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5 Reasons to Choose On-Premise PBX

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Hosted PBX, IP Phone, PBX System, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Providers, VoIP Software

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We discussed some of the benefits of a Cloud PBX System in a previous blog post, so today we’ll discuss the benefits of choosing an On-Premise PBX system.

#1 OWNERSHIP

Traditionally, phone systems have always been purchased and owned. If this precedent has worked well for your business, there is no reason to change now. Owning an on-premise system gives control and peace-of-mind to the company. It is one more company asset that cannot be changed or taken away.

#2 CONTROL

Along the same lines as ownership, an onsite pbx system puts the control into the hands of the company. The in-house IT team can manage and customize the solution to fit current needs and even specific users. With all of the new features offered by VoIP, it only makes sense to have the control to use and change them as you wish.

#3 COST

While some companies will shy away from the larger up-front cost of an on-premise system, others will appreciate making a one-time investment. Unlike hosted systems, on-premise will not require monthly rent or other fees. On-Premise VoIP is less expensive than Legacy because it is software, rather than hardware, based.

#4 PARTNER RELATIONSHIPS

If you already have a good relationship with your providers there is no reason to change now. Your provider already has experience and knowledge of your company, users, and communication patterns. An onsite PBX solution allows you to stay with the same provider rather than start from scratch with a new vendor.

#5 IT TEAM

Companies switching from legacy to VoIP likely already have an experienced IT team in place. An on-premise system allows them to continue their current duties and carry the company through the transition to VoIP. Entrusting the new system to the current IT team will ensure a smooth transition.

In conclusion, there are many benefits to choosing an On-Premise Based PBX system. However there is a caveat; VoIP systems are inherently more complicated than legacy systems. They come with the advantage of an interface GUI to deal with this; however, the core skills to manage the network remain critical. The provider of your legacy system may not be familiar with these skills.

There are benefits to both On-Premise and Hosted systems depending on the needs of your company. To learn more, read 5 Reasons to Deploy a On-Premise Based VoIP System from Ziff Davis.

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5 Ways VoIP is Green

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in VoIP, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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We have discussed the benefits of VoIP on this blog many, many times. From the traditional time and money saving benefits to more obscure benefits. But VoIP News pointed out a NEW benefit of VoIP: It is environmentally friendly. VoIP is green!

1. Carbon Emissions

VoIP lets employees work remotely. Aside from all the benefits to the worker, this is also reduces the number of drivers on the road and the resulting air pollution. This is true not only for home workers, but also for office workers that can collaborate with colleagues or customers remotely rather than driving to meet them.

2. Paper Waste

Paper was a staple of the office of yesterday, but VoIP is changing that. With all communications virtualized, there is little need for paper. From Fax over IP sending fax straight to your email, to instant messaging replacing notes passed between coworkers, to screen sharing rather than printing out a document to share.

3. Equipment Waste

Legacy systems are heavily dependent on hardware, and that hardware must be replaced each time the system is upgraded. VoIP not only reduces that extreme waste by requiring less hardware, but also by expanding and changing with the current hardware, resulting in no waste.

4. Chemical Release

Similarly, legacy systems required underground wiring that may leach chemicals into the soil. Each legacy upgrade means more wiring and more pollution. Thankfully, VoIP does not require such wiring.

5. Energy Use

Finally, VoIP requires little or no extra energy to run. As we have discussed previously {link}, VoIP uses the data network rather than a dedicated network. Most offices will have Internet anyway, so VoIP will simply use the energy from that with no extra power needed.

While VoIP is highly valuable for so many other reasons, being environmentally-friendly may be the final straw for some companies that are looking to go green.

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5 VoIP Technology Basics That Increase Value

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in IP Phone, IP Telephony, Phone Systems, Support, Telephone Systems, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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We all know that VoIP reduces telephony costs, but we don’t necessarily know why. Understanding the technology behind VoIP allows us to better appreciate and market the value that VoIP brings to SMBs.

Ziff Davis explains the technology in their recent article entitled VoIP Primer – Five Technology Basics SMBs Need To Understand. 

Five VoIP Technology Basics:

1. VOIP IS DATA
The first thing to understand is that VoIP is data just like emails or files or instant messaging. While PSTN was a dedicated technology meant only for voice, VoIP turns voice into another form of data. Data is a much more efficient and cost-effective technology.

2. VOIP USES THE DATA NETWORK
Legacy systems require two separate networks – one for voice and one for data. A desk telephone uses the voice network while the computer uses a separate data network. VoIP integrates voice technology into one data network, resulting in a less expensive and easier to manage solution.

3. VOIP IS PACKET-SWITCHED
For VoIP to be transmitted over the data network it must be digitized and transferred as packets. The advantage of packets is that they travel across the most efficient route resulting in high-speed and lower costs.

4. VOIP IS REAL-TIME
Legacy telephony has always offered high quality voice in real-time because that’s what it was made to do. This has been VoIP’s biggest challenge but after over 20 years it is finally a worthy opponent of PSTN. With an optimized network and good VoIP software voice calls can be in real-time just like traditional telephony.

5. VOIP IS STILL EVOLVING
While Legacy telephony is a tried-and-true solution, it is no longer evolving and improving. On the other hand, VoIP is not yet a complete solution meaning it still has infinite potential. As technology continues to improve, VoIP will improve along with it. For example, Unified Communications opens a world of options to users and is only going to get better.

In conclusion, understanding these 5 pieces of VoIP technology gives us a greater appreciation of the value of VoIP. To read more, visit VoIP Primer – Five Technology Basics SMBs Need To Understand.

