Monday, April 14, 2014

How to Choose the Right Telecommunications Services

As a business owner, you are most likely aware of how advantageous telecommunications services can be for not only your business but for your employees as well.  With the increasing popularity of these applications, individuals are provided with the opportunity to save money and increase their daily productivity.  With that being said, there are many different telecommunication services offered to the general public and choosing the right one can be incredibly difficult.  Below are tips that you can use to help you choose the right telecommunications services for your business.

1. Review Your Options

Before you choose your final telecommunications service, you will want to review all of the options that are opened to you, especially since this form of technology is so popular.  As with any purchase, it is imperative that you review the different features that will be offered to you and determine whether they fit into your business or not.  The majority of telecommunications services will offer you a free consultation to help you find the best services for your personal situation.

2. What Type of VoIP?

VoIP applications are the number one choice for telecommunications services amongst businesses so the more pressing question pertains to which type of VoIP you are interested in.  The two VoIP options available to the public are: hosted VoIP and private VoIP.  Each option has their own array of benefits, as an example hosted VoIP systems is inexpensive as it does not involve long-distance charges.  Whereas private VoIP systems have a quick setup time and require relatively little to no start-up costs.

3. Consider Your Bandwidth

Although VoIP systems are the less expensive option in terms of business communication, you will want to ensure that you have a sufficient amount of bandwidth to support your telecommunications application.  All VoIP systems, whether private or hosted work via the internet and require the use of bandwidth to place calls, send instant messages, and essentially put you into contact with other individuals.  When searching for a VoIP provider you should consider how much bandwidth their application will need.  The majority of internet providers allow businesses to increase their monthly bandwidth allowance (or purchase unlimited bandwidth) which will allow you to use your VoIP system without worrying about internet caps.

4. Consider Quality

One of the most important components to remember when selecting a VoIP service is whether you will be purchasing a quality program that will be advantageous in the long run.  Although you may have found a service that is less expensive than its competitors, it may have less features and offer less convenience than its expensive counterparts.  Ensure that you conduct a sufficient amount of research prior to selecting a program.

Telecommunications services can be quite advantageous for a numerous amount of reasons, including convenience and cost efficiency.  With the use of a telecommunications service, you will be able to connect with others inside and outside of your building without having to worry about charges for long-distance calls.  With the use of the above tips, you will be able to choose the right telecommunications service for your needs.

Get With the Times by Upgrading your Cell Phone

Within the last decade or so, cell phones have become incredibly important in the way that we communicate. By now, with younger consumers they’ve all but replaced traditional landlines, although landlines still tend to be used by the previous generations. The first cell phones were quite basic and bulky, quickly giving way to things like flip phones and other form factors. Now, the most popular kind of phone is the smartphone, of which there are currently two major companies that control much of how they work. Either way, it’s obvious that smartphones are here to stay, and they will continue to evolve over the next several years with all kinds of useful and/or novel features. The government has even created a program to help low income citizens afford a cell phone since it is such a basic necessity, which you can read about here.


Whether it’s an Android phone or an Apple phone, a smartphone is pretty much the biggest upgrade you can make over a basic cell phone, or even an older smartphone since the technology advances so quickly. The only real downside is that the good smartphones tend to cost an arm and a leg, depending on whether you sign up for a contract with the carrier. If, however, you don’t feel like you need all of the extra bells and whistles of top-of-the-line smartphones, you can get away with spending a lot less money, going as low as $50 or so. The most expensive smartphones will cost around $600 without a contract.


It’s difficult to gauge the popularity of Android devices as compared to Apple devices, but as of 2014 they are almost neck and neck. Both companies offer many compelling features and experiences.

The main thing with Android devices is that the experience that you get will depend on the manufacturer. An HTC phone will feel different from a Samsung phone, which will feel different from an LG or Nexus phone, and so on.

If you want to try out an Android experience that’s as close to the “stock Google” experience as possible, you want to look for Nexus devices. The most recent Nexus phone is the Nexus 5. Otherwise, the Samsung Galaxy series and HTC One are all excellent phones. If you look closely enough you’ll also find cheaper models of the latest tech.


Something that Apple is very well known for is slick, smooth, cohesive design. The main reason for this is that the company controls both the hardware and software, while Google only controls the base operating system, and third parties control the hardware.

The nice thing about Apple’s lineup is that it’s fairly simple. The latest model is the iPhone 5S, or you can go with the 5C if you want to customize the color. They don’t typically sell low-end models, and because of this Apple phones can be a little on the pricey side. If you have the cash, though, you’ll get a very smooth, sharp experience.

Other Phones

There are certainly other types of smartphones on the market, including Windows Phones and Blackberry. Blackberries tend to be used within businesses, while a Windows Phone is aimed more towards consumers. Both of them offer very solid, but different experiences. They don’t offer quite as many apps as the other two major platforms, but if your main concern is having a phone that works well, you still can’t go wrong with these two alternative platforms.