The Ins and OUTs of Cloud PBX And Microsoft Skype For Business

The Ins and OUTs of Cloud PBX And Microsoft Skype For Business

One of the success stories of recent times has been the adoption of Digital Telephony by all sizes of business.  Large businesses have installed their own hardware and software, and small businesses tend to use Cloud PBX implementations, either in-house or hosted.

A more recent development has been the convergence of video conferencing with Cloud PBX implementations. Video calls using applications like WhatsApp and Skype have been around for some time, and have been used over the PSTN and digital telephone networks from both desktop and smart devices.  Since Microsoft bought Skype, introduced Skype for Business, and fully integrated it with the Azure cloud environment, it has become a major player in the Cloud PBX landscape.Continue reading

3 simple tips on saving fees on International calls

3 simple tips on saving fees on International calls

The advent of Voice over IP telephony (“VoIP”) has radically changed the face of communications for both personal and business users.  It has opened up opportunities for enhanced, and substantially cheaper communications, especially for long-distance and international calls.  VoIP for Business has provided communications options that are not possible with a fixed line environment.

However, the prudent personal and business user needs to be vigilant to make the best return on their investment and achieve the lowest possible international call rates.

Here are three simple tips for personal and business users to make sure that they accrue the full benefit of cheaper international communications.Continue reading

3CX: A PBX System that doesn't break the bank

3CX: A PBX System that doesn’t break the bank

The case for moving to Voice over IP (“VoIP”) telephony is undeniable.  Cost savings, flexibility, and additional functionality are all major benefits of making the move.  However, for some organisations the cost of acquiring and installing a full-blown VoIP PBX System makes the move uneconomic.  There are alternative ways of having a VoIP PBX System that are easier on the budget, and not just by using some fancy financial footwork.

One way is to turn capital expenditure into operational expenditure by moving to a hosted PBX environment. 

In this scenario, you move your telephony to a third party who manages and maintains your PBX System on their equipment, on or off your premises. The only potential one-time costs of the move are any infrastructure upgrades and the supply of appropriate handsets.  In most cases, the handset costs can be included in the hosting charges.Continue reading

Six reasons why a business should switch to VoIP in 2018

Six reasons why a business should switch to VoIP in 2018

Unless you have been living on a desert island, you will have read in the media about Voice over IP (“VoIP”) Business phone systems and knowingly or unknowingly used one.  Why doesn’t your business have one?  Does the cost put you off?  Does the technology worry you?  Does the switch from the Plain Old Telephone System (“POTS”) to a digital Business Phone System worry you?

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Questions to ask to your VoIP Provider

Questions to ask to your VoIP Provider

The use of VoIP phone systems is increasingly common in both the smaller and larger businesses.  The advantages and benefits provided by VoIP phone systems over traditional POTS systems are undeniable.  The business owner needs to ensure that their VoIP service provider can provide a level of service that meets their business requirements.

The wide range of services, tariff plans, bundled deals and other incentives available from potential VoIP providers ensures that a deal can be made that meets the requirements of potential Business VoIP users.  However, the potential user needs to be careful as the proposed deals may not be all they seem to be.Continue reading

When is the best time to move to VoIP?

When is the best time to move to VoIP?

The benefits of an Internet phone based communications system are well known and undeniable.  That the business will benefit from savings on phone bills, from increases in business profile, from flexibility in usage is no longer in doubt.  Having made the decision to move to VoIP , the big question is when to make the move.

Simply put, the answer is as soon as possible.  The longer you delay, the longer it will be before you accrue the cost, operational and profile benefits of a VoIP system.

When you move and how you move to a VoIP for business system will be driven by several factors.Continue reading

5 reasons to get rid of your phone lines

5 Reasons to Get Rid of Your Phone Lines

Once thing that the IP revolution has done is to reduce the dominance of the national Telcos over the communications space.  VoIP has revolutionised communications at a business and personal level.  Taken together with the increasing use of smartphones and tablets in conjunction with VoIP Phone Systems, there is no defensible reason why a business should not install a VoIP for Business phone system right now.

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6 Business benefits of using virtual numbers

6 Business benefits of using virtual numbers

A major advantage of a hosted VoIP service is that of low-cost flexibility and function.  Compared with copper-based PSTN telephony, the use of IP as a communications base allows the savvy user to capitalise on new technologies at very little additional cost, if indeed there is any additional cost at all.

Often implementation of a VoIP system in an organisation focuses on replacing the existing PSTN systems, and other useful features and functions can be overlooked or deferred till later.  As we all know, sometimes later never comes.

One easily implemented function that can be overlooked is that of Virtual Numbers.

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Identifying and defending your system from vulnerabilities

VoIP Security: Identifying and defending your system from vulnerabilities

First we had viruses, then rootkits, now we have ransomware.  One thing is certain, the next bit of malware technology is currently under development and be with us soon. Even systems like VoIP are under attack and are being used as portals to gain access to corporate information. 

What kind of threats are currently being seen in VoIP systems and how are they to be countered? 

The first thing to understand that because VoIP is based on IP technologies it is vulnerable to all the malware and attack techniques that are inflicted on IP networks.  The second is that VoIP goes over the Internet, and while you can contain and manage IP security in your internal closed corporate network, you are at the mercy of third-party service providers of varying quality in their security systems.  The third, and one often forgotten, is that all devices in the VoIP network are IP devices and are therefore vulnerable to all the threats found with other IP devices. That must be factored into the overall data and voice protection scenario.Continue reading