 
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5 More Benefits of VoIP

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, Softphone, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Providers, VoIP Software

Benefits of VoIP

We all know the two major benefits of VoIP: It saves time and it saves money. But as VoIP continues gaining popularity those become less exciting and more normal expectations. Fortunately, VoIP touts many other benefits too. Here are just a few…

1. Call routing & automation

Today everyone has experience automated menus on the phone. While we may complain about these systems at times, think back to before when calls would just go to voicemail, or, even worse, ring perpetually. Call routing is much more efficient.

2. Even playing field for SMBs

One of the best things about VoIP is that it evens the playing field for even the smallest companies. VoIP is scalable and can give a small company just what they need and then grow with them.

3. No geographic restrictions

VoIP can give you local phone numbers and inexpensive long-distance calling, breaking traditional geographic boundaries. Even the smallest companies can expand geographically with a simple VoIP system.

4. Less maintenance

Hosted VoIP is managed, at least partially, if not fully, but the service provider. This means no need for maintenance or big IT teams for your company. Updates will be taken care of by the provider, taking that stress off of you.

5. Mobility

An increasing popular option, VoIP allows for mobility. Our gloCOM business soft phone is available for desktop or mobile phone, making your office portable. Gone are the days of losing time and missing calls when on the road or at home.

Read more at VoIP News or contact us to get started on your VoIP journey today!v

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5 Forgotten VoIP Tools

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, gloCOM GO, Softphone, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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VoIP gives us so many features and benefits that it is easy to forget some and miss out. VoIP News reminded us of five great features that are too often forgotten.

1. Calling is not limited to the desk phone

Unlike in the past, making calls no longer means sitting at a desk with a telephone in your hand. VoIP allows users to call with soft phones on any kind of device – computers, mobile phones, tablets, etc. For example, gloCOM is a business soft phone for desktop or mobile.

2. Voicemail is flexible

Similar to calling, voicemail is no longer bound to a desk phone. With VoIP, you can access voicemail from any device or even via email. Whether as an audio file or a transcript, your voicemail could be delivered to your inbox along with all your other messages.

3. Transferring is easy

Transferring calls within a VoIP system is as easy as the click of a button. Ever called one number only to be given another number to write down, verify, and then hang up and call? VoIP makes transfers to other branches, remote locations, or even mobile phones possible.

4. Surveillance and security can be incorporated

VoIP and Unified Communications can even incorporate your office security system. Rather this means checking your surveillance cameras right from your soft phone or opening a locked entrance for a visitor, VoIP has you covered.

5. Fax can be VoIP too

Finally, users too often forget that VoIP can include more than just calling. Fax over VoIP (FoIP) functions much like calling and gives you all the same benefits. Fax to email eliminates the need for a fax machine altogether.

If you’d like these features, check out gloCOM, our business soft phone that offers many of these and more!

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4 Reasons Employees are More Productive with VoIP

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, Softphone, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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Among the many benefits of VoIP for business is increased productivity. Below are just a few ways that your employees can be more productive with VoIP.

1. Unified communications

VoIP is the first step to unified communications, which streamlines user activities for improved more productivity. Applications like gloCOM bring everything together in one simple interface so users can communicate quickly and efficiently.

2. Better call routing

Another benefit of VoIP is the ability to route calls efficiently for less wasted time. Callers can be automatically routed to the right person, bypassing transfers and holds that use valuable time. Employees that are working on something else can avoid interruption.

3. Lower costs

The fact that VoIP is less expensive than legacy encourages users to make more calls, even long-distance. If employees can just pick up the phone rather than writing out an email or waiting for a schedule meeting, they will get work done more more quickly.

4. Less stress

As a result of all of the above, VoIP users are less stressed. As any supervisor knows, happy employees are productive employees. A less stressful work environment allows for maximum collaboration and productivity.

If you want more productivity in your company, contact us today!

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5 Implications of Decentralization with Hosted VoIP

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Cloud Services, gloCOM, Hosted PBX, Softphone, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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Continuing our previous post on 5 Ways Hosted VoIP Supports Decentralization, today we discuss some of the implications of decentralizing your business with hosted VoIP.

1. You will need to outsource your telephony.

The first step in decentralizing with Hosted VoIP is accepting that you will need to outsource your telephony system. If you are hesitant to make this decision, consider how much progress VoIP has made and how popular it has become. VoIP is quickly surpassing legacy and is certainly a stable solution that is here to stay.

2. You will need to use the cloud.

Similar to the first, the second step is deciding to trust the cloud. There is no way around using the cloud for successful decentralization. Like VoIP, the cloud has become a prevalent solution that can be trusted. You will find that the cloud can serve your business even beyond basic telephony needs in the form of unified communications.

3. You will use SIP Trunking.

Yet another modern technology, SIP Trunking has many advantages over legacy trunking. Much like the cloud, you may be surprised to find what else SIP trunking can do for you. The use of these technologies will open the door to unified communications and collaboration in more ways than you anticipated.

4. Your office will change.

With all of these technological advancements, it is no surprise that the office itself is changing and transforming. While one large, central office was the norm for years, hosted VoIP and decentralization allows for many smaller remote locations of even home workers. Consider the advantages this can afford to your employees and customers.

5. Your business will change too.

Finally, hosted VoIP and decentralization will cause your business to change and progress. Whether this means expanding to a few new geographic markets or becoming an entirely virtual company, hosted VoIP is bound to lead to growth for your company.

Ready to get started? Contact us today!

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5 Steps to VoIP

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Providers, VoIP Software

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VoIP is quickly replacing premise telephony. Now is the time to take the leap and migrate to VoIP. While it may seem a daunting task, a little planning and preparation make it plausible. Ziff Davis wrote Five Key Success Factors to help you get started on the road to VoIP. We summarize those steps below.

