Posted: 15 May 2019 12:00 AM PDT
VoIP has had a significant shift from a technology exclusively used by the early adopters or hobbyist to a widely adopted business form of communication. The industry expects an annual growth rate of 3.1% between 2019 to 2024 with a value ranging from 77.4 million USD in 2018 to 93.2 million USD by the end of 2024.
Undoubtedly, the business is exponentially growing at a breakneck pace, and VoIP providers are flocking in, offering packages that may or may not fit to what your business goals are. Hence, with our continued interest of unraveling the best VoIP provider, we are going to review key players in the industry and showcase opinions that will help businesses to determine solutions that work.
When it comes to the VoIP race, RingCentral is one of those providers that you won't miss out not to mention. Aside from its flexible pricing offers, the company has established a solid foundation in catering the communication needs of small-time businesses and large enterprises.
RingCentral was founded back in 1999 by Vlad Shmunis, and since then, the cloud-based company introduced new ways to connect and collaborate remotely. For almost 20 years of providing VoIP services, RingCentral has significantly banked on its easy VoIP setup, competitive prices, and cloud-based management system. In a sense, the VoIP provider established itself as one of the big names in the VoIP market.
As previously mentioned, RingCentral offers versatile and relatively competitive price packages. RingCentral starts things off with their Essential Plan that costs $19.99/month, which is suitable for small-time businesses with less than ten employees. The package supports up to 10 users with a four-person limit on its audio and video meeting feature.
The Essential Plan unlocks RingCentral 24/7 customer support lines and offers unlimited phone calling, 100 toll-free minutes, customer management and phone service administration, and other basic features necessary for small-time businesses.
The next tier that RingCentral offers is the Standard Plan which costs $24.99/month. The $5 difference from its Essential package provides businesses with a little more space to work with, especially with its zero-limit on the number of users. However, video and audio conferencing are still limited to four people at a time.
The RingCentral Standard Plan doesn't have much of a difference from its Essential plan, aside from getting 1,000 toll-free minutes per month. Further, the package credits you the same basic feature with a multi-level auto attendant that works as a virtual receptionist for routing calls to the right department. The Standard Plan also credits you internet fax and call log support that will come in handy during end-of-the-month business reporting.
If you think the previous offerings are small enough to fit your business needs, RingCentral has a Premium plan that costs $34.99/month. The package poses a vast amount of support for your business such as multi-site support, custom app development and deployment, and SalesForce, Zendesk, and Desk integration. The RingCentral Premium pushes the audio and video meeting limit to 100 people with toll-free minutes of up to 2,500/month. You'll also get Voicemail Transcription to Text support which converts voicemails to text for easy documentation.
The last tier that RingCentral offers is the Ultimate Plan for $49.99/month. The package provides the same amount of support as the Premium but boosts the number of minutes to 10,000 and the audio/video meeting bandwidth to 200 people.
How It Works?
Before starting things off with RingCentral, the first thing you need to know is if the service or the package fits your business goals. If the answer is yes, then there are two ways in installing RingCentral; its either you use your existing phones, or you purchase new equipment from RingCentral themselves.
If you opt to use your current desk phones, installing RingCentral is as easy as plug and play. Just plug your phones and computers to the internet jacks and install the RingCentral app to your employees' smartphones. After installation, you'll get to enjoy all the features based on the RingCentral package you opt to choose. And, since RingCentral is cloud-based, you can use its dedicated app for all your voice calls, faxing, audio/video conferencing needs.
With RingCentral's plethora of features, you don't have to rely on your traditional phone lines to handle all your business communication requirements. You'll get competitive management support, technology-forward IVRs, relaxing hold music, call management, and other basic features put in place so that you'll never miss a call again.
Comparison and Contrast
RingCentral is indeed one of the top tier VoIP providers in the market today. Its call management feature that enables businesses to customize their ways of communicating is one the best qualifier for RingCentral. You'll get call forwarding on the go with easy deployment based on your business or department's answering rules. You can easily configure automatic call recording and convert them to text for easy documentation. You'll also enjoy auto attendant, a feature that directs calls on the right department, to ensure that all requests go to the right person and provide solutions at first touch.
However, comparing RingCentral to other VoIP providers, there are noticeable differences that one cannot just disregard. Let's use Nextiva for example. Nextiva is also one to the leading VoIP players today, and statistically speaking, Nextiva is a highly-acclaimed cloud-based software provider with 99.99% reliability rate across NYC to Seattle.
Nextiva's VoIP plans provide consumers more flexibility at a more cheaper rate. For $20, Nextiva's Basic Plan equates to RingCentral's Standard Plan with more added features. You'll get additional support such as Advance Call Management and number porting for free.
