Blog | Category: Phone Systems

Why You Should Move Your Phone System to the Cloud

September 19, 2018
Category: Business Phone Service, Phone Systems

While most businesses are improving their services with high-speed Wi-Fi, they may not not be taking advantage of high-speed phone systems by hosting them in the cloud. The legacy on-premises system known as PBX was designed only for in-office, everyday use with desktops computers, but times have changed. Businesses and their offices have become increasingly […]

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Softphone Basics: What You Need to Know

September 13, 2018
Category: Phone Systems, VoIP

In recent years, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has taken over business phone systems. The ease of using VoIP, in addition to its lower monthly costs, makes it an attractive benefit for business owners looking to cut overhead costs. One variation of VoIP is the VoIP softphone: a computer-integrated phone system that allows you to […]

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The Pros and Cons of SIP Trunking

July 24, 2018
Category: Phone Systems

SIP, or Session Initiation Protocol, is the standard communications protocol for voice and video across a data network. The SIP trunk replaces the need for traditional analog and T1 (PRI) based telephone network connections with termination provided over a company’s public or private Internet connection via their SIP provider. SIP trunking is a virtual phone […]

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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 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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Hosted Phone System Advantages vs Disadvantages

April 4, 2018
Category: Phone Systems

Have you ever wondered about the different types of phone system options for businesses? You’ve probably always wanted to make sure that your business has a reliable, functional, and useful phone system. This includes a high level of features that do nothing but enhance your experience. The perfect phone system does wonders to elevate business […]

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What is the Difference between PBX and VoIP?

August 18, 2017
Category: Hosted PBX, Phone Systems, VoIP

Sometimes it seems that the telephone communications industry does its best to create as many acronyms and confusing terms as possible. Two such terms, PBX and VoIP are no exception. Today, we’re going to define these terms and explain the differences between them to help you become better informed when shopping for a business phone […]

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