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Archives: September 2012

FREE iPhone and Android App from Virtual PBX
September 28th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who doesn’t love free apps? If you have a smart phone, you love apps and there are a ton of them out there providing quick, easy and convenient ways to access nearly everything. And thanks to Virtual PBX, there is now a new free app for you to love.

Virtual PBX has released a helpful new application which breaks the mold in the Hosted PBX Market. Virtual PBX Extension Manager, the new free application for Apple iOS and android devices, makes it easy for Virtual PBX customers to have access to all of the most-used functions of their phone system, directly from their iPhones.

“We’re excited to introduce the first business extension management app with this advanced level of functionality for iPhone users,” said Paul Hammond, CEO of Virtual PBX. “As an iPhone user myself, I love to have the Virtual PBX features I use the most right at my fingertips, and I am certain our customers will appreciate it, too.”

Using a simple, intuitive interface users can manage extensions on multiple Virtual PBX accounts, mark their extensions as unavailable, and even redirect incoming business calls to any of up to four different phones. Virtual PBX’s free application also includes iPhone-based presence management, a feature exclusive to Virtual PBX.

The Virtual PBX Extension Manager App makes presence management available through the user’s phone, allowing them to log in and out of queues as needed. With the use of exclusive intelligent queue algorithms, Virtual PBX reduces caller hold times by not forcing calls to extensions where no one will answer. This means better efficiency for the customer and happier callers. And who doesn’t want happier callers? Have happier callers with the new free app from Virtual PBX.

Hosted VoIP PBX Gives You Competitive Enterprise Features
May 17th, 2012

In today’s business world, staying competitive is imperative to running a strong, successful business. To gain a competitive edge, it is important to continuously incorporate new technologies customized to meet customer or client needs while managing costs to stay in budget.

Many businesses today are turning to VoIP to stay competitive. According to recent studies, 50 percent of medium businesses (100-999 employees) claim VoIP will become critical to their business. In-Stat forecasts that active VoIP subscriber rates will triple in 2012, growing from 9 million in 2011 to 29 million. 

Virtual PBX offers a business VoIP system that will give you the competitive edge with enterprise features. Here are a few of the key features and advantages of switching to hosted VoIP that will keep your business on the cutting edge…

Enhanced Productivity – Many productivity-enhancing features previously available only through expensive add-ons to traditional PBXs come standard with VoIP from Virtual PBX. These features include advanced call routing, auto attendant, “find me/follow me”, day and night modes, ACD Queues, custom greetings, and caller ID.

Advanced ACD Queues – Virtual PBX offers the most sophisticated ACD capability of any hosted system, through our TrueACD™ technology, an advanced technology that prioritizes, ranks, and manages both the incoming callers and the people waiting to take the calls. ACD queuing is a critical business function, especially for call centers, and needs to be as robust and feature-rich as possible to allow the maximum flexibility for your company.

Work from Anywhere – With a hosted VoIP PBX from Virtual PBX, you can easily work from any location using a VoIP phone, a cellular phone or even a home phone. And you can quickly and easily access the advanced features of your phone system from any location. Simply connect to the Internet and log into your VoIP phone to have access to all the information available in your office system 24/7.

Low total cost of ownership – Analysis show that Virtual PBX VoIP can reduce an organization’s monthly phone costs by 40-80%. Virtual PBX Plans start at just $9.99 per month, or you can get unlimited minutes for as little as $19.99 per user.

Virtual PBX works seamlessly with your existing business environment, helping employees use their phones as efficiently as possible. Virtual PBX’s VoIP Business system has proven beneficial again and again in boosting productivity, increasing customer service and cutting costs.

Save Money and Increase Productivity with SelectRoute™
March 2nd, 2012

Virtual PBX® pioneered ACD queuing for virtual phone systems, and is still way ahead of the competition. ACD queues are used when the caller wants to reach a business function, such as sales or customer service, instead of an individual. Usually, these callers won’t have a name, they just have a need.

However, some businesses want to route calls to an extension or ACD queue that is not a standard business function. This is where SelectRoute™ comes in.

SelectRoute offers call routing capabilities beyond the standard routing features offered by ACD queues. Instead of simply routing the call to the next available agent or a generic queue, SelectRoute routes the call based on direct user input that specifies how the call is to be handled so the call is routed to the correct agent.

Our SelectRoute option lets you route calls automatically based on a wide set of user inputs up to nine digits in length. Ask the user to spell out a product name, a company name, or an account number. The possibilities are limitless with Virtual PBX.

