The Death of Auto Attendant

"Please listen carefully to the following options, as our menu has recently changed."

Here's a phrase you've been hearing since soon after the auto attendant was invented, circa 1989. You certainly don't listen carefully, if at all, since the menu hasn't likely changed since the last office manager left. You just hope the phone navigation will be simple, the "next available" agent intelligible, and the hold time brief; less time than it takes you to turn on speakerphone, resume what you were doing previously, and hop on a train of thought going elsewhere.

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Topics: SMB Leadership, instaphone, webphone, instacall

Hosted PBX Setup: Key Considerations

Business VoIP providers love to use the word "seamless" when describing their services. They offer "no hardware" solutions and promise easy set up "in minutes".

But is that actually the case?

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Topics: hosted PBX, webphone, VoIP, slack, Softphone

6 Free IP Phone System Perks for Internal Collaboration

A free IP phone system allows you to communicate with your team through voice calls, video calls, and IM at no cost. Many of these systems eventually require you to upgrade for full features and calling options, but some free offerings are robust enough to serve as complete solutions.

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Topics: SMB Leadership, webphone, VoIP, tips

Top 7 Reasons People Avoid Their Desk Phones

Desk phones are often seen as an essential part of modern work life. But webphones, softphones, and other cloud phone system features have all made traditional desktop phones less mandatory for day-to-day business.

Here are the top seven reasons people avoid their desk phones, and how you can replace them with a better option.

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Topics: SMB Leadership, webphone, Softphone, Desk Phones