Though the economy continues to improve day by day, comparing affordable phone systems is still a business owner’s concern as he or she also needs to weigh the cost of other core business services to keep the doors open. Year over year, Vonage Business continues to provide small and mid-size businesses a cost-effective way to address their critical communication needs. Save at Least 30% on Your Phone Bill* Unlike the costly traditional phone services which many companies still rely upon to conduct business, Vonage’s Internet phone solution (hosted VoIP solution) instantly allows these entities to slice their monthly phone bill by at least 30 percent.* And while seeking ways to operate more efficiently often means having to do more with less, this is anything but the case for companies that turn to Vonage. Small businesses who seek out affordable business phone systems choose Vonage because they find that they get everything and more than what they previously had with an analog provider. These features include an auto-attendant, Voicemail to E-mail, Follow Me settings, Music on Hold, Simultaneous Ring and the ability to work anywhere. Vonage’s fixed rate service also means there are never any surprises when the phone bill arrives or as phone usage fluctuates through times of increased or seasonal call volume. Low Cost, Low Overhead Businesses that turn to Vonage for their affordable business phone systems don’t have to worry about installing expensive or complex equipment often associated with such a sophisticated offering. Companies only need to purchase full-feature Internet phones – for around $150 – which are literally ready to use once they are plugged in and connected to the Internet. The initial investment for comparable systems may cost three times as much and require businesses to install complex equipment which is often expensive to maintain. Internet phone service also allows business to cut costs in other ways in the face of today’s challenging economy. Through Vonage’s service, companies can easily address rising operating costs by allowing employees to work from home. There’s no longer a need, for instance, to lease expensive office space to house a call center to give a company a distinctive corporate office. Instead, employees with an Internet connection may easily work from their residence while the company still appears to function from a single location and phone number through a unified communication system which provides a professional image and makes it easy for customers to reach their desired parties. The traditional office and the conventional phone system are things of the past, particularly in today’s economic climate where financial wiggle room is shrinking dramatically. With an affordable business phone system solution from Vonage, it is possible for small businesses to easily cut the cost of a critical component – a voice communication system. At the same time, these companies can also improve employee satisfaction as workers no longer have to contend with ever-rising commuting expenses. Why not get a free quote and see how much you can be saving with an affordable, hosted business phone system? As all business owners know, making savings where you can is one of the most crucial things you can do. However, cutting costs at the expense of successfully managing your business can actually do more harm than good. Fortunately, saving on your office phone system these days isn’t as difficult as you might imagine. By taking a look at technology such as cloud-hosted or VoIP service for your business phone needs, you can grab onto significant savings for your company. So where do you start? Ditch That Copper-Wire Service. One of the most traditional types of phone service is through copper-wire, and chances are this is the type of system you are already most familiar with. While these systems are considered fairly reliable, they also come with a host of drawbacks such as expensive equipment to purchase, technician set-up and call out fees and even a contract that can tie you down for several years. Most small to mid-sized businesses who opt for a copper-wire office phone system will likely find themselves with an enormous financial outlay, and very little chance of getting the customization that they require to run and grow their businesses. Move to the Cloud. Though the name might make you think it’s in the sky somewhere, cloud-hosted and VoIP systems are actually run via your high-speed internet. Providers, such as Vonage Business, host your office phone’s nerve center. This provides your business unrivaled access to new customizable features and dramatically reduced pricing. Compare, Compare, Compare. There are many VoIP office phone providers in the marketplace, but the quality of their products, customer support systems and pricing structures can vary. When you’re looking at the competition, ask yourself the following: Q: What kind of contracts are required? A: Vonage Business has no annual contracts. Ever. Q: What features are included in the plan? A: There are over 40+ standard features to help manage your business and increase your productivity with Vonage Business. Q: What kind of international rates can be expected? A: Vonage’s international rates are up to 75% lower than traditional carriers. Take a look at our rate calculator to find out more. What about costs? Cost might seem like the most important thing when searching for an office phone plan. However, it’s also essential to think of value alongside price. If targeting the lowest price means having to sacrifice top-notch customer and technical service or a less reliable business phone system, it could actually end up being detrimental to your bottom line. If you’re ready to see how Vonage Business can help cut your business phone bills, simply fill out the form above and one of our friendly reps will call you. When our customers first hear about our “no annual contracts” policy for our top-of-the-line business