BT launches RingCentral for small businesses

BT has launched a new virtual phone system in the hope of levelling the playing field for smaller businesses managing their communications.

BT RingCentral is aimed at creating a "more professional image to customers and partners", according to the telecoms giant, as it enables small businesses to manage their landlines, mobiles and fax communications using a web-based tool.

The new system, which costs from 15 a month (excluding VAT), includes advanced call management and PBX features, voicemail and internet fax capabilities, but doesn't include the requirement and expense of buying and managing associated hardware in-house.

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