Well, we’ve made it through another week of business! It’s been chilly outside, but that hasn’t slowed down our week at all. If we were in buffalo, that might be a different story! We’ve been busy working on all kinds of great things for our fabulous customers.
Happy Friday everyone! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner? I know I can’t! Today we have some fun things to chat about and then a few little reminders to mention. Let’s start with a recap of our awesome blog this week.
Topics: Chat with Nat
It's common knowledge that VoIP is a relatively new technology, but do you know how it became popularized? Today, we're going to take a look at the biggest source of VoIP's surge in popularity — video games — as well as why they continue to be a great combination to this day. A few weeks ago, we even published a great history on the origin of VoIP that might give you a better sense of where VoIP came from.
Even if you don't play video games, you've certainly heard that today's games let you play online with other players. Compared to the early days of the Atari 2600 and the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which only allowed for two players to play on the same console, this is quite an achievement. Couch co-op, as it's called, is a term for multiple players playing on a single TV, as opposed to online multiplayer, which allows players from all over the world to cooperate or compete in their favorite games.
Online gaming was first possible with the Sega Dreamcast when the SegaNet service went live in 2000, but the system failed for a variety of reasons. Nearly every console that followed it has included functionality for online play, with the PlayStation 2 and Xbox being the first to widely implement it. While early titles lacked a cohesive network (like we have today with PlayStation Network or Xbox Live) and so instead relied on published-provided servers for each different game, the systems let you play matches online with other owners of the game, and even allowed you to talk to them via VoIP.
Topics: Video Games
VoIP has become huge in the past decade or so, and as such it's a fantastic time to become as Internet Telephony Service Provider, or an ITSP for short. For businesses, VoIP is quickly replacing traditional phone service as the norm. The industry has been doing great as a whole: worldwide, the telecommunications sector revenue grew a huge 8% from 2012 to 2013, a total of $68 billion. In addition, global VoIP subscribers in the residential sector totaled 212 million in 2013, an increase of 8% from 2012. These numbers are promising, so if you're looking to get on board to provide this service, take a look at what you need to do!
In small businesses today, we can find ourselves swimming in a rapidly moving technological river, often avoiding obstacles, struggling to move forward, and sometimes we try to swim against the current. To avoid drowning and pulling our customers down to the bottom with us, VoIP technology can serve as a vital lifeline for success.
Welcome back to another weekly Chat with Nat where we get to fill you in on all the great things going on in the wholesale VoIP world! This week and next week on the blog we are packed full of great articles that are surely going to help out all the great people in our wonderful industry.
Before I share everything that we’ve posted on the blog this week and the exciting things that we have coming up next week, I have one announcement to make about our BackOffice. You can now enable our Hosted Billing Platform without having to call your sales rep! We want it to be super simple for our customers to enable this awesome service so they can spend less time getting it going and more time using it to better their business.
Topics: Chat with Nat
People tend to choose those services that promise the best quality and the right prices. Most of us aren't looking for services that are going to break the bank. Today, telecommunications technology is spread widely so that we get deployment in much quicker times. For instance, international calling has become an essential demand of users when they are living abroad. But just because it is so expensive, users have limited use of it. International phone cards are designed to fix all issues related to high international call charges.
Just like there are big issues to look for and avoid when buying a car, electronic device, or house, it's also wise to do your homework before you choose which VoIP wholesale provider to go with. Here, we've assembled a quick top-ten list to consult to be sure that you don't get burned or stuck with service that's not right for you. A little bit of research beforehand can save a lot of money and frustration in the future, so take a moment to consider these tips!
For more tips on how to navigate through this crazy wholesale VoIP world, check out some of these blog posts:
Topics: Wholesale VoIP
CIOs of major companies face the challenging task of determining whether the cloud telephone system is really worth the money and time or not. This is not an easy task as there are a number of things that need to be analyzed to get a hang of the real advantages offered by cloud telephony. Cloud telephony has created all the right buzz in the past few years and it has managed to grab the attention of both the modern workforce and business leaders. Cloud computing has penetrated our lives in a big way and we are now using various applications and tools that are hosted on the cloud. However, when it comes to communication systems, people tend to turn a bit finicky because a faulty communication service can ruin present as well as future business prospects of any organization.
Happy Halloween everyone! We have a few quick things to share and then everyone can get back to their Halloween festivities. I first want to mention the blog posts that we shared on our Wholesale VoIP blog this week: