Phone System Services -Frankfort, IL 60423
Whether you need a legacy phone system maintained, or an
entirely new communications system for multiple offices, Andromeda Technology Solutions
is the answer you have been looking for. As our expertise also includes complete
data network solutions,
you can rest assured that we can fully integrate a communications system that will best leverage your existing or
future IT infrastructure.
In many cases, your telephone system is the first thing
people will experience when dealing with your business.
• Does it show your company in a good light?
• Is it set up so your clients have a good experience?
• Does it help maximize employee productivity?
Let us show you how a phone system should be set up!
Experience the simplicity of having an experienced company to handle all aspects of your communication systems, letting you focus on running your business.
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lives to serve organizations like yours near Frankfort, IL—at your level of need, your timetable, ...your budget!
Hybrid PBX and IP-based Phone Systems
We support a host of major phone systems—from Avaya, NEC, Panasonic to Toshiba— and are a certified Panasonic dealer for both a traditional PBX system,
as well as a true IP-based VoIP system. The beauty of these systems lies in
their very extensive feature set (over 800 features) and their mix-and-match
capabilities. Each system can mix analog, digital and IP phone sets to match
almost any application. Also, each system has extensive functionality
built-in for incorporating branch offices, work-at-home employees and other
We spend a great deal of time understanding all your requirements, so we can select the system and functions that are exactly what you need.
The Phones Become the Network
If you are considering an IP-based telephone system, it is important to
understand these systems are more data systems than phone systems. Unlike a
traditional PBX system, a VoIP system puts a significant burden on your data
network, and requires specific equipment and configuration to ensure
everything is running properly.
Many traditional telephone service companies lack the skills to properly
install and maintain a VoIP system. Andromeda Technology Solutions excels in
all aspects of voice and data, and will ensure you get the system that is
right for you.
Whether Cloud-based, Hosted/virtual PBX, or completely on-premises, we have the knowledge AND experience to guide you and implement your voice communication system to perfection.
Replacement of Legacy Phone Systems
We have many years of experience upgrading/replacing legacy phones systems from: ComDial, Nortel, Toshiba/Mitel,
and Samsung just to name a few. If you would like to experience service from a truly
customer-focused organization, call us when you are ready to replace and upgrade your existing legacy telephone system.
AndroPedia Tech Library
As part of our service, it is important to keep our client-partners well informed on Telephone system developments, news, and best practices. Here is just a sampling of typical items from our AndroPediaSM library archive:
There will most likely come a time when you decide you want to change service providers for your business internet and telephone.
That makes sense.
In fact, we would suggest that you audit your phone service and bills at least once a year if not every 6 months. (For more on auditing your phone bills – read here).
The telecom industry term for the date you go from one service to the next is the “cutover date”. Basically, this is the day that you cut service with your old provider and begin service with your new provider.
You’d think this is as simple as the switch of a button but there are actually a lot of ways that a cutover can cause trouble for you and your business.
The last thing you want is for a cutover issue to mean loss of profit or productivity in your office. After all, every minute your phones are down costs you.
With this in mind, we thought you would enjoy a quick checklist to ensure your telephone service cutover goes as smooth as possible.
Andromeda Technology Solutions Telephone Service Cutover Checklist: 6 Things to Do Before Your Cutover Date
1- Bring your IT/Telecom Service Provider Up to Speed
First things first, the moment you start thinking about changing telephone/internet service providers; you should get your IT group involved.
A good vendor will guide you through the process of preparing for your telephone service cutover date.
A GREAT Technology Partner will guide you through the prep for your cutover but they will also help guide you in the right direction when it comes to your service levels and providers.
There are a lot of important factors to consider when choosing a telephone/internet provider.
- Customer Service Reputation
- Bandwidth options
- Type of service
- Availability in your area
- Impact on other technologies and departments in your business
It is important to get your IT/Telephone Solution Provider involved for your cutover but it is just as important to get them involved as soon as you make the decision to shop service providers.