Nextiva's Pro Plan steps the notch even higher. You'll get a customized greeting feature that works significantly in building your brand. Furthermore, you'll receive Text Messaging support that enables you to connect with your team and customers at your own pace and desire. Limitation towards the number of people allowed for conferencing is not much of a concern within Nextiva's VoIP packages. In a sense, you'll get more added support at a price relatively cheaper than what you get from RingCentral.
When setting up Nextiva, you can opt for Nextiva's professional installers to set up your VoIP lines for free. Through this installation method, you'll get to work with Nextiva on how you want to customize your VoIP solution. This method also eliminates common installation failure. But, with regards to the accessibility of installing Nextiva's VoIP, you'll get the same amount of convenience RingCentral offers.
RingCentral is, without a doubt, a competitive VoIP provider. However, the limitations on specific price plans are very concerning. Its Essential Plan lacks mobility and essential features like auto attendant and automatic call recording that are necessary for today's business needs; unless you pay $15 more to employ such elements.
While, if you compare it to companies like Nextiva, who are offering relatively the same or more amount of features on its basic plan, it enables businesses to manage communications with more flexibility without paying more than it should be. And, with today's competitive market, getting extra elements at a price lesser than the other, is a motivational factor to choose Nextiva aside from RingCentral.
More importantly, in choosing your cloud-based solution, you should understand what your business goals are, and see if the provider offer such features. Don't just settle with prices, and pick a solution that enables you to manage your calls and business needs on a much broader scale.
Posted: 04 Jun 2019 12:00 AM PDT
TULSA, OK, June 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- Deep Sky Mobile, which is a partnership between AppSwarm, Corp. (OTC: SWRM) and AI VentureTech, Inc., lays out benefits of adding a second phone line to smartphone through its VoIP service.
In some circumstances, a second phone number proves to be a useful tool that can help you separate your work from your personal life.
Some benefits of a second phone line:
Separate Business from Personal Calls: This could be a useful way of separating business and personal calls apart from each other. Keep your business calls separate from your friends and family calls.
Alternative to Giving Out Cell Number: Sometimes you may wish to give out your contact number, but don't want to actually reveal your cell number for personal reasons. Having a second line for this could come in handy.
Add Second Phone Line to Your Smartphone: Through Deep Sky Mobyx app you can add a second phone line right to your Android or iOS smartphone. You can screen this second line on your phone knowing what calls are personal, residential, or business related, all on the same phone.
Cut Your Monthly Budget
Best part VoIP offers is cost. There are many plans where you can cut your monthly cost for traditional landline, while adding more features and benefits.
Deep Sky Mobile offers Unlimited voice for US and Canada for only $19.99 a month, which includes voicemail, and other interesting features. It's a great way to cut your monthly costs, while also setting a fixed rate you can work your budget around.
Pay As You Go Plan
Maybe you don't use your residential or business line as much, but would still like to keep that option available. One way is through our Pay As You Go Plan where you pay only for the minutes you use. For as little at $0.02 a minute you can call anywhere in the US and Canada.
So, if you like to keep a residential line for personal reasons, but rarely use it during the month, then Pay As You Go can be the most affordable way.
If you only use say 500 minutes during the month then at $0.02 a minute you will have reduced your monthly phone bill to $10.00. If you use it even less then that at say just 200 minutes for short personal calls then your phone bill could be as low as $4.00 a month, which is much cheaper then fixed traditional landline costs.
Free On-Network Calls
Through the Deep Sky Mobile app you can make free on-network calls between users in the network. So if you and a friend or family member both have the app, and account with Deep Sky Mobile, you can talk with each other from anywhere in the world, for free.
This is an excellent feature for travelers who are out of the country and wishing to stay in touch with loved ones back home.
Download the Deep Sky Mobyx app https://deepskymobile.com/voip-download/
Signup for New Account
To register a new account simply signup with Deep Sky Mobile then scan your individual QR code with your phone's camera to activate the mobile app. https://deepskymobile.com/signup/
Investor Mailing List
If interested in receiving investor updates on Deep Sky Mobile register online at https://deepskymobile.com/investors/
About Deep Sky Mobile
Deep Sky Mobile is a development stage partnership between AppSwarm, Inc. (OTC: SWRM), and AI VentureTech, Inc., focused on providing mobile services for both the consumer and enterprise market. The goal is to develop Deep Sky Mobile as an alternative carrier for users seeking higher broadband Phone, Text, and Data services. Deep Sky Enterprise will focus on more advanced mobile solutions such as tracking network for driverless cars, drones, Smart Homes, Smart City's, IoT, and enterprise networking off our early stage 5G Cloud Platform providing both 4G and pre 5G capabilities. www.deepskymobile.com
AppSwarm is a technology company specializing in the accelerated development and publishing of mobile apps and other software platforms for gaming and business applications and seeks to acquire symmetric business opportunities. AppSwarm partners with and assists other development firms in technology development, business management, and funding needs.
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