1. The first step towards VoIP is considering each involved party: the executives or owners, the employees, and the IT team

The first will want to be assured that VoIP will be worth the cost and stress of migrating. Study up on the benefits of VoIP so you can win their support. Employees will be the primary users of the system. Think about their daily communicating habits and how VoIP can benefit them. Finally, consider your company’s IT team and what type of system it can support. Some deployment models call for more IT support than others. Which brings us to the next step…

2. Choose a deployment model: Premise, Cloud, or Hybrid

Premise VoIP is the most similar to legacy and thus a less radical transition. However it is also more expensive and requires more maintenance and support. We talked about the benefits of Cloud or Hosted VoIP in our previous post. It is a less costly and less involved option. Finally, Hybrid is just what it sound like – a combination of the previous two. This may be ideal for a company that is not ready to part with their premise hardware, but wants to add some VoIP capabilities.

3. Choose a VoIP Provider

Once you know what kind of VoIP solution your company wants, it is time to find a provider. Today’s market allows you to shop around, so take your time and find a provider that fits your needs.

4. Prepare for implementation

The implementation period can be stressful and long, so make sure your company is prepared beforehand. Work with your provider to establish a clear plan with deadlines, contacts, and sufficient testing. Do not accept that implementation is complete until the service is functioning as you expected. Make sure all of the users know how to use the system as well.

5. Prepare for journey

Finally, the last step is to adopt an open-mind and prepare yourself for the inevitable bumps in the road. In the scheme of things VoIP is still a relatively new technology; and more importantly, it is ever-changing. Remember that the changes and risk mean new features and capabilities. These will be not only beneficial to your company, but vital to keeping up with the market.

Are you ready to start? Contact us today!

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5 Benefits of Hosted VoIP

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Hosted PBX, PBX System, PBXware, VoIP Software

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An increasing number of telecoms are choosing Hosted over On-Premise VoIP because of the undeniable benefits to business. While on-site and hybrid deployments have their place, VoIP-News points out that hosted has a lot to offer to small and medium telecoms that could benefit from the following:

1. Hosted VoIP Saves You Money – Aside from a lower monthly cost, the provider will take care of updates and maintenance so you will not have those extra costs or a need for additional IT staff.

2. Hosted VoIP Lets You Grow – The flexibility of a hosted solution will let your business grow bit-by-bit as needed without radical changes or hefty costs.

3. Hosted VoIP Gives You Peace of Mind – The responsibility for continuity lies with the provider. Disaster recovery will be easier thanks to the cloud.

4. Hosted VoIP Frees Up Your Time – In addition to peace of mind and lower costs, the provider assuming responsibility means more time for you.

5. Hosted VoIP Fits Your Business – A very flexible solution, hosted VoIP will work for you regardless of location, size, number of offices, etc.

Bicom Systems has a Hosted VoIP solution for your telecom with the above benefits and more – contact us today to learn more!

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2 Tips to More Profit

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in VoIP, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Providers, VoIP Software

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Would you like to discover the secret to selling VoIP more easily? Gain a competitive edge and multiply your profit?

We’ve created a FREE fact sheet with 2 secrets to becoming the number one VoIP service provider in your field!

Whether you are looking to start offering VoIP services or to improve your existing revenue and reduce your churn, click here to download your free fact sheet now.

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VoIP: On-Premise vs Hosted (Cloud) vs Hybrid

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Cloud Services, Hosted PBX, Phone Systems, Telephone Systems, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Providers, VoIP Software

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In our previous post we listed 5 reasons to migrate to VoIP. If you have made the decision to switch to VoIP, the next step is choosing between an on-premise, hosted, or hybrid solution.

Here’s the difference between the three:

On-Premise VoIP is a good option for larger companies that want more control over their telephony solution. While some companies will benefit from managing their system in-house, smaller companies may not have enough staff or budget for this option. On-Premise VoIP involves a large up-front investment, but then the system belongs to the company.

Hosted (Cloud) VoIP is the opposite of on-premise. The system is owned and managed by a Service Provider company that rents it on a monthly basis. This is a better option for smaller companies that do not have a large up-front budget or a large IT staff. Cloud VoIP is less expensive in the beginning, but may be more expensive in the long run due to monthly payments.

Hybrid VoIP is a combination of the above two options. A typical hybrid VoIP solution would mean a hosted system run on a premise server and hardware. This brings in the best of both worlds and is an attractive option to growing companies that have some money to invest but do not want to purchase and manage an entire system.

Which option is right for your company? We recommend you do research a variety of solutions and Service Providers to find the best match for your company.

Get started on the Bicom Systems products page or sign-up for a FREE Account Manager to guide you in the transition to VoIP.

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5 Reasons to Migrate to VoIP from Ziff Davis & 1 From Us

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, IP Telephony, Phone Company, Softphone, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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While sticking with a legacy system may seem like the easiest option, there is a plethora of reasons to migrate to VoIP. Ziff Davis brings us 5 of those reasons that we summarize below.

  1. Cost

    What is the primary motive for most business decisions? Cost! From cutting costs to increasing revenue, the budget is central to an SMB’s agenda. Thus it is the first reason to migrate to VoIP. Check out a few VoIP options and crunch the numbers. We guarantee that VoIP will end up costing you less in the long run.

  1. Employee Behavior

    Take a look around your office – are employees using their desk phones? looking at their computer screens? on a mobile device? Employee behavior is changing and the desk phone is losing its place as the center of any office. Modern business is done not only via voice, but also through email, instant messaging, and even video. VoIP integrates voice with all of these new technologies.

  1. Productivity

    Along those same lines, the ability to integrate VoIP with a wide range of other communication methods means increased productivity. A desk phone limits employees to communicate only when at their desk, and only when the other person is free. A comprehensive VoIP solution opens the door to employee collaboration through a variety of channels. Features such as presence give the real-time status of users, saving time spent looking for coworkers.

  1. Voice is Data

    Employees and usage aside, VoIP is a better option because it runs over the data network. A legacy system runs on a dedicated voice network, forcing companies to have two networks. This means paying two networks, maintaining two networks, plugging in two networks, etc. It is much simpler to run all of your voice and communication applications over one data network. 