Below are common types of instructions that SelectRoute can support:

  • Route calls by geography: Area code & zip code– Route calls by NPA (Area Code), NPA-NXX (Area and Exchange Codes), Zip Code.Have multiple store locations or franchises seamlessly route calls to a single phone number by area code or zip code to the nearest location.
  • Menu Routing – Route calls by menu selection
  • Custom Routing – Route calls according to your own defined needs.  We’ve had clients route to different queues or extension based on the caller entering a model number or a product name.

You can even combine these call routing types to form customized routing to provide the best customer service and to enable your business to operate at optimum efficiency. They can also improve your businesses cost performance by increasing agent utilization and productivity.

A typical business often handles a variety of call types, each requiring a specific skill. The traditional method of reassigning agents with multiple skills to different queues at different times of the day in order make best use of their skills is inefficient.

Virtual PBX and SelectRoute alleviate this problem and enables your business to automatically route calls to the right agents, at the right time regardless of where the agents are located.

With SelectRoute you can even have custom greetings such as “To find the store nearest you, please enter your 5 digit zip code now”. Your caller enters their zip code, and your Virtual PBX system will route them to the appropriate extension or queue. It’s that easy.

But what if the caller enters the wrong information? Don’t worry. We have that covered. In this case, SelectRoute will route the call anywhere you choose, so your caller still gets help even on a bad data entry.

SelectRoute by Virtual PBX will help you create the best custom call routing system designed to fit your needs and send your callers to the right people quickly and easily every time. For more information, please contact our Support team, or call us at 888-825-0800.

Virtual PBX Receives 2011 Internet Telephony Excellence Award
October 20th, 2011

VirtualPBX Complete Honored For Exceptional IP Communications Solutions

VirtualPBX, the pioneer and leader in hosted PBX phone systems, is proud to announce the company has won another major Telecom industry award.  INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine has named Virtual PBX Complete as a recipient of the 2011 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award. This is the third consecutive win for VirtualPBX who also has won the award in 2009 and 2010.

Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director for TMC, explains they choose companies “through an extensive application process and with support of their customers who verified outstanding achievement in the IP Communications solutions.”  He added, “Virtual PBX Complete has excelled in delivering cutting-edge solutions. Its customers are extremely pleased and have offered their testaments of support.”

Customers of VirtualPBX love VirtualPBX Complete for its distinctive blend of traditional analog and IP telephony, designed with the small- and mid-size business in mind. Incorporating Open VoIP Peering capabilities, VirtualPBX Complete eliminates the need for proprietary software, allowing users the freedom and flexibility to carry business extensions anywhere around the world.

For more information on VirtualPBX and this award, please click here.

Virtual Pbx Introduces Virtual PBX Complete with VoIP Anywhere for iPhones, Android Phones and Computers
September 21st, 2011

VoIP Anywhere streamlines VoIP bandwidth requirements to allow VoIP calls over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G connections

In modern day business, the ability for workers to stay connected wherever they are is invaluable. Traveling to international destinations, working in between their homes and their offices, people are constantly on the move and having a phone service that can keep up with them is crucial.

Although cell phones are great for taking important calls when away from the office, the costs of calling are high, especially when it comes to roaming charges. Furthermore, dialing out from a mobile phone shows the user’s personal caller ID, not the company’s phone number.

VirtualPBX now offers a cost effective way to stay in contact with anyone, anywhere with its newest enhancement to Virtual BX Complete – VoIP Anywhere. Customers can now use their smartphones and computers as VoIP handsets with complete business phone system capabilities. This is drastically cheaper than cellular roaming, long distance charges, and hotel room rates. VoIP Anywhere is very inexpensive, flexible, and functional, offering advanced functionality at a fraction of the price. With VoIP Anywhere, your smartphone becomes your office extension, receiving calls just like you were at a hardware VoIP phone, as well as displaying your company’s caller ID information when you make outbound calls. In addition, Virtual PBX announced support for HD Voice for HD-capable devices.

“Our launch of VirtualPBX Complete has generated tremendous demand from our customers. As they embrace our system, they are increasingly seeking the freedom to access their VoIP business features on any device, wherever they are,” said Greg Brashier, COO of Virtual PBX. “By introducing Virtual PBX Complete with VoIP Anywhere, we are delivering that freedom and flexibility to carry their business extension anywhere in the world.”

Because of Virtual PBX’s commitment to open systems, users can avoid the high costs of proprietary software and choose the option that best fits their needs. With VoIP Anywhere, turning your computer or smartphone into a VoIP Extension is easy. Just register any softphone, such as those available for Android phones, iPhones and computers, as a VoIP device in the Virtual PBX service to access VoIP Anywhere capabilities. Once registered, simply open the softphone application to make calls and access all of VirtualPBX’s system features, such as business caller ID for outbound calls, call recording, call transfers, presence management and reporting. By reducing bandwidth requirements for VoIP calls, Virtual PBX allows high-quality calls to be placed over 3G, 4G and WiFi connections.

New System Features

  • Calls from ANY device: With Virtual PBX Complete with VoIP Anywhere, turning your smartphone or computer into a full-featured VoIP phone is simple. Using any standard softphone and a minimum of a 3G connection, any device can be accessed through your existing Virtual PBX number.
  • U.S dial tone: VoIP Anywhere provides a U.S. dial tone while avoiding high international dialing rates. Dialing a U.S. number from an international location can even be free with Virtual PBX’s flat-rate packages.
  • HD voice: The new VoIP Anywhere system negotiates HD voice on any HD device. If the device you are using supports HD, then the call can automatically be connected with HD quality.
  • Business caller ID: Calls made from a VirtualPBX extension can send the company’s phone number for caller ID. With VoIP Anywhere, mobile users no longer need to worry about giving out their personal cellular numbers while making business calls, and contacts know how to get back in touch with the company, not just the individual.

For more information regarding VoIP Anywhere, please visit http://virtualpbx.com/products/voip-phone/softphones/

Advent of VoIP in the SMB Market will be a Game Changer: Virtual PBX COO
August 9th, 2011

The popularity and dependency on VoIP (Voice Over IP services) has been increasing over time as VoIP technologies mature and many companies no longer consider them a risk to deploy.   In fact, when considering an update or replacement of their traditional PSTN system, many businesses are highly likely to replace them with VoIP-based phone systems.  The migration to VoIP over the past few years has just been rampant.  Fueled by negligible long distance fees and flexible, cost effective alternatives, VoIP telephony has experienced a massive surge among small and medium sized businesses.

According to an AMI-Partners report, more than 30 percent of small businesses (1 – 99 employees) and 50 percent of medium sized businesses (100-999 employees) expect VoIP to become a critical part of their operations.  In addition, a new forecast from In-Stat research shows that between now and 2015, the amount of small offices (1 to 4 employees)  using broadband IP telephony services will increase by 83 percent.

To create a clearer picture of the VoIP market and where it is headed, TMC (NewsAlert) CEO Rich Tehrani recently caught up with Greg Brashier, chief operating officer at Virtual PBX, a provider of cloud-based business phone systems.

Brashier believes that virtual, cloud-based technologies and next-generation mobile devices will soon replace traditional business phone systems, as more and more SMB and enterprise employees use these solutions with softphones for VoIP calls.  “With the increased data bandwidth and intelligence of smartphones, more users will be putting softphones on mobile devices, and using them as the destination for VoIP calls. In doing so, they can take business calls anywhere without paying PSTN or mobile fees for minutes. This technique will also allow users to make outbound calls through their corporate phone systems, enhancing call tracking and reporting while simultaneously delivering a corporate caller ID instead of personal mobile numbers,” said Greg Brashier.

Greg also believes the adoption rates of Virtual phone systems will increase exponentially over the next few years as these phone systems continue to move from niche products to the mainstream market.

“This trend will bring a host of benefits to mobile workers and companies”, says Brashier, “such as significant costs savings and the ability to access all the features of a corporate phone system while out of the office.” Greg continues, Virtual PBX pioneered mobile business telephony with the first Virtual PBX system. The genesis of the company was the idea that workers in a business should be enabled to work from any location, using any telephone. We have clients with workers scattered around the globe, all part of the company’s central phone system, and users communicate.”

Regarding the how the market segment evolved over the past year, and the trends which have fueled those changes, Greg says, “The largest changes in our market segment have been the increasing recognition and acceptance of virtual, “cloud based” phone systems as a more cost-effective replacement for traditional PBX hardware and the use of VoIP in place of traditional analog telephony.” Greg adds, “Our market has not yet completely assimilated the last major disruptive technology – the advent of VoIP in the SMB – and this will continue to be the biggest single factor changing the landscape in this market. The majority of SMBs are still using traditional phone systems, but the market share of VoIP is now making major inroads.”

