virtual international numbers in more than 50 countries—though you’ll have to pay a $19.99 setup fee, plus a charge per minute for the basic plan (you won't have to pay this in the upper tier plans if it's one of the 50 countries).

We also like that GoToConnect’s phone systems are easy to set up and come with US-based 24/7 phone, live chat, and email support (with specific help for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies, and education clients). Overall, it’s a simple and feature-loaded VoIP phone system that works for all kinds of businesses.

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Best VoIP for Small Business FAQ

Since VoIP is a relatively new technology that differs from traditional copper-line telephone systems, there may be a bit of a learning curve before you dive into adopting it for your business. Here are a few elemental points to get started.

RingCentral has the best VoIP due to it's fair pricing and wide range of features. It also offers price matching for plans with less than 50 lines—making it even more affordable. 

Yes, VoIP is good for small business. It is an easily scalable, cost-effective way to communicate.

A VoIP phone number is just like a regular telephone number, but it’s assigned to a user rather than a specific physical phone line.

When landline providers set up your telephone system, they map your new number to the physical copper connections that are hardwired into your home. But with VoIP phone systems, your number is assigned to your internet phone services account. That allows you to access your VoIP phone number (and make VoIP phone calls) from any device with an internet connection. That gives you the flexibility to use your VoIP phone number at home, in the office, or even from your smartphone.

If you’ll be switching to a VoIP business system, will you want to keep your current phone number? Most VoIP services offer number porting, which lets you transfer—or port—your number to a new service. Check for number porting in a VoIP service’s features; some will apply it for free, while others may charge a one-time fee.

A SIP (session initiation protocol) trunk carries voice, data, and video through a “trunk” that replaces copper telephone connections through the conventional PSTN (public switched telephone network), consolidating phone and internet service into a single digital line.

In plain English, SIP trunking allows you to physically disconnect from your phone company, opening the door for digital, internet-powered options (read: VoIP). And unlike hardwired telephone lines, digital lines allow you to scale your phone solutions as your business grows.

A private branch exchange (PBX) is the closed telephone network within a business, which employees share for outbound, inbound, and interoffice phone calls. VoIP systems manage PBXs off-site through cloud PBX hosting, eliminating the need for costly (and space-hogging) on-premise equipment and maintenance.

BYOD stands for  bring your own device . This term refers to employees conducting company business on personal laptops, tablets, and phones instead of on company-owned gear. Most VoIP companies offer BYOD features and solutions within their plans, either included or at additional cost. However, extra IT security layers and company guidelines for BYOD are on you.

As mentioned earlier, VoIP is entirely reliant on a high-speed internet connection—and is also entirely at the mercy of power outages. Telephone lines may be archaic, but they still work in a blackout—internet equipment and connections, not so much. If your business requires 24/7 uptime, make sure backup power sources are in place.

Unlike traditional telephone lines, VoIP numbers can’t be traced by 911 operators. This doesn’t mean you’d be helpless in case of a natural disaster or Sasquatch attack, however. Upon initial setup at a location, you simply need to enter your info manually through the system’s E911 (Enhanced 911) feature, which will attach a physical address to your VoIP number.

Just as a smartphone can do more than a landline phone, a VoIP phone system for business can perform all the expected tasks of standard business phone plans and then some. They’re a great choice for small businesses that need full functionality, and the VoIP systems we’ve reviewed include most, if not all, of the following features:

  • Web-based system administration
  • Mobile management (iOS and Android)
  • Automated attendant
  • Call forwarding
  • Conference bridging
  • Conference calling
  • Call blocking
  • Call waiting
  • Call transferring
  • Find Me/Follow Me
  • Ring groups
  • One-line sharing on multiple phones/devices
  • Video conferencing
  • Voicemail to Email (as audio file)
  • Voicemail to Text
  • Fax to Text (as PDF)

The takeaway: The Best VoIP providers

Landline providers are almost a thing of the past—like it or not, VoIP systems may soon be your only business phone choice. Moreover, VoIP phone systems may be the best method to adjust to an increasingly home-based work environment.

Fortunately, you have plenty of VoIP home phone and business telephone systems to choose from, with more digital features and affordable pricing than ever before. Even so, it’s an increasingly competitive market, so don’t sell yourself short—do your homework before settling on a small-business VoIP system.

Not convinced VoIP is right for your business? Check out our guide to how VoIP differs from other options, or click over to our summary of the different types of phone systems for business.

