MAR 2013

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Genius on Hold Opens Today— I May Have Just Made Your Friday Night Plans

Telephony Geeks, Patent Enthusiasts, History Buffs, and General Appreciators of All Things Cool: I may have just made your Friday night plans.

Did you know the man who patented the speakerphone, direct dialing, voice-activated calling, call forwarding, and conference calling, and 34 more telecom-related inventions was never paid royalties and turned mobster, wanted by FBI? The story of Walter L. Shaw, Genius on Hold, was released March 1st and opens in theaters tonight.

MAR 2013

Posted by Samantha Avignone at 04:47 PM EDT

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Coast Personnel Services on how OnSIP helps their recruiting business operate in a volatile job market

Coast Personnel Services subscribed to OnSIP back in 2011 after several months of trying out different hosted VoIP providers. In an interview with OnSIP, Morgan Foust, IT Manager at Coast Personnel, explains to us why they chose us as their provider.

Describe what Coast Personnel Services is.


Coast Personnel Services is a staffing company with clients across the United States. Our services include recruiting direct hires, payroll for long-term & short-term employees, on-site personnel management, and temporary employee placement.

We currently have three traditional fully-staffed offices. Our corporate headquarters are located in Santa Clara, CA and our two branch locations are in Plano, TX and Huntsville, AL. We also have mobile salespeople and on-site recruiters supporting customers in locations as diverse as Santa Cruz, CA, El Paso, TX, and Charlotte, NC. We literally have people working on every coast.

MAR 2013

Posted by Leo Zheng at 06:13 PM EST

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Polycom impresses with their VVX 600 Business Media Phone

With their recent unveiling of the entry level VVX 300, mid level VVX 400, and two VVX expansion modules, Polycom seems well positioned to satisfy the growing demand for desktop phone solutions which offer more than just great audio quality with what is now a comprehensive line of business media phones.

This week, we took a quick look at the Polycom VVX 600 Business Media Phone, the upgraded version of the smaller VVX 500.

In short, the VVX 600 offered a more enjoyable user experience with its wider 4.3" TFT capacitative touch-screen display. The 600 also includes integrated Bluetooth support, which was missing from the 500. We were able to easily pair the phone with a Plantronics Bluetooth headset in just a few seconds.

Click here for the full write-up.

MAR 2013

Posted by Samantha Avignone at 04:42 PM EST

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Shared Workspace Workbar Believes "Today the Work Force is Way More Mobile" and Uses OnSIP to Stay Connected

Alison Baldyga is the Space and Community Manager at long time OnSIP customer Workbar. We asked her how her company uses OnSIP.

What is Workbar?

Workbar is a shared work space located in Boston, Massachusetts right across from South Station; we're currently expanding to our second location in Cambridge. We are now up to 5 employees, in addition to our founders and partners.

At Workbar, we understand that people work differently now; today the work force is way more mobile. A mobile workforce still needs the regular office resources such as WiFi, a copy machine, a fax machine, coffee on hand, etc.

We offer people a place to be productive and be part of a vibrant, thriving community of all different types of businesses.

FEB 2013

Posted by Leo Zheng at 01:05 PM EST

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Why hasn't VoIP made more of a dent in traditional telephony?

During my first few weeks working at OnSIP, I spent a significant portion of my time learning about VoIP, and more specifically, about SIP, the de facto signaling protocol most widely used for setting up voice communication sessions over the Internet. I tried out other SIP applications such as video, presence, and IM, and found it convenient that I could access all of these applications using a single point of contact, my SIP address. With SIP, I discovered that both the media type and what a person uses as his access point don’t matter (SIP phones or anything that can run SIP software will allow the user to get access to his applications).

It clicked with me. I could make a high definition call, conduct a video chat, send an IM, etc. using an address that looks like my email address. Best of all, I could do all of this for free using the Internet I already pay for.

I distinctly remember thinking to myself that it was only a matter of time before the excitement around this technology started having serious impacts on traditional telephony.

That was almost 4 years ago, and as far as I can tell, my prediction has yet to happen. What happened?

FEB 2013

Posted by Samantha Avignone at 02:23 PM EST

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Panasonic dealer Neo Networks finds a "Win, Win" with OnSIP

Panasonic dealer Neo Networks, Inc. is a B2B group located in Norridge, Chicago. Pete Kaldis, founder of Neo Networks, has been in the business for over 20 years now. He took the time to tell us a little about his company and his reselling experience with OnSIP.

