Throughout the recent months, I’ve tested a lot of video conferencing devices for hosted VoIP service and none top this newcomer: the Polycom CX5000 VoIP phone.
This new Polycom product brings video conferencing to another level with a 360 panoramic view, automatic speaker focus, USB plug and play features, and much more. This conference device takes meetings to a new level, which saves time, money, traveling expenses, and most of all, the cost for additional equipment. That’s right, no additional equipment required for your hosted VoIP PBX.
Hosted VoIP PBX business VoIP service and other forms of unified communication are making it increasingly easy for workers to accomplish their duties via mobile device.
Whether using hosted VoIP PBX, another form of business VoIP, or some other service supporting a UC device, the sheer size of the predicted mobile worker base is astounding.
IDC supplied the following information in a recent statement. Essentially, mobile workers are predicted to reach a shocking 1.2 billion by the end of 2010. But be careful to pay attention to the regional growth.
The driving force behind the growth is the emerging markets of Asia/Pacific and the regions use of unified communications (UC) technologies. According to the analysts, the mobile workforces in the U.S. and Europe have peaked. The U.S. is described as having a highly concentrated mobile workforce, but that by 2013 over 75 percent of workers will be described as mobile in some way–that’s 129 million people. Compare that to Asia/Pacific figures, and you’ll see why IDC is saying the real action won’t be in the U.S. By 2013, about 37 percent of Asia/Pacific workers will be described as mobile, and before you say that percentage sounds smaller, it is actually 734.5 million people!
Hosted VoIP PBX has really become the defining business VoIP solution. But not just because it has advanced hosted VoIP features, low VoIP service costs, or is an all around excellent business VoIP solution. Hosted VoIP also keeps your office operating in an emergency.
Say for some reason you can’t get to your office or VoIP phones. This could happen for a variety of reasons, earthquake, fire, traffic, etc. With hosted VoIP, you can still access your system.
Not sure if you heard yet or not, but Skype and Verizon have announced that they’ve been working to develop an always-on Skype Mobile app. Holy cow, can you believe it?! Can you imagine the implications! Let’s talk about this and what it all means for the hosted VoIP sector of the business VoIP industry.
So, “What does this technology do exactly?” you ask. “Good question,” we say.
Well, the app will basically allow for unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls. Doesn’t seem that cool now that you know this is the only function, huh? But here is the kicker. According to Fierce VoIP, “the app will allow for unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls and cheap international calls at Skype’s VoIP rates.” Apparently you also need a data plan. But who doesn’t have a data plan now-a-day anyways. So basically the app can save you money on international calls. But there is more to this if you are a hosted VoIP PBX fan…
Well, today is President’s Day but the dedicated staff at FreedomVoice is in the office working hard to take our hosted VoIP PBX, FreedomIQ, to the next level. We already offer a range of advances and innovative features you can’t find anywhere else, but we want to make the business VoIP service even better, blowing away every other offering on the market.
While this may be true, the holiday got me thinking. What does Presidents Day have to do with hosted VoIP? What are the similarities? Here are a few items I came up with.
Some interesting news was just released today; Broadsoft and Polycom are teaming up to deliver an integrated unified communications platform. Here is what it’s all about.
Essentially, the new platform, known as V2Connet, brings together Polycom’s Open Collaboration Network and Broadsofts Broadworks VoIP application platform. The goal of this business VoIP focused endeavor is to create a combined offering, giving service providers a unified voice and video solution in a hosted service. Not a bad idea, right? But where do current hosted VoIP PBX providers, many of which are devote fans of Polycom VoIP phones, fit in.
What do you think? Do most people outside of telecom really know what business VoIP PBX means? Maybe that is the reason why every business in the world isn’t running a business VoIP PBX system yet. Maybe they just don’t know which terms to search to find the right business phone system. Let’s take a moment and dissect the term, business VoIP PBX.
Pretty straight forward… This tells us that it meant for business and not residential use, a business product if you will. OK, easy enough.
VoIP or Voice or Internet Protocol is not a term everyone knows. How do I know this? Well, I was talking to a friend the other day who is employed in blue collar line of work and he had no idea what the technology was. I do think many people know what VoIP is, but not everyone . If you do not know what VoIP is read the definition for VoIP
Here are some things to look out for when you are purchasing a business VoIP solution for your small business.
Is the Business VoIP Solution Scalable?
When you are analyzing business VoIP solutions you need to make sure the solution is scalable. By scalable we mean can you easily add VoIP phones and take away VoIP phones without incurring extra costs. Hosted VoIP PBX systems are excellent options here because they allow you to do just that. If you purchase a hosted VoIP PBX as your business VoIP solution you will be able to cancel and add lines and add and remove VoIP phones easily. While some plans do differ, this is usually a big advantage offered by hosted VoIP. This can be more difficult with a premise based business VoIP system, which may require you to purchases equipment to cope with growth.