7 Facts You Must Know About NBN Ready Phone Systems

We see and hear a lot of confusion about the NBN, and in particular when it comes to people asking us about purchasing an NBN Ready Phone System. The truth is that, while the NBN is changing the way we communicate and opening up new opportunities for small businesses across Australia, it’s also not the simplest of technologies to understand. This is because it’s entirely new and different to what we’ve been used to for so long, and also because finding out the details of how the NBN works isn’t something NBN Co. makes easy.

If you’re looking to purchase a new NBN Ready Phone System, we’re here to help. We’ll give you the run-down on how the NBN works with a phone system, the different kinds of phone system available, and what to look out for when you buy.

How does the NBN work?

There are several different types of NBN connection, but rather than go into them here, we’ll just tell you  that no matter what type you have installed in your office, you will now use a VoIP or SIP service to run your phone system. In the past, you would have had a phone service and a data/internet service in your office. Now, your NBN data service is actually used to carry your phone service as well as your internet.

Digital vs. Analogue

The most important thing to know is that the NBN uses digital data to send and receive multimedia messages, while your traditional phone would have used analogue data (in most cases). Analogue devices are not compatible with the NBN, which means that when buying an NBN Ready Phone System, this is your #1 priority. If you already have an analogue phone system, there’s no need  to buy a new one just yet. You can use an Analogue Telephone Adapter (ATA) to convert data from analogue to digital, and vice versa.

What is an NBN Ready Phone System?

When you hear people talking about an NBN Ready Phone System, they’re most likely talking about a Hosted Phone System, however, you still have a choice between these and Traditional PABX Phone Systems.

Hosted Phone Systems

You may hear Hosted Phone systems referred to in a number of ways, including Virtual Phone Systems, VoIP or SIP Phone Systems, Cloud Phone Systems, or Cloud Based Systems.

A Hosted Solution means all of your Phone System data, programming, and features are stored ‘in the cloud’, and there is no large PABX box located in your office. These are the ultimate NBN Ready Phone Systems because they rely on quality internet to function at their best, and the NBN provides just that.

In the past, Hosted Phone Systems were reserved for large companies that could afford to run a dedicated, high speed internet connection to their office. The NBN rollout means that high speed data services are now affordable for small businesses, and they too can now access the speed required to run a Hosted Phone solution.

PABX (Traditional Phone System)

Traditional Phone Systems consist of a physical box that lives in your office, and has been the way phone systems have worked for a long time before Hosted Solutions arrived on the scene. PABX systems have traditionally used PSTN, ISDN and (more recently) SIP trunks to make and receive calls.

As we mentioned earlier, PABX systems are still a viable option if you’re looking for an NBN Ready Phone System; just because they aren’t Hosted in the cloud, doesn’t mean they can’t take advantage of the high speed data and VoIP services offered by the NBN. The most important thing is that your PABX is IP compatible, which means it can send and receive digital data.

If it isn’t IP enabled, in most cases it can be made to work with the NBN, but it will depend on the type and age of your phone system, so you’d have to talk to a supplier to find out about your own circumstances.

Differences between Hosted & Traditional Phone Systems

What’s the best NBN Ready Phone System?

Most people who are purchasing an NBN Ready Phone System are going for a Hosted Solution, and there are a number of reasons for this. First and foremost, unlike Traditional phone systems, many businesses find Hosted systems just plain easier to install, manage, upgrade, and maintain. Another influence is the fact that Hosted Solutions are the perfect NBN Ready Phone System, but you don’t actually have to have the NBN to start using them; all you need is a reliable internet connection (your provider should confirm this for you before you buy).

At the end of the day it’s a matter of preference and opinion, but if we listen to popular opinion, then a Hosted Phone System is the preferred way to go.

What Will a Hosted NBN Phone System Mean For Me?

Affordability

If you shop around, you’ll notice that different providers have different gimmicks and offers, but sometimes there are hidden costs involved once you get to the fine print. If you find the right provider, there won’t be. For example, our Hosted NBN Ready Phone System has a whole load of the most popular features included, plus we offer FREE Programming changes to your settings and features for the life of your system. Avoid any providers who make you pay every time you want your call routing changed or your voicemail diverted – it will get expensive.

No Expensive Phone System Hardware Required to Maintain & Manage

The bulky PABX box in your office is a thing of the past, which means that regular maintenance, cleaning, and needing a tech expert to update your features is also a thing of the past.

With a Hosted Phone System, everything can be managed by your host with a simple phone call and, in many cases, you can even update your features and change programming from your own computer with a web interface. The key points here are that damage, theft, and cleaning is no longer on your list of things to do, and making changes is no longer something that takes a lot of effort.

Low capital investment and ongoing savings

The cost of purchasing and installing a Hosted solution is relatively similar to a Traditional PABX, however, the ongoing costs are significantly lower – especially if you choose your provider wisely.

Once you start using the NBN to make calls, SIP phone line rental and call rates are dramatically lower than traditional lines. We mean, up to three times lower. In addition, if you choose a provider that doesn’t charge you for features you don’t use, or to update your programming, you’ll save even more compared to needing a technician to change the settings in your PABX.

No Obsolescence

Because everything lives in the cloud, all upgrades and updates take place there too. That means there’s no way that a Hosted Phone System can become obsolete. Our Hosted System actually comes with FREE software upgrades for life, so not only do you save on obsolescence, you also save money, too.

Connecting is Simple

The only part of your phone system that will physically live in your office is your handsets, so connecting is really as simple as plugging them in (once your provider has programmed them with your tailored features and settings).

Switching to the NBN will be Easy

If you don’t yet have the NBN, you still need to prepare for it because it will be a reality for your business sooner or later. The great thing about NBN Ready Phone Systems is that you can start using them even before you get the NBN, as long as you have a good existing internet connection.

We’ve got clients who don’t have the NBN yet and use ADSL services to run their Phone System on SIP, and they have never had a problem. However, if someone requests it and we know their internet connection is not reliable enough, we will be honest and tell them that SIP simply won’t work for them. Make sure your chosen provider does these tests and gives you honest feedback before you use SIP with an ADSL service.

Expand Effortlessly Anywhere

Adding a remote worker, new office, or work from home employee to your phone system is about as easy at it can get. All you have to do is ask your host to program a compatible handset, and all they have to do is connect it to their data service. It means that as your business grows, you won’t have to spend a fortune for your phone system to grow with it.

Give the Appearance of Size

Because Hosted Phone Systems are so affordable, you can include a number of features that have previously been reserved for larger businesses. For example, you may only have a small staff of five, but can have a welcome selection menu that gives your caller a choice between several different departments.

You Can Keep Your Existing Phone Numbers

For most businesses their phone number is an important part of their brand and familiarity with clients. The great news os that keeping your existing phone number is easy with Hosted services.

