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The cost of calling mobile phones is now only 4.5 ppm with Westlake Communications new low cost business telephone call plan.
Traditionally the cost of calling mobiles has always been high, but recent regulation has caused a big price drop for business users that want to reduce the cost of calling mobile phones. Until recently the average cost to call a mobile phone was around 8 ppm, so this new price is almost 50% cheaper.
Companies that have wanted to reduce their landline to mobile call charges were forced to use a GSM Gateway which was a piece of hardware that could be connected to a business telephone system and used a mobile phone SIM card to enable calls to be made using more competitive mobile to mobile call tariffs. Using a GSM gateway could reduce business calls to mobiles to around 4 ppm so this new low call charge to mobile phones of only 4.5ppm makes the use of a GSM Gateway obsolete for call cost reduction.
GSM gateways are still widely used as alternatives to telephone lines for remote or temporary offices and also to propvide convenient telephone connectivity for applications such as alarms (lift alarms, care alarms etc) or for connection to a stand alone telephone for expample as part of a taxi phone solution.
Call charges to mobile phones are set to drop even further over the next two years with calls as low as 2 ppm in 2014.
The eagerly awaited Panasonic NS1000 Phone System is now available from stock from most UK Panasonic Phone System dealers.
The Panasonic NS1000 is a market leading VoIP Phone System from the leading small phone system manufacturer. The NS1000 phone system uses the latest Voice Over IP Technology enabling easy deployment of Panasonic IP Phones including the KX-NT range (KX-NT321, KX-NT343, KX-NT346 and KX-NT366) and the new KX-UT range of Panasonic SIP Phones (KX-UT113, KX-UT123, KX-UT133 and KX-UT136). The Panasonic NS1000 Telephone System can also be used with other SIP Phones including Aastra IP Phones, Grandstream IP Phones, Cisco IP Phones, Yealink IP Phones, Snom IP Phones, Polycom IP Phones and Linksys IP Phones making the NS1000 an ideal choice for customers with existing handsets that might want to migrate their IP Telephony to the Panasonic NS1000 Communications Server Platform.
The Panasonic NS1000 can utilise SIP Trunk services and can also use legacy ISDN telephone lines if require. Put the Panasonic NS1000 is your diary.
The annual freeze is upon the UK with forecasts of snow and freezing temperatures and of course the possible disruption to business inlcuding staff shortages as employees refuse to struggle through dangerous conditions to get to work. In this age of high speed internet and multitude of communications options it should be easy for desk based employees to work from home and it is not as expensive as you might think as long as you have made some preperations.
The obvious first choice is using VoIP (Voice Over IP) so that home based employees, even temporarily snowed in ones, can communicate with the office and customers seamlessly. As long as they have a reliable ADSL connection at home and a PC with suitable headset they can quickly establish a connection with the office phone system to remain a productive member of the team. Even if your business does not have a VoIP or VoIP enabled telephone system you can plan ahead by installing a VoIP Gateway which will easily upgrade your existing phone system to provide basic VoIP connectivity as a backup for this type of situation. The Telecom FM Onestream VoIP Gateway will connect to your small business phone system and provide VoIP connectivity for both the office phone system and also allow home workers to connect using an IP softphone on their computer or they could use an IP Phone at home and be able to answer incoming calls and transfer them back to the office. The Onestream Gateway also fetures a built-in GSM Gateway so the company can reduce their call charges to mobile phones or provide easy, low cost mobile extension functionality for their mobile workforce.
The next thing that a home based employee will need to do is access their office PC and applications from their home computer and this is easily achieved using a basic VNC service or a paid for remote access solutions such as gotomypc or logmein which are easy to set up and allow the user to work as though sitting at their desk.
With a little planning, and maybe a small outlay for items like VoIP Gateways which can provide additional benefits such as reduced call charges throughout the year, most small businesses can easily survive the cold snap.
The use of SIP Trunking by small and medium sized businesses in the UK has risen dramatically over the last twelve months compared to the previous three years data. The rise in SIP Trunk usage in the UK has been driven by the change in business phone system technologies that have been implemented by the leading phone system manufacturers such as Panasonic, Avaya and Siemens. New communications platforms from these leading systems providers such as the Panasonic NS1000 have focused heavily on SIP technology and promote the use of both IP Telephones for extensions and SIP Trunking to replace traditional PSTN Analogue, ISDN2e and ISDN30e telephone lines.
The move to SIP trunking has not yet been driven by pricing or service except in the case of new installations where the cost of installing multiple SIP Trunking channels is far cheaper and quicker than analogue or ISDN phone lines. SIP Trunk channel rental combined with the cost of using a dedicated broadband service to deliver high quality VoIP calls will usually cost the same as renting the equivalent number of PSTN or ISDN telephone lines, and the typical call charges for using a VoIP service compared to normal phone lines are usually the same.
During 2011, there were 127 new suppliers of SIP Trunk providers in the UK compared to only 32 new SIP Trunking providers in 2010 and this should help drive down the price, provide new innovation and improve quality.
The increase in SIP Trunking has also promted a new range of VoIP Gateway products that will enable business users to utilise SIP Trunks without changing their existing analogue or ISDN phone system. A VoIP Gateway will connect to the phone system trunk ports and provide conversion of these traditional telephone technologies to VoIP so that businesses can take advantage of the VoIP revolution. Oneproduct that does just this is the Onestream VoIP Gateway that provides PSTN and ISDN2e connectivity for SIP Trunking as well as providing two built-in GSM channels to enable low cost calls to mobile phones, as well as offering mobile extension capabilities and the connection of IP Phones to provide extra capacity in the office or for homeworkers.
