The Top Business Travel Must-Have
August 13th, 2013
Unfortunately, traveling on business often features a good amount of downtime. While Wi-Fi is typically available in airports and on planes, business men and women still find themselves out of network when the leave the office on a business trip, particularly outside of the United States. Hosted VoIP gives you the ability to receive calls and updates while on the road, allowing you to stay connected to the office even when you’re not there.
So what exactly is VoIP? Business VoIP is becoming more and more popular with a wide variety of businesses, both large and small. Business owners in all different industries are switching to VoIP in order to take advantage of the various benefits and lower costs. So what exactly is VoIP? VoIP is also known as Voice over Internet Protocol transmits voice over a data network by sidestepping traditional phone hardware. This is done my transmitting voice over the company’s data network that is already in place. VoIP is believed to increase productivity in the workplace by providing access to employees anywhere they go, as long as they have internet connection, making it an ideal option for employees who travel often.
Take advantage of VoIP with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop – you can use special smartphone applications to turn your device into direct VoIP extensions. Business men and women can avoid roaming charges by taking advantage of free or low-cost Wi-Fi. Services such as VoIP Anywhere even allow its users to take advantage of 3G and 4G networks, along with Wi-Fi.
With hosted VoIP technology, professionals can make video and audio calls from anywhere that is Wi-Fi accessible, even when the user is thousands of miles away, allowing flexibility in communication that was never previous possible.
3 Ways to Maximize the Use of Your Business’ Internet
July 1st, 2013
In today’s age of technology, the Internet is everything. We rarely go a day without it for personal use, let alone business use. However, some companies have yet to maximize its full potential, with Hosted VoIP, video conferences via Skype, and FTP sites being just a few of the most commonly missed uses.
Phone Calls Using VoIP
VoIP phone services are slowly replacing traditional phone systems as more and more businesses begin to recognize the added, money-saving benefits. Hosted VoIP not only saves your business money but offers many added features fit for a professional business, including a more efficient system configuration & management, call answering & call routing, conferencing, a higher quality user experience, and more. (Did we mention it can save your business money?) VoIP uses your current internet to make phone calls, so a modem is all you will need to get great phone service without the hazard of phone lines running up and down your office walls and floors.
Just as VoIP allows business to save time and money by making calls using their internet connection, more and more companies are switching to internet fax services, too. Fax over internet gives all the benefits of faxing without buying a fax machine which helps your business save money and you never have to worry about a faulty fax machine.
Nowadays, paper is hardly necessary in the workplace. With FTP sites, which are password-protected temporary storage sites where you can share and access files with others, you never have to worry about a file being too large to be sent via email. Files are now easily shareable with whomever you choose to share them with. Download within minutes and share files with anyone in the world rather than using snail mail or FedEx.
Are you getting the most out of your Internet? These money-saving solutions are ideal for businesses looking to save an extra buck while receiving even more benefits and adding an air of professionalism.
This “Technology of the Future” Can Save Your Business Money
June 3rd, 2013
You may have heard about “VoIP services astonishing growth”, “internet telephony tremendous success”, and “VoIP revolution” in the latest headlines of technology news. While VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is not a new service, more and more businesses are opting for this cost-effective phone system. There are two ways to take advantage of VoIP – you can get a complete VoIP phone system that includes business VoIP phones and inbound and outbound calling, or keep your existing phones and use our VoIP service to route callers and handle voicemail. As a third option, you can blend your usage and do both.
Still undecided as to whether or not you’re ready to jump on the bandwagon with VoIP? Consider the following benefits:
Aside from saving your business money in startup costs and monthly maintenance costs, the benefits include a variety of added features that a traditional phone system simply cannot offer. A few of these benefits include professional greetings, music on hold, custom auto-attendant, fax with no fax machine, ACD queuing, call recording, conferencing, and more – the list is never-ending.
Users are able to access VoIP anywhere they go as long as they have access to internet connection. This is ideal for businesses with employees who travel often or work from home. VoIP can also help increase productivity among employees with integrated mailboxes and real-time videoing. Aside from lower setup and maintenance costs, businesses will see infrastructure costs reduced as well as lower facility costs without such a large number of wires running through the office.
A great VoIP provider will offer a plan that fits your budget and needs, while still offering the same great features that attracted you to VoIP in the first place. However, before jumping on the bandwagon, it’s important to test your network to make sure it’s up for the task of handling VoIP. You can easily do this with a VoIP test, which will measure bandwidth, latency, and jitter, and check on the port status of your network.
Once deemed technology of the future, VoIP has since become a reality and continues to aid businesses in saving money and increasing efficiency.
Using Hosted VoIP to Consolidate Communications in 2013 and Beyond
December 19th, 2012
As another year draws to a close, it is a good time to reflect on the trends of the ever-evolving communication landscape that took place over the past 365 days and consider what may come in the new year.
Looking back, 2012 can be considered the year of mobile, but as we head into 2013, the year of hosted VoIP adoption may be among us.
Though existing for several years, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology has been slow to catch on outside the enterprise. Whether it’s due to consumer patterns or lack of awareness, people haven’t been particularly interested in VoIP. This all may be changing; however, as the technology becomes more mainstream and people discover the benefits of a VoIP phone system.
As we head into 2013, more and more businesses will realize that when they want a great phone solution, they must turn to Hosted VoIP. It allows quick and inexpensive communication over pre-existing telephone lines and is easy to use. It also often comes with many features that traditional phone services don’t provide.
People in general want a better phone service; and as soon as they get a feel for all the benefits VoIP phone systems give them at their workplace, they begin wanting the same types of features and connectivity in their personal lives as well.
In 2013, VoIP integration will play a major part as old phone technology rapidly becomes obsolete. The proliferation of smartphones will hasten adoption as demand for better telephone service pushes users towards VoIP and away from outdated legacy phone systems.
The chasm of adoption may just be crossed in 2013, as more people discover what new phone technology like VoIP can do to improve their call quality and lower their total phone costs.
It’s an exciting time to be in the hosted telecommunications industry and we can’t wait to see what happens next.