How to calculate the TCO of VoIP

How to calculate the TCO of VoIP

Choosing whether or not to deploy VoIP phone systems is an easy decision. But choosing a system that works for your business can be difficult, with all the products, vendors, features, and data plans available. Oftentimes, however, selecting a VoIP system comes down...
4 reasons to record your calls

4 reasons to record your calls

Call recording is not a new feature in VoIP but rather one that is underutilized especially in businesses with less focus on customer communication. When used correctly, it can boost customer satisfaction and strengthen business reputation. #1. Improve customer...
VoIP Hardphones vs Softphones

VoIP Hardphones vs Softphones

You have just decided to use VoIP as your telephony solution, but now your technician is asking how you want to use it. Do you want traditional desk phones (hardphone) or software-based devices (softphone)? Read on to discover the benefits of each and which ones are...
How to choose the right VoIP solution

How to choose the right VoIP solution

Basic internet-based phone calls aren’t new to many of our readers. Skype has been around for over a decade and there are dozens of other free apps with limited features. Picking a voice over IP   (VoIP) solution for a small business is still a tricky prospect,...
Why is Skype’s new feature so important

Why is Skype’s new feature so important

With more targeted attacks on social networking services than ever, private conversations with your business partners can become public information. To prevent this, Skype has released a new feature that ensures complete privacy by encrypting all types of...
How will AI impact internet telephony?

How will AI impact internet telephony?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) brings to mind robots that can perform tasks and think like human beings. While that’s certainly possible in the future, AI today is simply an intuitive set of technology that automates business processes. It’s been around for...
Which VoIP service suits me the most?

Which VoIP service suits me the most?

Gone are the days when you have to spend a large amount of money each month on the telephone bill. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology has made it cheaper — and in most cases, free — to place and receive calls. Whether you’re a business owner or...
2018 VoIP developments you need to know

2018 VoIP developments you need to know

According to several experts, Voice over IP (VoIP) phone systems are one of the top investments businesses make, and for good reason. The ability to call anyone from anywhere with an internet connection gives employees lots of flexibility. And with 2018 just around...
VoIP options: Open source vs. Proprietary

VoIP options: Open source vs. Proprietary

Switching to internet-based phones gives you the chance to enjoy innovative new call features and significant cost reductions. There are a lot of options when choosing which voice over IP (VoIP) platform you use, but first you need to pick whether you’ll use an...
Unified Communications Explained

Unified Communications Explained

There was a time when “voice” was the sole business communication solution. Then, we were introduced to emails, texts, and chats, all of which are extremely useful and are here to stay. But wouldn’t it be nice if there was a communication solution that integrated...
What’s happening to Skype for Business?

What’s happening to Skype for Business?

At the Ignite conference in September, Microsoft announced that the Teams app will eventually replace Skype for Business as the primary communication tool for Office 365. This is a huge development, and there are undoubtedly many questions that need answers. To find...

Best Phone Systems for Schools

Looking for a new phone system for your school or school district? Read this check list first. While many schools have upgraded their phone systems to the latest and greatest, Five-Star personnel encounter many K12 schools that are still using a decades-old analog...
Should you use Voice over IP?

Should you use Voice over IP?

You’ve probably heard of VoIP phone systems by now. But do you know what they are and why they’re so popular among small- to medium-sized businesses? If you’re reluctant to ditch your traditional phone system, these VoIP benefits might convince you otherwise. What is...
How to protect your VoIP system from phishing

How to protect your VoIP system from phishing

Your business may be well-armed against email-based phishing scams, but you shouldn’t neglect your VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) systems. Through ‘vishing scams,’ hackers can disguise themselves as a bank representative and convince your employees to provide...
Dedicated circuits improve VoIP calls

Dedicated circuits improve VoIP calls

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service providers are fully aware of the causes of static, dropped calls, and other problems that occasionally diminish call quality, and may offer higher speed plans as a solution. The same problems may persist and you may end up...
Skype for Business vs Hangouts Meet?

Skype for Business vs Hangouts Meet?

There are plenty of VoIP solutions available in the market today, but the two clear standouts are Microsoft’s Skype for Business and Google’s Hangouts Meet. Each product offers stellar voice and video conferencing features, and rich integrations with other apps. So...
How 5G data will change VoIP

How 5G data will change VoIP

Our craving for data seems to increase every year, fueling the constant advancements in wireless technology. The latest is 5G, an abbreviation for the fifth-generation wireless systems, and it is set to transform VoIP for the better. Here are three ways it will do...
Avoid customer frustration with these tips

Avoid customer frustration with these tips

Bad customer service is one of the reasons why customers switch to competitors. It often begins the moment they pick up the phone to report a service issue, only to end up getting frustrated with your phone system. Your on-hold message may seem inconsequential, but it...
Amazon phones to become a reality soon

Amazon phones to become a reality soon

Amazon is setting its sights on the VoIP market again and will use its Alexa technology to launch a new phone system. Based on a new patent, users of Amazon’s artificial intelligence (AI) devices might soon be able to enjoy a smart speaker and phone in one. This won’t...