Phone System Services -Manhattan, IL 60442
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.
Contact us or fill out the Request form on this page now to ask us to contact you!
lives to serve organizations like yours near Manhattan, 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:
It costs money to make money.
It’s safe to say that you’ve heard this phrase somewhere – especially if you own or manage a business.
Rent . . . Employee Salaries . . . Utilities . . . Outsourced Services . . . Supplies . . . the list goes on and on and on.
With the cost of being in business steadily increasing, it is important to save where you can.
We speak with business owners about how technology can add value on a daily basis. We assist in improving uptime which increases productivity, we help business owners and managers secure their data so they can rest easier knowing they have proper protection in place.
We help business owners secure their physical locations with access control, security cameras and burglar systems.
We even help businesses increase revenues with professional website development and digital marketing strategies.
All of that said, there is still one area that we see business owners overspending on time and time again.
Care to guess what that might be? . . . if your phone bill came to mind you nailed it!
If you are like many other professionals, you want to take a good look at your phone bill but don’t know where to start. With that in mind we grabbed a few things to pay attention to and cost saving ideas that you’ll find below.
Tips and Tricks to Help From Overpaying on Your Business Phone Bill
Pay close attention to your contract dates
While there is a certain expected increase in services over time, all too often companies are being overcharged every month by their service provider because they are out of contract.
Service providers don’t want you on a month to month agreement. They want to know they have your business for extended periods of time.
On top of this, the end of your current contract is a great time to see what else is out there. Even if you stay with the incumbent provider, you’ll know that you are getting the best rate and may be able to get a deal for sticking around instead of jumping to the competition.
Take a look at how your phones are serviced
Getting your business “in the cloud” is a big topic these days. With many different cloud based applications and even cloud based hardware, it is no surprise that your phones also have cloud options.
There are many types of phone systems available to you and they are serviced differently which means that they have different costs associated as well.
While we won’t dive into too much granular detail, your main options for a phone system are on premise digital systems, on premise IP based systems and other cloud based systems or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) systems as they are commonly known.
At times, a VoIP system may offer a cheaper monthly expense but over time it may end up costing more than your traditional PBX or on premise solution.
We would recommend bringing in professional assistance before switching from an on premise system to a cloud based or VoIP system. There may be infrastructure costs or other back end costs associated with this switch you should be aware of before making the change.
Make sure all of the lines you pay for are in use
This may seem like a no brainer but as your organization grows and you have more phone lines in service, it is easy to forget that one or many might not be necessary.
The most common instances of these forgotten lines are dead extensions, fax lines or other dedicated office equipment lines and potentially even dedicated lines for security.
You obviously don’t want to disconnect these without investigating how it might impact things at the office – especially if the lines are dedicated to security.
We’d suggest having a professional technician come on site to test and document your lines if you believe you are paying for lines that aren’t being used.
Consider a PRI
A PRI is a Primary Rate Interface but the acronym is a commonly used term for phone bills and the telecommunications industry.
In a nutshell, a PRI is a circuit with a physical device on site that allows you to group multiple analog lines or DID (Direct Inward Dialing) numbers onto one circuit.
We’ve found that a PRI cuts down costs for companies with approximately 6 analog lines or more. Instead of paying a monthly fee for each of those lines, you pay a fee for the service to your PRI and an upfront cost for the hardware.
Of course, this doesn’t save you money in every instance but more often than not, using a PRI will cut your monthly bill a bit.
Check your bills regularly
There are many different reasons you want to check your phone bill every month.
Service providers may change rates, add fees or any other number of things and if you pay the phone bill without regard or even set it up on auto pay it may take months before you recognize the discrepancies.
The more comfortable you are with reading your phone bill, the more you will understand about the different fees and charges and the less likely you are to have random fees or charges go unnoticed.
When all is said and done, we suggest taking a deeper look into your phone bills about every 6 months. You can do this yourself or task an outsourced firm to do it. There are even brokers out there that you can contract to shop rates and ensure you get the best deal.
