Unless you have been living under a rock, I’m sure you have heard by now that Toshiba is exiting the VoIP business. If you or your business are currently Toshiba customers then you probably were about to fall into a deep despair, that is until Mitel swooped in and saved the day!

Mitel recently confirmed that they have signed a MoU with Toshiba to transfer certain assets and support obligations to Mitel. This Memorandum of Understanding means that Mitel will be honoring Toshiba contracts and warranties, along with honoring past Toshiba quotes and maintaining what is left of Toshiba’s inventory. Doing this will ensure a clear and easy path for customers who will be transitioning over to Mitel.

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But if you are someone who is looking at this as a reason to try something new, there are other options out there. One popular choice that can replace your Toshiba system is Digium Switchvox.

Digium Switchvox is easy-to-use, feature-rich, and cost-effective. If that is not enough for you to consider, we are offering special discounts off the US MSRP for selected Switchvox appliances or Switchvox software downloads when sold to replace a Toshiba system. This promotion also applies if you are looking to replace your Avaya system as well!

In other news, Patton Electronics has released a brand new ATA called the SmartNode 101. This is a feature-rich analog telephone adapter that enables you to connect standard telephones and make VoIP calls using your broadband connection.

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These are easy to install and simple to use. The SN 101 is equipped with one FXS RJ-11 phone interface, and as for the size? These things are SMALL! You can really put this thing anywhere!

If you are just starting to look into VoIP, or looking to give VoIP a try without getting rid of your old telephone lines, then the SN101 is worth a look.

Lastly, we have one huge promotion that we have been running here at VoIP Supply that is coming to a close. Get one month of FREE VoIP service when you sign up through the CloudSpan MarketPlace!

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This is a great deal if you are in the market for VoIP service, but you can also use this to your advantage if you are a VoIP Service reseller! That’s right! You can use this promotion to offer your customers one month of free VoIP service as well! This promotion is ending June 30th, so make sure you take advantage while you still can!

And that is your VoIP News Update for June! If you haven’t caught it yet, check out our video as well! And don’t forget to subscribe to the VoIP Supply’s YouTube channel for all the latest in VoIP!

10-questions-to-askChoosing a VoIP service provider is not an easy task. To select the right VoIP service that you won’t regret, you will have to answer some questions regarding your application such as calling habits, your location, your budget, and the knowledge of your technical staff. Let me share with you the 10 must-ask questions you need to know when selecting a VoIP service provider!

 

10 Questions to Ask Your VoIP Service Provider

#1 Are you providing a premise or hosted service?

A managed (hosted) service provider reduces your resources and responsibilities while the premise option simply provides the voice network and you administer your own network.

#2 What hardware options are available for my hosted service?

Understand what kind of devices you and your employees need and make sure your service provider has the hardware selection options you want.

#3 What kind of customer service support do you have?

Seek out the service providers comment to investment in their technology and support services. Make sure they have a convenient support channel for you to reach out.

#4 Do you support E-911 or other service features?

Consider special requirements you may have for your business and ask your Cloud service provider if they have them covered. Sometimes it’s negotiable with some providers.

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#5 What services are included versus fee-based add-ons?

Some services a provider offers may cost you extra fees. So be sure to ask what services are included and what are not in the contract.

#6 How is the call quality?

If you choose a hosted system, on-site devices such as Quality of Service should be avoided. Make sure you can have good call quality you expect.

#7 How reliable is the service?

Will you experience any service downtime? In what situation can that happen? If you can’t have any downtime, ask if there’s any backup system or other solutions.

#8 Customer experience?

service-guide-imageHave they ever handled any customers who face the similar situation as yours? What were their experiences? Do they have case studies? You should also search customer reviews and ask questions if anything raises concerns.

#9 Do you have disaster discovery capability?

What happens to your data, recordings, and voicemails in the event of a disaster wiping out a service provider’s data center? Do they have a backup plan and will the service always be available?

#10 Depth of Service Level Agreement (SLA)?

Read the small print and ask questions if anything raise any concerns. Be aware of what happens when something goes wrong, beforehand.

Want to learn more? Check out our VoIP Service buyers guide or simply give one of our VoIP service consultants a call at 1-800-398-8647!