How VoIP delivers for small business owners

Just how crucial is Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in 2023? According to small-business owners, very —and getting more and more important all the time.

That’s good news for the VoIP industry, which saw an 8.3% growth in 2020 amid stay-at-home orders and public health concerns. 1 That growth should continue, and multiple studies project that the VoIP industry will earn a US market revenue of at least USD $55 billion in 2025. 2

Based on a survey conducted by Business.org, predictions of the VoIP industry’s continued expansion are right on track. Per our survey results, over 64% of surveyed small businesses added VoIP services during the pandemic. And a full 85% of surveyed business owners said VoIP kept their teams more connected throughout 2020.

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Our survey results

So apart from the fact that business owners in 2020 switched to or added VoIP in increasing numbers, what else did we learn? For one, more small-business owners with one business location added VoIP this year than businesses with multiple locations—61% of respondents had businesses with one location while 39% had businesses multiple locations.

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Additionally, surveyed business owners value VoIP for more than its connectivity:

  • 84% said VoIP saves their business money
  • 87% said VoIP improves their ability to offer better customer service
  • 50% said they chose VoIP to help increase worker productivity

And our survey respondents also have a few concerns about the future of VoIP:

  • 54.5% said they worried about AI chatbots using VoIP
  • 60.5% said they worried about increased spam calls related to VoIP

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VoIP will remain crucial in the post-pandemic business world

VoIP is an essential part of an ever-increasing number of businesses. And with global 5G availability on the horizon, VoIP is perfectly positioned to become the next multi-billion-dollar industry. We’re interested to see whether the VoIP industry hits that number in 2025—or, thanks to the new work-from-home norm, much sooner. 


We partnered with Pollfish to conduct an anonymous survey of 650 small-business owners who currently use VoIP. Business.org analyzed the results and compiled this report. To learn more about Pollfish and how it organically finds respondents, check out its methodology .

Related content

  • 11 VoIP Features Business Owners Consider a Must
  • SIP vs. VoIP
  • Cheapest VoIP Phone Service for Business 2023
  • VoIP Phone Systems Explained: What to Know about Voice over Internet Protocol
  • Best VoIP Service for Call Centers 2023

At Business.org, our research is meant to offer general product and service recommendations. We don't guarantee that our suggestions will work best for each individual or business, so consider your unique needs when choosing products and services.

  • IBISWorld, “ VoIP Industry in the US ,” January 26, 2022. Accessed May 3, 2023.
  • Global Market Insights, “ VoIP Market Size Forecast 2019-2025 | Industry Share Analysis Report ,” April 2021. Accessed May 3, 2023.

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Intermedia Unite review May 2024: Features, call quality, integrations and more

With the company reporting over 125,000 business users in 2021, Intermedia Unite is clearly shown it can deliver needed tools to its customers. Specializing in voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) and unified communications as a service (UCaaS), the provider has internet-based options for a variety of communications needs. With a subscription, you’re provided VoIP calling and texting, video conferencing, chat, business email, and file sharing and backup. 

Fortune Recommends ranks Intermedia Unite as one of the best VoIP services for small businesses. With that in mind, what businesses will Intermedia Unite best serve? In this guide, we walk you through some of the features of this provider and help you understand if the service is a good fit. All rates and fees are current as of April 26, 2024, and are subject to change.

Intermedia Unite

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  • Mix and match plans
  • Unlimited international calling to 33 countries
  • 99.999% service-level agreement (SLA)
  • Lacks integrations
  • No annual or volume discounts offered
  • Mobile app is required when syncing contacts

Intermedia Unite service plan overview

Unlike many modern VoIP providers, which offer three plans or more, Intermedia Unite only offers two: Unite Pro and Unite Enterprise. Still, with both plans, a wide variety of important features are included, such as caller ID, unlimited domestic calling, call park, call transfer, an auto attendant, and even a free IP phone. The primary differences between the two plans are high-definition (HD) video conferencing attendee counts, file backup space, and the number of supported integrations.

Best Intermedia Unite VoIP plan for small businesses: Unite Pro

It’s important to note that both plans from Intermedia Unite have relatively similar features with the exception of the differences we listed above. As a result, for the average small- to medium-sized business (SMB), the Pro plan is more than enough. Intermedia Unite doesn’t offer volume or annual discounts, so without add-ons, the price for this plan is $27.99 per user, per month.

