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Top 10 Reasons to replace your legacy phone service with Granite Cloud SIP Phone Service

Posted by Gregg Haughton on Jun 8, 2018 2:50:35 PM

  1. Rapid ROI – SIP Trunking does not require a significant capital expenditure but immediately begins to reduce costs while also maintaining the features customers have with their local PBX.
  2. Leverage ubiquitous broadband availability. SIP Trunks are delivered over IP, and often with compression you can get more call concurrency or call volume over a modern broadband circuit vs old style T1 / PRI telephone services.
  3. Enables fast geographic growth. By using networking to combine voice and data, SIP Trunks can connect distant business locations to expand a company’s geographic voice and data system.
  4. Reduced call cost. This is a no-brainer for you, but your customers might not be aware that SIPtrunking can dramatically reduce the cost of making and taking calls.SIP Trunks Explained
  5. Unified Communications. SIP Trunking provides a gateway to creating an IP-based UC system that brings together voice, data, Instant Messaging, presence, and application sharing.
  6. Increased productivity. SIP Trunking enables improved collaboration of your customers’ workforce by creating the ability to seamlessly connect multiple offices and mobile workers.
  7. Mobility. SIP Trunking can help tie together mobile devices and remote workers by enabling a blend of premise and cloud based services.
  8. Scalability. Unlike traditional POTs and T1/PRI lines that require planning for peak at all times, SIPtrunking offers on-demand scalability. You – and your customers – only pay for what you need, and enable excess capacity when and where needed. Best of all, you can plan for peak at the enterprise level, and not just by office location.
  9. Reliability: SIP Trunking is very stable. Rather than being at the mercy of local events such as power or circuit outages, SIP trunking can automatically be rerouted to other offices, mobile phones, or virtually anywhere based on your business rules.
  10. User Experience: SIP Trunking creates an easy-to-use communications interface for IT managers and the employee users.For your customers that are small to medium-sized businesses, SIP Trunking is an efficient and cost effective way for to scale quickly without big capital expenses. The upside for providers is the opportunity to create (or enhance) a long term relationship and drive valuable recurring revenues.

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Topics: IP Phone Service, SIP Trunk, VoIP Phone System, Mobility, VoIP Telephone Service

Using your smart phone as a business phone system

Posted by Gregg Haughton on Mar 19, 2013 3:07:00 PM

I recently came across an blog post that I thought was timely. I asked Aundraya Ruse, Editorial Coordinator of Software Advice if I could include Kelly Lindner's article in my blog and she agreed. I addresses a question that I am frequently asked: Can't I just run my business on my Smartphone? I would argue that using Ring Central or  Google Voice as a cloud based PBX is risky, but we have many customers using our phone systems to suppport "mobility clients" (Smart phones as extensions off the system).

Kelly Lindner:

What to Consider if You Want to Run Your Business on a Smartphone

 If you’re among the 45 percent of Americans with a smartphone, chances are that you use it for everything from checking work emails to looking up movie times. And with smartphones adding functionality to them all the time, many are replacing other devices (e.g. iPods) with their smartphones. But could you run an entire company directly from your smartphone? The answer: It depends.

 In any case, there’s a lot to consider before you consolidate your business phone systems into a smartphone. For instance, what if you want more than one employee to be responsible for responding to your company number? Or, how exactly do you handle call recording, phone routing and other services traditionally associated with a landline?

 A recent article by Kelly Lindner, contributor to Software Advice -- a research firm that evaluates software systems -- breaks down a few of the key considerations for those contemplating using smartphones to run their company. Here are a few takeaways.

 Decide if You Should Run on a PBX

If you’re a startup in the early stages (say, one to three employees) your smartphone network is likely sufficient to run operations. However, if you’re bigger than three employees, you can quickly max out the capacity of your network. In this case, it’s better to get a virtual private branch exchange (PBX)--a call routing and management service that can direct calls straight to employee smartphones. If you go with this approach, one employee’s number is would be the main line, and other employees would provide their numbers to customers as needed.

 Or, companies can use a service like RingCentral or Google Voice to provide a main line, that routes callers to individual smartphones using employee extensions. As an added bonus, when an employee calls from their mobile phone, these PBX systems will show the main line on recipient's caller ID. Some Cloud-based services also offer call recording, voice transcription and other business-focused services.

 The Benefits of Running on a Smartphone

One of the primary benefits of using your smartphone for business is customer access. If employees can respond to customers regardless of their location, customers are less likely to wait on hold or wait for a message to be returned.

 “Having a landline tied us to a specific location and was presenting a barrier to connecting with clients. … Now we don't have to run back to the office to check messages,” said Stuart Randell, a virtual PBX user and head of business strategy at Code & Company Inc.

 Of course, there are also benefits to employees. They get to use the they’re most familiar and comfortable with. Beyond that, there are often cost savings compared with traditional VoIP systems.

 The Costs of Running on a Smartphone

But these benefits carry some costs as well. One of the biggest downsides of a mobile workforce that relies on smartphones is the limited battery life of they carry. We’ve all forgotten to charge our phones before a big trip and found ourselves out of the loop. Employees are no different and it’s possible that a simple slip of the mind could result in their phone being dead when an important call comes in.

 Beyond that, cell networks are not always reliable and voice quality (in any condition) can be fickle. This connectivity issue can turn into an even bigger obstacle in the unlikely event of a natural disaster. While these issues are unlikely to surface, and difficult to plan for, they’re important to consider if you have a business that relies heavily on phone communications.

What advantages and disadvantages do you see with using PBX-enabled smartphones? Join the conversation by leaving a comment below.

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Gregg Haughton

Granite Communications, Inc.

203-234-4901

Topics: PBX, Smart Phones, Mobility

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