Fake News: What Conventional Phone Companies & Carriers Don’t Want You to Know About Hosted VoIP

Regardless of what side of the political spectrum you fall — or maybe you think the best political party is no party at all — we can all agree that if there’s one thing we should learn from what’s happening in Washington, D.C., it’s that you can’t trust everything you hear or read.

Of course, “fake news” isn’t a new idea. It’s been around for decades (or make that centuries). And it’s certainly not limited to politicians, commentators, and talking heads. Some businesses have made plenty of money generating fake news. Take for example the myths, half-truths and outright lies that some conventional phone companies and carriers spew about hosted VoIP.

Fortunately, there is a wonderful antidote to fake news — it’s called FACTS. And that’s what we’re going to spotlight here as we highlight 5 things that conventional phone companies and carriers don’t want you to know about hosted VoIP:

Fake News: “When you add up all of the costs, you won’t save money.”

FACT: Hosted VoIP phone systems typically save organizations anywhere from 20-50 percent on an annual basis — and in some cases, the savings are even bigger. This is not playing with numbers or moving costs from one category to another. This is black-and-white, bottom-line savings that you can (and should) calculate yourself.

Fake News: “You need to create a separate network to run the system.”

FACT: We don’t even know where to begin with this one, because it’s SO patently untrue that it’s shocking. Here’s the truth that you can independently verify: unlike a conventional phone system that needs a separate voice network — complete with servers, cabling, and so on — a hosted VoIP phone system is fundamentally designed to work with the existing data network that organizations already use to access the internet and send/receive emails. There is no requirement whatsoever to create a separate network, which is why so many organizations have already switched to hosted VoIP, and are saving tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Fake News: “You have to be a VoIP expert to manage and maintain the system.”

FACT: A hosted VoIP phone system is housed, managed, and maintained by off-site experts who provide everything from end user technical support, to regular updates and system upgrades. As we’ve written about, organizations that switch to hosted VoIP don’t face any support burden, which makes their IT staff very happy.

Fake News: “You don’t need a hosted VoIP phone system if you simply use your cell phones.”

Someone should really tell conventional phone companies and carriers that it’s not the 19th century anymore (wait until they find out there’s no Pony Express!)

FACT: Seriously — what century is this?! Today’s organizations need to unify all of their devices — including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, phones, car Bluetooth systems and cell phones — on the same telecommunication platform, and that’s exactly what a hosted VoIP phone system does. For example, an end user can answer a call on their desktop (i.e. softphone), forward it their cell phone as they exit the building, and forward it again to their car Bluetooth.

Fake News: “VoIP is unreliable.”

FACT: This is the neutron bomb that conventional phone companies and carriers launch when their other fake news efforts (see above) fall flat, because it’s the one that tends to resonate with a lot of customers whose experience with VoIP is primarily flaky Skype calling with relatives.

Here’s the truth: long before a hosted VoIP phone system goes live, the Solution Provider conducts multiple quality assurance tests to confirm that the network is ready, willing and able to handle the load (e.g. video conferencing, simultaneous calls, etc.). The system is also constantly monitored to meet performance standards and achieve a guaranteed uptime of 99.99%. Plus, unlike a conventional on-premises system, a hosted VoIP system remains online and operational even in the event of a local power outage.

In this respect, hosted VoIP phone systems are MORE reliable than conventional phone systems. But as the old saying goes, sometimes the best defense is a good offense — and phone companies afraid of losing customers are understandably on the attack.

The Bottom Line

Is a hosted VoIP phone system right for you? If you want to save money, improve efficiency, increase customer service, boost employee engagement, and make your organization more flexible and agile, then the answer is YES.

But don’t take our or anyone else’s word for it. Schedule a live, guided demo and get the FACTS directly from our team. You can then make an informed decision that is right for your organization now and into the future. And isn’t that the way its supposed to be?
Call us now at (336) 560-4400, or click the Contact Button on your right. Your consultation with us is free!


4 Questions You MUST Ask Before Switching Your Current Hosted Telecommunication Provider

Many times in our professional and personal lives, we believe that the “grass is greener on the other side” — only to discover after making a change, that the grass isn’t greener at all. In fact, sometimes it’s not even grass, but the painted carpet stuff that they use in some baseball stadiums.

The reason we bring this up, is because some schools, businesses, and government agencies that are quite happy with their reliable and affordable hosted telecommunications provider, get seduced by a competitor that promises all kinds of benefits and extras — and for an “amazing low, low price.”

Yet in many cases, these promises never materialize. It’s all sizzle, and no steak. How do we know? Because we’ve been in the hosted telecommunications space for nearly 20 years, which is an eternity in this industry where the lifespan for most companies a few years — and in some cases, a few months!

And throughout this time, we’ve lost track of how many new players have entered the marketplace, created a whole bunch of flashy hype, and then disappeared — but only after leaving a trail of very angry ex-customers in their wake. Trust us on this, because we’re the ones they call to get them back on track, and get the advanced and affordable hosted telecommunications system they needed in the first place (and of course, we make it happen!).