Like Unite Enterprise, Unite Pro allows for five concurrent endpoints. A VoIP endpoint is a device or app that utilizes the service, which could be an IP phone, desktop app, smartphone app or, in the case of this provider, a Chrome extension. The number of endpoints is perfect for many small businesses and allows up to five agents to be on calls with customers at a time. Intermedia Unite also includes the majority of features in both plans. These include:

  • Call park pickup
  • Three-way calling
  • Call transfer
  • Usage reports
  • Voicemail box
  • Call history
  • Business short message service (SMS)
  • Call recording
  • Receptionist mode
  • Auto attendant

Other services Intermedia Unite offers  

Aside from VoIP calling features, Intermedia Unite offers a large variety of unified communications (UC) features and other services. Some of the notable additional services include:

  • Contact center tools: Intermedia Unite also provides some light contact center as a service (CCaaS) features for businesses. Offered as an integrated service with Intermedia Unite, its contact center solution upgrades the auto attendant to an interactive voice response (IVR) system. 
  • Presence detection: This feature helps relay the availability of your agents within the Intermedia Unite app. For example, under the name of the employee, Intermedia Unite will label their position within the organization as well as if they are offline, online, busy, working under a do not disturb (DND) status, on vacation, and more. 
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) assistant: With Intermedia’s Spark AI solution, voicemail, video conferences, and customer call recordings are automatically transcribed. These transcriptions are complete with notes as well as action items. Spark also provides users with an AI assistant that will answer queries.
  • Video conferencing: Intermedia Unite offers video conferencing in both its plans. Pro provides support for 100 attendees and Enterprise has support for 200.
  • Business email: Intermedia Unite’s business email is very robust and even features an AI Guardian that weeds out spam and potentially dangerous emails. Some other included features are regulatory compliance, the option for unlimited storage, email archiving, and calendar sync.

The Intermedia Unite platform and customer support  

Insofar as the interface of Intermedia Unite, we found it to be very intuitive and easy to use. The icons and the accessibility make it user-friendly and, if there is information lacking during the setup process, the knowledge base has detailed instructions to help clarify. There is also training available to help you through the process.

Customer support is available 24/7, regardless of the plan you subscribe to with Intermedia Unite. 

The viable channels to reach this provider are phone, chat, email, forums, and knowledge base. We also found that the support team is quick to respond to inquiries via phone, chat, and email.

Is Intermedia Unite secure?

This provider uses several technologies to keep its customers’ information secure. To protect data while it’s in transit, the provider uses transport layer security (TLS), but this has to be enabled by the user for IP phones and softphones. With most modern providers, AES 256-bit encryption is the standard, and Intermedia Unite is no different in this regard. AES 256 protects your data while it’s at rest on local and cloud-based servers. 

In addition to this, Intermedia Unite also protects customer data using geo-redundancy. Since Intermedia Unite’s servers are positioned on three continents, this means that when one goes down as a result of natural disasters or attacks, the others will pick up the slack. Each of these data centers also employs ISO 27001 certifications and is routinely audited for security.

Intermedia Unite user reviews

Overall, the user reviews for Intermedia Unite are overwhelmingly positive. Many users boast about how intuitive the app is to use and many also compliment how responsive the support staff is to inquiries. One of the biggest complaints is that there is not a plan available that is less of a cost commitment. However, if you need a full-fledged virtual phone system , Intermedia Unite seems to check off all the right boxes.

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Is intermedia unite right for you.

Intermedia Unite stands out as a VoIP/UCaaS provider that provides its customers with just about all the tools they need to get started. It has integrated business email, AI tools, unlimited domestic calling, and the always-important video conferencing. For small businesses looking to get started quickly with a nice selection of ready-made tools, Intermedia Unite delivers the goods.

Frequently asked questions

Is intermedia unite health insurance portability and accountability act (hipaa)-compliant.

Yes, Intermedia Unite is compliant with HIPAA. This ensures that patient-protected health information (PHI) is encrypted against cyberattacks and is audited by a third party to ensure compliance. Intermedia Unite also executes business associate agreements (BAAs) with covered entities.

How does Intermedia Unite work?

Intermedia Unite serves as a full-fledged unified communications system. It folds in voice calling, video conferencing, texts, chat, and email to provide small businesses with an easy way to build their communication stacks. 

Does Intermedia Unite record calls?

