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January Promotion
January 11, 2016 admin

January Promotion

January Promotion

Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions.  Lose weight, exercise more, travel to new places, blah, blah, blah.  How about making a resolution that will save your company money without all the sweating and starvation?  The Neo Voiceworks January Promotion will save you money immediately by giving you your first month of service absolutely free!  Not only will you save once, but we can cut your monthly costs from what you are probably spending with your current voice solution.  Make 2016 the year of more savings and better service with Neo Voiceworks.  Then you can put all that money you saved towards a new gym membership to check off those other resolutions.

 

Happy New Year from Neo Voiceworks!

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Voip Business Phone System
August 5, 2015 admin

August Promotion

As summer heats up, so do our deals.  Sign up for service in the month of August and we will give you $50 off every phone that you purchase for new service.  Add 10 phones, that’s $500 off, 20 phones, $1000, 100 phones, well, you get the idea.  Enjoy all the benefits of big company phone service for a fraction of the cost no matter how big or small your company is.  Call today for more details or to learn how Neo Voiceworks VoIP service can help your company.

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Voip Business Phone System
July 6, 2015 admin

July Promotion

Neo Voiceworks July Promotion – Celebrate the birth of our nation with a free month of service when you sign up for our complete voice solution.  The credit will apply to any service related charges and does not apply to any monthly payment for equipment.  Please feel free to contact us for more information or to get a free quote for your company.

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COMPONENTS OF HOSTED VOICE SOLUTIONS
February 24, 2015 admin

The Components of a Hosted VoIP Solution

In an attempt to clear up the murky waters of the telecom world, we will break down the components of the average Voice over IP hosted solution and what you should expect to see on your invoice.  Many bills are difficult to read, and a majority of this can be blamed on how the telecom industry has operated during the past 100 years.  Over that time, the government has become more and more involved piling taxes and fees that are mandatory with all telecom solutions.  The expansion of Voice over IP has introduced some new components that you may or may not see on your bill, but we will attempt to at least explain what is included on a Neo Voiceworks invoice.  Here we go…

Virtual Paths

This can also be referred to as concurrent calls or the number of simultaneous calls that your company will make during peak times of the day.  This is often determined by looking at your history and it is important to know that if you have 5 virtual paths, the 6th call typically receives a busy signal.  Neo Voiceworks offers an optional service that you only pay for when used that allows for “bursting” of additional paths so that 6th call goes through.  This burst setting is adjustable so there aren’t any surprises or can be turned off if you don’t mind the occasional busy signal.  Over time, we have reports that will show exactly how many paths you actually used in case adjustments need to be made.  An example report is shown below:

paths

Extensions

This one is easy, extensions are, well, the extensions that you are using.  We offer two varieties of extensions, standard and cloud.  If you want a phone on the desk of your employee, these will be standard extensions.  If you have outside employees that are happy getting all calls on their cell phone or home office phone, these can be set up as cloud extensions.  Basically, it is the lack of physical hardware to program.  Our extensions come with voicemail and a host of other standard features common to a voice solution.

Usage

Our solution packages your local and long distance calling into bundles to save you money.  We do offer unlimited calling, but this can be misleading and often more expensive than investigating your average usage and providing a package with some buffer minutes.  If you have 8xx numbers, this usage gets billed separately as well as international if you do this type of calling.  So that is potentially 3 line items on the bill for your usage.

Numbers

Of course, the numbers.  Wouldn’t be worth much if customers couldn’t actually reach you right?  There are two different types of numbers, locals and toll-free.

Now the fun stuff…

E911

Because this solution is somewhere out in the ether cloud, local police and firefighters need a way to know where you are calling from physically.  Old POTS lines were each assigned an address and stored in a database.  E911 is similar where your main number that outgoing calls appear as to the outside world is assigned an address.  This way, the 911 operator will know where to send the authorities if needed.

Auto Attendant

This is the computer operator that we have all come to know and love.  We can set up virtually any type of call routing using this system.

Taxes and Fees

Everyone’s favorite, the taxes and fees.  You will see a few that are not your everyday taxes.  These are taxes on taxes so to speak.  You always have your sales tax as well as a special telecom fee called the USF or Universal Service Fund.  Every usage based product will contribute a percentage to the USF and this percentage can change quarterly.  It is also only applied to a percentage of your usage, so it’s actually a percentage of a percentage.  Luckily, we have computers that calculate this for us and it shows as one nice number at the bottom of the bill.  What the heck is it you ask?  Well, we are contributing to the subsidization of phone lines to rural or under privileged areas in the United States.  I am not sure if this is a charitable write-off, please ask your accountant.

So that about does it.  There are a few other items that may or may not be on the bill such as fax lines or other equipment that you negotiate into your deal.  You will also see some non-recurring costs on the first bill such as phones, number ports and any other one time costs.  The above mentioned items are what we call the core items and will be on every installation of hosted voice that we deploy.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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February 23, 2015 admin

Bandwidth costing

BYOB(Bring your own Bandwidth)

Not what you were thinking?

How to determine internet bandwidth and concurrent calls

The Neo Voiceworks solution is carrier neutral, that is, you can use any service provider that gets you to the internet.  Below is the calculation you can use to roughly determine the call capacity for the bandwidth you are purchasing.

First, let’s go over the variables.  A voice call that is uncompressed will use about 80kbs of bandwidth.  Second, some services provide asynchronous bandwidth, meaning a much lower upload speed than the download speed.  Although this is not as prevalent  anymore, we will always look at the smaller number since voice is a two way street.

Here is a simple example.  Your service is 50Mbps download and 10Mbps Upload.  We throw out the download and look at the upload speed of 10Mbps, or 10000Kbps.

Now, a simple math problem of 10000 / 80 gives us 125.

So in a perfect world and with no other traffic on your internet circuit, you could conceivably have 125 concurrent calls with this amount of bandwidth.  Since perfection is never reality, you should only expect half of this or less unless you are using a dedicated circuit for voice.  Otherwise, when Joe in accounting is streaming some videos in his office, your voice quality may be impacted.  Here is a simple chart of typical internet services, their “perfect world” concurrent calls(Virtual Paths) and some cost information:

Comcast FiOS ADSL T1
Speed (Mbps) 50/10 25/5 3/768Kbps 1.54/1.54
Virtual Paths 125 62 9 19
Monthly Cost $189 $99 $59 $450
Cost per 1 Mbps $18.90 $19.80 $76.82 $292.20
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