Phone System Services -Wheeling, IL 60090
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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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’s that time of year. The winter holiday season is prime time for criminals and scammers. In fact, it is estimated that fraud attempts increase upwards of 30% during holiday shopping season. There are multiple different techniques and we covered a few of the more popular smartphone scams last year too. You can find our two part series here:
- Popular Phone Scams & How to Avoid Them
- Popular Phone Scams & How to Avoid Them – Part 2
Now, let’s dig into some scams we are seeing in 2018 including some smartphone scams you’ll want to avoid.
Verify Information Smartphone Scams
Criminals and Identity Thieves know that your personal information is valuable. A criminal can use it to open up fraudulent credit cards, empty your bank accounts, impersonate you or they can even steal it and sell it on the dark web for a quick profit.
With this in mind, criminals are always looking for new ways to get ahold of your data.
This popular phone scam begins with a criminal impersonating a representative at a company you probably already do business with or subscribe to. Many times, criminals will impersonate your insurance provider (Blue Cross Blue Shield is very popular).
The criminal calls you and informs you that they are making a routine call to update and verify information on your account . . . sounds innocent enough . . . but don’t fall for it!
Some ways you can defend yourself:
- Most of the time these big companies automate this process through pre-recorded messages. If you get a call from a real human being asking to verify your information – this is your first sign of fraud. Your best bet is to get off the phone and call the company direct. Confirm that they are the ones actually trying to update your info that way.
- Don’t fall for threats or bullying! Often, when you resist these criminals they will begin threatening you and try to intimidate you into giving the info over. “You can lose your insurance” “You will face fines” If these kind of threats and bullying techniques are being used, you’re almost certainly being scammed.
The Tech Virus/Issue Scams
This scam has been around for a while but it tends to pick up traction during the holiday season.
You get a call from a tech company of sorts letting you know about some issue with your equipment or software. The criminal on the phone may direct you to download a ‘patch’ or the solution to your problem. In reality, the criminal just got you to download and open a file with a virus attached. You weren’t infected before but your equipment is now.
The criminal, still impersonating a tech employee or customer service rep, now explains that they can fix the problem for a fee.
The most popular version of this is a Microsoft scam where criminals call you to inform you that your computer is infected (wouldn’t that be some awesome customer service!). Once they get you to your computer they either have you change settings that will allow them to wreak havoc on your comp and steal data from you, or they prompt you to download a file/visit an infected website.
Once you are infected they extort you to get the outcome they desire.
At the end of the day, there are very few companies who are going to call you and tell you about a virus or an issue on your computer or smart device. If you get a call like this . . . disregard. If you want to make sure you don’t have a virus on your computer, contact your IT support staff instead.
Text Message Phishing or SMShing Smartphone Scams
With smart phones at our fingertips most hours of the day, criminals have turned their focus to these devices as a great way to steal information and cause trouble.
These text message phishing scams and SMS phishing (SMShing) smartphone scams use the same techniques you’ll see in an email phishing scam. They will send you messages via text designed to get you to click links, download programs/apps and they try to trick you into handing over personal information.
There are some techniques you can use to discover and avoid these scams:
- If you don’t know the person texting you or don’t recognize the number, don’t click links in their text messages.
- Your bank and other financial institutions aren’t going to text you to verify password info – if you do get a text from someone claiming to be from your bank etc. go direct to the website and handle things that way.
Fake or Look-alike Apps
A big new scam on the market, fake applications are designed by criminals to look like real applications you’d download and use on your smartphone. These applications are designed with malicious hidden code designed to steal your personal information, access your contacts, send spam messages from your phone to your network and even track your location via GPS tracking.
These bad applications are more common on Android devices because the application marketplace is a bit easier for criminals to navigate but that does not mean that you don’t need to be on the look out if you are an iPhone user.
- Make sure you only download applications from trusted web stores and application stores.
- Take a look at the developers of the app and do some research. Make sure they are reputable and trustworthy.
- Read through the terms and conditions of applications before you download. Be sure you know what permissions you are giving developers and programmers when it comes to the data on your phone and usage.
These scams are some of the more popular ones in the market but there are many more including popup smartphone scams, IRS scams, Utility scams and the ‘yes’ scam.
The key to defending yourself is educating yourself and others on these criminal tactics as well as the techniques used to identify and outsmart them.
