Have a Business? Need a New Business Line? Why Business VoIP Might Be the Answer

Running a business is all about juggling costs against profit. The lower your costs, the greater your profit margins. One of the biggest drains on a business’s financial resources can be their telecommunications bill. Conventional landline technology may be tried and tested, but it’s expensive and frankly, starting to look a little bit outdated in an age of computers, the Internet and fibre optic broadband capacity. Which is why if you’re running a business and are in the fortunate position of expanding your enterprise, considering switching your telephony to business VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) could be one of the best business decisions you make this year.

How can VoIP help my business?

If your company is growing, eventually having just one phone line is going to prove detrimental to the smooth running of your daily business. Rather than installing a second phone line that uses ordinary landline technology, a business phone line that operates on a business VoIP system can cut your costs substantially – and you don’t even have to change your hand sets to use it.

Modern business VoIP uses your Internet connection and broadband to connect calls all over the world. The real beauty of VoIP is that it can cut your call costs to the bare minimum with no loss of quality or voice clarity. Business VoIP providers offer companies looking to install a new phone line flexible packages that could mean your international calls cost no more than the price of a local call, and, in some cases, can be free. For businesses with satellite offices in other countries or who do business with international clientele, this option makes sense. If you make a lot of international calls, having a dedicated VoIP business phone line that can provide you for both local and international calls at the same rate makes sound financial sense.

No need to buy new handsets

Because of the advances in VoIP technology, you don’t even have to buy a specially adapted handset to be able to take advantage of a VoIP business phone line. A small adapter can be fitted to an existing hand set, instantly turning it into a VoIP phone. And particularly for small businesses in the process of growing their operation, every penny counts.

Call plans designed for business users give you a complete package of national and international calls at cheap rates, all for a single monthly fee, making your accounting records for your telecommunications costs easier to keep and saving you time. Switching to VoIP can also make your business look more professional. By showing that you are actively embracing the latest technology, international clients will see that you are ready for the world stage and have future-proofed your business for growth on a global scale.

VoIP is the new business tool for telephony. A natural product of the fusion between old ideas and new technology, business VoIP offers any company looking to expand their range but keep costs to a minimum the perfect solution.

Implementing VoIP Services Into a Business

Enhancing profitability and growing the business are key facets to any company’s success. Achieving both of those goals is typically influenced by a wide assortment of factors including telecommunications. Now that technology has given the world VoIP or Voice over Internet Protocol capability, it is important for forward-thinking businesses to implement VoIP services into their infrastructure as part of their continuing efforts to achieve success and push ahead of the competition. While it is true that land lines offer reliable communication systems, VoIP capability is faster and just as reliable. Plus, it also features a few additional benefits.

What is Voice over Internet Protocol?

Voice over Internet Protocol transmits calls via high speed Internet connections rather than using traditional methods. Fees are applied for both local and long distance services. However, the fees are generally the same for both local and long distance. This fact alone effectively reduces the cost of telecommunications for many businesses once they switch over. While additional fees typically apply for international calling, monetary savings of some type over traditional calling services generally come into play.

What About Voice over Internet Protocol and Existing Phone Numbers?

In most cases, businesses that make the transformation from land lines to VoIP can retain their existing phone numbers. Not only does this simplify the transaction, but it also assists in maintaining a positive flow in business activities. First and foremost, the company letterhead, stationery, business cards, etc will not have to undergo any changes. Therefore, no additional expense for those types of supplies will be incurred.

What Are the Features of Voice over Internet Protocol?

The quality of service with VoIP telecommunications is generally exceptional. Seamless calls with a high quality of service are the norm. The standard features of VoIP services are the same as those found with traditional land lines. Subscribers can have access to call forwarding, call waiting, voice mail, 3-way calling, and so much more. One of the perks of installing VoIP calling for your company is the one-click feature that allows your employees to click to call through the Internet. However, it is important to do your research since not all VoIP providers offer the same exact features with their stand plans.

What Is Needed to Utilize Voice over Internet Protocol Services?