1300 & 1800 Numbers

These numbers are a great way to give your business a national presence, give the appearance of size, and build familiarity. With a Hosted Phone System, they’re also affordable and easy to set up.

Who Should Be Looking At NBN Phone Systems?

One person businesses

It may sound a bit much at first but, because of the flexibility of both price and size of Hosted Solutions, having one for a one-person show isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds. In actual fact, it could very well boost your business by giving your caller the illusion of size, and when you do add staff, it won’t cost you a fortune to expand your system.

Small to Medium Sized Businesses

Small businesses of all sorts can benefit from a Hosted Phone System, including Cafes, Design Agencies, and Retail stores. If a phone is left unanswered, a caller is more likely to call again if they feel they’ve received a personalised experience when no-one answered. That might include providing them with an automated message giving opening hours, or customising your messages based on the time of day. All of this and more is not only possible, but also affordable and easy, with a Hosted Solution.

Businesses in rapidly-changing industries

If you’re in an industry that’s fast-paced and ever-changing, having a phone system that can be easily updated and upgraded to suit your needs is crucial to staying connected to your clients and prospects. Because a Hosted Phone System is so simple and affordable to upgrade, update, and manage, it’s the perfect solution for rapidly changing industries.

Businesses with multi-site locations

Location is playing a less and less crucial role in business as each day goes by, but no matter where you are, you need to stay connected to your colleagues and your clients. As mentioned earlier, adding staff in multiple locations is easy and affordable, and you don’t have to buy a whole new phone system every time you open a new office.

Businesses with temporary sites

Because handsets that are programmed into your Hosted System can be used with an quality internet connection, anywhere in Australia, temporary sites means that temporary communication is no longer a hefty investment.

How Much Does an NBN Ready Phone System Cost?

Compared to Traditional PABX Phone Systems, Hosted Solutions have a similar initial cost, however, installation of PABX systems can get more expensive because of the need for technicians to spend more time installing them in your office. With a Hosted NBN Ready Solution, you can install the system yourself, as long as the required outlets are all in place.

When it comes to cost, whether you go with a Traditional PABX or Hosted Phone System, you will save a fortune on ongoing costs if you utilise VoIP and SIP technology. If you don’t have the NBN yet, you can still use VoIP and SIP, but a quality internet connection is an absolute must.

SIP line rental and call rates really are low, and we’ve had clients who have saved up to two-thirds on their monthly phone bill. Make sure you shop around, because some providers keep costs high with the hope that people’s ignorance will get them by. At Infiniti, we tailor our solutions, so if you like the sound of line rental as low as $8, and phone calls as low as 8¢, check out or range of call options here.

There are two options, pay as you go and unlimited plans.

The Top 7 Features Of An NBN Ready Phone System

Having provided over 9,000 customers with our Hosted NBN Ready Phone System, here are the Top 7 features that we know most businesses are looking for:

Call Flow Hunt Groups

Route calls to specific departments, office locations, or individual people.

Voicemail To Email

If you don’t want to get your voicemail on your handset, you can have you voicemail messages sent to you your email account as a .wav file attachment.

Call Transfer To Anyone

Transfer your phone call’s internally among your team who are on the network or out to external phone & mobile numbers numbers.

Day/Night Greetings

Customise your automated messages based on the time of day or week so your callers get the right message at the right time.

Full Auto Attendant

Welcome your callers will an automated message and offer a selection for them to choose based on their enquiry type.

Call Recording

For the purposes of improving your customer service, legal, or training purposes, you can record calls made to and from your phone system network.

Communicator Softphone (Remote Worker)

Use an app on your computer or smartphone to receive calls on your Hosted Phone System, no matter where you are located. This allows your to just connect your headsets/headphones to your laptop and working remotely for the day and want to be connected as if you are in the office. Or this can also be a very popular solution for companies with remote workers who don’t need a handset on their desk, but want their staff to be able to take advantage of all the above features and more.

Conclusion

You should now have a better knowledge about what an NBN Ready Phone System is, and why it’s important to understand your options when purchasing a new one.

Still, it’s impossible to cover everything, and we know that you may have a few questions lingering in the back of your mind. If you want to talk to one of our NBN Ready Phone System experts, they’re always ready to offer advice and support when you need it. Give our team a call on 1300 889 792.

If you already have an NBN Ready Phone System, we’d love to hear how your experience has been, what you’ve learned, and any tips or advice you could give our readers in the comments below.

4 Truths Small Business Don’t Know About The NBN

Are you one of the over 2 million businesses in Australia? If so, you could be one of the many businesses that gets cut off from their phone and internet services because you aren’t told this crucial information about the NBN.

This article will give you everything you need to know to make sure your business isn’t cut off when the NBN rolls out in your area.

A recent survey of business owners led by a leading ISP revealed that a shocking 67% of respondents thought that moving to the NBN was optional, and 62% thought that their existing phone system would remain active even after switching to the NBN. Those a worrisome statistics, considering that both of these responses are wrong. This lack of understanding is the reason so many Australian businesses are being cut off from their services and left without any phone or internet connections – even as we speak!

We’re here to explain exactly what NBN Co. isn’t telling business owners about the NBN rollout and how it will affect your business. More importantly, we’ll tell you what you can do to make sure you’re ready to make the switch.

What Small Business Don’t Know About The NBN

We’ve all seen the ads that tell us how great the NBN will be, and how easy it will be to switch. Well, the truth is that migrating your existing services to the NBN isn’t “as easy as 1, 2, 3” after all.

1. Existing Copper Phone Lines Are Being Cut Off

For a long time, Australian businesses have relied on the existing telecommunications infrastructure to run their phone and internet services. That existing infrastructure is comprised of copper cabling, but this copper cabling is exactly why the NBN is being implemented, in the first place. The existing infrastructure has had it’s day, and the NBN is here to replace it. The process for doing this is as follows:

Step one: Install the NBN fibre cables in an area

Step two: Provide homes and businesses in that area with a notice that they need to switch to the NBN

Step three: Remove the existing copper wire, or reutilise it to work with the NBN

The most important information here is the fact that you’ll receive notice to switch to the NBN. This isn’t a friendly letter to tell you how lucky you are to have access to the NBN – it’s a warning that if you don’t switch by the date they provide, your existing services will be cut off.  Once that day arrives, your existing phone lines will no longer work, and your existing internet services will no longer work.

Another big issue in the NBN Co. communication department is that some people have actually been told they can and should get the NBN, only to contact a provider to find that they actually can’t. Other business owners who have been left in the lurch after their services were cut off actually only received a few weeks notice to switch, which was not enough time to a technician to come and install the NBN.

The best thing you can do, is to make sure you DO NOT ignore any letters or correspondence from your phone and internet provider, or from NBN. Co. You could miss the chance to switch your services in time!