This will allow you to avoid a lot of headaches and it will also prepare you properly for everything you’ve got to get done.
Keeping your technology partners in the loop is one of the best ways to steer clear of speedbumps.
2- Notify your current vendor that you’re switching service.
This one is very simple. Once you’ve decided to switch service providers, you need to notify your existing telecom service provider.
Most companies require 30 days’ notice or they will charge cancellation fees.
You’ll also want to make sure you aren’t under a contract. If you find that you are still under contract, you’ll need to figure out what types of penalties or charges the existing vendor has in place for early termination.
As a general rule, you always want to be aware of your contract dates. Even if you aren’t switching vendors, your rates might rise if you aren’t under a long term contract with your vendor. This is best practice and ensures you aren’t being overcharged for your services.
3- Get a “cut sheet” from your current service provider.
The cut sheet is a list of all of the necessary work prior to your telephone service cutover. This is a great way to make sure you have all of your ducks in a row before the official telephone service cutover date.
Once you have the cut sheet you need to make sure and get a copy of it to whoever manages your telephone system.
This sheet includes any equipment you’ll need, programming needs as well as a list of all the numbers you need ported over.
By providing this to your technology partner you ensure that they can schedule technicians to get the required work done prior to the big day.
4- Check your IT closet or equipment room out.
Changing service providers may require some new equipment. Make sure to find out what space that will require and ensure that you have the space available.
Be clear on who will install the new equipment and where you want it as well.
5- Map out your current setup
You’ll want to map out all of your existing set up.
Make sure you have a list of all phone numbers and extensions.
This is something you can do yourself or you can request that your phone system vendor does this for you. They will dive a little deeper and check for dial tones, testing ports and checking for local & long distance capability.
Just be sure to request that your vendor provides you a full report of your findings.
6- Get the date on your calendar and notify anyone who might be impacted
It might sound obvious but you want to make sure that everyone knows your cutover date.
Andromeda recommends that you let all employees know the date and time. Additionally, you’ll probably want to schedule and send out a few emails to customers in case there is any service disruption.
Communication is key with these types of projects.
Customers won’t be upset that they can’t reach you by phone if they know that you can be reached via email or other communications.
This will also make sure that everyone is prepared just in case the cutover doesn’t go as smooth as planned. If your phones are down for longer than expected, you’ve covered your bases on the front side and shouldn’t feel a backlash from employees or customers for the temporary disruption of phone service.
As you’ve probably noticed – most of these steps and the checklist recommends that you communicate with your telephone system vendor. These projects are pretty simple but can easily go wrong if everyone isn’t on the same page.
If you are thinking about switching phone service providers make sure to get in touch with whoever manages your phone system.
You’ll be glad you did.
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By now you’ve heard about the increasing threat of cyber criminals. It seems there is some new breach every day with large scale breaches on a weekly basis. Trojan horses, malicious links in emails, phishing scams and ransomware are just a few examples.
We just read an article last week about new apps that allow these criminals to launch attacks on businesses from their smart phones.
Don’t let the news stories fool you either. Just because you don’t have a billion dollar company doesn’t mean you aren’t at the same risk if not a larger risk of being attacked. In fact, most cyber criminals consider the small to midsize market a goldmine. This is due to lower security protocols and focuses by the small/midsize business owner. That “It won’t happen to me”, mentality is your worst enemy.
But, as business owners get savvier and regulations crack down on protocols, cyber criminals turn to other technologies and access points to attack your business.
We wanted to share a few examples of different phone based scams and some tips & tricks on how to avoid them.
The “Can You Hear Me” Phone Scams
These phone scams spread between business owners and consumers where a criminal will call you simply to get you to say “yes”. They record your voice and use this one simple word to sign you up services and approve purchases.
Earlier this year the Better Business Bureau released an alert and warning to the public regarding this scam. They warned of a few different tactics scammers use to get the audio they want. Questions asked might include:
- Are you the homeowner?
