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Someone who’s beginning to shop for a new multimedia VoIP phone might have a lot of questions about exactly what these models are and what they offer. Actually, there’s a lot of difference between the various types of multimedia VoIP phones that can be found on today’s market. Understanding the differences can help one choose the hardware and telephony setups that most benefit their business or home use.…

polycom_vvx_500With many different kinds of telecom solutions available to homes and businesses, today’s buyer might be wondering why they should invest in a brand new multimedia VoIP phone.

These new products actually have many specific benefits for today’s market, some related to user-friendly design and others offering specific opportunities to bring down costs for commercial operations.

Here are some of the main reasons why so many buyers are jumping on the bandwagon and making a play for a new multimedia VoIP phone with many of the capabilities of a conventional 3G or 4G enabled smartphone.…

With the emergence of multimedia video phones, audiovisual phone calls have finally become a mainstream part of the consumer tech world.

dick tracyFor those who remember Dick Tracy’s famous videophone wristwatch, new multimedia VoIP phones usher in a new era of video enabled talk, making what was previously a science fiction literary device an actual available technology.

What’s a Multimedia VoIP Phone?

Essentially, a multimedia VoIP phone is any kind of device that adds visual or multimedia functionality to a conventional VoIP phone line.

Multimedia phones came about with the emergence of advanced cell phone technologies, new VoIP phone systems, and as the market share for traditional landline phones continues to ebb away (and public payphones near extinction).

Multimedia VoIP phones are part of a …

Note:  This is the 2nd installment in a three part series about VoIP for law firms.  Click here for Part I.

Polycom IP 7000 Executive VoIP Conference PhoneEven if you consider yourself a citizen of the 21st century with the software and technology you use, you know that working at a legal office means you’ll still need a number of traditionally-styled pieces of hardware to keep things running smoothly.

But as you’ll discover, office and conference room phones can accomplish exactly what you’ve always expected – with the added features and capabilities of a modern VoIP system.

Don’t think there’s a good solution for regular office and conference room calling in the world of VoIP? It’s our job to tell you you’re wrong. Let’s take a look at …

Note:  This is the first installment of a three part series aimed at how VoIP systems can help law firms.  Check back for the next posts.

Are You Using These 10 Smart Phone Apps for Lawyers? Sociable Lawyer Round Up

If you’re familiar with the capabilities of a well-built VoIP phone system, then you know exactly how an office environment can benefit from reduced costs and enhanced capabilities. That’s all fine and dandy, you figure. But what if your office environment isn’t like every other business?

What if you’re running a legal firm and you need to know that your clients’ phone calls are handled properly 100% of the time?

When communicating properly is your organization’s lifeblood, you can use an integrated solution like VoIP to keep you constantly connected to the outside world. In this blog series, you’ll find out that …

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A lot of us know that VoIP services come with a lot of advantages. You can pay low overhead for a variety of phone options – and a lot of extra phone time. But there’s something else that these service providers can give you that many of us forget about: they can let you Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

What exactly is BYOD? Quite simply, it’s when you can use an already-existing device on your VoIP and SIP service, often resulting in a quick setup and a virtually nonexistent phone system transition period. Needless to say, this type of offering has a lot of advantages, for businesses as well as individuals.…

Note:  This is the 3rd installment in the Switchvox vs. 3CX series.  Click here for Part I and Part II.

Digium Small Biz Bundle For Switchvox

For most people, witnessing the advances in phone and voice technology has been all about mobile smartphones. It’s great that we have so many apps on our phones, that we can access the Internet at a moment’s notice, and that our phones are capable of doing so much more for us than they could even ten years ago.

But what about unified communications (UC) and mobile solutions together? How comprehensive has the technology really gotten? Let’s answer that question by looking at a few of the potential solutions you can use at your company from companies like Switchvox and 3CX, two of …

Note:  This is the 2nd installment in the Switchvox vs. 3CX series.  Click here for Part I.

Advantage_DisadvantageIn the world of VoIP, today’s businesses expect a lot of options. Phone conferencing, voice mail emails, call forwarding, software that has comprehensive reporting – it’s all expected as part of the regular package.

So if all of those solutions are considered standard in today’s industry, what exactly is going to set VoIP providers apart from the competition?

In the cases of Switchvox and 3CX, the answer is simple: a lot, actually. And yet these two VoIP solutions are not identical.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages that make these two companies different – and what that might …

What is a wireless VoIP network, and how can it help your business?

For the VoIP user, it’s just like making a regular phone call. VoIP access is much cheaper than traditional phone plans because VoIP service providers are using the existing infrastructure of the internet – they don’t have to build or maintain their own network of lines and towers.

A wireless VoIP network simply uses WiFi to access the internet. It’s a lot like setting up a wireless network in your house that you’d use with your laptop. In fact, companies like Cisco and Netgear that make networking devices for home networks also make VoIP devices. You might even be able to use your existing WiFi as your wireless VoIP network, depending on …