2.Switching to the NBN is not an option

The fact that 67% of business owners responding to the aforementioned survey thought they had a choice about switching to the NBN shows just how misinformed people are. As far as we’re concerned, NBN Co’s advertising priority should have been to make sure Australians know exactly where they stand when it comes to migrating their existing services – not how fast, reliable, and easy the NBN will be. These are all great points about the NBN, of course, but what’s crucial is the fact that so many businesses have assumed that they can keep their existing services and move to the NBN if and when they want to. It’s a shame, and we’ve heard so many stories about business who have been misinformed and, as a result, they’ve gone weeks without the ability to make and receive phone calls, or even check their emails in the office. Can you imagine the lost revenue?

The fact is, the NBN is NOT a choice.

You WILL have to switch to the NBN, and there’s no way to avoid it. But even worse is that people haven’t been informed about the other scary fact – that you’ve only got a certain amount of time to make the switch.

In the next section, we’ll explain why.

3. There are alternatives to the NBN for your Data Service

The NBN is what the telco industry calls a “best effort service”. This means that your ISP will provide you with a certain download speed, but they aren’t able to guarantee that’s what you’ll always get. That’s because of something called ‘contention ratio’, and that depends on how much traffic there is sharing the same bandwidth. A 50:1 contention ratio means up to 50 customers may be using the same bandwidth at any one time. If you see a 1:1 contention ratio (which you will in a minute!), it means that only your business is using that bandwidth – it’s yours, and yours alone.

For example, if you purchase a Tier 5 NBN package with 100 mbps download bandwidth, and the traffic is relatively low, you’ll be getting pretty close to that speed on your connection. If, however, traffic becomes congested, your speeds will slow down. For many this doesn’t pose a major problem, but some businesses can’t afford slowing speeds.

That’s where alternative data services come in very handy. You may have been led to believe that ADSL or the NBN are your only two options. That’s no surprise, because traditionally only ADSL has been advertised, and now it’s been overtaken by the NBN.

Depending on the size of your business, the way you want to use your internet, and whether or not you need guaranteed speeds, you may be looking for a data service that offers unparallelled superior performance. Alternatives will often provide SLA guaranteed bandwidth (which the NBN cannot offer), or symmetrical upload and download speeds (which the NBN also cannot offer). Business with high bandwidth needs due to Video Conferencing, Web Hosting, or Cloud hosted Phone Systems will especially benefit from these data services.

What Other Data Options are Available?

Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM)

Perfect for Virtual Private Networks, Web Hosting, and Cloud Based PBX systems, EFM provides superior performance guarantees in SLA’s, symmetrical upload and download speeds, and a 1:1 contention ratio.  

Symmetrical HIgh-Speed Digital Subscriber Lines (SHDSL)

SHDSL provides a symmetrical bandwidth connection with speeds ranging from 2Mbps to 80Mbps. It delivers superior performance for services such as VPN’s, Cloud Hosted Services, Web Hosting, Video Conferencing, and more.

Fibre Ethernet

Fibre ethernet is Australia’s top tier data performance service available in Australia.

It stands alone from any other network infrastructure, and exists solely for the use of your business, and your business only. It’s the perfect, high security solution  for companies that wish to connect multiple office sites using a VPN, with a 1:1 contention ratio and high speed symmetrical bandwidth, both guaranteed in SLA’s.

4. The NBN Will Affect Every Communication Device In The Office

With all this talk about switching your phone and internet services, it’s easy to forget that there are a lot of other devices in your office that you’ll also have to consider when you make the switch.

Have you got one or more EFTPOS terminals at your business?

Do you have a security system that uses phone lines?

Are you a medical practice that uses a HICAPS terminal?

Do you send and receive faxes?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you’ve got a few things to consider before you make the switch to the NBN. Every single one of these devices will now need to send and receive information using your NBN data service, rather than the old phone outlet in your wall.

But NBN Co. doesn’t tell business owners that it’s not as easy as unplugging each device, and plugging them back into your modem. Traditionally, your devices would most likely have been using analogue data, while the NBN will only support digital data. This is where some forward thinking can really come in handy. Even if you aren’t getting the NBN any time soon, contact the provider of any of your existing devices to find out whether or not you will need an upgrade, or if you’ll be able to use an Analogue Telephone Adapter (ATA). An ATA will convert analogue data into digital data, but they can only be used for some devices, and some types of NBN connection.

What’s Next?

Hopefully we’ve cleared up a few of the misconceptions so many people have about the NBN and how it will affect businesses. While none of us can change how the NBN is being rolled out, how long we have to switch, or how well (or not well!) NBN Co. informs the general public, you can take steps to ensure that your business is educated and prepared for the switch.

The best thing you can do now is continue to educate yourself to make sure that your phone and internet services don’t disappear because your existing services are cut off. Explore your options, understand which devices need to be considered, and stay in touch with your ISP and NBN, Co, making sure you never ignore any correspondence.

For a more thorough look at how the NBN will affect your business, download our FREE Small Business Guide to the NBN.

Stay informed, stay up-to-date, and whatever you do – don’t wait until it’s too late!

7 Best Value VoIP Headsets of 2017

Not all VoIP headsets are created equal, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the best value VoIP headsets of 2017 based on quality, flexibility, UC compatibility and – of course – price.

Most Australian businesses are making the move to Unified Communications (UC), and if you’re one of them, you’ll need a VoIP headset that will come along for the ride. Whether you’re an entry level user, in a call centre, or are on the lookout for the ultimate headset with all the bells and whistles, you’ll find this list a great starting point.

But first of all, we just want to make sure we’re all on the same page here, so let’s look at what exactly a VoIP headset is, and get you thinking about what kind of VoIP headset you actually need.

What is VoIP?

VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, and is sometimes also referred to as Voice over IP and IP telephony. It is a process by which media communications can take place using Internet Protocol (IP) Networks. In layman’s terms, it’s a way for us to communicate using the internet.

In the past, we’ve used the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to make phone calls, but with VoIP, we’re using our internet connections.

VoIP uses codecs (coding and decoding of data) by first code your voice into digital data that can traverse the internet, and then re-coding it back into analogue data at the other end. While VoIP can only transmit voice data, SIP (Session INitiation Protocol) can transmit all forms of data, including video and other multimedia. SIP is what we call the “VoIP Superhighway”, and it’s perfect for business phone systems.

What is a VoIP Headset?

First of all, the term ‘VoIP Headset’ is a bit of a misnomer. Whether or not your headset will work with VoIP actually depends on what you’re plugging it into, not the headset itself. For example, if you’re using a desk phone to make VoIP phone calls, you will have to have a headset that connects to your desk phone. If you’re using that same desk phone to make PSTN calls, the same headset should work.

