Grasshopper Phone System Integrations and Alternatives

Grasshopper Phone System Integrations and Alternatives

The Grasshopper Phone System works atop existing mobile and landlines, but what else does it integrate with? How does it fit into other systems? What are alternatives?

In this section, we explain not only how Grasshopper integrates with existing technologies, but also how it works as an alternative to larger, hardware systems and multiple cell phones.

Google Voice

Search giant Google has its own virtual phone service, and it’s called Google Voice. Google Voice is available to anyone who has a Google account. It gives users a local number that can be forwarded to another number.

Note: There is a lot of speculation in the VoIP and cloud phone sphere that Google Voice will be shut down. Google originally planned to discontinue the service on May 15, 2014, but it has yet to happen. It’s rumored that when Voice comes to an end, some of its functionality will be folded into Hangouts.

What features does Google Voice have?

Google Voice has voicemail, voicemail transcription, call screening, call blocking, call history, conference with Hangouts, greetings, international calling, and SMS to email.

How is Grasshopper different than Google Voice?

Google Voice is for individual consumers. Google Voice is for any individual consumer, while Grasshopper is designed for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

How much does Google Voice cost?

Google Voice offers free local numbers to any U.S resident. Domestic and outbound calls to the US (including Alaska and Hawaii) and Canada are currently free of charge while international calls are billed according to a schedule posted on the Google Voice website.

There is a fee to change your Google Voice number however Google Voice recently announced the ability to port numbers for $20. Porting is currently limited to cell phone numbers.

Using Grasshopper with Google Voice

If you want to take advantage of Google Voice but need the features that Grasshopper offers, you can have your Grasshopper number forwarded to your Google Voice account. The services can be used together.

Using Skype With Grasshopper

First let us just say, we love Skype! It’s a great tool and we want to help you understand how you can use it with Grasshopper to create a powerful (and inexpensive) professional image for your business.

Skype and Grasshopper can be used together in perfect harmony. You can combine your Grasshopper and Skype systems for both inbound and outbound calling.

To use Skype for inbound calling, you simply forward your Grasshopper number to your SkypeIn or online number.

The nice thing about Skype is it that when used with Grasshopper, it can help your business stay connected and sound professional at a low cost. Wins for all.

What’s the difference between Skype and Grasshopper?

Your Cell Phone

When people start businesses, often they opt to use their personal cell phones. This can work at first, but quickly gets complicated. What if you add an employee and want calls to go to them? What if you get confused between business and personal calls? What would you even record for a voicemail message? How would you answer the phone?

Here are the benefits of using Grasshopper instead of your cell phone:

Grasshopper works atop your existing cell phone or land line, so that you can do business with the cell phone you already have. If you hire employees, you can simply add extensions to their cell phones. That way, everyone can use what they’ve already got.

Grasshopper Mobile Apps

If you have a smartphone, simply download our iOS and Android mobile app and make calls from wherever you are. Our apps are free with your account. Our apps allow you to keep your mobile phone number private and appear as though you’re always in the office. You can call clients and customers using your smartphone, but show your Grasshopper caller ID. If you have multiple Grasshopper numbers, you can choose which ones people see.

Android App

From your smartphone, you can:

Your Landline

Many cable providers offer business landlines. These systems are great, but only if you’re in the office all the time, which isn’t the case for most small business owners and entrepreneurs.

If you rely on a landline, you’re chained to your desk. With Grasshopper, you can forward calls to your landline when you’re in the office, and your cell phone when you’re not. You can set up your system in ways that work for you.

Grasshopper allows freedom and flexibility that landline office phones can’t. Thankfully, if you like using a landline, you can do so with Grasshopper. You can easily forward any Grasshopper calls to a landline system.

Let’s face it—landlines are going out of style. Yes, they are functional in many circumstances, but we’ve been given a taste of freedom with our personal cell phones, a freedom that’s difficult to give up.

A Larger System with Hardware

Grasshopper is a great option if you’re not sure whether or not you need the functionality of office phone hardware. Traditional phone systems (where every employee has a standard phone on their desk) are expensive. Plus, they’re inflexible.

A virtual phone system is easy to use—you don’t need any equipment besides cell phones. All your employees can bring their cell phones to work and do business from their own devices.

Grasshopper may not be your best option if you’ve already splurged on a hardware system and are looking for a provider. We work best on top of existing systems, such as an existing cell plan or land line.

Don’t tangle yourself in wires if you don’t have to—opt for a virtual phone system instead.

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Alternative to Multiple Cell Phones

Traditional phone systems don’t make sense for everyone. So, business owners provide their employees with “work only” cell phones. This makes sense in theory, but it’s inconvenient for employees and expensive for businesses. It’s also hard to keep track of everyone’s number.

Rather than buying expensive smartphones and plans for each employee, why not take advantage of the phones they’re already using?

Here’s how Grasshopper allows employees to user their existing cell phones for business calls:

Multiple cell phones are disjointed, while Grasshopper unifies employees under one number.