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.
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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:
There are many options available to you when purchasing a professional telephone system.
And there are many companies out there that want you to purchase your professional phone solutions from them.
So – how do you make sure you are getting the best phone system for your business AND make sure that you are working with a company that puts your interests first?
We’ve put together a list of 5 of the top questions you should ask yourself when it comes to a professional telephone system and the telephone service providers that install them for your business.
5 Questions You Want To Ask Yourself Before Purchasing A Professional Telephone System
1. What are your 5 year total costs for the system?
This is an important question that is often overlooked when purchasing a professional telephone system. There are many factors that impact total cost but typically there are two different types of systems that you are taking into consideration.
- Hosted VoIP Telephone Systems
- On Premises PBX Telephone Systems
Within those two options there are different options and models but the key difference is where the majority of the hardware exists.
In a hosted or cloud based phone system, you don’t have equipment in the office. Instead it is ‘hosted’ in the cloud. You simply have phones that you plug into the network.
With an on premises solution, your professional telephone system and equipment exist in your office. Most of the time this is in a ‘box’ mounted in your IT closet.
The reason the distinction between these two is important is because they have different costs associated with them.
With hosted VoIP you are essentially paying every month for service to the phones and the software that allows inbound and outbound calls to your network.
With an on premises system, you buy the hardware up front and you pay for telephone lines (POTS lines) to give you connectivity.
To look at costs for each type of system you’ll want to consider recurring monthly service charges, hardware costs and service/maintenance costs.
NOTE: when considering a hosted VoIP phone system, make sure that you find out what your taxes will be each month. Many times, these rates are not included in quotes and can add on hundreds of dollars to your monthly costs.
2. Who owns the equipment?
When it comes to any hardware you are using at the office, it is important to figure out who actually owns the equipment.
With an on premises option, you buy the hardware up front and install it. You own it. Simple as that.
If you choose to go with a hosted solution, you want to look into who actually owns the equipment. Many times, you are renting the phones you use from your service provider. Even if you are only paying $25.00 per phone per month, multiply that out over a year and look at how much you’ve paid to rent out phones you don’t own.
On top of that, if you ever want to switch providers or decide you want to purchase an on premises system, you have to give the phones back and start from scratch. All that money spent on renting equipment is out the door with nothing to show for it.
3. Who is going to help you service your telephone equipment?
Things break – unfortunate but true. So when you are having issues with your phone system, who will you call to come out and service it? How long will it take for technicians to get to your issues? Do you have a dedicated team or is it just whoever is available? Do they offer emergency service?
These are all questions you’ll want to ask anyone proposing their phone solution to you. All too often, business owners are sold on phone solutions that have no local service providers for technical issues.
Different technology vendors work with specific types of systems and you want to make sure you are buying a system that you can get serviced professionally and promptly.
4. Will the telephone solution grow with your business?
Each telephone system has its own list of features and compatibilities. But each one also has specific capabilities when it comes to scaling.
There are specific hardware components in phone systems that limit the number of telephones, calls or mailboxes you can set up at any one time.
If you are purchasing a system today but plan to add a call center next year, you want to make sure that you talk to your vendor about that before you purchase. That way, you can make sure that your solution is capable of that type of growth.
Not only that, depending on your business model and needs, you’ll also want to make sure that you choose a telephone system that best suits your day to day practices which brings us to our fifth question.
5. Does this phone system offer all of the features and functions you need?
Every business has its own needs when it comes to phones. Some are very simple and others are more complex. If you use your phones the way many small to midsized business do, all you’re looking for is a connection, some basic functionality (receptionist phone, easily transfer calls, put people on hold, maybe a conference phone for conference calls etc.).
At the same time, you may have a sales team that is constantly on the road which means you’d like the ability to transfer calls to your cell phone, voicemail-email set up, voicemail to text set up. You may want direct extensions or maybe when an inbound sales call comes in you want every sales person’s phone to ring until someone picks up.
The list of features goes on and on. And that doesn’t even include third party applications that integrate security, presence management and more.
Make sure you are working with a vendor that can help guide you and manage the different functions and features on the market.
Request a Consultation
A Professional Telephone System can be complex but it definitely doesn’t have to be.
If you’re in the right hands with a vendor who makes it a priority to get to know your business and your needs, most of these questions can be answered without an issue.
If you’re thinking about adding to your phone system, switching to a different type of system or you know you need something new but don’t know where to start, our account managers are ready and more than willing to help guide you through the process.
Take the first step and give us a call at the office (815) 836-0030 or fill out the form below and request a phone call with our team.