Intermedia Unite does record calls. With the Automatic data capture features, Unite users can capture calls, video conferences, and text messages for later review. These recordings are backed up in data centers in the U.S., Canada, and multiple European locations, and are backed up for up to 10 years.

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The cheapest cell phone plans are typically prepaid, which means you only commit to the month(s) of service you pay for upfront. There’s usually no credit check to sign up and you have many choices.

What’s more is that these cheaper cell phone plan providers typically run on one or more of the three nationwide networks (those from Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T). 

Cheaper plan, same nationwide coverage, what’s the catch?

Prepaid plans tend to come with fewer perks (e.g., that Disney+ or Netflix subscription you probably don’t need), can have less access to live customer service, and sometimes the fine print suggests network speeds may be slowed in favor of postpaid plan customers. Plus, an overwhelming number of options can make it challenging to choose a cheap plan in 2024. 

We’re here to help you map out the cheap cell phone plan landscape. We evaluated plans offered by popular cell phone service providers, considering brand ownership, nationwide network affiliation and monthly plan prices before taxes and fees.

When choosing a plan, lots of catchy marketing and fine print make it a windy road. But if you explore the options, you’ll likely save money with a prepaid plan.

Note: Most prices in the lists below are before taxes and fees.

Cheap(er) cell phone plans from Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T

If you want to buy cell phone service directly from one of the big three wireless companies — Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T — try one of their prepaid plans to save over a single-line postpaid plan.

Big three prepaid plans

Each offers a set of prepaid plans with unlimited talk and text and varying levels of data. Plans with a set amount of data run the lowest.

AT&T prepaid: Unlimited talk and text, 5GB of data for $30 per month. Notable: If you order online, you avoid a $15 activation fee. Some plans are eligible for automatic payment discounts, which vary by plan and may be higher with limited-time promotion deals.

T-Mobile prepaid: Unlimited talk and text, 10GB of data for $40 per month. Notable: T-Mobile prepaid plans don’t come with autopay discounts, but they do include other benefits like scam-blocking features and deals for discounts on food, gas and entertainment.

Verizon prepaid: Unlimited talk and text, 15GB of data for $35 per month (with an autopay discount). Notable: Verizon prepaid customers get a $5 per month loyalty discount after three months of service on eligible monthly plans. The discount grows to $10 per month after nine months of service.

You may have to hunt around for the “prepaid” section of these cell phone companies’ websites to bypass the flagship plans and get to cheaper stuff.

Cheap cell phone plans from brands owned by the big three

Each of the big three carriers has introduced or acquired competing sub-brands in the prepaid wireless space. Confusion aside, more competition means more opportunities for you, the consumer, to lower your cell phone bill .

Consider these popular options that are owned by the big three national carriers. 

But wait, there’s more 

Total by Verizon and Connect by T-Mobile are two lesser-known wireless spinoffs that may be worth a look. The latter boasts a $10-a-month plan that includes 1,000 minutes of talk time, 1,000 texts and 1GB of data.

Cheap cell phone plans from brands that resell network service

Wireless service brands not acquired or started by Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile typically purchase and resell service on one or more of the big three’s nationwide networks.

Consider these options.

*Mint Mobile won’t be on its own much longer: In 2023, T-Mobile announced plans to acquire the budget carrier. Mint Mobile says the option for a $ 15-a-month plan will remain.

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But wait, there’s more

There are too many more to list, actually. A few other cheap cell phone plan options that might be worth a look: Ting and Tello, as well as Ultra Mobile (which also will be acquired by T-Mobile, along with Mint, and makes a similar promise to retain its pricing). As well, you can explore whether you're eligible for the federal Lifeline program, which provides discounted phone service for low-income households .

Things to consider

With so many choices available, how do you decide which plan is right for you?

While the best plan is one that will fit into your budget , consider other factors, too. For instance, how much data do you use each month and how many lines will you need? Are there times when you’d like to use your phone outside the U.S.?

Assessing your data and usage goals, along with your budget, will help you narrow the many choices into a few that will work best for you.

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How to switch plans and keep your number

Perhaps the most daunting factor in jumping to a new plan is the fear of losing your original phone number. But the Federal Communications Commission notes that consumers staying in the same geographic area can take their number to a new service provider, and sets rules on charges and speed of service.