What you may have been looking for on your hunt for a VoIP headset is a UC headset. That’s one that will work with your UC solution or Skype for Business (formerly known as Lync). In this case, your VoIP headset needs to be a UC headset, so make sure you keep your eye out for that term before you make a purchase.

In any case, whether you call it a VoIP headset or a UC headset, you’re looking for the same thing, and you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for the best headset to suit your business needs.

What kind of VoIP headset do I need?

As we mentioned, the first thing to look out for is a headset that works on your UC platform. When it comes to the other factors for you to consider, that is really a matter of who will use the headset, how they will use the headset, the features the user will need, and your budget.

Our 7 best VoIP headsets of 2017 aren’t just taking into account price and snazziness. We know that some businesses might need two top-of-the-line headsets for their reception staff, but 8 good quality, entry level headsets for their call centre staff. That’s why we will cover all bases in this list.

No matter who and what you need your VoIP headset for, here’s some of the more important factors you need to consider before you explore our list, courtesy of the headset experts at Simply Headsets:

  1. Do I need the headset to be compatible with my computer only, my desk phone only, my mobile, or all three?
  2. What wearing style will be most comfortable for the user? Some headsets come with both over-the-ear and over-the-head wearing styles, however, many brands come with only one, and offer the second as an additional extra.
  3. What features do I need in a headset?
  4. Do I need a wireless headset? If the user needs to be able to move around the office while on a call, then this is important.
  5. Would I like to be able to answer a call when I’m away from my desk? Some headsets require that you lift the desk phone handset or click on your computer screen in order to answer. Others will offer a remote answering feature.
  6. How important is sound quality? Obviously, the sound technology in a headset can influence its price, however, even your entry level headsets have decent sound these days.
  7. What is my budget?

Our 7 Best VoIP Headsets of 2017

1. Jabra UC VOICE 150 MS USB Corded Headset

RRP $49.00

Image of the Jabra UC VOICE 150 MS USB Corded Headset

It’s not fancy, it’s not expensive, and it’s not loaded with additional extras, but it still makes our list because it’s optimised for Microsoft Skype, it meets Jabra’s high sound standards, and it has a great all-round quality.

This one’s for the entry level user, and is a plug and play headset with a call control unit that you’ll be able to use straight out of the box. For this price you’ll find it’s comfortable, has a clear sound, and offers reasonable noise reduction technology – that makes it one of our best value VoIP headsets of 2017.

2. Jabra Evolve 80 UC MS Stereo Headset (USB & Mobile Phone)

RRP $580.00

Image of Jabra Evolve 80 UC MS Stereo Headset

If we were measuring headsets based purely on style and function, this one would come out on top. As it is, we’re looking at the best value VoIP headsets, and this one is a little too high up on the price scale for us to justify putting it any higher on this list.

Having said that, you won’t get a better noise cancelling headset than this one, which means the Evolve 80 is perfect for noisy work environments and your commute home. The sassy style also makes it ideal for personal use. Trust us when we say, if you’re looking for the crème de la crème of VoIP headsets, you’ve found it.

3. Plantronics Blackwire C520-M USB Corded Headset

RRP $143.00

Image of Plantronics Blackwire C520-M USB Corded Headset

This is a brilliantly intuitive headset that will juggle your PC calls and multimedia using Plantronics’ Smart Sensor technology, with audio alerts that will manage your connection status, mute, and volume. It’s corded – which is a no-go zone for some people – but the fact that you can answer a call simply by putting it on makes that fact a lot easier to handle.

For a mid price tag, we think the audio is amazing, and provides great value. The Dynamic EQ feature also optimises the clearness of your voice, and adjusts automatically when you’re listening to music or multimedia.

The Blackwire C520-M is designed specifically for use with Microsoft Skype or Communicator software, so make sure you’ve got it before purchasing!

4. Sennheiser SC 60 USB ML Corded Headset

RRP $89.00

Image of Sennheiser SC 60 USB ML Corded Headset

We promised to deliver the best value VoIP headsets of 2017, and that means including affordable headsets. The Sennheiser SC 60 USB ML fits that bill.

Optimised for Unified Communications, this headset will acquire top priority over other devices that are connected to your computer’s speakers and microphone. One of our favourite things about this headset is that Sennheiser means it when they say, “plug and play”; it’s easy to set up and simple to use.

The voice clarity is fantastic, with Sennheiser’s renowned noise cancelling technology and wideband sound, available in both mono and duo wearing styles. Both styles are comfortable to wear, and the flexible boom arm is handy for keeping the microphone in the best position.

The only downside is the fact that it is corded, but if you don’t have the need to move around the office while you’re on a call, it shouldn’t be a problem for you.

5. Sennheiser DW Pro 1 Wireless Headset

RRP $399.00

Image of Sennheiser DW Pro 1 Wireless Headset

The DW Pro is one of the highest quality headsets on the market, and we know that you won’t be disappointed when you try it out. The only reason it isn’t at #1 is because of it’s price, but make no mistake, there’s no a single sacrifice when it comes to quality. Compatible with UC platforms, you’d have a hard time finding a more intelligent, feature-rich, or faster charging headset on the market.

As we always expect from Sennheiser, the sound quality and noise cancellation are impeccable, which makes this an ideal headset for the noisy office; the HD clarity is second to none.  The DW Pro 1 will also automatically conference with other Sennheisers, which is ideal when you’ve got multiple users using the same phone. And if keeping your ears safe from harmful noises is important to you, the DW Pro 1 features ActiveGuard technology, intercepting and eliminating damaging sound before it reaches your ears. It charges in only 20 minutes – which is impressive – a 12 hour talk time, and a range of up to 180 metres – which is beyond impressive.

6. Plantronics Voyager 5200 UC Wireless Bluetooth Headset

RRP $305.00 

Image of Plantronics Voyager 5200 UC Bluetooth Headset

The Voyager 5200 was put on the market as an upgrade to the very popular Plantronic Legend, and it’s already a bestseller. Plantronics has included their most advanced noise cancelling technology and WindSmart technology in the Voyager 5200, and that’s because it’s mobile compatible and designed to go wherever you go.

It’s in second place on our list because it’s got voice recognition answering (just say ‘answer’ or ‘ignore’ when you get a call), it’s perfect for use with your mobile, it’s charging case provides up to 14 additional hours of talk time, and it sounds like a dream for both you and your caller. Plantronics have also designed the button placement to make it easier for you to adjust controls. On top of that, it’s on-the-ear, ergonomic design is comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

While it’s definitely on the pricier end of the headset scale, we think every penny will be worth it if you’re looking for a VoIP headset that will make your life easier.