Andromeda is not in the business of providing your actual phone connection, but we are in the business of providing you with the best technology and customer service experience with your phone system.
With that in mind, if you ever have a question about something you aren’t sure about on your bills, our staff is more than welcome to help you out.
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Surely you’ve heard of the increasing threats of cyber criminals. Breaches are occurring so frequently now, it’s difficult to keep up. By now you’ve heard about the increasing threat of cyber criminals. Between trojan horses, phishing scams, malicious links in emails, and ransomware, it’s progressing in every IT field. With phone scams, the telephone category is no different.
You can’t trust the news: billion dollar companies are not the only one at risk. In fact, sometimes smaller companies have a higher risk of being targeted. most cyber criminals consider the small to midsize market a goldmine. This is the result of lower security protocols and focuses from the small to midsize business owner. The “It won’t happen to me” mentality is your worst enemy.
Business owners are getting savvier and more aware. In turn, cyber criminals are turning to other technologies such as phones, to attack your business.
We would like to share a few examples of different phone-based scams, along with tips on how to avoid them.
The “Can You Hear Me” Phone Scam:
These phone scams spread between business owners and consumers where a criminal will call you simply to get you to say “yes”. What happens is they record your voice and use this one simple word to unlawfully sign you up for services and approve purchases.
The Better Business Bureau even released an alert and warning to the public regarding this scam. They outline a few different tactics that scammers utilize to get the audio desired. Questions asked might include:
- Are you the homeowner?
- Are you over 18?
- Do you pay the household bills?
- Do you own a home computer?
Calls can come from several different sources, or at least claim to. Common ones include security companies, cruise lines or sometimes even from the government.
You may be wondering how you can possibly identify these scammers and protect yourself.
Some helpful tips to follow:
- Don’t answer calls from numbers you do not recognize. You can always leave it for voicemail and if it’s truly that important, they will leave a message.
- Never give out personally identifiable information over the phone if you aren’t sure of who is calling you and the purpose of the phone call.
- 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 Scam:
“Vishing” is a play on the email technique “phishing”, which you are probably already aware of. This technique is quite 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 that your account has been compromised? The email then prompts you to click a link and login to confirm your account details or restore credibility and looks something like this:
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 they even have the ability to make the caller ID 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 information
- Birth date
- Address information
- And more . . .
Again, there are a few ways you can spot these calls and prevent yourself from falling victim to 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 off their website or business card. The same applies to 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, proceed with caution.
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.
Remember these tips and it will dramatically increase your chances of remaining safe. 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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If you haven't yet heard of a malware strain called 'Predator the Thief', it's something that belongs on your radar.
It first emerged as a threat in July of 2018, when it was used in conjunction with an extensive phishing campaign.
In its original incarnation, it proved more than capable of stealing passwords, browser data, user names and the contents of cryptocurrency wallets. In addition, it was able to access the infected victim's webcam and take pictures with it, sending everything to a command and control server.
Unfortunately, the group behind the malware has been busy updating it. It's recently been spotted in the wild with a new set of enhanced capabilities that make it more difficult for antivirus programs to detect its presence.
In addition to that, the hackers have upped their game on the phishing campaign front. This included adding new documents to use as lures to hook the victim into inadvertently installing the malicious code.
The new and improved version of the malware was discovered by Fortiguard Labs, and apparently version 3.3.4 was released on Christmas Eve, 2019.
Although there's no clear indication as to who is behind the code, a forensic analysis reveals it to be Russian in origin. Fortiguard's researchers reached this conclusion based on the fact that the malware is specifically designed not to operate in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan. Those are countries that Russian hackers tend not to target as a rule.
In terms of minimizing the threat that Predator the Thief poses, Fortiguard's researchers recommend ensuring that macros are disabled by default and that all software (including OS software) is fully patched and up to date. These are, of course, sensible precautions to take when protecting against any threat, so it makes for good advice in general. Stay on your guard. It's dangerous out there.