Category Archives: General

AFAR: At the End of the Line for Animal Rights

by Sue Walsh



Phone.com Customer Service Pooch

Customer Service pup Wino, enjoying the green grass at Phone.com’s Poway offices.

Customer Advocates for Animal Rights (AFAR) came to Phone.com through our affiliation with Grassroots.org, a partnership that gives non-profits one year of free phone service.

Based in Michigan, AFAR’s goal is to advocate on animal-rights issues, educate the public on spaying and neutering, and celebrate the special bond between animals and the people who care for them. Their phone line is used to raise funds and gather support to provide no-kill temporary housing and care for strays.

Director David Farr says Phone.com has definitely helped move AFAR’s work forward. “As we grow, Phone.com is there, meeting our needs, often even before we know we need something.”

AFAR uses a Phone.com customized toll-free number. This feature lets customers pick a number that is easy for callers to remember and dial because it uses letters associated with the organization. For example, AFAR’s donation and support line is 1-866-224-AFAR.

Sancho, our Chief Happiness Officer

Sancho, our Chief Happiness Officer

David says AFAR staff are impressed by the friendly, helpful support they receive from Phone.com Customer Service. “They always go the extra mile, providing quality service.”

What David doesn’t know, is that at Phone.com, we love our dogs! From tiny Wino the Dachshund-Beagle pup pictured above to three-year-old Pit Bull Sancho, the hounds rule our Customer Service center.

We wish AFAR every success in protecting and advocating for our furry friends!

Phone.com’s Response to the Shellshock Flaw

by Jeremy Watkin

shellshock2A serious vulnerability in the Unix Bash shell used on Linux systems, Apple OS X machines, routers and older connected (IoT) devices was announced yesterday.

As with the Heartbleed virus earlier this year, our infrastructure team has applied security patches to all Phone.com systems that use Bash, thereby preventing unauthorized access to our service and your data.

For more information on protecting your own systems, see US-CERT’s alert on Shellshock.

What Do You Need in a VOIP Phone Service?

by Sue Walsh

As a small business owner, are you satisfied with your phone service? Wonder where to find the reliability you need or how to scale your phone system to serve your growing enterprise?

You’re not alone. A recent report from Software Advice, a Texas-based service that matches businesses with best-in-class software solutions, suggests that nearly 60 percent of companies currently looking to upgrade their phone systems are looking for a sophisticated VOIP service, one that is both reliable and scalable.

Top Reasons for Considering VOIP

Reasons for choosing VOIP

The report highlights the top features, pain points and reasons that business owners are looking to VoIP.

What Do Smaller Businesses Need?

  • 77 percent are looking for a web-based, hosted PBX solution
  • Of the nearly 60 percent of respondents considering VoIP, one third were still using traditional landlines in their businesses
  • Only six percent of those who took the survey were IT specialists, which suggests that good technical support, easy setup, and service reliability will be key to buyers
  • 32 percent identified reliability and scalability as their top reasons for wanting to purchase a new VoIP system

Features were also key! Flexible voicemail options, caller ID, number portability and many others:

Top Requested Phone-Service Features

Top VOIP features

With a shift towards hosted, VOIP-based services, it becomes easier for small businesses to access sophisticated call, conferencing, voicemail and other services, using platforms that were once only available to larger enterprises. VOIP allows your five-person startup to function like an established player!

Getting the Whole Package

To wrap up, it’s clear that small businesses are making the shift from landline to VoIP solutions. Buyers are interested in solutions that are not only reliable, but can scale, allowing them to add users easily and economically as they grow. Also, small businesses may not have IT expertise in house, so they place great importance on easy setup, reliability and effective technical support.

What are you looking for in a phone system and can we help? Phone.com offers one of the most flexible, people-friendly, economical VOIP services available. Take a look!

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How to Save Time Managing Your Phone.com Account with Presets

by Derrick Lewis

As a small business owner, time is one of your greatest assets, and also something that seems to be in a constantly short supply. The last thing you need to be doing is tinkering with your phone system, which is why Phone.com has some great preset features that will save you some valuable time. Presets allow you to:

  • Save your settings in templates. These templates can then be quickly applied elsewhere on your account without having to set them up manually repeatedly.
  • Edit your call forwarding in one location. When you save your call forwarding as presets, you can manage all of these templates in one location. A unified approach to call management.
  • Let your employees manage their own call forwarding. Because presets can be saved on an extension specific level, your employees can manage their own call forwarding.

Want to learn more about presets? Then join us for a free 30 minute webinar where we’ll be covering all of the methods for setting up presets on your account.

We’ll teach you how to add presets, save your existing call forwarding as presets, and how to activate these templates in your number forwarding. 

When

Thursday, September 25th 10:30am – 11:00am PST.

How

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Upgrade Your Phone and Communication Abilities with Our iPhone App

by Derrick Lewis

Apple recently unveiled their new iPhone 6 and it’s bigger and better than ever. If you’re considering upgrading, or perhaps this is your first iPhone, then why not take advantage of our iPhone app with that new phone of yours? 

As a business owner, staying connected with your clients while outside of the office is critical. With our iPhone app, you can fulfill most of your business’s communication needs without being at your desk, including:

  • Placing calls with your Phone.com number. No need for a desk phone to accomplish this. Our app allows you to use your Phone.com number as your outbound caller ID on all calls.
  • Sending faxes directly from your cell phone. Got a last minute fax you forgot to send from the office? Use our app and send it directly from your phone.
  • Managing your inbox. Check your voicemails, sms text messages, and faxes directly from the app. No need to log in to your account from a computer.

Got your new iPhone and want to learn more about our app for your business?

How can I learn more?

Join us for a free 30 minutes webinar where we’ll show you how to set up your Phone.com iPhone app. 

In addition, we’ll also cover all of the great features of the app including placing calls with your Phone.com number, managing your inbox, changing your voicemail greeting, sending faxes, and more!

When

Thursday, September 18th 10:30am – 11:00am PST.

How

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