7. Jabra Stealth UC MS Wireless Bluetooth Headset

RRP $166

Image of Jabra Stealth UC MS Bluetooth Headset

When it comes to affordability, this wireless headset is (in our opinion) the best value VoIP headset available. It’s optimised for use with Microsoft Skype (MS) and, for such a good value VoIP headset, it’s sound quality won’t disappoint. Jabra have included their Advance Noise Blackout technology to deliver a crisp and noise-free call, while  the dual microphones and HD Voice guarantees a clear listening experience for both you and your caller.

We also like the fact that the Stealth is slimline and lightweight, which means you can wear it discreetly and still be comfortable when it’s not in use. Another great feature is that you can activate Google Now and Siri by pressing a convenient button on the headset, which means you can leave your phone in your pocket.

Overall, it’s got everything you need in a VoIP headset – it’s comfortable, stylish, optimised for Microsoft Skype, and it boasts an excellent call quality. The fact that it’s wireless and doesn’t have too hefty a price-tag means it’s our pick for the best value VoIP headset for 2017.

Summary

We started this post by pointing out that not all headsets are the same, and we’ve tried our hardest to compile a list of the best value VoIP headsets which everyone will find useful. Whether you’re a seasoned wearer and know exactly what a good quality headset can deliver, or just starting out and need a decent starter headset, we’re hoping you’ve found something in this list to get you thinking about exactly what you need in a VoIP headset.

If you’re still unsure, head over to Simply Headsets to see their extensive range of VoIP and UC Headsets – you’ll be spoiled for choice. Plus, you can give their Melbourne based team a call to get some personalised advice about which headset will best suit your needs.

How Does VoIP Work? – The Ultimate Guide To VoIP & More

As a telecoms company, we get asked “how does VoIP work?” a lot. VoIP is fast becoming the most popular form of telecommunication on the planet, and while you may know a little about it – or even none at all – understanding how VoIP works and what it means for your business is something you can no longer avoid.

VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a method used to turn our analogue voice signals into digital data, so we can make phone and video calls, among other things, using our internet connections. In doing this, we’re able to take advantage of much lower priced (and sometimes free) phone rates and line rental.

Simpsons gid with Marge asking How Does VoIP work?

The most important reason to get your head around VoIP, though is the fact that the NBN rollout is going to mean your business will be looking for a new way to run and manage your phone system.

What is VoIP?

VoIP Definition

‘Voice over Internet Protocol’ is also known as Voice over IP, VoIP and IP telephony. It is a methodology that includes a group of similar technologies – all used to deliver voice and media – such as fax, SMS, and voice and video calls, over Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

Where these communications have traditionally taken place using the public switched telephone network (PSTN), VoIP specifically refers to communications services that take place over the public Internet.

How does VoIP Work?

VoIP: Codecs

When you use VoIP to make phone calls over the internet, your voice has to be encoded into digital data, and that digital data has to be re-coded into voice signals at the other end of the call. This process of encoding-decoding is achieved by codecs, which is short for – you guessed it – encoder-decoder. Codecs ensure that the data is compressed, which means that it’s transmitted faster and, as a result,  the quality of the call is better.

Codecs are required because, unlike traditional PSTN phone conversations that use analogue data, VoIP uses digital signals. Codecs are used to encode the analogue voice data into digital signals that can traverse the internet. When the digital signal reaches the destination, it will be decoded back to its analogue form, so the person on the line can hear and understand it.

While the idea of digital voice data and codecs may seem complicated, just think of the process as you would an email. Like an email, the data (your voice) has a destination (the number you dial). Your voice is turned into a code (encoded)so that it can move through the internet. At the other end, the code is converted back into the sound of your voice (decoded), so the person you are calling can understand what you said.

If both you and the person you called are using VoIP, then the entire journey of your phone call will take place over the internet. If they’re using the traditional network, the call travels as far as it can using VoIP, and then switches to the public phone network to get to its destination. The same happens if you have a traditional phone, and someone using a VoIP service calls you, only the journey is reversed.

VoIP Algorithms

How are VoIP calls are made?

Unlike traditional phone services, there is not only one way to make a phone call using VoIP. Where you used to connect your phone to a wall outlet, the three most common ways to connect using a VoIP service are:

An Analogue Telephone Device (ATA)

An ATA is an adapter that allows you to use your analogue telephone with a VoIP service. It connects between your phone and your internet service, and will encode the outgoing analogue data from your phone into digital data that can journey across the internet. Likewise, it will take incoming digital data and decode it into an analogue sound that you can hear and understand.

When it comes to switching from traditional services to VoIP, the ATA is a little lifesaver, and can potentially save your business thousands of dollars in new hardware. You can learn more about ATA’s in our Small Business Guide To The NBN.

IP Phones

IP (Internet Protocol) phones look just like a normal phone, however, they are built especially for VoIP. Instead of connecting to your wall socket using an RJ-11 phone cable,

RJ11 Plug & Cable used in VoIP

IP Phones will connect to your router using an RJ-45 ethernet connector.

RJ45 Plug & Cable Using in VoIP

You don’t need an ATA is you have IP handsets, because digital is their native language.

A great entry level IP-enabled handset is the Avaya 1408 Phone Handset, in fact, “For 90% of customers they would be hard pressed to require anything more.”

image of Avaya 1408 Phone Handset

Avaya 1408 Phone Handset

And for business looking for a more advanced IP Phone setup the Avaya 9670G Phone Handset is part of Avaya’s flagship range.

Image of avaya 9670

Softphones

A softphone is software that loads a VoIP service onto your computer, often with an interface that looks just like a traditional phone. An example of a consumer softphone is Skype,

While business grade softphone services are not always free, the software is often very low cost, and you do make a lot of savings on your calls. You’ll need the VoIP software, a microphone and speakers (or a UC headset), a sound card, and a good internet connection (like any form of VoIP).

How VoIP Works for Your Business

In Australia, the public switch telephone network (old copper wiring)  is being phased out and replaced by the NBN – which means VoIP is soon going to be the main telecommunications protocol nation-wide.

While it is an excellent reason to switch your services to VoIP, more and more Australian businesses are doing so because of the low price and greater flexibility it offers.

Advantages of VoIP

Now that you’ve got an understanding of what VoIP is, let’s take a look at the five biggest reasons Australian businesses are turning to VoIP services to replace their old services:

1. It’s loaded with features

Most VoIP providers include features with their VoIP service for which traditional ISP’s would usually charge an additional fee. So, where you might have been paying your old provider monthly for Caller ID, Call Forward, Call Waiting, and Call Transfer, these features will usually be included in your VoIP service at no extra cost. The range of features are quite extensive, and it pays to shop around with different providers. Some charge more than other for extra features, while some have a whole host of them for free.

2. VoIP will be best friends with your phone system

VoIP is ideal for business phone systems for a number of reasons, and it will work with a traditional, hybrid, IP or Hosted system. In some cases, new licenses and ATA’s will be required, so look around for an honest provider that will help you switch your phone system to VoIP with the minimum expense.