  1. The Industry

    The final reason to switch to VoIP is simply keeping up with the industry. Not only users are migrating to VoIP, vendors as well are shifting from legacy solutions to VoIP. It will not be long until legacy support is difficult to find. Now is the time to take the leap – stay ahead of the industry, not behind it.

  1. It’s going to happen anyway

    Depending on where you are in the world, the TDM networks may have already switched off, or will next year. Find out before you’re found out.

Whether you are ready to sign up now or still not convinced, we recommend taking a look at gloCOM. A business softphone that simplifies and enhances communication, gloCOM embodies the essence of VoIP and Unified Communications. gloCOM empowers business users to communicate and work better in modern workplaces. Among other things, gloCOM can

  • Simplify and enhance business communications

  • Save time and money spent on communications

  • Encourage collaboration and productivity

Visit our gloCOM page to learn more!

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A VoIP Glossary

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in IP Telephony, Softphone, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

Do you ever hear VoIP jargon and acronyms that fly over your head? Thanks to Ziff Davis we can learn all of those terms and more in The Business User’s Glossary to VoIP.

Some of the acronyms they cover are:

ATA – Analog Telephone Adaptor

Adapts a traditional analog phone to work with VoIP.

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device Employees today are often allowed to use their own mobile devices or tablets at work.

CDR – Call Detail Record Detailed information about incoming or outgoing calls.

DID – Direct Inward Dialing Refers to an internal extension that can be reached via a standard 10-digit telephone number.

E1 The European version of T1 (see below).

HUD – Heads-Up Display The idea of using a softphone right on the computer screen rather than a phone on the desk.

IVR – Interactive Voice Response Refers to a VoIP voicemail system.

POP – Point of Presence The point where the company’s network connects to the telephone company’s network.

SIP – Session Initiation Protocol Allows different devices to be compatible on the same VoIP network.

T1 Standard data transmission line in North America

Head over to Ziff Davis to read more!

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Four Ways to Get Started with Mobile VoIP

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, IP Phone, IP Telephony, Softphone, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

Do you use mobile VoIP at work? If your answer is no, you should start! And if your answer is yes, keep reading, you still may learn a thing or two.

The following are four things to think about as you get started using mobile VoIP in your business.

1. Choose a Data Plan

The cellular data used by mobile VoIP when outside of a WiFi zone can add up quickly. Before getting too far, ask your carrier about data plans and choose the right one for your company.

2. Make it Secure

As with any other business calls, VoIP or not, security is an important issue to consider. Whether your company will use MDM (Mobile Device Management), EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management), or a VPN (Virtual Private Network) app, do not skip this step and open the company to potential security breaches.

3. Skip the Consumer Apps

Though consumer VoIP apps are common and free, it’s not a good idea to mix business with consumer software. From Skype to Viber to WhatsApp, these applications serve their purpose well enough outside of the office, but seek a business solution for your business.

4. Take Advantage of Features

One of the things that makes VoIP so popular today is its plethora of features. This is no different in the case of mobile VoIP. Take time to learn the features and take full advantage of them.

Ready to get started? Check out our softphone gloCOM.

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Paying Too Much for Call Center Software that Doesn’t Even Give You Results?

Written by Kevin Langford on . Posted in Call Center PBX, gloCOM, Hosted PBX, IP Phone, PBX System, PBXware, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Softphone, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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Support and maintenance cost you an arm and a leg. Your call center software operates like something straight out of The Flintstones. You’re itching to handle more calls and grow, but old software is holding you back. Worst of all, you’re losing calls and customers for a lack of ‘cool new features’.

We’ve heard the story over and over again… It’s time for a change! Forget the Flintstones – let’s become Jetsons!

Bicom Systems helps call centers update their software and take the first steps toward higher call volumes and growth. We cut the support and maintenance costs so you can focus your budget on what really matters – powerful and feature-rich software that opens the door to unlimited growth. With a variety of hosted and rented options, there is no need for large up-front investments or mortgages. Growth doesn’t have to be expensive anymore!

The best part? Fun and cool features. From Call Detail Records to Customizable Queues to IVR, your new features make it possible to efficiently handle a much higher volume of calls. gloCOM, the most advanced softphone on the market, brings the latest in Unified Communications to desktop and mobile devices. gloCOM will give your angets all of the tools they need for effective call handling, including click-to-call, instant messaging, drag-and-drop conferencing, call records, file and screen share, faxing, voicemail, and more!

What are you waiting for? Leave Bedrock behind and give us a call today!

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4 Reasons Why Voice is Still Better than Video

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in gloCOM, Support, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Software

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While video calling is gaining traction in the world of VoIP, voice calling is still the best choice in most business circumstances.

What makes voice better than video?

1 – Voice Eliminates Distractions

Traditional voice calls appeal to just one sense (hearing) and allow both parties to focus on simply listening to a voice. Video calling, on the other than, brings in a whole other sense (sight) and opens the door to distractions. For example, delays between the sound and image will distract the viewer and slow down communication. Video also brings in other factors such as clothing, expressions, or things in the background that distract and detract from the speaker.

2 – Voice Has Lesser Requirements

Video calling necessitates more hardware and a better network than voice calling. Aside from needing a camera and device that processes sound and video, video calling uses more bandwidth. Most VoIP voice calls use 8 to 24 Kbps while video calls can use from 128 Kbps to over 1 Mbps. Video calls have other consequences to equipment such as lower battery life.

3 – Voice is Easier to Setup

Whether VoIP or PSTN, voice is easier and quicker to setup than video calling.

4 – Voice is More Compatible

VoIP Voice calls are almost always automatically compatible between different parties, offices, and even parts of the world. Different software and/or hardware work together seamlessly. Video, on the other hand, results in endless compatibility issues. Both parties must be using the same video tool on the same type of device to ensure an easy connection and optimal quality.