And so, if you’re currently happy with your hosted telecommunication system provider — i.e. they’ve delivered on their promises and continuously demonstrated how much they value your business — but are nevertheless being “headhunted” by competitors, here are 4 questions you MUST ask to save yourself a great deal of money, time and regret:

1. Are you really getting a better deal?

On the surface, it make look like switching providers will lead to cost savings. But you really need to dig deeper and crunch the numbers to see if all that glitters is really gold. For example, many providers promise all kinds of free services, but in reality it’s not free forever. Often, it’s free for 1 year on licenses with a limited number of simultaneous calls.

Plus, there are always setup and support costs that need to be factored into the analysis. And speaking of support costs: many of the aggressive providers in the marketplace have regularly raised their support costs over the years. Many customers are very unhappy to realize that when they first signed up annual support costs were about 20 percent of the initial purchase price, but have since risen to 30 percent or more.

2. Do they specialize in hosted deployments?

The importance of this question cannot be underestimated! Many providers offer both on-premises and hosted deployments, but this doesn’t mean they support them equally. In most cases, the bulk of their resources are allocated towards their (much more profitable) on-premises product.

And don’t be fooled by promises like “oh don’t worry, you can use the on-premises product remotely”. This compatibility is NOT out-of-the-box. On the contrary, it is much more complex and requires excessive setup time, and it likely doesn’t support a Windows environment — which is what most organizations use.

3. How are internal class classified?

Some providers make a really big deal about how you’ll enjoy “affordable calling. But what they typically DON’T make explicit is that they count internal calls as part of simultaneous calls. For example, if you can have up to 16 simultaneous calls and 20 internal staff members are having a conversation (which equals 10 internal calls), then you will only be able to make 6 more internal or external calls. Any more, and — yes, you guessed it — you’ll have to pay more.

4. What is the support?

Where all (so-called) low cost providers make their money is on support, which they charge by the hour — and it’s not cheap! Furthermore, these providers typically don’t offer geo-redundancy support, which means that in the event of a local power outage due to inclement weather, natural disaster, or any other factor the entire system will go offline for minutes, hours — or maybe even days.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line here is clear and straightforward: do your homework, ask tough questions, and absolutely refuse to settle for fuzzy “marketing spin” answers. Because sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side. Isn’t it wiser to figure this out before making a switch vs. after?

5 Reasons Why Sales Professionals LOVE Cloud Telephone Systems

It doesn’t matter whether a business sells professional services, cool gadgets, delicious meals or anything else: while all employees have an important role to play, the fact is — and always will be — that the gateway to organizational success is sales.

Indeed, without sufficient revenues, businesses cannot achieve their objectives or targets. And while sales numbers typically rise and fall due to cycles and other marketplace variables, a sustained drop in revenues inevitably — and terrifyingly — leads to layoffs, scale-backs, and in extreme cases, bankruptcies and shut downs.

Given the importance of sales, it makes sense that successful businesses around the world are making the switch to an innovative cloud telephone system. Here are the 5 reasons why sales professionals LOVE this technology, and would rather give up their (sacred) expense account or vacation days than revert back to a conventional landline system:

1. Integration with CRMs

Cloud telephone systems integrate seamlessly with CRM systems (such as Salesforce), which enables sales professionals to capture calling data in real time, and enhance customer experience by automatically seeing all historical information (e.g. previous touchpoints and purchases).

2. Total Mobility

Sales professionals who spend some, most or virtually all of the time away from the office (a.k.a. “road warriors”) can connect with colleagues and customers through their smartphone or desktop softphone anytime, and anywhere. What’s more, when they make outgoing calls, the business name/number shows up on Caller ID instead of their personal name/number.

3. Voicemail-to-Email

Studies reveal that a staggering 35-50% of sales go to sellers that respond first. A cloud telephone system features built-in voicemail to email functionality, which lets sales professionals pick-up time sensitive calls on-the-go. As a result, they can respond quicker than their competitors, and give themselves a crucial advantage to make the sale!

4. Web Conferencing

While many of today’s customers are fine with phone calls and emails, many want to connect face-to-face — which can be inconvenient, or in some cases, a logistical impossibility (i.e. the customer is located in Nashville and the sales professional is located in Charlotte). Cloud telephone systems feature built-in web conferencing, so that sales professionals can effortlessly close the distance gap and create some valuable face time.

5. Live Call Forwarding

Last but not least, its typical for many sales professionals to pick up a call on their smartphone, drive to work, and head into their office — or vice versa. With a cloud telephone system, they can easily forward live calls from system to system, and keep the conversation going instead of having to say “can I call you back?”

The Bottom Line

Today’s sales professionals are under relentless pressure to make quota and keep the revenue flowing. However, research shows that nearly two-thirds of their time is wasted in non-revenue generating activities. A cloud telephone system dramatically turns this around, and positions sales professionals to do what they — and everyone else — needs them to do: SELL!

To learn more about how a cloud telephone system will take your sales professionals to another level, contact the DigitalPhone.io team today at (336) 560-4400, or click the Contact Button on your right. Your consultation with us is free!