3. VoIP will save you a lot of money

Because VoIP uses the internet as a pathway for your communication, rather than the cables previously used on the PSTN network, line rental is the first place you are going to see savings. Some providers offer VoIP lines for as little as $5. The same goes for your phone calls. Even international phone calls are up o a third less expensive than with PSTN lines and, with some providers, local and national calls will be free. Mobile rates are lower, and we’ve personally seen some of our client’s make a 70% saving in their monthly phone bill after switching to VoIP.

4. VoIP is a lot more flexible

One of the drawbacks of traditional PSTN communication was that, if you wanted to add another user in your office, you’d have to pay for another line, and have someone come to your office to install an outlet. VoIP is a lot easier to scale up or down, and most of the changes you’d be likely to make can be made remotely by your provider. The same goes for managing your features and, in a lot of cases, you can actually make the changes you want yourself using a web interface (if you’re using a softphone).

5. VoIP is the best NBN friendly option you have

Pretty soon, all PSTN lines will be either removed or made redundant, so whether you like it or not, VoIP will be the only answer.

Plus there are also many more reason for small & medium size businesses to switch to using VoIP that you can learn more about here.

Disadvantages of VoIP

While VoIP has a lot of benefits it does, like everything, have a few drawbacks, and they all relate to it being reliable under certain circumstances.

1. VoIP is dependent on a quality internet connection

As a result, QoS issues can affect the quality of your VoIP phone calls. It’s also important to make sure your bandwidth is capable of carrying your VoIP service, in addition to your general office internet use, otherwise a heavy download could cause a dropout in your phone calls. This is why our carrier partner SpringCom recommends having a dedicated internet connection just for your voice data.

2. VoIP runs the risk of viruses and hackers

It’s rare, but VoIP hacking is definitely a thing. Good news is that there are some easy steps your business can take to protect yourself.

3. VoIP will make emergency calls a bit of a challenge

Because VoIP uses an IP address as a phone number, and a geographic location can’t be drawn from an IP address. With PSTN lines, if you couldn’t tell the emergency operator your address, they could still trace your location. With VoIP, there’s no way to find the precise location of the caller if they can’t tell the operator their address. View the information about VoIP and emergency calling from ACMA.

VoIP, the NBN, and your Phone System

The NBN means that every home and business will have to find a new way to make phone calls – and that means VoIP. Residential customers, for the most part, will be able to simply connect their existing phone into an NBN outlet and start making VoIP calls. There are a lot of VoIP myths out there but this option is not viable for businesses, because it is limited to two phones.

The solution for you will be to start using VoIP – and it’s not as scary as it sounds…

Instead of plugging your phone into an outlet in your wall, you will now plug them into your modem to connect them to the NBN.

As we mentioned earlier, an ATA may be required for older phones and phone systems and, in some cases, you’ll be required to buy a license. The ATA will simply connect between your phone and your modem. It’s also likely that your business will benefit from SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), which is business grade, superior VoIP. Find out more about How SIP Works with a Phone System.

The key to being ready for VoIP – and the NBN in general – is to look for a provider who you can trust. Many businesses are getting sketchy information about VoIP, SIP, and Phone Systems, and end up spending a fortune on new phone systems, handsets, and hardware that they don’t actually need.

Conclusion

This article has addressed the question, ‘How does VoIP work’, and looked at how it will work for your business, including some of its advantages and disadvantages.

As mentioned, switching your business service to VoIP won’t be a choice once the NBN has been rolled out in your area. The good news is that – if you prepare properly and get the right advice before you make the switch – your new VoIP service will improve the way your business communicates.

Unfortunately, if you don’t prepare, things can get tricky. Assuming that the switch is as simple as NBN. Co. advertises it will be (“As easy as 1…2…3…”) can be a big mistake. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration, including your phone system, internet, EFTPOS terminals, and security systems. If you forget to plan ahead for these and many businesses have done – you could be stuck without them for days, weeks, and even months.

The advice we give to our phone system clients, and anyone else who asks us about the NBN, is to get an NBN-ready audit for your business. Have an Infiniti technician visit your office and assess everything from your handsets to your phone and internet outlets. They’ll give you the advice you need to make the switch to the NBN efficiently, saving to time and money in the long run. Get in touch with our team today on 1300 889 792 to arrange an NBN audit for your business today.

NBN & Internet Complaints on the Rise in 2016

If you are having issues with your internet connection or NBN service, you’re not alone! The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) released a publication in November 2016 that outlined the state of affairs for the period between July 2015 and June 2016, and it was not good news for the NBN.   

Overview of 2015-2016 in telco complaints

Australians made a total of 112, 518 complaints during that period, and while those about the internet and the NBN skyrocketed, new complaints about mobile and landline phone services saw a drop. It’s not all good news, however. In total, complaints about landline, mobile, and internet decreased during the year by a total of 9.6%. That sounds great, until you learn that, between July and September 2016, new complaints were 25.7% higher than they were at the same time in 2015.

NBN a major reason for complaints

The fact that complaints rose as the NBN really started to kick off in 2016 doesn’t, unfortunately, appear to be a coincidence.

Ombudsman Judi Jones says, “We saw nearly a 100 per cent increase in the number of NBN related complaints this year, but the rate of growth is lower than the growth of active services”. She went on to state that the most regularly reported issues were delays in connections to the network, faults ( including unusable services), and service dropouts.

The statistics to confirm these reports include the 147.8% jump in complaints about faults on NBN services, while complaints about NBN connections rose by a total of 63.2%.

A breakdown of telco complaints

We’ll take a snapshot look at some of the key statistics here, but if you want to read the whole report, go to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman website and follow the links.

The 112, 518 new complaints made to the TIO in the 2015-2016 financial year can be broken down into four service types: Mobile complaints made up 36.6%, Internet 34.6%, and Landline 28.8%.

The top five reasons for complaints remained the same as the previous year and were, in order, billing and payments, customer service, faults, complaint handling, and contracts.

Who complained the most? It would seem that the TIO received more complaints from Victorians than any other state, with 5.9 for every 1000 people. The other states were as follows:

  • South Australia – 5.34 per 1000 people
  • Australian Capital Territory – 5.22 per 1000 people
  • New South Wales – 5.21 per 1000 people
  • Queensland – 4.80 per 1000 people
  • Tasmania – 4.42 per 1000 people
  • Western Australia – 4.16 per 1000 people
  • Northern Territory – 3.83 per 1000 people

The average across Australia was 5.24 new complaints per 1000 people, and most of those new complaints came from consumers in major cities.

What to do if you have an issue with your provider

The first point of call is to call your provider directly and talk to someone about the issue you are having. If you don’t think your complaint has been resolved, or are unhappy with how it has been dealt with, you can ask to speak to a conflict resolution manager. If you’re still unhappy, that’s when you should get in touch with the TIO.

