An IP-based phone system, also often called "IP telephony," refers to any telephone system that uses an internet connection (instead of a standard telephone line and/or cellular connectivity) to send and receive voice information.
An IP-based Polycom phone system connects to the internet via a router and modem instead of relying on a standard telephone landline to perform a phone call.
The IP-based Polycom phone system isn't exactly a brand new technology, and in fact, the first consumer-grade IP telephone has been around as early as 1995. However, as we know, back then, internet speed was still fairly slow, so the early IP-based phone systems had low audio quality, and not to mention were very expensive.
Nowadays, with the massive improvements in both internet speeds and telecommunication technologies, IP-based Polycom phone systems today offer really high (HD) voice quality. They are now also very affordable both in terms of running costs and up-front investment (since you no longer need to purchase very expensive hardware). Many of today's IP-based Polycom phone systems also offer advanced features not offered by traditional phone solutions.
While your options may vary depending on the type of Polycom phone systems you are planning to sell, your location, or other factors, basically you have three main options in selling your Polycom phones:
1. Finding your own buyers on peer-to-peer marketplaces (like eBay). In this option, you have the most freedom in setting your prices and terms in selling your business Polycom phone system. However, it can be difficult to find the right buyer willing to purchase the goods at your terms. Also, since IP-based phone systems are mainly used in enterprise usage, finding buyers in this type of marketplace can be quite challenging.
2. Listing your Polycom phones on classified sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or even Amazon. It's typically easier to find buyers on these platforms when compared to on peer-to-peer marketplaces, but you'll have less freedom in setting your prices and terms.
3. Selling your used Polycom phones to specialist IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) companies that will take the phone module off your hands. The easiest and quickest option, and you can still sell your Polycom phones at a fair market price. If your Polycom phone module also includes a storage system that contains sensitive/regulated data, these ITAD companies will also perform secure data eradication for you.
You can basically sell your Polycom phones in just a few simple steps:
Step 1: Evaluate the condition
Evaluate the condition of the IP phone, both in terms of physical condition (check for any defects) and performance (whether it's still working as intended). Be honest, and list any defects and imperfections you've found rather than trying to hide them.
Step 2: Know your unit
If you've confirmed that the Polycom phones are working properly, then the next step is to identify the phone's exact model to determine its value.
If the Polycom phone has a visible brand/model name or serial number on it, then this process should be fairly easy.
Step 3: Taking pictures
Take photos of your Polycom phone unit so you can show its condition to prospective buyers.
Make sure you capture the equipment's serial number and model name (if it's visible on the product). It's also important, to be honest: if there are any defects on the product, make sure it's captured in the photos.
Step 4: Finding buyers
Find prospective buyers, whether listing your product on classified sites, peer-to-peer marketplaces, or contacting an ITAD specialist company like Big Data Supply Inc.
Step 5: Packaging and shipping
Once you've found a buyer, then what's left is to package and ship the Polycom phone unit you are selling to the buyer. Some ITAD companies may also offer to pick up your goods on your premises, especially if you are selling in bulk.
The answer to this question may vary depending on the model of Polycom phone you are looking to sell, as well as other factors, here are some of the most important factors to consider when assessing the resale value of your business phones:
1. Age: the older a Polycom phone is, obviously the lower the market price will be.
2. Condition: fairly self-explanatory, a Polycom phone that's still working well will be priced higher than a phone unit with cosmetics of functional defects.
3. Newer model(s) available: an IP-based phone unit, or any technology assets, in general, will typically decrease in price when a direct replacement has been released (i.e., a used iPhone 12 will decrease in price as soon as iPhone 13 has been announced.) If there hasn't been any direct replacement released, even if the phone is relatively old, then typically, the price won't go down a lot.
4. Rarity: sometimes, albeit rare, older phone units can go up in price if it's no longer available on the market (i.e., for collectors, or if the equipment is useful in certain use cases)
This is a non-exhaustive list, and there are other factors that may affect your Polycom phone's price.
Fortunately, it's now fairly easy to check for the average marketplace of your Polycom phone's model, as you can simply search for similar goods on sites like Amazon or eBay.