Many providers are making this easy now. For example, Mint Mobile offers detailed instructions for how to switch from all the major carriers while keeping your number intact. Likewise, Consumer Cellular also states that it is easy to bring your number with you, though you’ll need to wait to cancel your existing plan until the transfer process is complete.

The bottom line: Read the fine print from your existing provider and the one you’re switching to before taking any action. The odds are good that you’ll be able to carry your phone number over, but you’ll need to follow each provider’s instructions.



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Comcast Business Boosts Internet Speeds for Customers Nationwide

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Comcast Business today increased Internet speeds for customers, nationwide, at no additional cost.

Comcast Business announced the introduction of its fastest Internet plans yet – Ultimate Speed for Business – with up to triple the speeds. Additionally, Comcast Business announced the roll-out of next-generation multi-gigabit symmetrical business Internet speeds, powered by Full Duplex technology, in select markets.

Ultimate Speed for Ultimate Business

Effective immediately, new, and existing Comcast Business customers can take advantage of the following speed plan increases:

  • Essential: 50 Mbps to 150 Mbps
  • Standard: 100 Mbps to 300 Mbp
  • Performance: 250 Mbps to 500 Mbps
  • Advanced: 500 Mbps to 800 Mbps
  • Upstream speeds have also been increased for the above, as well as for Comcast Business’s Gigabit Extra and 2 Gigabit plans

Comcast Business delivers the highest Internet speeds in more places for small businesses at affordable prices, backed with 24/7 support. Comcast Business also offers this service with unlimited data and the option to lease an all-in-one gateway enabling private business WiFi capable of delivering Gig speeds, a dynamic IP address, and Xfinity hotspot service. Customers can easily customize their plans with additional solutions such as advanced cybersecurity to better protect their connected devices and 4G LTE backup to help keep their business running when the unexpected strikes.

For today’s businesses, a network that can’t keep up can mean missed opportunities and revenue. Comcast Business is committed to being the leading connectivity solutions provider for all businesses and is continually investing in and upgrading our network – making it faster, safer, smarter, and more reliable.

Next-Gen, Multi-Gig, Symmetrical Speeds

As part of its continued network evolution, Comcast Business is also introducing a new portfolio of multi-gigabit, symmetrical Internet products for customers powered by DOCSIS 4.0. Comcast leverages a breakthrough network technology known as “Full Duplex” which utilizes the same network spectrum to dramatically increase upstream speeds without sacrificing downstream speeds.

Comcast Business has begun deployment of next-generation symmetrical Internet, powered by Full Duplex technology, to businesses in select areas of Atlanta, GA; Colorado Springs, CO; and Philadelphia, PA, and will continue to launch new markets throughout the country over the next few years.

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Today’s speed increases are made possible by Comcast’s fiber-based network which has been built to deliver an exceptional Internet experience, ubiquitously, to the more than 60 million homes and businesses across the country. It is a culmination of years of research, technological breakthroughs, and massive investments, more than $20 billion since 2018 alone, in development and infrastructure.

In development and infrastructure of Comcast’s fiber-based network

The business services launch of DOCSIS 4.0 is the latest in a long line of world firsts that Comcast has spearheaded in the effort to implement DOCSIS 4.0. In April 2021, Comcast conducted the first-ever live test of Full Duplex DOCSIS and later that year tested the world’s first 10G connection all the way from the network to a modem. In 2022, Comcast conducted a world-first live trial and connected a business location in the Philadelphia region to its live network including a DOCSIS 4.0-enabled 10G node and multiple cable modems. In February 2023, the company marked another major milestone in the nation’s largest and fastest multi-gig deployment by announcing its latest Xfinity 10G upgrade launched to 10 million homes and businesses. And in December 2023, Comcast introduced the first residential customers in the world to next-generation Internet powered by DOCSIS 4.0 technology.

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The daily schedule of Elon Musk, from a morning doughnut to a 3 a.m. bedtime

  • Elon Musk has amassed a $198 billion fortune through his work at Tesla, SpaceX, and more.
  • The 52-year-old is also the father of 10 children and finds time to post on X almost daily.
  • Here's how the Tesla CEO structures his days.

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Elon Musk is a busy man, with interests across several massive tech companies.

He's the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, the owner of Twitter — now X — and he's also a father of 10 children.

According to Forbes, he's amassed a fortune worth $198 billion, making him the world's third-richest person. Musk said he didn't get there by working 40 hours a week. The billionaire is known to have a strenuous schedule that he said has demanded 120-hour workweeks in the past.