They provide free and independent dispute services for small businesses and residential consumers, and can be contact via a form on their website, or by calling 1800 062 058.

 

6 Easy Steps To Step Up Skype for Business Call Forwarding

In this article, I am going to take you through the 6 easy steps you need to go through to setup Skype for Business call forwarding to landlines or mobiles.

We often have the experience where a customer has an existing Skype for business number that they’d like to port to our services. We’ll explain below why (in most cases) this simply isn’t possible – but we’ll also give you a way around it by forwarding all of your Skype for business calls to your chosen mobile or landline number.

Is my Skype For Business Number portable?

Skype numbers are, typically, not portable. That’s because the local numbers that are supplied are owned by Skype and not the user, who is technically renting access to the number. Under ACMA (The Australian Communications and Media Authority) and TIO (Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman), Skype clients do not own any numbers that they have been issued by the company. Therefore, under LNP rules, Skype cannot legally put through port requests for any of the numbers that they supply.

What if I had a number ported into Skype originally?

If you had an existing local number ported into Skype, then you should be able to have it ported back out again to another provider.

But I want to keep my Skype for business number for use on a landline or mobile!

Many clients are frustrated by the news that they can’t simply move their existing phone number from Skype to our services, like they would be able to from any other telco provided number. But, like most things these days, there are some actions you can take to get around this problem. The answer is Call forwarding, and there’s only a few steps you need to take to make it happen.

How to set up a permanent forward from your Skype for business number to your landline or mobile

If you want to keep your Skype Number and use it on your landline or mobile phone, the only realistic option is to permanently forward your Skype Number using an unlimited landline phone plan.

First, you will need to make changes to your Skype subscription as follows:

Step 1: Change your Skype account to the ‘Australia unlimited mins landlines plan AU$5.00/month’.

Skype for Business Call Forwarding plans

If you pay annually, you will save an additional 15%

Skype for business call forwarding annual plans

Next, follow these steps to forward all Skype calls to your chosen destination:

Step 2: Sign in to your skype account

Step 3: Go to the Manage Features section, and select Call Forwarding

Step 4: Select the button to enable call forwarding, so that it appears green. Once you’ve enabled the feature, select how many seconds you would like your calls to ring before they are forwarded (If you want ALL calls to be forwarded at all times, select a minimum number of seconds).

Step 5: Next, select the destination of your forwarded calls. In this case, you will most likely be allocating a landline or mobile number. Make sure you select the correct country or region when entering the phone number.

You can forward your Skype calls to up to three mobile or landline phone numbers worldwide by selecting Add Number and entering the details as above.

Step 6: Confirm the changes you have made.

Once you have followed these steps, every call received will be forwarded to your chosen phone number, even if you aren’t actually signed into your Skype account.

To turn off Skype for Business Call Forwarding, simply sign in to your account, go to Call Forwarding in the Manage Features section, and select the green button to disable the feature.

The nbn™ Network: What You Need To Know

Are you wondering if you have to move to the NBN?

For most people, the answer is YES! That is, if you want to keep your landline phone and internet services.

Sounds drastic, but it’s true, because to make way for the new network, parts of the existing network are being switched off. Watch the video below to find out more.

Prepare your business properly

Are your landline phone and internet services NBN-ready? Will your existing phone and internet technology, including your phone system, continue to work after the disconnection of the copper network?

There are a lot of questions, that’s for sure. At Infiniti, we like providing people with honest information that will get them where they need to be. You can call us today on 1300 889 792 to find out how your business can be prepared for the NBN.

We also offer a comprehensive, fully subsidised NBN-ready audit. our technicians will come to your office and assess everything from your phone system to your EFTPOS terminal, and help arm you with what you need to make a smooth and cost effective NBN transition. Call our specialised team directly on 1300 513 140 now.

Telstra turning off the 2G Network

What you need to know to be prepared

The Telstra 2G network has been operating for a long time, but on 1st December 2016, Telstra officially turned it off in every corner of Australia. While they did spend the months ahead of the switch off contacting those consumers who still have devices that use the 2G network, there are still a lot of people and businesses that will be affected.

Knowing what the 2G switch off means, how it affects emergency service access, and understanding how you will be affected, is crucial information for everyone, even those using 3G and 4G technology.

person holding smartphone to demonstrate Telstra turning off the 2G network

Why did Telstra turn off the 2G Network?

The 2G network was what we used in the early days of mobile communication. While it played an important role, it’s now making way for better technology. The fact that Telstra are getting rid of such an outdated technology will mean two things.

The first is that they won’t be investing in outdated technology. This will make more room for investment in more up to date technologies.

The second is that, if other providers follow in Telstra’s footsteps (and they will), the 900Mhz frequency will be freed up. The 900 Mhz band is already used by Telstra for 4G technology. By disconnecting the 2G network, space will be freed for them and other providers to increase 4G cover, and that of newer technologies.

What does Telstra turning off the 2G network mean for you?

No 2G sim card in any phone or mobile broadband device or 2G machine to machine device that connects to the Telstra network will work anymore. This has especially important repercussions for the emergency services. Any piece of important equipment should be upgraded immediately.

If you try to call the emergency services on 000 or 112 on a 2G device, it will not work on the Telstra network. However, if you are in the range of a 2G network from another provider, such as Vodafone or Optus, your device will use their network and be able to make the call.

When you’re within range of another 2G provider’s network, your screen is likely to display ‘SOS’ or ‘Emergency Calls Only’.

How can you tell if you are affected by Telstra turning off the 2G network?

  1. Check what type of SIM card is in your device
  2. Check your mobile handheld device
  3. Mobile network settings

What if I have a 3G or 4G Sim Card that sometimes shows the 2G symbol?

If you have a 3G or 4G enabled sim card and phone, it is unlikely you will notice any difference.

3G and 4G technology is designed to be backwards compatible with previous generation mobile frequencies. In the past this has meant that, in areas where the 3G and 4G networks aren’t available, your phone would have searched for a 2G frequency and used it. You would have been able to at least receive phone calls and text messages in areas where only 2G was available.

Now that Telstra has disconnected the network, it is officially gone as a backup. Now, your phone will simply show no signal. You won’t be able to make or receive calls or text messages. This excludes emergency calls, as mentioned above.

Advice for anyone with a 2G phone or device

Turnin off the 2G network is just the start

The other networks will follow.

Many older industrial devices or terminals may still use 2G  networks. This table will show you how you can access the 3G and 4G networks from your devices:

 

Device & SIM card What you’ll need to do
If you have a 2G SIM card in a 2G device Neither will work, so you’ll need to purchase a new 3G SIM card and a  new device
You have a 2G SIM card in a 3G/4G device Your device will still work, but you’ll need a new 3G SIM card
You have a 3G SIM card in a 2G device You’ll need a new device, and depending on which device you purchase, you may also need a new 3G SIM card
You have a 3G SIM card in a 3G/4G device Make sure that  your device network Settings are configured to ‘Auto’.