Two basic choices exist when it comes to Voice over Internet Protocol set ups. Users have the option to purchase a special adapter that can be used with an existing phone. They can also opt to set up their VoIP service through the computer using a microphone and special software. The choice is a personal one that will vary from one company to the next. If the second option is chosen, the specific VoIP service provider that is selected to provide the service provides the software. One of the benefits of setting VoIP up to function through the computer is that this scenario frees up the caller’s hands, especially if the microphone is attached to a headset.

What Are the Primary Benefits of Implementing Voice over Internet Protocol Services?

Three main benefits exist when implementing Voice over Internet Protocol services into the workplace: a streamlined work environment, less expensive telecommunication costs, and a manageable contact list.

A streamlined work environment automatically occurs when VoIP is implemented into the workplace. VoIP connectivity often reduces the pile of items that typically sits on worker’s desks. In particular, land-line phones are replaced with slender hands-free microphones, freeing up desk space as well as the hands of the individuals placing the calls.

Less expensive telecommunication costs are one of the monetary benefits that result from a transfer from traditional calling to VoIP calling services. Since many VoIP providers offer less expensive rates for local, long distance, and international calling, the company can save quite a bit on their daily telecommunication costs. Think about how many different entities receive a phone call from your company on a regular basis- customers, potential customers, suppliers, service providers, and more. That is a lot of calling, so there is quite a potential for huge savings to result from switching over to VoIP. As the company’s cost goes down, their profits will go up.

A manageable contact list might appear to be a simple benefit at first glance, but it is not. How many wasted hours are involved over the course of a year when workers have to hunt for contact information? With VoIP, the contact list is simplified and constantly accessible. Not only that, but all of the pertinent information relating to any individual contact can be stored right along with the contact information on the computer, simplifying the work process for the employees.

As a result of the primary benefits of switching over to VoIP connectivity, productivity also increases, generating new growth and greater profits. Multi-tasking is much simpler when two hands are involved so your employees will be able to increase their output easier and with less physical stress. How many times have you seen your employees trying to juggle the phone between their neck and shoulder just so they could have both hands free for the keyboard or to hunt through important papers? With the hands-free head sets used with VoIP connectivity, your employees will be able to use both hands readily without straining their necks.

The portability of VoIP is another of the great aspects of this type of connectivity. VoIP can be taken and used anywhere that has high-speed Internet access. Necessary travel no longer precludes the ability to continue to make work calls on the company’s dime. Instead, work goes on as usual. In fact, the portability of VoIP eases the transition of a temporary office set up that simply must take place. No interruption to service or productivity results due to the transfer of the work location thanks to the abilities of Voice over Internet Protocol Services.

Voice over Internet Protocol Services is inexpensive to implement into a businesses telecommunication infrastructure. It leads to greater profits, enhanced productivity, and renewed growth. Is there any reason why you shouldn’t switch over to VoIP now? None whatsoever. Take advantage of VoIP technology today and propel your business ahead for the next wave of the future.

Telecommunication Billing – What the Phone Company Doesn’t Want You to Know

Communication is the lifeblood of business, and telecommunications are at the heart of all business communication. Companies know that they need reliable, quality service of sufficient capacity to handle their needs and they are often intrigued by the latest service or technology; but the billing structure remains a mystery to most. Telephone service is taken for granted at the same time that it is grossly misunderstood. And, while businesses have historically been at the mercy of a monopoly regarding phone service, the phone company has done a pretty good job of connecting businesses to their customers. The problem with former monopolies is that they continue to think and act like monopolies.

With quality and reliability issues fairly well resolved, businesses are focusing their attention on the cost of service. However, many companies rely on the phone company to advise them on the most cost effective services available and to insure that they are being billed properly. Others rely on their internal telecommunications personnel who were trained to think like the phone company. It is important to understand that in the course of trying to improve its bottom line, the phone company may not be looking for ways to help you reduce your phone service costs. Is it coincidence that 80% of billing errors favor the phone company?

In 1934, the Federal Communications Commission was created to regulate the interstate aspects of telecommunications. However, local phone service and in-state long distance issues were left to the states to regulate.

In 1975, in response to public outrage about soaring utility bills and a telephone company scandal, the State of Texas established the Public Utilities Commission to represent and protect the public interest in regard to public utility rates, operations, and services. The Public Utilities Commission regulates the phone company (and other utilities) through tariffs that define the operations of the utility, the services it can provide and the rates it is allowed to charge.