VoIP systems, it’s usually met with surprise. This is particularly true among customers who have been dealing with traditional copper-wire business phone solutions, which often require contracts that last at least a year or more. Expensive, lengthy contracts are business as usual for wire-based legacy systems. However, the cloud revolution has made the shackles of long contracts, expensive equipment and service call-outs a thing of the past. In short, the cloud is a business phone revolution. Why No Annual Contracts? We believe in our service and products. When you sign up for your cloud-hosted service with Vonage Business, we know you’re going to love it. We want our customers to stick around because they’re delighted with what we provide, not because we’ve trapped them in a long-term contract. Our features are top of the line. We’ve built a second-to-none phone system that’s feature rich, making it easy for your company to grow and succeed. Even our most basic packages come with over 40+ mission-critical features. We’re always developing new and exciting features and plug-ins for our customers – all hosted in the Vonage Cloud. Reliability is our specialty. Keeping your business running and on target is a primary concern, particularly when it comes to your phone system. Vonage Business’ cloud-hosted business phone system is one of the most reliable in the industry. From bad weather to unexpected emergencies, not even an internet outage can keep you from fielding your customer’s calls quickly and efficiently. Our customers save 30% or more on their bills.* Many business phone service providers, at first glance, appear to offer great savings. However, oftentimes this is because they lock you into a lengthy, multi-year service contract. Wondering why Vonage Business offers business VoIP services with no contracts? If you’re not happy with us, we don’t want to trap you into a huge commitment. It’s true – we offer no annual contract business VoIP that our 36,000+ customers use and love every single day. These thousands of business owners are working hard to build a business and we want to be their partner in success. The world’s mobile working population now numbers well over 1 billion people – and that number isn’t standing still. That’s a lot of workers on the move! In the America’s region, according to an IDC study, North America has the largest number of mobile workers, with 75% of the workforce mobile in 2010. Across the America’s region, the number of mobile workers will grow from 182.5 million in 2010 to 212.1 million in 2015 (IDC Study, Worldwide Mobile Worker Population 2011-2015 Forecast). Of course, that comes as no surprise to business owners. Mobile access – both anywhere and anytime – is an imperative to success for today’s small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). For many business owners and employees, their mobile device has become an “pocket office,” enhancing productivity and freeing them to take their business wherever they go – whether that’s driving to an important sales meeting, working from home or even going on a family vacation. When you can’t stay in the office, you take the office with you. 1. iPhone and Android Apps Say you left the office for vacation, but forgot to adjust the settings on your handset before you left. No worries! With helpful mobile apps for iPhone and Android, you can configure your Never Miss a Call settings, check voicemail, make calls, and view a complete call log – accessibility at your fingertips, no matter where you are. And every call you make comes from your office number, making it appear as though you’re at your desk. 2. Voicemail to Email Tired of calling multiple voicemail boxes to retrieve messages when you’re out of the office? Now you can leave all that behind. With Voicemail to Email integration, you can receive voicemails as email attachments to your email inbox. When a message comes in, you can receive the voicemail as an attachment (.wav or mp3 file format). Just click to listen to your message(s) from your laptop or mobile device. 3. Voicemail to Text Transcription Say you’re in a meeting and see that a voicemail has been left for you – but can’t step out to listen to it. With Vonage Busines, you can visually “see” your voicemails when you receive them through our Voicemail to Text service. You can quickly and easily have your voicemails transcribed to text and sent right to your email or mobile device. Even if you’re in a meeting, you can scan messages, determine whether follow-up is needed and respond accordingly. 4. Online Portal When you’re across the country at a conference or working in a coffee shop after a client meeting, Vonage’s Admin Portal makes managing your account and viewing the real-time status of coworkers’ phone lines a breeze. Set permissions for Auto Attendants, revise voicemail MP3s, pay bills, manage extensions, and so much more. And your employees have access to their very own user portal where they can manage voicemails, Never Miss a Call settings and more. 5. Never Miss a Call Set Call Forwarding rules, enable Simultaneous Ring or set Follow Me permissions to ensure that you, well, never miss a call! It’s a free and easy way to make sure you always stay connected, and it works with your home phone and cell phone for maximum convenience. Are You Moving Forward – Or Running In Circles? Mobility is more than just motion. Businesses must offer effective mobile solutions for their employees – mobility is a way of life today. Many workers use their mobile devices for their business and personal lives. They need the ability to distinguish between calls, control which calls they take and when, and decide how to manage calls. It takes more than an ordinary phone service to do all that. Vonage’s business VoIP phone service has the business intelligence you need built right into the system. Vonage gives you the power to conduct business anywhere, anytime – and gives your employees the flexibility they