Archive for April, 2011


Gizmo5 Alternative: New Options for Discontinued Gizmo5 Users

Nextiva VoIP As A Gizmo5 Alternative

As of April 3, 2011, Google recently discontinued delivering service for a company they recently acquired, Gizmo5.com. Consumers have been left without service and Nextiva is a terrific alternative.

Google bought Gizmo5, an online VoIP company, in 2009. Previous to April 3, consumers used Gizmo5 to route calls to and from their Google Voice number, combining the several facets of Sip to streamline communication. The ability to assign a number and the options for free calling meant an explosion of popularity for this particular VoIP option.

However, with the discontinuation of Gizmo5, combining one’s Google Voice account with the existing PBX is more difficult. However, there are additional SIP options, including Nextiva. Consumers want an easy, user-friendly, reliable and affordable SIP option and Nextiva offers this.

Nextiva offers an array of services more specifically oriented toward business communications, including VoIP phone systems, online fax services, business phone numbers, and PBX SIP trunking.

Using the internet as the foundation of business communication cuts down on cost and also allows users to integrate the spectrum of communication options. Users can text, fax and call online. Phone calls can be routed and forwarded automatically to the preferred destination. Video conferencing and instant messaging can be done over computers, phones, smart phones, etc. Businesses can create voicemail protocols, take advantage of number portability and virtual directories, integrate on-hold music and even create customized greetings for callers.

Nextiva offers a range of packages at all different price levels, whether its for the individual or a large enterprise. And of course, there options can be integrated with internet applications, which makes Nextiva a great option for Gizmo5 users.


Businesses Look to VoIP as the Future of Business Communications

According to Eweek.com, American businesses will focus their attention on VoIP as the future of business communication. In fact, it is predicted that 79 percent of businesses will use VoIP in some capacity.

This is a major increase from the end of 2009, when just over 40 percent businesses deployed VoIP technology. Interestingly enough, the increased use of VoIP will occur at the headquarter level rather than new offices.

Analyst David Lemelin was quoted in a statement by Eweek.com with this to say:

“VoIP adopters have a good understanding of the cost savings associated with VOIP, and more have oriented their limited budgets to optimizing efficiency and savings by replacing legacy TDM [time-division multiplexing] voice solutions. With businesses opening up fewer new locations than we have seen in recent years, much of this current investment is occurring at headquarters’ locations, where efficiencies and savings can be maximized.”

This increase in VoIP use will continue despite the economic difficulties of the past few months because of the cost-effectiveness of the VoIP system.

VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, allows for communications, including voice calls, faxes and texts, to be transferred over the internet rather than the public switched telephone network (PSTN).
VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. It allows for the transmission of voice calls, faxes, texts and other multimedia communications to be transferred over the internet rather than the public switched telephone network (PSTN.)

Users are assigned a local or toll-free number and have the option of variety of features. These features included voicemail, emailed transcripts of voicemails, auto attendant, call forwarding, automatic phone routing, online faxing, on-hold music, number portability, and virtual directories. Users can initiate and participate in a variety of communication sessions, including emailing, voice calls and video conferences. The inter- and multi-functionality of the system can also be integrated with other internet-based communications such as instant messaging through MSN, Google Talk, and Skype. In addition, VoIP can also be used with file sharing software, video conferencing, audio conferencing, and almost any other internet-initiated sessions.


VoIP Usage Sees Continued Growth over 2009-2010

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently reported that consumer and business use of VoIP increased by 21 percent during the last calendar year (June 2009 to June 2010). In addition, traditional voices lines saw a decreased of use of 8 percent.

Other impressive statistics regarding VoIP usage:
• Almost 30 percent of residential wireline connections used VoIP
• 77 percent of VoIP subscribers received their service from a cable company
• There are almost 30 million VoIP subscribers in the United States

VoIP is the future of both personal and business communication, but why? VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. It allows for the transmission of voice calls, faxes, texts and other multimedia communications to be transferred over the internet rather than the public switched telephone network (PSTN.) This main aspect helps streamline communication as well as increase functionality for individual users.

For instance, with business VoIP, users are assigned a toll-free or local telephone number as well as voicemail features such as emailed transcripts of voice mails. Other features include an auto-attendant, call forwarding, automatic phone routing, online faxing, on-hold music, number portability, and virtual directories. As long there is internet access, then the individual can initiate communication sessions including emailing to voice calls to video conferences. These sessions can be initiated because despite the different locations, the contact address or number stays the same for each user. The inter- and multi-functionality of the system can also be integrated with other internet-based communications such as instant messaging through MSN, Google Talk, and Skype. In addition, VoIP can also be used with file sharing software, video conferencing, audio conferencing, and almost any other internet-initiated sessions.

The ability to layer communication technology can increase efficiency and ease. Additionally, phone service providers such as Nextiva, are able to deliver powerful business phone solutions for affordable rates. The increasing popularity of VoIP indicates the success and functionality; it seems that more individuals and businesses will use VoIP in the future.




 
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