Until 1984, telecommunications was the exclusive domain of monopolies, though it was regulated in the State of Texas by the PUC. The monopoly was so tightly held that companies had a phone room in their own buildings that was off limits to everyone but the phone company. Many businesses did not even own their own phones.

After the breakup of AT&T in 1984, businesses had to take on some of the responsibility of managing their telecommunications internally. Businesses now had to acquire their own phone systems and integrate them with the available service from the regional Bell operating companies, who still maintained a monopoly on service. With no internal expertise available, the obvious answer was to hire former phone company employees to manage internal telecommunications issues.

As complicated as the technology was, billing for phone service was even more complicated. Though these former phone company employees were, in fact, technicians, businesses increasingly (and unfairly) relied upon these technicians to manage not only their telecommunications technology issues, but phone service billing issues as well. Ironically, it is often a company’s internal telecommunications experts that prevent a company from getting the best possible rates for the services they use.

Business phone service is subject to two distinct types of billing errors: 1) usage errors based on the volume and duration of calls, and 2) rate errors based on the costs and fees the phone company is authorized to charge for phone service. Companies can themselves detect usage errors, but because billing structures are so highly complex, companies need specialized help to detect rate errors.

Tariff regulations are particularly complicated and are subject to frequent change. The current tariff schedule for SBC alone is made up of over 8,000 pages, with some 250,000 pages of retired tariffs no longer in effect. These rules are first interpreted by the phone companies and summarized into billing, operational and service policies that are interpreted a second time by phone company employees implementing the policies. With two levels of interpretation, there is no surprise that the rates businesses pay for phone service varies greatly from the language of the tariffs.

Tariff regulations are well outside the knowledge and skill set of telecom, IT and MIS personnel; and individuals with experience in telecommunications billing (usually former phone company employees) are typically trained to think like the phone company and rely on the phone company billing policies to resolve billing issues. To summarize, telecommunications personnel are simply not qualified to handle tariff and rate issues. However, because most businesses rely on their telecommunications personnel to handle billing issues, some telecom managers may avoid bringing in outside help for fear that if long-standing large errors are found, they will get the blame.

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 introduced competition in the telecommunications marketplace. Various companies popped up to provide alternative local phone service. A few of these companies provided their own hardware and infrastructure, but the vast majority were simply resellers of Bell service.

While one would expect that competitive pressures would have caused the industry to operate more efficiently with fewer billing mistakes, a number of factors actually caused billing errors to increase. In fact, for the seven largest phone companies, excluding cell phone companies, consumer billing complaints rose 95% from 2002 to 2003. Many of the problems that existed with the Bells prior to deregulation remained in place after deregulation and may have even been exacerbated by budget cuts and high turnover. Most competitive local exchange carriers were merely resellers of Bell service, who simply passed through any billing errors on the underlying service while adding yet another layer of bureaucracy. Additionally, newer carriers were prone to internal billing errors because they were not yet familiar with their own billing systems.

Rather than improve operational efficiency in order to be more competitive, some telecom companies tried to trick consumers into giving them their business, according to an article by CBS News. Even some of the most reputable phone companies have been accused of “competing by cheating” including continuing to send bills after service is terminated, and billing for services never ordered.

In one published example from Direct Marketing News, AT&T was accused of incorrectly billing 200,000 to 300,000 non-customers as well as 800,000 of its customers purportedly in an effort to draw inbound calls so it could pitch them on phone services while getting around national and state do-not-call lists. Consumers who called to complain were allegedly told by AT&T agents that they would have to sign up for a calling plan in order to get the incorrect fees refunded.

In another published example, a phone company in New Jersey, after paying out over $25,000,000 in refunds, decided it would only pay refunds for overcharges back for three months. Their argument was that by paying the overcharge, the customer was agreeing to the overcharge. While regulators repeatedly rejected that argument, it continued to be used. The phone company further complicated the issue by prematurely and illegally destroying customer service records that could be used to document how far back overcharges extend.