The Siemens Gigaset DX800A small business phone system will be launched in the UK at an event held in London at the Institute of Electrical Engineering. Hosting the launch is Provu, a leading distributor of VoIP Phones and associated telecoms equipment.
The Gigaset DX800A an ISDN Phone System that connects to a single ISDN2e telephone line and also has built in VoIP capability for connection to SIP Trunks. Additional handsets connect to the main telephone unit wirelessly using DECT, making installation of this SoHo mini phone system a breeze. The Gigaset DX800 will support up to 4 telephone lines (2 x channels of ISDN and 2 x SIP Trunks) and a total of 6 extensions (main unit plus 5 cordless DECT handsets Gigaset SL78H).
The Siemens Gigaset DX800A is sure to please with it’s ease of installation, flexibility of ISDN and SIP Trunking connectivity, a large system memory and it’s award winning design.
For details of the DX800A small business phone system please visit the Gigaset Website.
The Telecom FM range of Onestream VoIP GSM Gateways offer businesses with traditional analogue or ISDN2e telephone systems to easily take advantage of low cost calls using VoIP telephone services. The Onestream Gateway connects between the phone system and telephone lines and then connects to the broadband router so that it can route calls from the phone system over the internet to a VoIP service provider (SIP Trunking) to enable low cost calls.
As well as offering the abilty to make VoIP Calls, the Onestream Gateway also features a built in 2 channel GSM Gateway that can use mobile phone SIM cards from the major networks including O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Orange so calls from the phone system cal also be routed directly over the mobile phone network and using the low cost inclusive, cross network call packages from these mobile phone networks, calls to mobile phones can typically be reduced by 50%. The Onestream GSM Gateway even has the abilty to track the number of minutes used on calls to mobile phones so there is no overspend on inclusive minute bundles.
As well as offering the small business an easy way to use VoIP and GSM networks to save money on calls, the Onestream gateway can connect branch offices and home workers and even provide mobile extension functionality so that cals be be directed to external numbers including mobile phones, homeworkers and branch offices and calls answered on these external telephones can be transferred back to the office phone system making it a truly mobile extension solution.
To read more about the Onestream Gateway and view the Onestream presentation which explains how the Onestrem Gateway can benefit your business visit the dedicated Onestream Gateway site.
The Onestream Gateway has different models depending on your phone system type. There is the Onestream GFX for analogue phone systems and the Onestrem GBRI2 and Onestream GBRI4 for ISDN2e phone systems and for businesses that have already upgraded to a VoIP phone system but want to make low cost calls using a GSM Gateway then the Onestream G is a VoIP GSM Gateway.
Using a WiFi connection, you can pick-up, hold and transfer calls in the office and stay in touch with your colleagues for free! With a SIP client calls will be routed to other extensions via your LAN just like all other internal calls. As for the external calls, you can also make low cost calls to international destinations using the VOIspeed VoIP carrier.
Key advantages of using VOIspeed with your smartphone:
Receive calls for your business on your mobile device*
Make free calls to other internal users*
Reduce the cost of your mobile calls to external national and international destinations via VOIspeed SIP carrier
Automatically upload all your contacts from your mobile phone directory or Outlook and call them via VOIspeed
See the list of all calls made or recieved on your smartphone
Hold and transfer calls to all internal extensions
VOIspeed Tip: Make the most of your smart-phone by adding another extension number fully dedicated to your smartphone. This means, for example, that when you leave the office you can set your extension to Voicemail mode, so that any unanswered business calls are automatically diverted to your Voicemail.
* Your smartphone must be within the WiFi area. As for 3G, please check with your service provider that they allow VoIP calls over SIP protocol.
McWilliams Communications Ltd The complete VoIP Specialists July 2nd Coleraine Northern Ireland The communication revolution The telephone has been waiting for:
IPGENIE pure voice over broadband unified communications platform.
Since 2003 two brothers Sean and Paul McWilliams have been developing a new and exciting business VOIP telephony product which is built and designed in the UK , with 40 years of telecoms experience between them they have released IPGENIE a totally unlicensed unified communications platform which is set to take on the major players in the Telecoms marketplace all over the world.
VOIP (Voice over the internet protocol) is set to become a marketplace leader as businesses strive to make savings and unify there communications, one of the challenges of VOIP is the quality of the voice call a lot of VoIP providers and suppliers of IP TELEPHONY use G711 which gives a voice call quality of between 60-80K which businesses will not except in the day to day running as it gives jitter on the call. IPGENIE is set to challenge this as the call is sent out over 15k per voice call and prides itself on crystal clear communications not only that all the features and functions that are normally licensed with a product are integrated within IPGENIE and is set to save companies thousands of pounds on licensing and landline rentals of up to 60% by moving onto the new protocol SIP (Session Initiation protocol).
By using a standard broadband and an upstream of 256k IPGENIE can achieve 6 channels or lines by going over one connection this can be expanded depending on the upstream this will abolish the need for legacy ISDN 2/30 CHANNELS and so it will mean the end user will reduce their line rentals by using one analogue line and a broadband.
IPGENIE has already had success by installing various field trails across the UK and appointed various dealers in England and Northern Ireland who are also having success with the product.