What other things make voice better than video? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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SIP Attack Protection

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in 4PSA, Competitors, IP Telephony, sipPROT, Support, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Software

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Recently we’ve been hearing of several hacks and attacks on 4PSA VoIPNow. It’s a worst nightmare come true for some users.

In one example a hacker managed to make €80,000 worth of calls before being caught! This user had no idea that VoIPNow was experiencing security vulnerabilities.

Another user did not experience an attack, but was kind enough to share some light on the situation.

These attacks are sure to cause financial loss, service downtime, password theft, and more.

Want to avoid being the next victim?

SipPROT is an extremely effective telephony app that provides real-time protection from SIP attacks.

Unlike the competition, sipPROT works with LIVE traffic, dynamically blocking and unblocking IP addresses that threaten the system.

SipPROT utilizes pattern recognition, brute force detection, and SIP protocol anomaly detection to detect all attacks.

Start using sipPROT today to protect your network, resources, and customers!

Learn more at our website or contact us at sales@bicomsystems.com

 
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Five Reasons to Upgrade from Nortel to PBXware Key System

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Competitors, Hosted PBX, IP Phone, IP Telephony, Nortel, PBX System, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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Are you a customer trying to decide where to go next? Are you faced with more options than ever before and unsure which is the best after leaving Nortel Networks and BCM 50? Have you considered PBXware Key System?

PBXware Key System is the logical next step after Nortel, also known as Nortel Norstar or Meridian Phone Systems, for several reasons…

1. Fast & Easy Set-Up Migrating to a new telephony system is difficult enough without the added-in stress of a lengthy installation and steep learning curve. PBXware Key System boasts the fastest phone system set-up on the market.

2. VoIP Telephony The telephony market has been inundated with VoIP offerings in recent years. With more features, bigger sales, and less costs, most telephony companies have already made the move to VoIP. It is not a passing trend, VoIP is the telephony of the future and of today.



3. Account Managers Bicom Systems PBXware Key System goes above and beyond the features and capabilities you would expect by giving you an experienced Account Manager that is prepared to walk you through the transition and even beyond. Rest assured that your Account Manager will understand your business and ensure you receive the best possible system and support available.

4. Unified Communications PBXware Key System is part of a turnkey Unified Communications system that will make communicating easier, faster, and more efficient for your company. Our software trio and additional desktop and mobile applications give users flexibility and constant connectivity. Simplify your telephony migration by switching to a company that can offer you everything from the same place.

5. Extensive Features One of the most impressive aspects of PBXware Key System is its extensive feature-set. Make this telephony upgrade worth it by increasing employee productivity and efficiency through useful telephony features.

Additional Reading:

Or talk to an experienced Account Manager by emailing sales@bicomsystems.com

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4PSA VoipNow: How to Upgrade

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in 4PSA, Competitors, PBX System, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Software

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We have been approached by many 4PSA VoipNow customers that are so dissatisfied that they are wishing for refunds. We are shocked at the number of customers coming to us looking for IP-PBX system upgrades, and that number is rapidly increasing.

Many 4PSA customers that come to us are about to make a decision while others have already placed a deposit. Some already have established customer bases.

At first we could not understand why this was so prevalent. However, the more we speak with 4PSA VoipNow customers, the more we understand that sooner or later they are hitting a wall and there seems no way around or beyond.

A good example is Unified Communications. The market wants it, is insisting on it, but there’s just a big gap.

  • Where’s the Global Communicator app?

  • How does one scale?

  • Where’s the billing integrated or held together somehow?

  • What about a provisioning platform?

It is the cost of maintaining 4PSA that seems to hurt the worst; the cost of support.

We’ll leave you to come to your own conclusion comparing 4PSA with the following:

To see is to believe.

The problem is that the longer this goes on, the more 4PSA IP-PBX customers will be stuck in one set of infrastructure and dissatisfied to the point they must look elsewhere.

So – what can we do to help?

This is our offer:

If you purchase PBXware TELCO Solution from Bicom Systems, we will refund any deposit paid to 4PSA in the past three months.

Any existing deployment : we will provide conversion credits to assist.

We will also provide a transition roadmap to assist with the process.

Sign up today and ask for a call from a dedicated and experienced Account Manger.

Want to read more? Read some of our customer’s reviews of 4PSA. Or a third-party review of 4PSA.

If you found this useful or can add, please feel free to post and of course visit our whitepaper on How to Start an ITSP or watch the video below.

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Bret Fisher and IPSMARX

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in Competitors, PBX System, Support, VoIP, VoIP Software

The story repeats. We had a prospect Mr. Bret Fisher who, deciding between us and IPSMARX, made the choice to place his trust in IPSMARX some twelve months ago. As we know all too well, ‘customers always come back’.

This time, though, his experience was so bad that he requested I provide his contact details to prevent anybody having to suffer the same experience. Please feel free to make contact :

Bret Fisher

Caller-IP

239-340-1679

bret@caller-ip.NET

 

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IPSMARX’s Deception Seems to Have No Limits

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in Competitors, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX System, PBXware, VoIP, VoIP Software

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This latest advert claims “Contact the Only Total, One-Stop, Global VoIP Solution Provider Now!” Given that they seek to pass off as Bicom Systems they know well there is at least one other provider of similar qualification yet who could really be sure there are none other in this wide world?

Maybe it is just themselves they are trying to deceive?

We shall see.

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New Inquiries for VoIP MultiTenant PBX and Switches

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in IP Phone, PBX System, Phone Systems, Press Releases, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

Of recent times the messages we have been receiving from new prospects have been becoming ever clearer. If you are considering to join us in the great movement to liberate the world from Traditional Phone Systems or simply to put together your own VoIP offering you may find some comfort that you are far from alone.