- Are you over 18?
- Do you pay the household bills?
- Do you have a home computer?
Calls may come from many different sources but reports have mentioned scammers claiming to be from security companies, cruise lines or sometimes from the government.
You are probably wondering how you can possibly spot these scammers and protect yourself.
A few helpful tips to follow:
- Don’t answer calls from numbers you do not recognize. Far better to send a strange number to voicemail and call back than pick up and engage the scammer.
- Never give out personally identifiable information over the phone if you aren’t sure who is on the other line.
- If you believe you have fallen for a phone scam like this, reach out to your bank and credit card companies to flag your accounts. Check your account daily for any activity and be alert.
The “Vishing” Phone Scams
Vishing is a play on the email technique “phishing” you are probably already aware of. This technique is very similar to the email version where a scammer calls you and attempts to grab personal information by claiming they are from a reputable source or business you already engage with.
For example, have you ever gotten an email from your bank claiming your account has been compromised? The email then prompts you to click a link and login to confirm your account details or restore credibility?
Criminals apply this same technique to the phone.
One of the most popular applications of this scam is connected to the IRS. Your phone rings and even the caller ID may read IRS or some government related contact. When you pick up the phone you may hear a recording informing you that you are under investigation or that the IRS has located discrepancies in your taxes. They may ask for specific information to confirm your identity before connecting you to an agent such as
- Social security info
- Birth date
- Address information
- And more . . .
Again, there are a few ways you can spot these calls and protect yourself from these types of phone scams.
First, never call a phone number presented to you in an email or over the phone. If your bank calls you, call them back on their official number. The same goes for credit card companies or the IRS.
Second, credit card companies and government agencies typically refer to you by your full name. If you receive a call and the recording or person on the other line uses anything but your full name, be on guard.
Third, there is no reason any credit company or even the IRS would call you direct and request information like credit card numbers, routing numbers or social security information. If someone calls you and asks for this, hang up and call their official number (for credit/bank – call the number on the back of your card). If this was a legitimate call the official reps will have knowledge of it, otherwise report the call.
There are a few other types of phone scams or “attacks” criminals will use to interrupt your day or try and steal your info such as Telephony Denial of Services (TDoS) or Toll Scams. We will cover these two and how to respond if you find yourself on the receiving end in a future article.
Until then, stay safe and feel free to reach our team if you have any questions.
Also – check out this database provided by the BBB where you can track local and national scam trends to stay alert and prepared. After all, the best defense is continued education when it comes to cybercrime and phone scams.
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Change is coming to the way Microsoft handles search across its ecosystem.� If you use the home edition of Office, you're not likely to notice, but if you use Office 365, the changes will be significant.
Here's what's happening:
First of all, the search bar will get bigger, taking a more prominent and visible place on your screen's real estate.
Second, anywhere the company utilizes a search box (from their Bing search engine, to the OS itself, to Teams, Office and more), the plan is to provide a unified and consistent look that is intended to improve the overall user experience.
The box itself is getting a makeover and will soon start offering suggestions based on your previous search behaviors.� For instance, it may present you with a list of frequently used email contacts or documents that you've recently edited, with the list updating dynamically as you begin typing a term into the search field.
In addition to that, you'll soon be able to search for commands within a given application, so instead of hunting around on the menu bar for the function you're looking for, the search box will take you right to it, showing it among the search results.
If you're signed into your Office 365 account, the search results will also include any documents you have saved in OneDrive or SharePoint and relevant conversations in Yammer and Teams if you use those.� It also may feature contacts from your company directory.
Most significantly, since the Bing search engine is itself a search box, those results will be displayed alongside relevant webpages.
If you're curious to see it in action, it is currently available today as an opt-in beta/preview mode for corporate users.� It's also available in both Outlook and SharePoint mobile apps.� The general public will be able to see it in action as soon as the second quarter of 2019, when the new functionality will be expended to Office Home, Office Desktop and Windows 10 itself.