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Whether you want to tell your customers about a new Hosted Telephony service, SIP Trunking, 3G Router, IP Phone or business phone system then you can publish it quickly on the Telecoms News website.

Vodafone One Net Tops 10,000 Users In UK

Vodafone claims UK sales of OneNet have passed 10,000 users and 1,000 business contracts.  Vodafone is upping its marketing spend to help emulate international success.

The success of the Vodafone OneNet product lies in the market trend for smaller businesses to move to a hosted telephony solution for their business communications and paying a small monthly access charge for each telephone extension.  This type of hosted telephone system has already been popular over the last few years and has seen a growing base of small businesses converting to the latest VoIP technology and because the hosted telephony solution is almost the same as having a mobile phone contract where you pay a monthly service charge then it makes sense that the Vodafone Onenet service which combines both VoIP and GSM extensions should do so well.

The other advantage that Vodafone has with it’s OneNet business telephony solution is the fact that it can deliver calls over VoIP and GSM so for office users that do not  have a great broadband connection to enable quality VoIP calls they can use a mobile phone connection for each telephone extension.  You might think that using a mobile phone every day as your office phone might put off many potential users, but with the option of using a 3G Desk Phone such as the Huawei ETS6630 or the new Telecom FM 3G Desk Phone the office user can have a desktop style GSM phone that they can use with the Vodafone OneNet GSM solution.


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Westlake Communications Ltd has released the following key telecoms domain names for sale and are now accepting offers.  These domain names are ranked on page 1 of google for key search terms relating to the domain name.



Offers are invited and can be made by e-mail to sales@westlake.co.uk


How virtual phone systems help start-up success

The key to success for any new business lies mainly in their ability keep overheads to a minimum, whilst remaining flexible and projecting as professional an image as possible. A new business owner will wear many hats and will often need to travel around frequently promoting their business and generating sales.

First impressions go a long way when it comes to business relationships, therefore many entrepreneurs will strive to adopt the image of a much more established business from day one. Possibly one of the most important things for any start-up to get right is how they handle their calls.

The ideal phone service for start-ups is one which is inexpensive, instantly scalable, allows them to create the impression of depth, and offers seamless communication between workers even when they are not in the same office. Most importantly, they should not be tied down for a specific time period or to one location so as to allow for growth and portability.

A virtual phone system allows even the smallest of start-ups to instantly sound more professional, without breaking the bank. By starting small and adding features on demand, a virtual phone system will grow easily and seamlessly with the business. What’s more, with the capability of receiving calls anywhere, either over the internet using a VoIP softphone or physical handset, or by call forwarding to a mobile phone or landline it’s business as usual, whatever may be occurring in the entrepreneur’s daily life.

Here is a summary of what I believe to be the main benefits of a virtual phone system for start-ups:

  • No equipment required, therefore no capital cost and no maintenance or finance charges.
  • Add or remove extensions as needed.
  • Publish a local number for each area in which you wish to have a presence and receive those calls anywhere you like, or choose a non-geographic ‘03’ or ‘08’ number.
  • Route calls to the most appropriate place depending on the time of day or week.
  • Connect users in different locations seamlessly while making/receiving calls from a central number, eliminating the need for physical office space.
  • Don’t let callers go straight to voicemail (unless you want them to) – ensure calls are answered by the relevant person every time.
  • Give callers the option of reaching different departments or extensions on the same number.

Furthermore, Sipcentric offers:

  • Instant activation.
  • No setup or cancellation charges.
  • Absolutely no commitment – cancel some or all of your services at any time.
  • The most user-friendly management portal around (we believe).

In conclusion, a virtual telephone system enables a new business owner to keep initial costs low and remain flexible, allowing them to sound professional and stay connected wherever they are. As the business grows, they can easily add phone numbers, extensions and features to accommodate that growth, without fear of geographic restrictions or onerous contracts.

On-demand phone service for UK startups launched

Having worked together previously and sharing a passion for Internet communications, Kevin and I have teamed up again after identifying a gap in the UK market for a phone service tailored specifically for home-based startups and entrepreneurs.

SipcentricThe launch of our new ‘on-demand’ phone service marks the beginning of a new era of telephony services for business people. A virtual phone system from Sipcentric can instantly make a small business sound more professional yet requires no commitment whatsoever and is remarkably easy to start using.

Traditionally, if someone required a second line to be installed in their home for their new business, they would have to pay for installation, wait around 2 weeks for it to be installed and then pay rental of around £10-15 per month for a minimum of 12 months. Not ideal, as many new businesses need to remain flexible, and portable, particularly in the early months.

