VOIP & LCR Rates Drop – BT Rates go UP

As the recession strikes down even more corporate victims & consumer spending hits an all time low, outlook looks bleak for British businesses, except that is for British Telecom the UK largest communications company who has increased its call setup fees, line rentals & call charges. Line rentals for BT PSTN, ISDN2 & ISDN30 services vary from 12GBP to 15GBP on typical 12 month agreements, up on same time last year. UK VOIP service privider Gradwell offers a good alternative to companies who are ready for SIP or IAX services with monthly line rental of GBP1.50 per trunk and unlimited outbound channels. The connection fee has not escaped the recent BT price hikes with some connection charges up 25% to 299GBP(ISDN2) on last year. BT’s strategy is to offer free or reduced connection fees for customers willing to enter into long term agreements. Many UK VOIP providers currently offer free connection to win business. BT has raised it’s call setup fee from 6 to 7p which means that unless you have opted for a BT call plan or switched your billing to LCR, you will be paying 7p per connection before you start your call – this is quite poor considering large number of calls go to voicemail. UK VOIP…


Hosted VoIP Is Valued by Small Businesses

What is so special about hosted VOIP versus normal VOIP? When you get VOIP service you will either purchase hosted VOIP or an on premises VOIP. Choosing hosted VOIP is a good idea for your business VOIP phone service. Knowing the different types of VOIP, including hosted VOIP, will help you make the phone system choice that’s best for your micro business. Here’s the basic differences with hosted VOIP. The basics of hosted VOIP phone service. Getting hosted VOIP is the simplest of the VOIP business phone system. Hosted VOIP uses the services of a business that specializes in offering hosted VOIP service to micro businesses or other companies wanting VOIP phone services. The hosted VOIP company will charge your business monthly for the VOIP service. This is a good option because with hosted VOIP if you have phone system problems there is a hosted VOIP business to take care of them for you. A hosted VOIP phone service will likely have better features for the phone system than an in house VOIP system. In addition to the tech support with hosted VOIP there will be many other phone features. You can generally choose a features service plan with your hosted VOIP to get the phone service you want. With…


Telephones For Telecommuters

Why fight the Traffic? Retrofit your business PBX phone system to enable telecommuting. Your employees are faced with exasperating traffic jams, wasted hours commuting and expensive gas prices. They want jobs closer to home. Telecommuting can be a strategic business advantage for companies that successfully implement it. It’s time to go green, as in saving $ dollars. Fortunately, “Going Green” by telecommuting is easier to accomplish than ever before with new Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies. The challenge associated with telecommuting is bringing the telephone and data facilities into the home in a way that ensures the same employee productivity and oversight that exists in the office. IT managers are familiar with enabling remote information systems through technologies such as Terminal Services, but expanding the voice network to the home has stymied many telecommuting initiatives. Companies that operate legacy private branch exchange (PBX) phone systems have tried call forwarding to the home or cell phone, but, this is not equivalent to having a true office phone, with the voicemail system, extension dialing, call hold and call transfer features of the office phone. There is little control over the home phone activity and employers have to reimburse home phone costs. Legacy PBX manufacturers have marketed proprietary VPN voice networks, but…


Asterisk is the top telephone switch system

So, Asterisk is a software implementation of a telephone private branch exchange which has the full range of what has been made for modern powerful telephone systems. This statement can be proved by enumerating some Asterisk’s available options list. Asterisk is the most trustworthy telephone exchange system because it works with not one but a number of various operators with dynamic call routing. So, in case something happens to one or more telephone operators, PBX clients won’t even feel this. In addition, Asterisk is the most profitable phone exchange system. It’s so because every single calling route is provided by a special client plan. Calls within city limits are unlimited, for instance, and are supplied by the city line. Long-distance calls made outside the city and the country limits are provided by UcallWeconn or Betamax. Finally, every single call is made with the most profitable tariff plan allowing one to save up to 80%. And eventually, Asterisk is the cheapest in sense of installation and support. For example Nortel – a telephone exchange system with options similar to those of Asterisk – Cisco and Avaya might cost up to $ 20.000-30.000. At the same time Asterisk’s installation and support is costless. The software implementation can be installed on next to…