We Are VoIP Supply

Buffalo, New York, March 14th, 2017 – VoIP Supply, a leading VoIP solutions provider in North America, marked its 15th year anniversary with significant accomplishments in the CloudSpan Marketplace, a single platform that provides various cloud services to meet customers’ business needs.

In the past year, restructuring the CloudSpan Marketplace and the sales team to focus on proactive growth of service sales was a challenge for VoIP Supply but both are continually showing significant improvements the past 9 months.

CLOUDSPANToday, VoIP Supply’s CloudSpan Marketplace has grown mature, positioning for exponential growth in the current year and foreseeable future. The improved internal systems and processes satisfy new and existing customers with greater customer intelligence, increased team efficiency and effectiveness and a more personalized experience.

This year, VoIP Supply shifts the internal software platforms to more modern SaaS platforms and is expecting to see continuous improvements in customer experience and growth in the CloudSpan Marketplace as well as customer adoption of hosted VoIP services.

“The past 15 years have been a wonderful journey and a memorable adventure. I am extremely proud of what we have all been able to accomplish, the success that we have created, and the hundreds of thousands of customer interactions and solutions that we have been a part of,” said Ben Sayers, CEO and Founder of VoIP Supply. “We’ve experienced many great highs and have persevered through some of the lowest of the low. We’ve done so as a team and a family, working side by side with many great people over the years. I am thankful to all that have been a part of it and I’m grateful for all that we have been through.”

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About VoIP Supply

VoIP Supply, LLC (https://www.voipsupply.com) is your trusted source for everything VoIP; from our large selection of name-brand hardware to our CloudSpan Marketplace. VoIP Supply provides you with a fully staffed inbound call center with licensed, certified and highly trained VoIP experts that can help you with any problem you might have. Whether you are a home user, business, reseller or service provider, VoIP Supply has the products, experience and expertise to make your deployment a success.

VoIP Supply is a three-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, listed by Business First as one of WNY’s Most Admired Companies, as well as being consistently ranked one of Western New York’s Best Places to Work. VoIP Supply is also the first Certified B Corporation in Western New York.

Our dedicated Solution Specialists are here to help, so call us today at 1-800-398-VoIP or visit our website at https://www.voipsupply.com

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As the cost of school supplies, textbooks, technology equipment, and other related expenses continue to increase, many educational institutions are looking for a way to reduce their costs – switching to a VoIP system can help you achieve that goal. While a lower monthly bill is the most common reason for deploying a VoIP system, there’s a lot of other benefits you may not have noticed yet. Therefore, today we are going to walk you through some of the popular VoIP service benefits that education institutions love!

#1 Minimum Maintenance

With a hosted VoIP system, you don’t need an IT staff to maintain your phone system. Your service provider will be responsible for the system maintenance, monitoring, and management. Simple house your phones and the VoIP service provider will deliver your VoIP service through the Internet connection.

#2 Easy to Set Up

A hosted VoIP system requires minimal VoIP hardware and low upfront costs. Therefore, it’s easy to set up and get started (usually takes a few hours). Setting up a phone system quickly is a big benefit for schools who can’t close down too long during semesters.

#3 Unified Communications System

You would love unified communications if you have students or faculty in a remote area. With a unified communication system, conducting a virtual seminar/class becomes an easy piece. Schools are able to connect students, faculty, parents from different channels (social media, apps, email, instant message, etc.) into one single system.

intercom #4 Paging/ Intercom Support

Paging and intercom support help educational institutions communicate efficiently especially during an emergency event. The integration of intercom and your VoIP system allows you to make important announcements right from your phone device.

#5 Phone Features

A VoIP system has a lot of potentials. Here we list out some of the popular features most school systems take advantage of:

  • Announcements – make announcements about school events, schedule changed, or an emergency.
  • Conferencing – conduct faculty meetings over telephones.phone-features
  • Auto Attendant – set automatic professional greetings and direct callers to the specific routing options.
  • Call Recording – record all important calls with parents, students, or faculty.
  • Call Park – place calls into specific parking locations such as classrooms or offices andpickup the call when you arrive the location.
  • Call Queuing – organize different school departments into queues so that callers can be routed to the right place.
  • Find me/ Follow me call routing – control how your calls are directed even when you are not at the school office.
  • Learn more.