It is hard to imagine that the phone company could be capable of such tactics. If you wonder what gives them the audacity to treat their customers that way, consider how they have reportedly treated the regulators according to an article by Forbes:

For the first time, the FCC auditors… traveled the country and spot-checked telephone buildings to verify the existence of equipment carried on the books. [T]hey looked at only 25% of the Bells’ gear… at central switching offices. They discovered $5 billion in assets was missing outright. At least another $5 billion was impossible to audit, although federal law explicitly requires otherwise. Assets carried at erroneously (or intentionally) inflated costs on the books naturally lead to higher regulated prices. FCC Auditors were intent on levying large fines and seeking billions in refunds. “When the audit team started getting huge numbers, the Commission started getting very, very nervous.” “The dollars were so huge that there was no way the FCC would pursue them.” [T]he FCC negotiated with the Bells and a few long-distance titans in a series of secret meetings ending in early 2000. The resulting deal was officially named Calls, for the Coalition of Affordable Local and Long-distance Service. [T]he Baby Bells… slash[ed] the access fees they charge long-distance carriers for routing calls to their local lines, [saying] it would save customers $3.2 billion a year. [T]hey also won the right to offset that reduction by boosting flat monthly fees… $5 billion a year. The little-noticed shift in fees… also was a way for the Bells to bury what could have become a multibillion-dollar accounting scandal.

Today, there are a variety of telecommunications options for businesses, but phone service has essentially become a commodity. Price of service has become a major factor in selection of service and service provider. And, while most businesses believe that they are taking steps to insure that they are receiving the best rates available for services, very little is actually being done to hold the phone companies to the regulated rates.

In a recent survey by Communications Convergence Magazine, 55% of businesses said that their phone bills are audited regularly for billing inaccuracies. Amazingly, 50% said that the phone company provided the audit, with only about 5% of respondents saying they used the services of a third party auditing firm. In no other area of a business would a company ever allow vendors to audit themselves.

In the same survey, 73% of businesses said they believe that there are few or no incorrect charges on their phone bill. However, the FCC and independent industry analysts have determined that more than 80% of all phone bills contain errors and that 30% of all telecommunications charges are incorrect .

The largest users of telecommunications service often justify the creation of a custom tariff that provides special pricing or they otherwise qualify for pricing on an individual case basis (ICB). These organizations are the most likely to believe that there are few or no inaccuracies on their bills. However, statistics show that due to the size and complexity of these accounts, they are actually more likely to have a billing error.

Businesses and consumers tend to give the phone company the benefit of the doubt, but overwhelming evidence shows that the phone company does not proactively recommend packages or services that would reduce costs.


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Avoid the Pain of Excessive Business Phone Bills Whilst at Home and Overseas

Business relies on having proper budgets and proper planning. Sometimes nothing is more painful than when an excessive phone bill comes in. Not only do you have to work out why the phone bill is expensive, but you may also find that you are on the wrong business phone plan and there is a costly mess and contracts to deal with to ensure you get on the right plan. It doesn’t have to be this way.

The two most common causes of excessive phone bills are exorbitant roaming charges when travelling overseas and also data charges. As smartphones become more prevalent, people are more and more accessing the internet on their phones. Unfortunately many of these people may not have paid due consideration to the plans that they are on and there may not be as much data included in their plan as they are using. This most obviously causes major problems when people start downloading large files like applications.

Here are three things all business owners need to do when thinking about their telecommunications needs in order to ensure that they don’t suffer the same fate as those whom have experienced problems before them.

Get some proper advice from a trusted business telecommunications consultant- Many of those selling business telecommunications products will be paid a commission on the products they sell but this does not mean that all those selling business phone products are dodgy. A consultant who is an expert in their field will act in your best interest, confident in the knowledge that by providing you with the right plans and advice now you will continue to deal with them well into the future. A consultant will take the proper time needed to sit down with you confident that some extra time spent now will pay off in long term financial rewards.

Make sure you think about how your business phone fleet will be used- It’s not just about calls and text messages anymore. Smart phones give you and your staff so much more power and productivity. You need to make sure you use this to your advantage but you also need to make sure you pick a plan with a large allowance for included data so you don’t get scary and hard to understand phone bills.