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Since VoIP came on the telecom scene back in the early 2000’s it has grown in popularity and become a commonly used term in the business community. With more and more technology moving to internet/cloud based delivery it makes sense that our phones do the same.
VoIP offers many features that a legacy phone system doesn’t. When it comes to choosing a system that connects your business to the outside world, you have to take many factors into consideration.
That being said, we would like to provide you a brief list of pros and cons to VoIP systems. Remember, each business and each setup interact with VoIP differently. Some of these may or may not apply to your phone company. It is always important to consult a reputable vendor who understands both your telephone and your current IT setup first.
The VoIP Option: Pros & Cons Explained
Monthly Cost Savings: Perhaps the biggest advantage of choosing VoIP is the opportunity for monthly savings. Traditional systems depend on landlines (POTS lines) to connect your calls. Some VoIP systems allow you to cancel all landlines and connect calls via internet. This cuts out the middle (your phone company). Do not be fooled though. You still pay for service to this system on a per phone basis.
Lower Hardware Costs: VoIP systems are typically less costly up front. This depends on the type of system you are purchasing and the options your vender offers. Sometimes there is no upfront cost at all for these systems. However, we all know nothing in life is REALLY free. Many times when a company offers free hardware, they build that price into your monthly cost. Be sure to look into this before signing on the dotted line.
Versatility and Scalability: VoIP allows you to tailor your phones and features to your business needs. Systems come as basic or feature rich as you want. Do you need CRM features? Call parking? Auto attendant? Twinning? Presence Management? These are all features that VoIP can provide. It should be mentioned that PBX systems offer these functions too.
Portable/Professional: VoIP is great for people on the move. Switching from an office phone to a mobile phone? VoIP can make a switch between phones seamless. These features allow clients to transfer quickly between phones. Imagine you are on the phone with a prospect and don’t want to hang up but you’ve got a meeting you have to leave for . . . with enhanced features you can press a button and transfer that call to your cell phone without the prospect even knowing you’ve left your office.
Sound quality: When transferring calls over the internet instead of a landline, there can be a decrease in the sound quality. VoIP takes up more bandwidth and depends on a strong internet connection for best call quality. Not only do you need a constant and steady internet connection, you also need to make sure that your bandwidth will support the demands of your office.
Power outages: VoIP requires power and an internet connection, so if power goes out you can expect service disruptions for your phones. Having one emergency landline or call forwarding takes care of this problem, in case an emergency ever arises.
Hidden Costs & Hardware Ownership: While we mentioned cost savings as a plus for VoIP phones, those same savings can bite you in the end. Be wary of a provider offering free equipment. This typically means they are charging you EVERY month for hardware. On top of that, many VoIP providers entice customers with great deals on hardware but aren’t clear about who owns what. If you aren’t clear about those finer details you may find yourself paying every month for years on hardware you don’t even own only to have it taken away when you switch providers.
If you’ve made it this far into this article, I’m sure you’ve noticed that each characteristic has positive and negative elements to it. Phones are a very tricky topic for many business owners.
The one absolute positive you have is that by collaborating with Andromeda, you’ve chosen a technology partner that puts your interests above all else. We help our clients install all varieties of phone systems including PBX Systems, Hybrid IP Office systems, Cloud VoIP systems and more. The most important piece of the VoIP puzzle is choosing a vendor you trust.
If you are considering a new phone system for your business, give us a call today and let us guide you through your options.
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The Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team recently issued a dire warning that every IT professional should take seriously.
They've discovered an emerging threat in the form of hackers utilizing legitimate "Contact Us" forms associated with Google websites to distribute malware to unsuspecting site visitors.
Since the website is legitimate, it almost always bypasses email security filters and also sometimes even bypasses CAPTCHA challenges.
Right now, the hackers are using this novel attack vector primarily to infect users with the IcedID info-stealing banking Trojan, but as the team notes, there's no particular reason that they couldn't shift gears at any moment and start infecting people with something even more directly damaging to target systems.
The Redmond giant thought that the threat was dire enough that they reached out to Google directly to warn them. Although the company is now aware, there has yet been any word about what Google will do to keep it from happening, or when that might happen.
For now, just be aware that if any of your employees get an email that appears to be from Google, and sends a user to a legitimate Google "Contact Us" form, it may well be a ploy designed to infect the recipient's system. Then hackers can start stealing all manners of information, starting with the recipient's Google login credentials.
It's proof positive that no company, no matter how large, and no matter how elaborate its security measures, is immune. As mentioned above, by leveraging the legitimate URLs of a trusted company that serves as one of the cornerstones of the web itself, there's really no limit to the amount of damage the hackers could potentially do.
As ever, vigilance is the best defense. Stay on your guard and impress upon your employees that they are not safe.