need to juggle the competing demands on their time. Isn’t it time you get mobile with Vonage Business? Find out how Vonage can help your business – call us today at 877-862-2562. If you were born before the invention of cell phones, then it’s likely you remember the high price tag of long-distance calling and the unpredictability of a traditional phone bill. These days, land lines are becoming increasingly sparse, and cell phones have certainly made long-distance calling much more cost-efficient. Unfortunately, conducting business calls over a cellphone while you’re at the office can restrict calling functionality. Thankfully, VoIP is changing the way we view business communication. What is VoIP? VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a process whereby analog audio signals are converted into digital data that is sent out via the Internet. At Vonage Business, our business IP phone system utilizes your connection to the Internet and allows you to make phone calls from a desk phone, just as you normally would. The difference is you don’t have to pay high long distance calling fees. What’s more, our VoIP software is continually updated and improved to ensure you get the best service and connection possible. Why You’ll Love It We get excited about our business IP phone systems. Why? Because our innovative technology has the capacity to revise all small business phone systems around the globe as we know them. It’s that groundbreaking. Vonage Business is constantly improving our service offering, and using improvements in technology to further unify your communications. Vonage’s new Desktop feature allows you to instantly see information about a caller collected from the Internet when your phone starts ringing. How Does It Benefit My Business? The standard phone system served its purpose years ago, but with the introduction VoIP, it’s likely that land lines will eventually be weeded out. Some of the advantages of a VoIP phone include the following: A business IP phone system is much more cost-effective than traditional phone systems. An IP phone can be plugged in and a call can be placed anyplace where there is a broadband connection, allowing you to work from anywhere. Unlike most traditional phone companies, our systems contain features that are included in your low monthly rate. A VoIP phone allows you to check your voicemail messages over the Internet or attach them in an email. Are you ready to find out more about how Vonage Business can bring the power of VoIP to your business? Fill out the form above, or call one of our knowledgeable and friendly salespeople at 1-877-862-2562 today. If you’d like more information on joining the VoIP revolution, you can also take a look at our Buyer’s Guide. Whether you’re just starting up your business or are a long-standing player in your industry, getting your phone system right is an essential element to your success. Not only is it key for employee communication, but it’s also a customer’s direct route to interacting with your business. When it comes to giving your company a competitive edge, a digital phone system can truly be the most efficient and economical answer. How Does It Work? You may have heard terms such as VoIP, cloud-based phones or read about the concept of digital phone systems – but what does it all mean? Essentially, Vonage Business uses the power and speed of the Internet to create a reliable and effective phone network. By hosting the system in the cloud, your business has the opportunity to enable features that were never before possible. Future-Proofing Your Business A reliable phone service in your business is key – but a software solution that only improves with time is even better. While Vonage Business comes pre-loaded with over 40 mission-critical features to help you manage your calls professionally and effectively, you’ll have access to the latest updates and features as they’re released through the Vonage Cloud. It’s a smart solution for the ever-changing business landscape. Making the Switch Though going digital does involve cutting edge technology, making the jump to our digital phone system couldn’t be easier. Vonage Business’ plug and play systems mean you can be up and running before a traditional copper-wire provider could have dispatched a technician. Additionally, as your business grows, your phone system can grow with it – all easily managed through virtually. No need for expensive equipment or delays to your business. To find out more about what Vonage Business can do for you, fill out the form for a no-hassle quote or call 1-877-862-2562 to speak to a representative. In today’s business world, most people have a mobile phone – but they aren’t powerful enough to handle all business calling needs. If you don’t have an Android or iPhone to work with our mobile apps, Vonage Business cloud PBX still provides the features your business requires and can also extend those features to other mobile phones. And of course, if you do have a smartphone the Vonage MobileConnect app seamlesly integrates wtih Android and iPhone (now updated for iOS10!). Stay Connected on the Go Call Forwarding allows employees to forward calls placed to their company extension to their mobile phone, but it doesn’t stop there. Because the call is routed through your cloud PBX, employees can still utilize PBX functionality from their mobile device. Calls can be transferred back to other extensions in your account, allowing for a seamless connection between employees in different locations. Mobile phones become an extension of the company phone system, instead of standalone and separate devices. Easy to Set Up, Easy to Use Simply add your mobile number into the user-friendly User Portal for your extension, and update the call settings as necessary. You can forward calls immediately, or set a rule to redirect to your desk phone after a few rings. Calls that aren’t answered at your mobile number can then be forwarded to your company voicemail. Mobility