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We all love getting free stuff. From extra perks and upgrades at hotels to having your friendly mechanic throw in some extras because, well, it's just a nice thing to do.  Yet, there are times when things that appear to be "free" and are advertised as such, are riddled with problems and risks. And if you're thinking of getting a free Internet phone number for your business from a service like Google Voice, then you definitely want to heed this warning. Here are the five reasons why a (so-called) free internet phone number for your business is actually a costly liability instead...

SIP ALG is a technology that is available on most commercial routers, which is a networking device that forwards traffic to the Internet, or between local area networks (LANs). The “SIP” part refers to Session Initiation Protocol. This is an underlying service that powers all VoIP activity. For example, SIP registers devices, ensures call presence, and governs call audio. The "ALG" part refers to Application Layer Gateway. This is a network address translation (NAT) tool that changes private IP addresses and ports into public IP addresses and ports. It functions as a proxy to re-establish the destination addresses in data packets, which...

In the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) world, some questions have somewhat complicated answers (VoIP technology can be pretty detailed!), and some questions have "well, it depends...

Here at Carolina Digital Phone, one of the most important (and common) questions we get asked from prospective customers is: what is the bandwidth required for VoIP? Other common questions asked are about download speed and overall internet speed. In a moment, we dive into these questions. First, let's take a step back and look at some bandwidth basics.   What is Bandwidth, Anyway? The term bandwidth is used all over the place. But just what does it actually mean in simple terms? Essentially, bandwidth is a measurement of the maximum capacity of a communication link (wired or wireless) over a network connection...

Why Spam Robocalls Are On The Rise The frequency of robocalls has increased during the pandemic, causing disruption to daily life. Despite the pandemic ending, Spam Robocalls continue to rise due to their profitability and legal loopholes resulting from court decisions. Costly repairs during a struggling economy can be disastrous. To avoid scam robocalls, use call-blocking apps and do not answer unknown numbers. File complaints to relevant authorities and use call authentication tools. Opt out of marketing calls and texts to reduce spam robocalls. Follow these steps to fight back against spammers. Definition of Robocalls Robocalls are a type of automated phone call that...

At Carolina Digital Phone, we have been proudly serving customers for more than two decades. And one of the most frequent things we hear from our prospective customers goes something like this:  “We are really impressed by various aspects of your VoIP phone system, such as the cost savings, off-site system management, scalability, flexibility, and features. But we aren’t 100% sure about dependability, because we aren’t familiar with VoIP in our environment. So tell us, is VoIP reliable?” For Carolina Digital Phone customers, the answer to this pivotal question is an unqualified YES. Here are the 5 reasons why: 1. Is VoIP Reliable?...

At Carolina Digital Phone, we have been installing and supporting VoIP phone systems for more than two decades. And while our customers come from a variety of industries and sectors, they all ask the same key question: is a VoIP phone system reliable? The answer to this relevant and essential question is an unqualified YES. After all, you do not survive for two decades — and earn hundreds of 5-star reviews — if you sell an inferior product. Eventually, the truth comes out and there is nowhere to hide. Of course, we do not expect our customers to accept that our VoIP...

At Carolina Digital Phone, we take the safety of our customers VERY seriously. That is why we implement the following cybersecurity measures to protect our customers from cyberattacks: Our hosted cloud phone system runs on private and highly secure LAN data networks. These networks are protected by end-to-end encryption mechanisms. Including Transport Layer Security/TLS, Secure RTP for transmitting media, robust password protection for managed routers, and secure web-based dashboard access. In addition, our servers do NOT connect to the public Internet. Our expert team continuously installs and configures security patches and updates.We conduct 24/7 monitoring to proactively detect unusual or suspicious activity. Our...

Dear IT Professionals: Let’s start with this: there has been a lot of talk about “essential workers” during the pandemic — and for good reason. But you, Mr. or Ms. IT Professional, are essential ALWAYS. In fact, if you weren't on the job, end-users would experience chaos and customers would get irate. Basically, the entire organization would grind to a halt. Things would get ugly in a hurry.And speaking of ugly…Let’s talk about your other job. You know, the one that you never applied for: serving as the organization’s “Phone System Guru.".You are the go-to person for phone system moves, adds,...

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