In what services does Neo Networks specialize in?

We specialize in installing Panasonic phone systems, network cabeling, background music, general low voltage products, and reselling phone service.

How did Neo Networks get started?

I began installing Panasonic systems and phone wires for my friends in 1985. Shortly after that I started a company called TKO Telecom. I was working as a Product Designer at the time so I did this after hours. In 1995, I hired a friend to help me. I resigned from my job as a Product Designer four years later after receiving two patents and $2 -- one dollar for each patent. I couldn't exactly see myself working for a dollar per patent so in 2004 we moved into Telephony and Networking and rebranded ourselves as Neo Networks, Inc. We now do it all -- or almost all.

FEB 2013

Posted by Samantha Avignone at 03:16 PM EST

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Channel Partners Conference and Expo Spring 2013 is Next Week! OnSIP to Present and Sponsor at Networking Events

Next Wednesday, February 27th, marks the first day of Channel Partners Conference and Expo. The event is being held in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel and will go until Friday, March 1st. More than 3,000 channel partners are expected to attend this year. For all you IT and Telecom Channels, this is a must-go event; it is the perfect opportunity to build relationships with other members of the community and to learn about all the latest and greatest innovations in telecommunications.

Mike Oeth, CEO, Andy Ogg, OnSIP Channel Manager, Rob Wolpov, President, and Nicole Hayward, Director of Marketing and Demand Generation will be representing OnSIP in our third year at Channel Partners. We have the pleasure of not only getting to kickstart the event with a Women in the Channel Networking Mixer, but also sponsoring and presenting at the Selling Techniques Networking Luncheon.

FEB 2013

Posted by Nicole at 02:05 PM EST

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OnSIP Announced as Panasonic SIP Hosted Preferred Partner

We are proud to announce this week an exciting partnership with Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. Panasonic has chosen OnSIP as one of two SIP Hosting Preferred Partners to pair with their quality SIP phones and deliver complete hosted PBX solutions to businesses. A world-wide leader in small business telephone systems, Panasonic offers a selection of SIP phones that we at OnSIP have reviewed and now support on our provisioning server.

As stated in this week's press release, "This alliance brings together Panasonic’s award-winning SIP phones and its extensive reseller network with service and support from Jive and OnSIP to provide customers with reliable, affordable hosted phone solutions, including predictable costs, flexibility, support for multi-site and remote workers, and rich feature and applications suites. Additionally, customers with tight budgets who prefer to pay operational expenses on a monthly basis can take advantage of a hosted PBX service’s ability to provide lower upfront costs and the flexibility to add and remove users, as needed. Utilizing Panasonic authorized Business Telephony Systems (BTS) resellers, end users will receive on-site support during installation as well as ongoing support and expertise for their business telephone solutions."

FEB 2013

Posted by Samantha Avignone at 01:09 PM EST

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Follow Up: OnSIP at TCEA 2013 convention and exposition with agent LiveAir Networks

OnSIP Channel Manager Andy Ogg recently attended the TCEA 2013 Convention & Expo in Austin, Texas. Andy shares with us his experience.

For three days, the TCEA convention floor was buzzing with excitement as both solutions providers and content providers educated decision makers from the dozens of school districts eager to get their hands on new technologies..

OnSIP and LiveAir Networks co-sponsored a booth together at the convention. We presented a whole host of solutions centering around bandwidth, Wi-Fi, networking, and of course, voice.

The IT directors we spoke with seemed most impressed by 2 aspects of our combined offerings. The first was the ease of use; it's no secret that OnSIP is easier to deploy and maintain than traditional PBX systems. One of the highlights was seeing the response when people realized that they could configure their phones with just MAC addresses and their web browser. Our price point was also a shock to some; LiveAir Networks can bill under E-rate so combining OnSIP and LiveAir's data solutions is incredibly cost effective.

Our booth at TCEA 2013

During the convention I was able to accomplish my two main goals: learning about what is important for IT directors working in education and developing relationships with these decision makers. Schools have strict budgets, but need up-to-date technology for more effective ways to communicate just like any other business client. In my humble opinion, OnSIP's easy of use + LiveAir was a great fit.

I would definitely recommend the TCEA Convention & Expo to anyone interested in bringing innovative technologies into the classroom. Hopefully I will see some of you there next year for TCEA 2014.

FEB 2013

Posted by Samantha Avignone at 04:43 PM EST

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