The Best Telecom Vendors in Birmingham AL Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
Telecom vendors and telecom installers in Birmingham AL bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those telecommunication services and telephone system vendors proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency and value, and for whom our staff has called previous clients to verify high satisfaction with them for new phone systems in Birmingham AL, including office telephone systems, telephone wiring and cabling, digital phone systems, VoIP phones, T1 lines, IVR, and more.
Updated January 13, 2017
The Best Telecom Vendors in Birmingham AL Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
The state of Alabama does not require any state license required of telecom vendors in Birmingham AL including low voltage wiring and communcation cabling, so there is no state standard for competency. Likewise, there is no regulatory mechanism in place to require that installers of new telephone systems in Birmingham AL first show proof of workers' comp insurance or liability insurance and both are critical to you. If an employee of theirs were injured on your property and the telecom contractor doesn't have workers' comp, you will be held liable. Similarly if any accidental damage occurs to your property and the telcommunication service, low voltage wiring contractor, or phone or computer cabling contractor doesn't have liability insurance, you can be held responsible.
So there is no guarantee that any particular cabling contractor or telecom contractor in Birmingham AL is even competent, is doing business ethically, delivering value, or satisfying customers.
This makes it all the more significant that all low-voltage contractors and companies for new phones in Birmingham AL who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous clients to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, verified worker's comp and liability insurance, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.
Telecommunications Contractors in Birmingham AL Perform Numerous Services
Local telecommunications contractors can outfit your home or business for all of your voice, data, and television cable needs. Telecommunication installers are thoroughly trained in the science of various data flow systems. This means they are certified to design data systems from the ground up, install voice and data cabling, perform EF&I and voice work, install inside and outside plant cabling, set up digital phone systems, install network racks, and implement particular system features.
Depending on the size of your home or business network, they can install systems of appropriate speed and efficiency. A corporate Web development firm would probably require wide area networks (WAN) with high speed T1 lines connected by CAT 5 or CAT 5e twisted pair, HiCap fiber optic cabling. Such wiring ensures faster delivery for longer distances. If this profile sounds like yours, you will be pleased to find that there are some telecommunications companies in Birmingham that specialize in larger high speed data networks. Such companies can also integrate several telephone features to expedite your business proceedings, such as ACD (automatic call distribution) to a call center or auto attendant, other remote phone aides, paging features, free internet calling, intercoms, voicemail, VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), or teleconference service. Many companies even offer integrated IVR (interactive voice response) to improve the efficiency (and reduce customer frustration) of your high volume answering system. And if you relocate the business, most telecommunications contractors are happy to move your system with you. There are local telecommunications providers that service smaller businesses as well. They can install a key system in your office phone network, and even provide international or domestic calling plans. Among the plans they offer there are those with unlimited local calls, unlimited long distance, unlimited local toll or toll free, and low per-minute plans. It might also be more efficient to screen or greet visitors with a door phone. Telecommunications experts can install this system to allow you to speak to visitors remotely by conveniently using your phone.
Telecom Companies For Mobile Applications Including GPS Tracking in Birmingham AL
Telecommunication companies continue to provide more mobile applications in Birmingham AL including mobile enterprise applications and some of these are known as Mobile Resource Management companies (MRM companies) in Birmingham AL. Mobile applications are those that work with your cell phone or other mobile device to enhance your profitability. These can include mobile form software that allows your field employees to access your database remotely to input real-time information such as inventory changes, patient information or proof of delivery. Your employees access the mobile form software using their cell phone or other GPS-enabled mobile device such as a tablet. Some telecom companies and MRM companies in Birmingham AL provide GPS tracking systems and satellite GPS fleet tracking in Birmingham AL that allow businesses to track their drivers or other field employees in near real time with satellite GPS tracking device installation in each vehicle. GPS vehicle tracking products in Birmingham can include both software and hardware such as fleet management software, some of which automatically tracks and calculates audit-proof trip records are that are compliant with state and federal tax regulation, saving time and money compared to manual tracking and compiling. Such GPS fleet tracking in Birmingham AL and mobile data collection software is often used by dispatch managers.
Some telecommunications companies can set up simple LAN (Local Area Network) services or high speed wireless network connections such as broadband or DSL. They'll even take care of your modem jack wiring. Certain companies are available 24 hours a day for repairs and maintenance on your patch panels, telephone cabling, and data cabling. A few also regularly undertake cable maintenance contracts. And when it comes to total replacement, several local telecom companies offer used, refurbished phone systems. Several telecommunications contractors are RCDD and data & cable certified to competently approach all of your data and IP telephony needs.