Here’s a few and I’ll add as more come in:

I looked at your software a few years ago and thought I’d take another look since you now have an office in the US.

We currently sell VoIP using another problems software interface for Asterisk and its time for a change / upgrade. My contact info is listed below.

Thanks

George, CO

 

We currently use VoipNow from 4PSA. We are looking at alternative options for our Business VoIP offering. We currently run 60 simultaneous calls over 2000 sip trunks and growing by 15% per month. Can you provide a scalable redundant solution for our needs?

Dave, Europe

 

We are working with 2.5.X version of 4psa’s VoipNOW and our frustration is generated by:

  • Too many asterisk crashes (yes, also in 2.5 version, not only in 3.0 version)

  • A lot of bugs of 2.5 version reported a lot of time ago (some of them more than one year and a half) and not solved. The bugs are recognized by them and given a BUG number.

  • They do not solve bugs in 2.5 and are forcing you to move to VN3. But VN3 has a lot of problems: stability, quality and our main problem: NEW API IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH PREVIOUS ONE.

So we have invested a lot integrating our applications with the API and also the new API lack of some features that the old API had.

I requested to incorporate old features without success (they said yes, but after several months we continue in the same state).

We are searching for Multi-Tenant PBX with a strong API in order to integrate our applications.

Please, send me information about how to integrate our applications with your software.

Javier

 

Read more about 4PSA and our upgrade offer: How to upgrade from 4PSA VoipNow?

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What next after Trixbox? How do I upgrade?

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in Competitors, Hosted PBX, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX System, Softphone, Virtual PBX, VoIP, VoIP Software

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The rise, fall, and last hurrah of Trixbox (the community PBX system based on Asterisk) has now played out. The nomenclature of confusion between Trixbox CE and Trixbox Pro does not cloud the simple fact that what thousands or hundreds of thousands downloaded as Trixbox is no more. Both privileges of support and the forum are gone and it’s time to look for a new way forward.

But if we first take a moment to look at the past it gives some valuable lessons that will help customers make a decision on the next step. We all knew the day was coming. From the moment Kerry Garrison and Andrew Gillis sold their interest to Fonality it was hard to see that such a corporate affair was going to continue to support another free project. Betrayal is easy to sense when you have committed so much time and faith to a product. However, there are always two sides to each story. It takes a lot to run a project like Trixbox and it is very possible that Kerry & Andrew felt they simply could not push further.

Fonality had shareholders to answer to and I doubt Chris Lyman left as things were rocketing ahead. For sure, there’s not been as much noise on the street since. It would appear the company is simply trying to make a return on capital. With the cost of maintaining a project like Trixbox surely escalating and fast, Elastix came along and one can see why we got to where we are. This is where this post starts to get interesting to anyone looking to go forward.

Still, some more truths to face first. 2012 is not the same as 2004. The sheer expectations from customers escalate. They even ‘expect’ voice quality to be perfect – Yes, if you have forgotten, that was not always the case. The days of getting some leftover P4 server and stringing together a Sangoma Card, then the nights of playing with all the options to the final dawn chorus of “I’ve made it work”, have been replaced by the need to meet office rents, have customers that are not breaking things and, oh yes, soon there will be mobile.

Let’s face it. It’s time to upgrade.

If you have been stringing Trixbox together on virtual servers then it is high time you get a MultiTenant. To help you with the transition we have a Bicom Systems Trixbox offer on Hosted Solutions. Quite simply, we’ll provide the software to cover your existing customers provided you take one of our packages.

If, however, your customers are onsite and hardware is an issue, we have our M1000 & M2000 and for Q3 2013 you will see hardware of a kind you will just wish to hug – For a cost of hardware and software that will be less that that P4 server!

Really, though, the future is Unified: gloCOM

gloCOM goes way beyond HUD and, once mobile, will do what the world has not seen before: produce an experience to the mobile user that is the same as though they were in their office. Whether presence or chat or sharing – everything comes together.

Still, even this is not the real difference in Bicom Systems. It’s not just the software. It’s the people, the team that supports you. Your Account Manager will always be there to provide pre-sales support to help you win business.

Don’t wait any longer, upgrade today by contacting us at sales@bicomsystems.com or visiting us at www.bicomsystems.com/products.

 

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Why should we choose PBXware MultiTenant PBX vs IPSMARX Multi Tenant PBX? (Part I : Limitations)

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in Competitors, IP Phone, IP Telephony, ITSP, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX System, PBXware, Phone Systems, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Providers, VoIP Software

It is always with caution that one should speak of competitors and their products when clearly they are better able to do so themselves. All the more so with IPSMARX, given how IPSMARX has positioned itself ‘as’ Bicom Systems. I have though wondered more and more why they do so up against PBXware MultiTenant PBX. Here are some reasons that might help with understandings:

I am demanded to reply to this question orally on a weekly basis and it seems only right to write. Curious about this question too is the clear circumstances in which it is asked. These can be described in three categories: i) Existing users of IPSMARX’s Multi-Tenant PBX who have had reason to look further ii) New Providers looking to start a business line with little resource iii) Well established businesses either ITSPs, VARs or Long Established Sellers of Phone Systems.

For the first group, customers have dial tone. However the Service Provider’s hands are now so filled with the running of their business that the cost of keeping the system becomes all consuming. Very noticeable is with how few extensions on the system and the pain threshold seems to bite. So often, fewer than 100 subscribers – a pocketful of customers. A customer wants a Queue, a Conference, an IVR… then “surely this should need no more effort than a check-box selection to solve everything from the feature’s creation to the monthly invoice going out ?” Surely it should not need custom programming from the switch provider for each small tweak? There also are issues of support. Again the sheer stress that happens once ‘real customers’ come on board and previously naive dreams are exposed. Answers need to be found immediately both to ‘how do I do x,y,z ?’ questions and less often bugs or critical failings. Increasingly the need for integration to the desktop is a make or break to getting End User businesses.

