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A Primer on Hosted Voice

July 18, 2018
Category: Phone Systems

Hosted voice is a phone system and provider all in one, including the phones, dial tones, and phone numbers. Because the system lives in the cloud, the convenience of having a centralized system without the bulky equipment is just one reason why many businesses are opting to switch to hosted voice. Generally, the only equipment […]

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Understanding the Three Types of Phone Transfers

July 11, 2018
Category: Phone Systems

After an organization installs their new business phone system, many users have questions about what the three different types of phone transfers are. They may have heard the phrases in passing (or read about them online), but they often aren’t sure what they do or when the best times to use them are. That said, […]

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The Difference Between VoIP and PBX

July 3, 2018
Category: VoIP

Have you been searching for VoIP services in Maryland? It’s understandable to want to switch to the newest, fastest way to conduct business communications. But, VoIP is very different from PBX, which is the traditional channel for communication. PBX is decades old, and while it did serve us well during its prime, it isn’t nearly […]

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How to Improve Jitter Levels

June 28, 2018
Category: Internet Service, VoIP

We’ve been discussing jitter in the last few weeks–what it is, how to measure it, what an acceptable level is. As a quick recap, jitter is information that is received incorrectly. So, over the phone, jitter sounds like static or other noises that interrupt your call; over the Internet, it might present as slow load […]

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The Importance of Measuring Jitter

June 20, 2018
Category: Phone Systems, VoIP

Jitter, the amount of “noise” that interferes with your Internet access or phone call, comes in many forms: annoying lag when you’re trying to stream a video or a crackly noise interrupting a speaker on a conference call. In our last blog, we discussed the ways in which you can measure jitter. Now, let’s take […]

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How Do You Measure Jitter?

June 13, 2018
Category: Phone Systems

If you suspect that jitter is affecting your organization, you’ll want to measure it to ensure it’s not outside of the acceptable amount of jitter–no more than five to 10 milliseconds. Thankfully, there is an easy way to measure the amount of jitter in your network. Testing Jitter Online With Windows 10 or Mac OS, […]

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What is the Difference Between VoIP and PSTN?

June 4, 2018
Category: Phone Systems, VoIP

Did you know that 46.5% of US households are without a landline phone? Compared to about ten years ago, this is a staggering number. Ever since smartphones, we’ve been slowly moving away from landline, and thus distancing ourselves from PSTN. In just a few more years, personal cell phones will undoubtedly completely eliminate the need […]

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How Much Jitter is Acceptable?

May 31, 2018
Category: VoIP

Ideally, jitter would never occur—your phone calls would always be clear, and your Internet browsing would never lag. Unfortunately, technology seems to have a mind of its own sometimes, especially when the equipment you use to connect is outdated. In fact, jitter occurs more often than you think—you just may not be able to tell. […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Jitter

May 23, 2018
Category: VoIP

It’s happened to all of us at one time or another: you’re on a conference call with a client when suddenly the call’s voice quality starts breaking up. Try as you might to regain control, but you and your client soon can’t understand what the other is saying, leaving you both frustrated with your phone […]

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Is a VoIP Phone Service Good for a Business?

May 4, 2018
Category: VoIP

VoIP, to those who don’t utilize it, may feel a bit intimidated by its overwhelming number of features. However, VoIP is not the kind of technology you have to struggle with to get the most out of it. VoIP is an intuitive, new, and practical way to handle business communications, and it is a technology […]

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