Still, the South African mogul has similarities to the average Joe in his routine. Like many of us, Musk has a sweet treat in the morning and spends time scrolling social media.

Here's how his days go, according to interviews and posts by Musk himself over the years.

Musk wakes up around 9 a.m. and has said he starts every morning with a doughnut

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Musk told The Wall Street Journal in 2023 that he usually goes to bed around 3 a.m. and sleeps for six hours. So, he's typically waking up around 9 a.m. each day.

He might've been trolling when he wrote a response to a doctor that same year on X saying he eats "a donut every morning," but a quick search of Musk's posts reveals he's quite a fan of the pastry.

But, it's all about moderation, according to Musk.

"I only have 0.4 donuts at a time, because my brain neural network quantizes it down to 0 donuts," he posted to X in October.

His mornings usually start with his phone in his hand

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Musk said in 2022 that he was trying to break the cycle of checking his phone as soon as he woke up. While on the Full Send Podcast , Musk described it as "a terrible habit" he hoped to escape.

But as of last year, he still wakes up and immediately looks at his phone for emergencies, the Journal reported.

If his posts on X (formerly Twitter) are any indication, the habit persists. He's been active on Twitter since before he bought it in 2022.

It's unclear if Musk slots in time to post and respond to others each day, but it certainly looks like he rarely takes a day off from the app.

"Some days I wake up and look at Twitter to see if it's still working," Musk told Walter Isaacson in the "Elon Musk" biography.

Showering is an important part of his daily routine

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Musk previously credited showering with having the biggest positive effect on his daily life .

During an AMA session on Reddit in 2015, a user asked which of his daily habits impacted his life the most.

"Showering," Musk responded.

He decides which Tesla to commute to the office in

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As the CEO of one of the leading EV makers, it's no surprise that Musk has more than one option for his daily commute.

When an X user posted a meme about deciding between driving a Cybertruck without autopilot or Tesla Model S with self-driving technology, Musk responded that it's a choice he faces "every day."

The Cybertruck has been in the backdrop of many celebrity paparazzi shots and Instagram posts since its official launch in November.

It's unclear if Musk is keeping up with the daily lifting routine he spoke about in 2023

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Like many, Musk appears to have had ups and downs in his relationship with physical exercise over the years. In 2021, he told Joe Rogan that he'd avoid it altogether if he could.

"I almost never work out, except for picking up my kids & throwing them in the air," he said on X in June 2023.

But less than two months later, he said he was "lifting hard almost every day." Around the same time, talks of Musk and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg going head-to-head in a fight swirled online.

Sometimes, his work days can last all night

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Musk has admitted on several occasions that running more than one company isn't easy. He splits time between his companies depending on the "crisis of the moment," the 52-year-old said in 2021.

One X user pointed out in January 2023 that Musk had testified in a lawsuit in the morning, attended an event at a Nevada Tesla factory in the evening, and worked with Tesla on AI at night — all in one day.

Musk responded that he'd also spent time at "Twitter HQ past midnight."

And then was at Twitter HQ past midnight. Very long day. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 26, 2023

"I go to sleep, I wake up, I work, go to sleep, wake up, work—do that seven days a week," Musk told the Journal in 2023. "I'll have to do that for a while — no choice — but I think once Twitter is set on the right path, I think it is a much easier thing to manage than SpaceX or Tesla."

On the Tesla earnings call in April 2024, Musk said: "Tesla constitutes the majority of my work time, and I work pretty much every day of the week. It's rare for me to take a Sunday afternoon off."

Musk goes to bed around 3 a.m. and gets about 6 hours of sleep every night

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Although he's not getting eight hours a night, Musk has upped his sleeping schedule from being nearly nonexistent in the past.

In May 2023, Musk told CNBC that he's no longer pulling all-nighters. Instead, he said he tries to get at least six hours of sleep.

According to Isaacson's biography of Musk, the billionaire has spent many nights awake and pondering the issues his companies face. His former partner Claire Boucher — known by her stage name Grimes — also told Isaacson that Musk once stayed up all night playing the "Elden Ring" video game when it first came out.

He has a history of sleeping on the floors of his offices and the Tesla factory .

After purchasing Twitter in 2022, Musk all but moved into its San Francisco headquarters . He said there's a couch in the library that he would crash on from time to time.

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