Or they could sign up for one of the many hosted VoIP services around. Most of these seem to assume the user is already familiar with VoIP or that they are technically savvy. These, too, tend to come with setup charges and minimum contracts, although the rental costs are typically lower than their traditional counterparts.

Our exciting new service is ideal for those who have heard about the benefits of VoIP but either don’t know where to start or wish to try it out without committing themselves to long term contracts or paying for features they really don’t need. Anyone can sign up for an account for free via our website and take a look around the system, watching the tutorial videos and getting to know their way around.

When they are ready to get started, they can start to add features on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis. Rental is paid monthly at the beginning of each month until the feature is removed. A feature can be removed at any time prior to the end of the month and we will not charge for it again. It really is that simple.

Users can start with a single phone extension which can be used anywhere in the world from just £3 per month plus VAT. They can add a UK telephone number from almost any area code, instantly, and send calls to different places depending on the time of day from just £2 plus VAT.

By providing business owners with an on-demand, instantly adaptable system with which to professionally handle their calls, we aim to establish ourselves as the only provider fully committed to enabling startups and small businesses to grow their communications in their own way and without barriers.

Our service has been created by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. We know the challenges faced by small business owners. Therefore, our customers can rely on us to provide a personal service with awesome support and 100% belief in what we do.

Free IP handsets for UK small businesses using VoIP thanks to Cloudnet

Cloudnet saves small companies from £70 – £200 per handset to encourage wider use of VoIP

17 November 2010 – To celebrate a successful first year, telephone systems company Cloudnet, today announced that it is giving away free Grandstream internet phones and Siemens Cordless DECT business phones to help small companies to benefit from the low call costs of VoIP through professional pre-configured internet phone handsets.

For a 10 person company, Cloudnet predicts that with its free phone offer, typical savings are between £700 – £2,000 for equivalent VoIP handsets.

Cloudnet is offering new subscribers to its Cloudnet Connect service, free handsets until 1 January 2011. 

Cloudnet Connect, which starts at £8.50 per month plus calls, is for businesses that are looking for a phone system without the huge setup costs and includes:

  • Plug and play VoIP – free phones and online PBX – no capital expenditure
  • All inclusive advanced business telephone features, such as voicemail, call divert, call recording
  • Free calls within the Cloudnet network and branch to branch
  • Low national and international call charges

David Hill, Chairman of Cloudnet said, “while call costs for VoIP are attractive the cost of IP phones has inevitably been high, from £70 to over £200 per handset.  We believe that we have created the most attractive internet phone package for businesses which includes free handsets to accompany a full online switchboard, and we believe to be much more cost effective than our VoIP service provider rivals. With the Cloudnet Connect system, we provide the easiest to install and use VoIP system for small businesses.

We are also expanding the range of phones we offer and have just signed a deal to offer Snom, Yealink and Cisco Linksys phones to our customers.”

Cloudnet also offers call bundles where companies can benefit from fixed rate calls, a virtual answering service and a Flexinumber service, which provides a landline number for mobiles.

The free phones being offered under Cloudnet’s deal include:

Cloudnet’s entry level business phone – IP01

  • Full integration with the Cloudnet system
  • Large graphical LCD display with privacy features
  • Intuitive menu system
  • Dual ports – no need for a spare network socket
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Hands free
  • Address book
  • CLI
  • Call number memory
  • And much more

Grandstream GXP-2000 operator phone

  • Intuitive user interfaces
  • 4 individual lines
  • Dual Ethernet ports
  • Graphical LCD display
  • Secure central configuration
  • And much more

Siemens Cordless DECT business phone

  • Multiline for up to 6 handsets and 6 sip accounts
  • 210 hours standby
  • 25 hours talk time
  • 50m indoor radius
  • 150 contact storage
  • Hands free calling
  • Up to 3 parallel calls
  • Brilliant sound quality for internet calls (HDSP)
  • Illuminated handset

To find out more about Cloudnet’s business telephone systems, please contact solutions@cloudnetuk.com or call 01922 21 33 33.

BT Wholesale launch IP Voice Services

BT Wholesale have announced the launch of IP Voice services including SIP Trunks and Hosted Telephony solutions. 

It is estimated that there are currently 100,000 SIP trunks and 500,000 Hosted Telphony seats currenly in use in the UK, with analysts predicting a rise over the next five years to over 500,000 SIP Trunks and an estimated 2,000,000 Hosted PBX extensions due to the increasing availability of fast and reliable broadband services. 

Many business users are exploring the use of SIP Trunks as a replacement to ISDN Services to help drive down the cost of annual rentals.  This choice is made easier when installing a new telephone system becuase most phone systems either have built in VoIP Telephone Line capability or have a very low cost to implement a VoIP solution.