Whether in the form of onsite systems from the Traditional Vendors or the large Internet Telephony Service Providers often using Broadsoft platforms the market at large expects standard offerings to have presence, chat and more at the finger tips. Mobility is next. Not just a breeze blowing softly but rushing winds. A simple SIP client is not where the world will be. Mobility means the user should be an integral part of the local switch.

What has also been learned through the school of hard knocks is problems that the next customer wants something unique. You never quite know what and unless the system is inherently flexible you will be left just listening to the screams. For some though there is the matter of scalability. To simply ‘add another server’ and ‘stick on another few hundred customers’ is not enough. All the customers need to be brought together in a single interface to be found easily and redundancy needs to be in clusters often with the options of dual location.

If you found this useful or can add please feel free to post, Parts II (Cost of Entry) & III (It has to work and it has to do more) are to follow and of course our whitepaper on How to Start an ITSP.

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IPSMARX as Bicom Systems

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in Competitors, PBX System, VoIP, VoIP Software

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IPSMARX vs. PBXware and How to Upgrade

Written by Stephen Wingfield on . Posted in Competitors, IP Phone, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX System, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Softphone, Support, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

We received an email from a customer a few days ago asking how the IPSMARX product compares to our own? (IPSMARX offers an IP-PBX solution similar to our Multi-Tenant PBX and has even tried to pose as Bicom Systems.)

Our response: while the two products may appear similar at first glance, we’ve noted some significant differences.

  • IPSMARX is not open standards, Bicom Systems is.

  • IPSMARX may appear simply an adapted prepaid calling system turned into a Multi-Tenant Service Platform, we have created a specialized product to give SMBs huge feature functionality, not adapted.

  • IPSMARX platform does not always integrate with other platforms via SIP trunks, ours does. We know – that’s why their customers have come to us !

  • IPSMARX being closed means that sooner or later to do things that open systems allow requires their intervention and payment.

  • IPSMARX does not have the largest Telco’s driving their development. A good example is the softphone that has delivered a simple dialler but not taken communications to a unified extreme.

To find out more about the difference with PBXware and GLOCOM … please contact us : sales@bicomsystems.com

UPDATE: How to upgrade from IPSMARX?

Since I posted the above blog we have been slightly taken aback with the response we have had. Some customers of IPSMARX were so dissatisfied they asked for their monies back. Credit must be given where it is due. For example, Ikon Telekom in Turkey felt their investment in IPSMARX was a huge mistake.

IPSMARX came forth and were very honourable about the matter. However the numbers of customers contacting us seems to be growing a quite a rate. Many at the brink of decision, some having just placed deposits, others already with established customer bases. One such company claims that IPSMARX is a fraud.

At first we could not understand why this was so prevalent. However the more we speak with customers the more we come to understand that sooner or later that wall is hit and there seems no way round or beyond.

The Breeze Unified Communications offering is a good and recent example, certainly it makes a first attempt. Beyond the basics there seems though no further goal plan. However we’ll leave you to your own conclusions compared with :

gloCOM

To see is to believe.

The problem also is clear that the longer this goes on the more customers will be stuck in one set of infrastructure and dissatisfied to the point they must look elsewhere.

So – what can we do to help ?

Here’s our offer:

Any deposit paid to IPSMARX in the past 3 months we will refund on purchase of a PBXware TELCO Solution from Bicom Systems.

Any existing deployment : we will provide conversion credits to assist.

We will also provide a transition roadmap to assist with the process.

Sign up for a free account today and ask for a call from a dedicated and experienced Account Manger.

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What is Multi-Tenancy?

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX System, Products, Virtual PBX, VoIP, VoIP Providers, VoIP Software

Multi-Tenancy architecture allows multiple users to operate in the same ‘Cloud’. It is an economical way to serve many End Users at once. Single-Tenancy, on the other hand, refers to an architecture that provides one solution for one single user.

Multi-tenancy is defined as a “share instance”, which contrasts with traditional “multiple instances”. Multiple instances involves a separate application instance for each client. Each client will need their own server, memory, configuration, etc. However, a share instance involves just one single application instance that is used by a number of clients. Users share the server, database, etc.

Benefits include an economic advantage, simplicity, and ease-of-use. For example, when software needs to be updated in a traditional environment, each machine must undergo the update. But in a share instance, just one update to the one instance is required. This saves both time and money.

Multi-tenancy is becoming increasingly popular in today’s market of cloud computing and virtualization. The idea of sharing resources with other tenants is very appealing to businesses thinking of budgets and efficiency.

Bicom Systems offers a perfect example of multi-tenancy architure: PBXware in the Multi Tenant PBX edition. MultiTenant PBX gives Telecom Service Providers a powerful platform to serve the IP-PBX market in the cloud as a voip soft switch.

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What is a Soft Switch?

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in IP Phone, IP Telephony, PBX System, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Softswitch, Telephone Systems, Unified Communications, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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Having passed from live operators to automated hardware devices, most telephony switches introduced today are in effect central devices in a telecommunications network using software on open standards hardware. These voip switches have greatly reduced cost and increased functionality to an extent that we are only beginning to know & understand.

In many parts of the world, it is now typical that the connections made by the soft switch are done via the internet from one IP Telephony line to another, with even the media stream able to pass directly rather than the expense of bandwidth and resource staying on-net. There is, however, still the need to be able to interface with traditional hardware based switches and to have a true control of services, Media Stream must be controlled.

Class 4 Soft switches (Tandem) are used between local offices exchanges and carriers or carrier to carrier to avoid the high costs of long-distance calls via PSTN. Class 5 Soft switches, on the other hand, can route even PSTN telephone calls, making them an ideal solution to offer End Users. However, because of the interaction with the end users, Class 5 inevitably has the features and functions of a PBX which are increasingly a part of Unified Communications.