If you, or your staff, do travel overseas look at ways that you can reduce costs- There are a variety of ways that you can reduce your costs when travelling, from purchasing an international SIM card, to purchasing a roaming value pack from your provide if it is available.

These solutions will all help you avoid the pain of excessive phone bills. If you have had one of these excessive phone bills, or you know someone who has, you will know why it is important to make sure you avoid this.

Doing Business In Thailand – General Information About Thailand

With a coastline spanning 3,219 km, the Kingdom of Thailand (formerly known as Siam) geographically lies in South East Asia and shares borders with Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. It encompasses a land area of approximately 515,000 sq km roughly equating to the size of France and consists of 76 provinces, which are divided up into four main zones: The North, The North East, Central and South.

Thailand is a country with rich traditions and a long history from various influences from the east as well as from the west. From the Kings of the early Sukhothai Period up to today, Thailand has built a distinct characteristic appearance to the outer world.

Thailand has been an independent nation since 1238 AD and is proudly the only country in South East Asia that was never been colonised by a foreign power. Thailand’s government has been a constitutional monarchy since 1932 and authoritarian ruling bodies have maintained power throughout most of the Thai political history.

From 1958 to 1971 the executive powers of the King were exercised by the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers, his legislative powers by the National Assembly, and his judicial system composed of the Courts of First Instance, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

Since 1971, Thailand’s government has experienced numerous changes. However, the Monarchy and the bureaucracy has remained, maintaining stability.

The King of Thailand (His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej) is the world’s longest reigning monarch and is held with utmost respect by all Thais.

The year 2006 marked the King’s 60th year on the throne throughout which he has tirelessly devoted six decades to initiating and implementing thousands of projects for improving and sustaining land development, irrigation, agriculture, healthcare and to the education and the well-being of the Thai people.

While it may be common for many people to openly criticise the Thai Government, it is considered an insult to criticise or disparage any members of the Thai Royal Family.

Thailand has a population of approximately 65 million and has an unemployment rate of approximately 2.6%. While this may seem low, it represents a sharp increase from 0.9% in 1997 before the start of the Asian financial crisis.

Language and Religion
Thailand’s official language, Thai, is tonal and understood and used nationwide. English is also used and understood for business and international purposes. Additional regional dialects also exist, differing from north to south and east to west, all of which are members of the Thai half of the Thai-Kadai family of languages. The Thai script derives from the Indic ancient writing systems of Pali and Sanskrit and consists of 44 consonants and 32 vowels.

Buddhism plays a key role in society and shapes every aspect of daily life in Thailand. With approximately 27,000 temples throughout the country, Buddhism has long since been recognised as the country’s most widely practised religion by roughly 95% of the nation, significantly influencing both Thai society and culture. Islam also accounts for approximately 4% and Christianity and other minority religions accounting for 1%.

The average years of schooling in Thailand is 6.5, with its literacy rate standing at 95.5%, one of the highest in South East Asia, thanks to the high priority given by the Government towards an increased national budget being allocated to education.

There are several universities and colleges, the majority of which are based in Bangkok, offering degree courses, and scores of training colleges and vocational schools. Two of Bangkok’s universities, Thammasat and Chulalongkorn are considered to be among the Top 50 in Asia.

There has also been significant growth recently in the internationally accredited and affiliated large international schools due to the number of expatriates based in Thailand but also due to wealthier Thai families preferring their children to receive a more global style of education.

The majority of Thailand is very humid, with humidity levels of between 66% and 82%, depending on the time of day and season. Winter (November to February) is relatively cool and dry with an average temperature around 21º-24ºC. Summer (March to May) is hot and humid with an average temperature around 35º-40ºC. The monsoon season (June to October) is hot and rainy, with average temperatures ranging around 24º-30ºC.

Thailand’s time zone is 7 hours ahead of GMT/UTC (London). Daylight saving is not followed.

The national unit of currency is the Thai baht (THB), which is divided into 100 satang. Notes are issued in 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 baht denominations, while coins consist of 25 and 50 satang and the more common 1, 2, 5 and 10 baht coins. US Dollars may also be accepted in tourist areas or towards the borders of neighbouring countries. Credit cards are also widely accepted nationwide in many shops and all major department stores. Exchange rate USD1.00 = THB34.00 (October 2007).

