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Category: Phone Reviews

Nextiva Office Phone System

Winning awards has become a habit for an unlikely newcomer to the field of IP telephone systems. For a Scottsdale, Arizona based company that was formed in 2006 and launched in 2008, Nextiva quickly has become one of the leading providers of VoIP phone service to small and medium-size businesses. Nextiva is one of the […]

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AT&T Business Phone Systems

It should come as no surprise that a long-time telephone game-player should have assumed some leadership in the PBX-VoIP Business Phone competition. Advanced American Telephones, which design and produce AT&T telephony products that millions of people use and enjoy every day, have a name-brand advantage when small to medium businesses are considering office phone systems […]

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Hosted Business Phones

In a hosted VoIP or unified communications system, the carrier, vendor or solution provider runs and manages the system. Costs are more predictable than with the traditional on-premises model where businesses buy, build and manage their own phone systems. Another term often used to describe a hosted system is “Cloud-based “ VoIP or unified communications […]

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IP PBX Phones

Not long ago, a glossary for a treatise on Small Business Office Phone Systems consisted of only a few code letters – the main ones being PBX – meaning “Private branch exchange” – a telephone system which routed external phone calls through a multiline in-house system — until the arrival of IP-based phone systems in […]

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Polycom VoIP Phones

  In the spirit of West Coast USA technological breakthroughs, Polycom was founded by two enterprising young men in a San Francisco basement in 1990.  The two were among the founding team of PictureTel, the first company to make videoconferencing truly practical.   By 1992 they had produced the very first Polycom SoundStation conference phone, recognized […]

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Grasshopper PBX Phones

Ten years ago, if we were in a conversation about PBX Office Phone Systems, we would be using an entirely different vocabulary .  Familiar names like Panasonic, Cisco, Samsung and Siemens would have been the brands mentioned, but we would certainly not have expected to stumble across a company with a name like “Grasshopper”.  Today, […]

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RingCentral Phone Systems

When a company is awarded the title “World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer”, it merits a second look. In awarding this title in 2010, the World Economic Forum noted that “Ring Central has radically changed the cost structure for business phone systems from tens of thousands of dollars to as low as $10 a month and […]

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Virtual Office Phone System

Phone.com is a 21st Century, cloud-based phone company focused on the needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition to offering a variety of innovative, customizable and cost-effective communications solutions, Phone.com also has an enviable reputation for delivering unmatched customer support to more than 25,000 customers across the United States.  As evidence of Phone.com’s meteoric […]

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Virtual PBX

Just as Xerox is both a brand name and a term used to describe a process (in common parlance), “Virtual PBX” has the distinction of being a trademarked brand name that also is the term used to describe a particular type of cloud-based phone system that includes many other brand names, like Grasshopper, Ring Central, […]

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Virtual Phone Systems

Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than an actual) version of something. I know, your teacher said never to use the same word in the definition of that word – but when exploring the terms used in dealing with the new brand of office phone systems, its like navigating a jungle. You can […]

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