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Ben Stegner

Ben is a college student who loves technology, especially helping others make the best of it. Currently, he's a Staff Writer at MakeUseOf, where he covers all sorts of useful apps, websites, and software in an easy-to-understand format. When he's not freelance writing, he loves to play video games and even runs a podcast devoted to just that.

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Is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Plan Right for My Business

Posted by Ben Stegner on December 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

A BYOD plan allows users to bring their own devices to the table, instead of using standard business-issue units. It brings savings to the provider for obvious reasons, but don't jump into this plan without thinking. Here are a few points to consider when starting a BYOD plan.

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Mobility

VoIP Technology Can Be Found Everywhere

Posted by Ben Stegner on December 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Surely, one of the best measures of how powerful a technology is comes from its widespread implementation. Someone may have an amazing idea, but if it only benefits a tiny group of people, in practical use its impact is minimal. VoIP definitely falls under the category of widespread usage, as it comes up in more places than you think.

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Tags: VoIP

VoIP And Video Games

Posted by Ben Stegner on November 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM

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.

The Origins

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.

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Tags: VoIP, Video Games

How to Become an Internet Telephony Service Provider (ITSP)

Posted by Ben Stegner on November 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM

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!

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Tags: Telephony, ITSP, Entrepreneurship

Top 10 Pitfalls to Avoid When Purchasing Wholesale VoIP Services

Posted by Ben Stegner on November 5, 2014 at 3:41 PM

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:

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Tags: VoIP, Entrepreneurship

Learn From Someone Else's Mistake: The Costs Of VoIP Fraud

Posted by Ben Stegner on October 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM

A few weeks ago, we defined VoIP fraud and talked a little bit about why it's such an issue. Like many tragedies in life, however, it's easy to brush the issue off and assume that it will only affect other people. Today, let's take a look at a recent story of someone who fell victim to VoIP fraud and the huge aggravation that it brings about.

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Tags: VoIP, Entrepreneurship

VoIP Fraud Defined

Posted by Ben Stegner on October 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Surely you've heard of (and hopefully never personally experienced) fraud — essentially any dishonest action that results in gain for the perpetrator. Common forms include credit card fraud and telemarketing fraud, but did you know that VoIP fraud is an issue, as well? Let's take a look at what VoIP fraud is and how it's typically performed.

The Definition: VoIP fraud falls under same category as any other type of fraud. It is defined as the unauthorized use of paid communication services charged to someone who isn't expecting it, whether that be the service provider or the customer.

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Tags: VoIP, Cyber Security

How To Enhance Your VoIP Security

Posted by Ben Stegner on October 15, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Staying safe is important in all aspects of life, and VoIP is no exception. We've written about VoIP fraud and what a headache it can be, and ideally, you'll never have to experience it. To maintain a strong defense against those who would use your services for malicious purposes, let's go over a few ways to stay safe with VoIP.

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Tags: Cyber Security, Entrepreneurship

4 Quick Facts About E911

Posted by Ben Stegner on October 1, 2014 at 10:26 AM

When you consider the phone system in the United States, one sometimes overlooked but very important aspect is 911, the national emergency number. Even if you've never called it, the number surely has a place in your mind, just in case.

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Tags: E911, VoIP

5 Common Misconceptions About Telecommunications

Posted by Ben Stegner on September 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Have you been considering a switch to VoIP for your business, but don't see the benefits in doing so? Or perhaps you have an image of what telecommunications is in your head and can't seem to get over it. If you fit into either of these descriptions, you've come to the right blog post! Let's look at some common myths and clear up the truth about VoIP and what it's all about.

If you're interested in reading about more factual information on VoIP, check these out:

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Tags: VoIP, Telecom

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