This model is becoming mainstream and it is what businesses are requesting. Greg explains, “Virtual PBX has been leading this charge for more than 15 years. In the first 10+ years, all development was done based on getting virtual, cloud-based systems to work with traditional telephone equipment and phones. Now equal development is being generated for VoIP users. For us, it has always been a cloud model – first the PSTN cloud and then the Internet cloud.”

Furthermore, Greg explains that businesses are also requesting systems that work without fail, have easy implementation and are the best price for each clients specific situation.  Greg says Virtual PBX addressed these request, creating “a flexible, blended approach that allows any combination of traditional and VoIP systems, embraces third-party offerings through our Open Systems (NewsAlert) initiative, and offers multiple use and payment models tailored to each need.”

As for the future of Virtual PBX Greg says, “Many SMB users aren’t aware of the wide variety of options and the flexibility available to them today. We’ll be addressing some of the great options in telephony that allow businesses to tailor systems to their unique needs rather than just choosing between premise vs. hosted, or analog vs. Internet phone systems. It’s possible to mix and match the best of all of these options, and the result is far greater than the sum of the parts.”

Virtual Pbx® Awarded Internet Telephony’s 2011 Tmc Labs Innovation Award
August 5th, 2011

Virtual PBX Complete Honored for Exceptional Innovation

Virtual PBX has always watched out for every one of their customers, from the smaller businesses to the larger corporations, making sure to deliver products and services everyone finds useful for their business.

Virtual PBX’s latest solution is no exception, supporting a complete blending of analog and IP telephony, while also incorporating open SIP peering.   In doing so, Virtual PBX Complete ultimately meets the needs of all Virtual PBX customers from traditional landline clients to VoIP telephony customers.  Setting new standards for flexibility, features, price, and ease of installation, Virtual PBX Complete forged ahead, establishing new technology and employing out-of-the-box thinking.

This is what innovation is all about.  And this is why Virtual PBX Complete was named the 2011 TMC Labs Innovation Award winner.  The award, presented by TMC’s publication, INTERNET TELEPHONY, honors products that display innovation, unique features, and significant contributions toward improving communications technology. The TMC Labs Innovation Awards are granted to those companies demonstrating groundbreaking contributions to the industry.

“The Innovation Award exemplifies the best and the most unique products and services that this industry has to offer. Virtual PBX has proven its commitment to quality and the further development of the IP communications industry through its Virtual PBX Complete solution,” stated Tom Keating, CTO and TMC Labs Founder.

“Congratulations to the entire team at Virtual PBX for earning this great honor. I look forward to seeing more innovative solutions from them as the company continues to contribute to the future of IP communications,” Keating added.

In order to be seen as valuable innovations, new products and services must be strong enough to progress into the marketplace.  In addition, fast changing technologies and lifestyles cause people to have greater expectations. Customers are used to products that constantly improve and make their life easier.

“This recognition demonstrates the significant impact Virtual PBX Complete innovation has had on our market,” said Greg Brashier, COO of Virtual PBX. “This award, coupled with the enthusiastic responses from our customers, is a testament to Virtual PBX’s hard work and commitment to provide services that meet the wide range of customer needs.”

“Virtual PBX has demonstrated to the staff of TMC Labs that Virtual PBX Complete is truly innovative in the IP Communications industry. Virtual PBX Complete has made contributions which have resulted in significant advancement to the industry,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “We’re proud to reward Virtual PBX’s hard work with a TMC Labs Innovation Award this year.”

The 2011 TMC Labs Innovation Award highlights will be published in the July and August 2011 issues of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.

VirtualPBX® Affiliate Program
July 26th, 2011

VoIP is the latest and fastest growing telephony technology anywhere.  With its quickly advancing technology and affordable prices VoIP is becoming more and more the standard for businesses across the world. The market for VoIP solutions is huge and there is a broad customer base. This is why now is the perfect time to take advantage of the VoIP industry.  How, you ask?  Here’s how VirtualPBX can help.

Partnering with VirtualPBX offers the perfect chance to expand your sales opportunities into a highly profitable new area of business.  By becoming a VirtualPBX Affiliate, you can offer your customers a service that improves a crucial function in their business – their telephone service. As a result, you can strengthen your relationship with your customer as a valued business partner and trusted advisor.