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VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone systems continue to add new features, integrations and capabilities for business of all sizes and markets.
Cloud technologies allow VoIP phone systems enhanced flexibility and scalability which makes them attractive for business owners and managers.
Each year, new technologies are introduced and in 2019 there are some pretty neat advances in the world of VoIP phone systems.
VoIP Technology for Chicagoland Professionals: New Trends and Topics in 2019
VoIP Phone Systems can help you improve account management and client relationships . . .
Phone systems help you stay connected with your staff, vendors and clients. You pick up the phone, hear a dial tone, type in a code and connect. But what else could you get from your phone system? What other features are out there?
Call Analytics: There are many data points you can assess using call analytics and your VoIP phone system. Get insights into average call length, call counts, and even staff availability. You can see what teammates tend to miss calls more often, what times of day calls are missed, what times of day call volumes peak and more.
Dialer: a dialer can give your sales and marketing team a big productivity boost. This also cuts down on misdials and will increase call volume in most cases.
CRM Integration: in 2019 we expect that more and more VoIP providers will expand integration options with popular CRM solutions. This will connect your data, your dialer and your CRM (customer relationship management). Integration is something you want to consider when choosing the solution for your business.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technology will expand into new places
AI is exciting and opens up possibilities for many technologies and systems including your VoIP phones. AI is very good at automating tasks, segmenting data and even analyzing certain sets of data. Some of the ways this is anticipated to expand in 2019:
Customer Satisfaction Analysis: As AI continues to get more powerful, VoIP phone systems with call recording enabled could see benefit for customer satisfaction purposes. AI can detect moods based on speech patterns. This data will be invaluable once these solutions hit the market.
AI Enabled Translators: For businesses with global needs, AI translators are anticipated to assist with conference calls and translation in real time.
Enhanced Interactive Voice Response & Auto Attendant: AI is changing the way Auto-Attendants and virtual receptionists work. Instead of a static program, AI allows callers to ask questions and interact with systems with a goal of routing calls quickly and to the appropriate destination without a full time receptionist managing inbound calls.
Expansion of 5G service will increase call speed, quality and capabilities
While 5G service is available to certain areas and businesses already, this technology is not readily available all over the United States just yet. That said, as service providers invest in infrastructure, 5G will come to an area near you. When it does you will notice improvements to the functionality of your system (most likely). After all, a cloud based VoIP phone system operates over your internet connection. So, the stronger and faster your service is (5G vs. 4G), the better your experience will be. Look forward to fewer dropped calls, better call quality and decrease in service interruptions as 5G becomes available near you.
As always, it must be said that most or all of these functions/capabilities will be available and applicable for on-prem phone solutions, digital solutions and modern PBX phone systems.
If you are interested in discussing the future of your phone system, one of these new trends or anything related to your business phone system, give us a call at (815) 836-0030 or send an email to Contact@WeNetwork.com.
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Microsoft initially had grand ambitions where smartphones were concerned.
The company invested billions in their quest to create a phone that ran on Windows 8 (and later, Windows 8.1). That was all in a bid to carve a niche for itself in a market dominated by iOS and Android.
That plan never bore much fruit.
Although the company sold some Windows-based smartphones, they were never able to penetrate the market deeply enough to establish a strong foothold.� After a few years of trying, the company quietly retreated from the market.
That's bad news for anyone who owns a Windows 8 or 8.1 smartphone. Recently, the news got a little worse. �Microsoft has announced that there will be no further app updates from the Windows store for those devices.
This is sad news, but hardly a surprise.� The company formally announced the end of support for Windows-based smart phones back in July of 2017.� Since then, the owners of those devices haven't received any security updates or other fixes.� This then, is a natural extension of a policy already well on its way to being fully executed.
As for the owners of the phones, they don't have any recourse except to retire the phone and buy something new in the Android or iOS ecosystem.� Even if you own a Windows 8 phone that's capable of running Windows 10, your device will still be on borrowed time, so it may not even be worth the effort to upgrade.� Microsoft has already announced that Windows 10 support for mobile devices will be coming to an end.
All that to say, the clock is ticking, and app developers have seen the writing on the wall.� Many of them have already called a halt to further development of Windows-based apps.� The time to upgrade is now.