Some Telecom Vendors in Birmingham AL Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these telecom contractors in Birmingham AL: General Telecom Inc Bessemer AL, ECI Telecom McCalla AL, Capps Communications Service Birmingham AL, NU Concept Communications Birmingham AL, Enhanced Telecom Comms Birmingham AL, Fair Point Communications Birmingham AL, Ipvoice Communications Inc Birmingham AL, Valentine Systems . Other telecom installers in Birmingham AL that might still be in business include Momentum Telecom Wholesale Birmingham AL.
Questions To Ask Telecom Vendors in Birmingham AL
Ask the following questions of low voltage wiring contractors, telecom vendors, new phone system installers in Birmingham regarding their experience, abilities, and methods:
• How long have they been providing phone systems in Birmingham AL?
• How many others clients or jobs have they had thare are just like yours, for example, new office phone system versus security video systems, or digital phone systems versus VOIP, T1 lines versus broadband, etc.
• How many other clients have they provided telecom systems to that are your approximate size, for example, small two person office versus a large corporation?
• Are they tied to just one or two phone systems manufacturers and if so, why doesn't that present a disadvantage to you regarding flexibility.
• Will the telecom company give you client names and numbers you can call as references? (All phone system dealers in Birmingham AL bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their client references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)
• Do they offer a written guarantee on their labor and for how long?
• After you explain what you want, is there a similar, but less expensive alternative to what you've asked for and what would you lose in flexibility or performance? Similarly, is there a big leap in quality or function that can be had for just a little bit more money?
• Do they provide training of your staff in how to use the new telephone system, and is that an extra cost?
• With the system they are proposing to you, can it be scaled up to accomodate more users as you grow, and what are those costs?
• Do they offer ongoing maintenance or troubleshooting after installation, and if so, on what terms?
• Do you have any options if during the period immediately after installation of the new phone system it does not perform as promised?
• In preparation for a written bid for your evaluation, what process will they undertake to do a thorough survey of your needs?
• Can the telecom contractor prove that all their workers sent to your property are legally allowed to work in the U.S.? (All telecom companies in Birmingham AL bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)
• Does the telecom contractor have active workers' compensation and general liability insurance for your protection? (All telecom contractors in Birmingham AL bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
Once you've got answers to these questions, you're ready to review their bid. Price should rarely be the determining factor since cheap phone systems in Birmingham AL usually aren't the best ones and it can cost you more in repairs, or in lost productivity than if you chose the best telecom company to begin with.
When you've chosen the best telecom company in Birmingham AL for your specific needs and priorities, make sure they are licensed by your county or city if such is required of low voltage wiring contractors, since the state of Alabama has no state license requirement. (All telecom companies in Birmingham AL bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their city or county telecom contractor license (if required by law) verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
Telecommunication Vendors in Birmingham AL Sell or Service Different Telephone System Brands
Telecom contractors in Birmingham AL sell and service different brands of phone systems. The following are some of the telephone systems and telecom brands used in Birmingham AL
PBX, Comdial, AT&T/Lucent, Panasonic, Avaya, Nortel, NEC, Vodavi, Mitel, Rockwell, PCS, Starplus, Triad, Plantronics, esi, Merlin, Spirit, Strata, Macrotel, Hirsch, Nitsuko, Executone, Partner, WIN, Fluke, Audiovox, Danger, Innostream, Kyocera, LG, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Nextel, Nokia, Pantech, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, Starplus, Nitsuko, Cisco, Toshiba, AT&T, Atlas, and Norstar. Aastra,Adtran, Algo, AudioCodes, Barracuda,Alcatel, LG Ericsson, Panasoni, Poycom, Mite, Rhino Ceros, Xorcom, Sangoma Veg, Digium,Edgewater EdgeMarc, Elastix, Grandstream, RockBochs PhoneBochs
Resources About Telephone Systems and Telecommunications in Birmingham AL
Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations Relevant to Telecommunications in Birmingham AL
Alabama Cable Telecommunications Association alabamacable.org
BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
CTIA Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association www.ctia.org
FCC Federal Communications Commission www.fcc.gov
NARTE The National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (www.narte.org
NATOA National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors www.natoa.org
NCTA National Cable & Telecommunications Association www.ncta.com
TELSE Telecommunications Association of the Southeast www.telse.org
TCA Information Technology & Telecommunications Association www.tca.org
TIA Telecommunications Industry Association www.tiaonline.org
USTA United States Telecom Association www.usta.org
Media Relevant to Telecom in Birmingham AL
Broadcasting & Cable
Internet Telephony Magazine
Land Mobile Magazine
Mobile Enterprise Magazine
The Voice Report
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The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Telecom in Birmingham AL within the following cities:
Adamsville, Argo, Bessemer, Birmingham, Cahaba Heights, Center Point, Clay, Fairfield, Forestdale, Fultondale, Gardendale, Grayson Valley, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Leeds, Midfield, Mount Olive, Mountain Brook, Pinson, Pleasant Grove, Tarrant, Trussville and Vestavia Hills