BENEFITS OF SOFT SWITCH

The softswitch is highly favorable to more traditional methods of routing for a number of reasons, including:

  • Higher scalability
  • Less hardware needed, saving money and space
  • Expansions or upgrades only involve new software, not a whole new product
  • More affordable
  • Open Standards creation, resulting in a more customized and flexible system
  • Remote installation is possible
  • Can route any & all types of incoming calls – IP, cable, copper, etc.
  • May provide extra software-based features such as:
    • Voicemail
    • Call recording
    • Billing
  • Requires less time-invested

Don’t waste time and resources with older, less efficient systems. Upgrade to a voip switch today and begin offering the above features – and more – to your customers!

HOW TO CHOOSE A SOFT SWITCH

So you’ve decided that you want to upgrade to a voip soft switch, but are unsure where to start. With so many options on the market, it’s important to do research and know what to look for. We’ll help you get started.

When shopping for a voip switch, keep the following features in mind:

LEAST-COST ROUTING

Least-Cost Routing (LCR) is a feature that allows the soft switch to select and route to the least expensive outbound line of communication. The voip soft switch will periodically compare paths from different carriers and choose the least expensive one. This is especially useful if you or end users call a number of different companies. The least-cost route to a city in South America may be entirely different from the least-cost route to a city in India. With this feature, your voip switch will always route you to the least expensive route for that particular call.

CALL CAPACITY

There are a few ways to measure call capacity. It is important to ask about these measures and soft switch capacity when doing your shopping.

Busy Hour Call Attempts (BHCA) is a measurement of the number of attempted calls during the peak – busiest – hour. If the softswitch capacity does not meet or exceed the BHCA, you can expect failed calls and stress on the network. A good softswitch company will calculate their BHCA and adjust the capacity of the softswitch accordingly.

Similarly, the number of calls set up per second will give you an idea of how many incoming and outgoing calls you can have at once. Be sure to choose a softswitch that can handle the volume of calls you need. The number of simultaneous calls is another important angle to look at.

On the more technical side, the number of lines, racks, and media gateways is another measure of capacity. Again, do not make the mistake of selecting a softswitch with a capacity lower than what you need. In order for customer and your own satisfaction, the softswitch should have a capacity above and beyond what you need.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

While some softswitches only include the barebones routing system, others come with incredibly useful features or add-ons. It is highly recommended to take advantage of those features. Look for a softswitch that can integrate with other modules and essentially serves as a central controller. Some useful add-ons include:

  • SIP PROXY – A SIP Proxy is an indispensable softswitch feature that will allow routing of not only IP telephony calls but also traditional PSTN calls. If you wish to use your softswitch with end users, this feature is required.
 
  • PRESENCE SERVERS – A Presence Server feature will allow enhanced communication between users. It gathers information about connectivity and availability, giving users alternative ways to communicate. With this feature you will be able to select what to share and with whom.
 
  • BILLING A softswitch with an included billing feature will save you ample time, money, and resources. It will automatically bill users based on calls. If you don’t want to look for and spend on separate billing software, look for a softswitch that includes a billing module or add-on.
 
  • REPORT GENERATION – Similarly, softswitches may include a report generation module that will automatically provide you with statistics about calls. Rather than buying software or paying additional employees to determine and report call statistics, look for a softswitch that will do this for you.

CUSTOMIZATION

Finally, be sure to select a softswitch that is customizable and flexible. In today’s market, finding an open source option should not be difficult. This will allow you to customize the softswitch to your needs and those of your end users. Save money and time by getting a solution made just for you.

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Definition of PBX Phone System

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Call Center PBX, Hosted PBX, IP Phone, IP Telephony, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX System, Phone Company, Phone Systems, Telephone Systems, Virtual PBX, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

A PRIVATE BRANCH EXCHANGE (PBX) PHONE SYSTEM is an internal telephony network that allows for inexpensive calls within a company or organization. It is an efficient form of unifying communications within an office or network of branches.

The PBX connects the private network to the Public Switched Telephone network (PSTN) for external calls. Specific outgoing lines are reserved for those calls.

Internet Protocol (IP) PBX is the newest development in the industry. This is the same system but uses VoIP and software to make communication more streamlined and less expensive.

Users of PBX systems have four options: PBX, IP PBX, Hosted/Virtual PBX, and Hosted/Virtual IP PBX.

Bicom Systems offers an IP PBX phone system in the form of PBXware. We offer three different editions to cater to specific needs: Multi-Tenant PBX, Call Center PBX, and Business PBX.

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VoIP PBX Software & Systems

Written by Laura Espinosa on . Posted in Business PBX, Call Center PBX, IP Phone, Multi-Tenant PBX, PBX System, PBXware, Phone Systems, VoIP, VoIP Phone, VoIP Phone System, VoIP Software

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In September of 2004 Bicom Systems launched its PBXware software – a VOIP PBX Software System – in order to provide SMBs, enterprises, and governments worldwide with turnkey solutions that take account of clients’ exact needs within a very cost-effective framework.

voip softwareA VoIP PBX is similar to a traditional Private Box Exchange (PBX) except it provides service over the internet rather than using PSTN. This is also known as an IP PBX. VoIP Software relies on the Internet to transmit voice over an IP connection rather than a traditional phone system. VoIP Systems offer a more streamlined and less expensive alternative to traditional systems that require hardware and PSTN lines.

Bicom Systems’ VoIP PBX System – PBXware – is a cost-saving VoIP Software that unifies the most advanced of latest technologies to offer a flexible, reliable, and scalable VoIP Software to customers. PBXware is available in three editions: Multi-Tenant VoIP PBX, Business VoIP PBX, and Call Center VoIP PBX.

Also, visit our VoIP PBX Software & Systems wiki.

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