is an important part of doing business for many small companies, and that doesn’t have to mean a loss of communication. Vonage’s Cell Phone Integration is easy to use and is a powerful communication tool. And best of all, businesses that take advantage of Vonage’s cost saving cloud PBX service get this feature included for free. When your goal is to avoid missing business calls, this suite of mobility features lets you choose how to route your calls when you’re away from the office. If you’ve been looking for a reason to switch to a cloud-based phone system, our “Never Miss a Call” suite of features certainly offers a convincing set of options. We’ve grouped five mobility features together to let you choose how you route calls when you’re away from the office, or even briefly away from your desk. Our “Never Miss a Call” features include Call Forwarding, Follow Me, Simultaneous Ring, Voicemail and Do Not Disturb – giving users on each extension the power to direct exactly how they want calls to be handled. How it Works Say you’re leaving for the day, but you know a client may be calling you soon. That’s easy: Go to your User Portal, Desktop or Mobile App and quickly select one of our “Never Miss a Call” features (let’s use Call Forwarding, for this example). When you select Call Forwarding, all incoming calls to your office extension are automatically forwarded to the phone number you’ve pre-designated. Use this same process for enabling any feature in the “Never Miss a Call” suite. Your “Never Miss A Call” Options Direct how your calls are managed when you’re away from your desk with any one of these mobility features: Call Forwarding: Forward calls automatically to another extension or number. Follow Me: Forward your calls to multiple numbers, ringing in sequence. Simultaneous Ring: Set inbound calls to ring on multiple numbers you choose. Voicemail: Choose the number of rings before calls move to voicemail. Do Not Disturb: When you can’t take calls, move callers directly to voicemail. Why You’ll Like It Our “Never Miss a Call” suite is a major benefit of having a cloud-hosted phone system, keeping your mobile employees integrated within the business phone system wherever they are. Manage call routing anytime you’re away from your desk. Cut down on missed calls when you’re away. Select your preferred mobility feature from your User Portal, Desktop or Mobile App (or on the Admin Portal by your system administrator). Get Started You can quickly activate any of the five “Never Miss a Call” features on your User Portal, Desktop or Mobile App – or on the Admin Portal by your account administrator. Simple steps in advance are required to ensure call routing is customized to your preference (e.g., choosing phone numbers to which your calls should be forwarded). Instructional details are available on our Support Website, and you can always call a Customer Care representative for assistance. Back to Features Follow Me is a great included feature for business professionals who find themselves out of the office, but need to stay connected at all times of the day. It’s part of our helpful Never Miss a Call options that enable you to always take your calls, no matter where you are. Through your user portal, admin portal, or Mobile app for iPhone and Android, you can customize your phone to “follow” you by ringing different numbers. View the example above – you can set your phone to ring your desk handset for 10 seconds, then ring your cell phone if there’s no answer, and then if there is still no answer the call will go to the voicemail of your choice. Back to Features August 12 2013 ArchivesWhether you find yourself relaxing with friends and family this Summer or the unfortunate victim of a weather event, it’s great to know that with the flexibility Vocalocity provides, you’ll never be out of touch. Here are a few of the features that make staying connected on-the-go easier than ever. Never Miss a Call Vocalocity business VoIP phone service includes a ‘Never Miss a Call’ feature, which allows you to decide how your incoming calls are handled. Calls can be automatically routed or forwarded to different locations such as a voicemail account, a mobile phone or any other phone number. You can even set it to simultaneously ring these other devices. Check out this quick article to set up this feature and visit your Vocalocity user portal to make updates at my.vonagebusiness.com. Plug and Play Cloud VoIP Technology All of our phones are plug and play, meaning that you can just unplug your phone from your regular office and take it with you. Just plug it in to any broadband Internet jack and you’ll have the same professional appearance from anywhere – across town or around the world! Vocalocity Mobile VoIP If you are unable to bring your office phone to your current location or power loss causes your computer not to work, you can use our mobile application to manage many features directly from your Android or iPhone. Make calls with the caller ID of your business line so you still look professional and don’t have to give out your mobile number. You can also access voicemail or listen to calls you have recorded with the Vocalocity mobile app. Click here to download the mobile app to your device, or just search your App Store or Marketplace for “Vocalocity.” To see the complete list of free features included with your extension, click here. Share these tips with other businesses and earn up to $2,500 for each new company that takes advantage of switching to Vocalocity, the best phone system for business. Simply telling others about Vocalocity can mean a great special for them and a nice bonus for you. About Chris RabbuChris Rabbu is the Vice President of Marketing, Lead Generation at Vonage Business Solutions, the fastest growing provider of cloud-hosted VoIP phone systems for business. He resides in Atlanta, GA and is working on his tennis serve when not dreaming up ridiculously effective marketing campaigns.