Business Hours
Most companies operate an 8 hours day, 5 days a week, beginning between 8.00am and 9.00am with a one-hour lunch break from noon. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 3.30pm. Private shops do not have set business hours and in many cases stay open late.

Thailand has an efficient postal service and a modern telecommunications network, including an international direct telephone service in operation 24 hours. International postage is also cheap, reliable and efficient.

Mobile phone networks are also on the increase such as AIS, DTAC, True Move and Hutch. Prepaid sim cards for mobile phones can be purchased and used in any imported phone and respective recharge cards are also reasonably priced and easy to find.

The Government has approved further expansion of the telecommunication networks to meet the expected further growth in the economy. Internet cafes are numerous, especially in areas with a high number of tourists, e.g. Phuket, Samui and Bangkok.

Thailand is more advanced in the cyber world than the majority of South East Asia and with the popularity the high-speed Internet rates continue to competitively drop each year.

Medical Facilities
Medical facilities in Bangkok are comparable to those available in Western countries. Bangkok has 3 University research hospitals, 12 public and private hospitals and hundreds of medical clinics.

Entry by land, air, river or sea into Thailand is permitted at various border crossing points from Malaysia: (Betong, Padang Besar, Sadao and Sungai Kolok), Myanmar: (Mae Sai, Mae Sot, Ranong and Three Pagodas Pass), Laos: (Chiang Kong, Chong Mek, Mukhdahan, Nakhon Phanom and Nongkhai) and Cambodia: (Hat Lek and Aranya Prathet).

The new Suvarnabhumi Airport is Thailand’s major international airport and is the main hub for all in and outbound air traffic in Thailand since September 2006. It serves over 80 major international airline carriers with direct flights to destinations throughout both the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide.

The national carrier, Thai Airways International and the smaller domestic airline, Bangkok Airways, provide an extensive domestic schedule to all major centres in Thailand. In addition, the low-cost airlines such as PB Air, Orient Thai Air, Phuket Airline, Nok Air and Thai AirAsia provide an extensive schedule to centres in Thailand and the ASEAN countries.

There are also extensive and regular rail links and bus routes between Bangkok and all major towns and cities throughout Thailand and neighbouring countries.

In Bangkok, the well serviced and regular 2 lines of the elevated-rail system known as the Skytrain (BTS) and the single underground 18-station subway network (MRT) relieve people of the traffic congestion, providing daily commuters air-conditioned comfort and speed.

Living Conditions
Bangkok is a cosmopolitan city, where expatriates generally enjoy a high standard of living. Supermarkets stock a variety of imported food items in addition to local produce, and a wide range of leisure activities are available including soccer, rugby, tennis, cricket and in particular, golf.

Bangkok does have its frustrations however, particularly the traffic and pollution, however a number of resorts and scenic attractions including Pattaya, Hua Hin, Rayong, Kanchanaburi and Khao Yai National Park are within easy reach for weekend breaks outside the city.

Housing & Accommodation
A wide range of accommodation is available, particularly in Bangkok, from basic, relatively low priced apartments to expensive luxury condominiums and serviced apartments.

Most expatriate accommodation is located in the Sukhumvit and Sathorn/Silom areas, which are close to retail and business centres. In many cases, employers of expatriates may also provide financial assistance for accommodation.

Chambers of Commerce
There are a number of active international Chambers of Commerce operating in Thailand, including the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce (AUSCHAM), Belgian/Luxembourg, British Chamber of Commerce (BCCT), Canadian, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, German-Thai Chamber of Commerce, Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce, India-Thai, Italian, Japanese, Korean-Thai, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norwegian, Singapore-Thai, South African, Swedish.

These arrange a number of seminars and networking functions and the joint committee of the foreign chambers regularly lobbies the authorities on behalf of their members.

Clubs & Networking Events
A number of clubs provide good social and networking opportunities for expatriates. These include the British Club (now open to all nationalities), the Heritage Club, the Bangkok Club, the Pacific Club and the Lighthouse Club. Rotary International is also active in Thailand with a number of clubs located throughout the country.

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