If your business operates in a rural or remote location and you have always relied on having 2G Telstra coverage, you need to act. The other providers will be following in Telstra’s footsteps and turning off their 2G networks in the future. Relying on them as backup is not a good idea.

The Big Picture

We know there is a lot of politics around new technology and the NBN at present. The fact is we’re moving forward, whether we like it or not.
The many changes in technology can seem confusing and complicated, but the truth is that they are unavoidable. If your business isn’t ready for what lays ahead, you could find yourself left behind.

The good news is that you can take steps early to make understand how your business will be impacted. A subsidised NBN-ready audit is available for your business until 31 March, 2017. If you want to make sure you’re armed with everything you need, get in touch with our team today. Being prepared for the NBN could very well be the best decision you make for your business this year.

Get Ready for the NBN

Make sure your business is prepared with an NBN-ready audit

Are you hoping (like many people) that you don’t have to do anything to get ready for the NBN?Are you hesitating because switching your services over is a hassle you’d like to avoid? Please, read on!

Unfortunately the NBN will hold no prisoners, and you’ll have to confront the big change sooner, rather than later.

For residential customer, switching an internet connection and a phone line is a breeze. But for businesses, there can be multiple different services that you’ll need to think about. It can get complicated because the NBN isn’t a one-size-fits all technology. Watch this video for a quick guide to switching to the NBN.

Why it’s so important to get ready for the NBN

The fact that the NBN is not a choice is only the tip of the iceberg. You’ll not only have to migrate your internet to a broadband solution, but you’ll also have to consider your phones. That means your phone system, EFTPOS terminals, your fax machine, your HICAPS terminal, and your security systems. Every device will have to switch, but the catch is that not every device is NBN friendly.

Another reason that preparation is key to a successful switch is the fact that the NBN is a Multi Mix Technology (MTM). Not every NBN connection is the same, and the type you get will depend on what type NBN Co. rolls out in your area. Again, you won’t get a choice here, so understanding what type you’ll get, and how your internet and phone lines will operate, is crucial.

Time may not be on your side

One of the biggest mistakes we have seen businesses make is the assumption that they don’t need to do anything to get ready for the NBN. There is an assumption that the switch will be as simple as NBN Co. advertises it will be – ‘as easy as 1, 2, 3’.

Migrating your services is NOT a simple unplug, replug deal. Existing outlets will no longer work. Current devices may no longer work. Your phone system may no longer work. And if you plan to switch at the last minute, you won’t have time to sort out any of these problems before NBN Co switches off your existing services.

An NBN installation can occur between ten days and six weeks after you place your order. If anything doesn’t work the way it should, it can take the same amount of time again to have the issue resolved. Add to that the fact that NBN Co. will be switching ALL traditional services within 18 months of the rollout hitting your area.

Waiting – and not being prepared – aren’t worth the risk of having no phone, internet, EFTPOS, fax… you get the idea.

Get ready for the NBN with a personalised audit

Doing the research  to understand the NBN inside and out is not for everybody, nor should it be. Your top priority is making sure the telecommunications wheels keep on turning when your business makes the switch.

In order to help businesses keep that priority in check, we’ve developed a comprehensive NBN-ready audit. One of our tech wizards will visit your office and thoroughly assess your current setup. they’ll talk to you about your future prospects and expectations, and make recommendations. In short, they will give you everything you need to switch smoothly to the NBN. They’ll also offer advice on how to save yourself a fortune on new hardware and equipment.

It really will make your life a lot easier, and give you peace of mind that you’ll be saving money by getting the right advice from people you can trust.

Get in touch with the Australian based Infiniti team now to find out more about our NBN audit, and book your assessment for only $99 – but be quick, this great price is only available until 1st January, 2017!

Do Hosted Solutions spell the end for Traditional Phone Systems?

Is your traditional phone system on it’s last legs?

If you had asked our experts ten years ago whether or not a hosted phone system is as good as a traditional phone system, you might possibly have been laughed out of the room. But now the tables have turned, and it’s often our hosted customers that are doing the laughing.

So what is a Hosted phone system?

It’s safe to say that most people have now at least heard of a hosted phone system, so we won’t get into too much of the nitty gritty here.

Basically, it will do the same thing as your traditional phone system, but your chosen provider hosts all of the programs and features. These live ‘in the cloud’ – which just means ‘in the internet’.

A hosted pbx system comes with a basic network modem/switch, to which you connect IP phone handsets. This network switch communicates over the internet back to the hosted pbx provider. The brains and hardware that drive these hosted pbx solutions are located off premises. There’s no large admin unit in the office. No need for your IT guys to worry about maintenance and management. And every change you’d like made to your system can be done remotely by your provider or, in many cases, you can do it yourself using a web-based application.

Why are Hosted pbx phone systems so popular?

1. No hardware = no installation

Unlike phone systems that require technicians to install the main equipment, hosted pbx systems don’t. Once there’s an available internet connection, you simply plug the router switch into it. All the instructions it receives travel from your host (provider) over the internet.

2. No hardware = reduced costs

With no main equipment, you’ll likely be able to implement a hosted solution for less money.

3. Choice of handsets

Unlike traditional phone systems (where you buy handsets of the same brand as the phone system), most hosted pbx suppliers are brand agnostic. You can connect any SIP handset to them, which increases your options and flexibility.

4. More features

Because your chosen host will have all features available to all of their connected customers, you won’t need to licence expensive add-ons like call recording, or call counting, which you do have to do with traditional phone systems. The provider will be able to activate any features you want with the click of a mouse. The Hosted PBX solution we provide, for example, come with a whole bunch of free features, and free programming for life. There are other optional features available, but at a fraction of the cost you’d find with traditional phone systems.

5. Grow as big as you want ANYWHERE

Your staff can connect to your system ANYWHERE in the world with a good internet connection and an IP handset. A Hosted PBX provider can connect thousands of users in the same organisation, across multiple locations. That means no size restrictions.

6. Mobility

Mobility is hot, and it’s only going to grow in the future. Hosted PBX systems make it much easier for you to stay connected anywhere, anytime, using any mobile device.

Out with the old and in with the new?

While they are super popular, getting rid of your existing system might not be the most viable option for your business. If you’re looking for a new system, we’d always recommend hosted, hands down. But there are also a lot of good reasons to keep using the PBX system you’ve already got.

Our Hosted colution, supplied by our chosen carrier partner, SpringCom, really does deliver savings and features that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Give our team a call to find out more about our easy setup, loads of free features, and FREE programming for life.