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Archives: August 2010

Get Your 855 Numbers Here!
August 6th, 2010

If you haven’t already heard about it, the FCC is releasing the 855 prefix for toll-free numbers on October 2, 2010.  Since none of those numbers are currently taken, numbers like 855-Call-Now or 855-855-8558 should be available.  All of the 855 numbers — all 7+ million of them — will be available for reservation on October 2nd, all at once. When that happens, every company that has access to the nationwide toll-free number database will reserve as many numbers as they can, as fast as they can.

Since Virtual PBX has direct access to the nationwide toll-free database, you can get in line to have us make a grab for your numbers of choice on your behalf. And unlike many other toll-free number ordering services, we charge nothing to place orders for up to 25 numbers, and only $25/each for the numbers successfully reserved for you. Now’s the time to try for a special toll-free number that’s always been unavailable in the past. An opportunity like this doesn’t come around very often.

To place an order, click here and enter your request. Again, the first 25 attempts are free, just $2 each after that, and only $25 for each number successfully reserved. Other companies are marking up these numbers to make a huge profit.  VirtualPBX is just trying to give our customers what they want.

For more information about why you might need a toll-free number, please continue reading…

Why Use Toll-Free Numbers

There could be a very long list of reasons why a business or person would use a toll-free number.  However, one could narrow it down three general reasons::

Visibility: If you want to show a local presence, then market your local number so your callers know that you’re local to them.  Small to medium sized businesses typically fall into this category.  However, if you are marketing your services to customers that are not within your local area, then a toll-free number is the best way to go.

Protect Your Branding:  get your company name or the toll-free version of your local number.  In the case of this post, get the 855- version of your current toll-free numbers

Polite to Consumer:  it essentially rolls out the red carpet to the caller, letting them know that they can call you from where ever they are for no cost to them.

Convenience: With no cost to the caller, it’s very convenient for the caller to dial a toll-free number.  Sometimes people with kids in college or family members living outside the immediate area will get a low-cost toll-free number strictly for the convenience of communication.  With toll-free, it reduces the excuses for not calling!

With that information in mind, now’s the time to get your 855 number.  Remember, in order to place an order, click here and enter your request.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know at 888-825-0800, option 1 for Sales.

Conferencing Made Easy
March 25th, 2010

You’re in Sydney. Your sales reps are in New York. Your marketing team is in London. Time is money and you need to speak to your teams ASAP. Travelling arrangements aside, there’s really only one efficient way to get your teams together and all on the same page – a conference call!

With a VirtualPBX system, setting up and hosting a conference call is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Arrange the time and let the teams know
  2. Have your teams call your VirtualPBX number and enter the conference bridge
  3. Log in as the moderator and host your conference

No long PINs or Access Codes to remember or give out. No special conferencing number needed. Conference calls made nice and easy. But wait! There’s more! With VirtualPBX.com, you can have numbers in Sydney, New York and London ALL accessing the same VirtualPBX system. The calls are local calls for your teams, with no need for them to expense their long distance calls. And don’t forget, they can call from ANY phone – they don’t need to be at a computer to make those cheap PC calls. It’s a local call to them.

But VirtualPBX.com takes it a step further by going beyond the basic features of an audio conference:

  • Each extension in your system can host their own conference call
  • You can password protect the conference with a self-specified PIN
  • It’s easy to monitor conference activity using our web console, seeing who’s hosting and the caller ID of the participants
  • Full conferencing logs are available, summarizing call times and duration

If you’re looking for audio conferencing AND a hosted PBX, your quest is now complete. VirtualPBX.com delivers both, complete with quality and reliability.

From The Desk Of The CEO – Vacationing With Virtual PBX
July 13th, 2009

We interrupt our normally scheduled postings for a word from our CEO, Paul Hammond.

So, I’m finally going to be taking my first vacation in four years. I’m heading out to Italy for a while, and am researching the ways to stay in touch with work and family without paying an arm and leg to my US iphone cell phone carrier that shall remain nameless.

After a conversation with a very nice rep with said carrier, I was still in shock to know that I will have to pay $2.00 a minute to send and receive calls whilst in Italy. It’s a good thing I don’t plan on talking that much, but the high costs got me thinking about how I can stay in touch and still have my legs to walk around Florence and my arms to hold the camera.

I’d been hearing about how we at VirtualPBX.com have almost got our international phone service up and running. The idea is that we can provision a local number in a foreign country and have it ring directly in the VirtualPBX system. So I went to ask about how that was going and after three minutes on the computer, the team allocated me a local number in Florence, Italy. It rings directly into the VirtualPBX, and I can now have access to all our employees, voicemail, and dial tone to make outbound calls.

I’m also going to need a phone to use when I get there so that I can call my new number at local rates so I’m bringing my old RAZR and when I get into Italy, I’ll just drop into a local phone store and switch out the Cingular SIM chip for a local SIM chip.  Quick, easy, buy a big pack of minutes for local calls there, save a whole bunch of money.

With my new local Italian SIM chip in my phone I will simply call the Florence number at the cost of a local phone call, reach my messages and business services as needed, and use the outbound dialing feature to connect me to anyone I want to talk to at home – mostly my kids, but I can keep track of anyone I want to without having to pay international rates.

That’s way cheaper than the $2.00 a minute that the major phone companies would be charging me. And if I meet anyone in Florence that wants to call me, I just give them my VirtualPBX Florence phone number, they will reach the main auto attendant, they can dial my extension and the VirtualPBX will call out to my cell phone – the new Italian one of course!

If anyone else wants to test the Italian VirtualPBX number, it is 39-055-398-0579, and it’ll take you straight to our main system.  I’m really excited about seeing how the total price compares when I get back from my trip.  I’ll keep track of the number of minutes of phone time I use and let you all know how it goes.  If you’d like your own international number in one of over 40 countries, send an email to beta-testers@virtualpbx.com and ask to be part of our international beta program.  Meanwhile, ciao, and Italy here we come.

Paul Hammond