VirtualPBX has teamed up with Share-A-Sale to offer a simple affiliate signup process so that you can begin earning commission payments from your website as soon as possible.  As an affiliate, you would receive automatic payments via Share-A-Sale for every customer you provide that signs up with VirtualPBX.  Simply add one of our Virtual PBX banners or text links to your website.  We will even design a custom banner for you upon request.

If you want to make money in the VoIP industry or the telecommunication industry in general, there is no better program than the Virtual PBX affiliate program.  Here’s why:

·     Partnering with VirtualPBX is 100% free. There are no fees or deposits.

·     Short sales cycles – customers typically recognize benefits from the service within 24 hours of purchase

·     Extremely easy implementation – Simply join our Affiliate program through ShareASale easy signup process, place a banner or text link on your website and start earning commissions right away.

·     Lots of tools and support – VirtualPBX provides you with all the tools, support, target markets, content, strategies and much more information to help you maximize your earning potential.

·     Competitive Payouts – We offer some of the highest payouts in the in market.

In addition, when you’re ready to start promoting Virtual PBX we provide all the linking and keyword strategies to incorporate, as well as channel information to help you target the right markets.  If you like to blog, there is content available for that as well.  However you choose to market VirtualPBX, we’re anxious to help.

Be in business for yourself with the support of Virtual PBX at your side.  Be a part of the worlds fastest growing markets with one of the highest quality VoIP providers in the business.  Virtual PBX invented this class of service and with over 15 years experience and the most robust technology in the market, nobody provides better features, reliability, or service than Virtual PBX.

To learn more about the VirtualPBX Affiliate program, please visit our partners page at: http://www.virtualpbx.com/partners.  If you are interested in other ways to partner with Virtual PBX please check out our next blog.

sauna works transitions to voip with virtual pbx
July 15th, 2011

Company Heats Up and Increases Outbound Calls with Virtual PBX Complete

Great customer service is the lifeline of every business. It is an essential part of maintaining your existing customers as well as winning new ones. The foundation of great customer service is forming a relationship with customers.  But how do you go about forming such a relationship?  One of the best ways is to make sure you are always available and in touch with your customers.

Customer satisfaction is the No. 1 priority for the employees of Sauna Works, a company specializing in infrared saunas. Sauna Works has been in the business of manufacturing and selling infrared saunas for over 14 years and have learned quite a bit about customer service and ensuring customer satisfaction.   Their motivation and dedication to provide excellent customer service drove the company’s move to VirtualPBX five years ago to allow employees to stay in constant touch with customers through landline, mobile, and VoIP phones.

In 2006, the company was managing a showroom in San Francisco and many of their employees were working remotely.  Vice President Andy Kaps knew using a feature-rich PBX solution was the only way to monitor and keep on top of sales and service calls.  When providing great customer service, it is so important to be able to communicate with customers from any location.  You need to be reachable no matter where you are.

Kaps explains, “As a former executive at a company within in the telecommunications field, I knew we needed a solution that would provide us with ACD queuing features which allowed us to stay connected with users no matter where we are. I was initially attracted to Virtual PBX because of its deep feature set and the web-based flexibility the company provides.”

In addition to keeping people connected around the world, Virtual PBX’s TrueACD™ Queues allows callers to contact anyone in the company without having to know their direct extension.  Furthermore, managers need not waste time entering or changing phone numbers as employee shifts change since TrueACD queues include presence management and employees log themselves in and out as needed.  Best of all, customer service is improved by reducing customer wait times and increasing customer satisfaction.

Sauna Works was able to increase customer satisfaction even further by switching to VoIP.  70 percent of Sauna Works’ employees using Virtual PBX made the transition to VoIP after the release of Virtual PBX’s new VoIP system, Virtual PBX Complete.  Since the transition, employees have not only significantly reduced overall phone costs, but also doubled the number of outbound calls made to clients.

Blending traditional analog telephony with VoIP technology, Virtual PBX’s Virtual PBX Complete solution allows clients to mix and match as needed as well as work from any location. Virtual PBX Complete also embraces open standards, which spares customers from being locked into proprietary technologies.

“A majority of our customers are looking for a flexible solution,” said Greg Brashier, COO of Virtual PBX. “With our commitment to both VoIP and analog technologies, we give customers like Sauna Works the ability to have low upfront costs, eliminate expensive analog phones lines when VoIP is appropriate, and improve service to their clients.”