Is your educational organization using a VoIP system? What do you benefit from it? Share with us!

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hosted and onsite systemThe first step when implementing VoIP Service is to choose a hosted or on-site system. This can be a difficult decision if you are not a VoIP service expert. Surely consulting an expert can make things easier and simpler; however it’s even better to have some of your own knowledge before you consult the experts. After reading this blog, you will have a basic picture of the best VoIP service solution for your business.

 

Hosted VoIP Systems

A hosted VoIP system is usually an ideal option for inexperienced VoIP beginners as everything is taken care of by a third party company. Taking advantage of the hosted VoIP system, users with minimal hardware and no additional IT staff can switch to VoIP service seamlessly and enjoy the benefits it brings just like other VoIP service experts. This solution is a favorite for small-scaled companies with a limited budget for three main reasons:

  • Low initial startup costs: Little VoIP hardware purchase is required. Low upfront costs means more savings to reinvest back into growing your business.
  • No IT staff needed: The hosted VoIP service provider will be responsible for maintaining, monitoring, and managing your phone system. Placing IT responsibilities to your VoIP service provider can save you a lot of time, money, and energy.
  • Flexible management: With a hosted VoIP phone system, communications management is easier and more flexible than ever before. Being able to access the phone system almost anywhere anytime, you and the involved parties can work more efficiently and productively.

 

On-Site VoIP Systems

An on-site VoIP system means that you have all the phone system hardware required to run directly on site. This is a great solution for enterprise businesses who need more customized functions. The key features of an on-site VoIP system include:

  • Highly scalable and flexible: Everything is operated on your site, so you have better control of what you want to accomplish such as call routing, scalability, migration support and more.
  • Dedicated IT staff recommended: Since you are working more independently with an on-site VoIP system, it’s recommended to have dedicated IT staff on site to help troubleshoot any technical issues and configurations.
  • Higher upfront costs with low monthly rates: Although an on-site VoIP solution requires higher upfront costs to purchase the required VoIP equipment (Servers, switches, phones, etc), this is also a great long-term investment as you own the equipment. With low monthly rates, you can save a fortune and put back into your business growth.

     

    What’s Next?

    Now you have learned the differences between a hosted and on-site system. Whether you have made a decision or you’re still researching, contact a VoIP solutions expert to discuss your thoughts and needs to winnow out the best VoIP service solution and service provider for your business.

    Our CloudSpan MarketPlace is a one-stop shop to help you choose the ideal service provider to meet your business requirements. Simply fill out the form below to request a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and will be happy to provide you anything you need for VoIP.

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    For the 10th straight year VoIP Supply has been named to the list of Western New York’s Top Private Companies for 2014 by Buffalo Business First newspaper.

    The top spots on this years list are occupied by local juggernauts Rich Products and Delaware North, two companies that are also on the Forbes list of America’s Largest Private Companies.

    How VoIP Supply Started

    In 2002 Ben Sayers founded VoIP Supply which was, at the time, one of the first online retailers dedicated to VoIP hardware and network devices.

    Since then the company has grown to over 30 passionate employees who are all focused on the goal of solving problems and creating solutions with VoIP.

    Building on his two decades worth of telecom experience, Ben recently launched CloudSpan, VoIP Supply’s own line of Hosted IP PBX, SIP Trunking, and Hosted Fax services catering to small businesses that want exceptional support.

    With CloudSpan, VoIP Supply can better serve the needs of our great customers who helped us become a top private company.

    More Than Just a Website

    At VoIP Supply we believe that we have a greater mission than just being a profitable company.

    “VoIP Supply is more than just a website," Ben Sayers, CEO of VoIP Supply
    “VoIP Supply is more than just a website,” Ben Sayers, CEO of VoIP Supply

    In 2012, VoIP Supply became Western New York’s first Certified B Corporation (B Corp) which is a sustainable way of doing business that puts people ahead of profits.

    As the B Corp movement likes to say, “B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.”

    VoIP Supply regularly gives back to the local community and we’re currently in our Year of Giving where we volunteer, on company time, for a different charity every month.

    “VoIP Supply is more than just a website,” said Sayers. “My team’s commitment to helping others reach their goals with VoIP and their dedication to doing well for others has allowed us to continually be regarded as a top private company.”