May marks Mental Health Awareness Month in the U.S. This is an opportunity for organizations and professionals across the country to provide support and education, advocate for policies, fight stigma, and convey the critically important message that help is available. As such, Carolina Digital Phone supports the "988" Suicide Prevention Hotline.   Consider the following statistics per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1 in 5 U.S. adults experiences mental illness each year. As much as 1 in 20 U.S. adults experiences serious mental illness each year. 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. 50% of all lifetime...

The Federal Communications Commission has announced a third application filing window for its Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). The fund is a $7.17 billion program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. It was created to help schools and libraries support remote learning. The Program will provide funding to schools and libraries for the reasonable costs of laptop and tablet computers; Wi-Fi hotspots; modems; routers; and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons. During the new filing period, the FCC intends to award at least $1 billion in Emergency Connectivity Fund support. The...

For people who have no idea what Tar Heel Blue is, have never experienced the refreshing bliss of Cheerwine on a hot summer day, and who fail to grasp that Bull Durham is one of the greatest movies of all time, then “the Triad” is simply a trio of people or things — like musical notes or siblings.  But for folks who are intimately familiar with Tar Heel Blue, Cheerwine, and Bull Durham, then “the Triad” is, of course, a unique region in north-central North Carolina anchored by Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. It’s also home to some of North Carolina’s...

For stockbrokers — and day traders whose multi-monitor home office setup rivals NASA Mission Control — the mantra for success is: “buy low, sell high.” For real estate investors, it’s: “location, location, location.” And what about small business owners? Well, their key to success is: “DO MORE WITH LESS!” And one of the simplest and smartest ways to achieve this goal is with a web-based softphone. Below, we highlight 3 must-have small business benefits of a web-based softphone: 1. Support Remote and Hybrid Workers The pandemic dramatically accelerated the number of people working remotely full-time and hybrid (i.e. switching between home office/corporate office)....

David Jones - IT Manager of Granville Vance Public Health Meet David Jones - IT Manager of Granville Vance Public Health In 2020 Granville Vance Public Health had a problem. They needed an update to their telephone system. They were using an older Mitel in-house hosted phone system that just didn’t give them the features they required. Of course, upgrading with Mitel was one option. However, upgrading an old, outdated on-premise system would have cost them a significant amount of money. And even then, David Jones, Granville Vance Health IT Manager says, the system would still not offer the flexibility and ease...

“Doing more with less” has always been a mantra on the business landscape. However, in the aftermath of COVID-19, it is not just a piece of good advice: it is a mandatory requirement. Simply put, businesses that find innovative and sustainable ways to do more with less will thrive in the months and years ahead, while those that don’t will struggle — and eventually, disappear. What does this have to do with unified communications benefits? In a word: everything! The Basics of Unified Communications  Unified communications (UC) refers to the integration of voice, data, and video communications on a single and centralized...

The Human Race has been around for roughly some 200,000 years. In Greensboro, North Carolina, The Human Race has been around since 1994 and is back live and in-person on April 2, 2022. Of course, we’re talking about The Volunteer Center of the Triad’s annual fundraiser 5K where participants walk, run, or roll to support their favorite charity. After two years of being run virtually thanks to the pandemic - the event, now in its 28th year, moves to LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro. In the past, the race has been hosted at the Greensboro Coliseum and before that, at Grimsley...

If you’re searching for a smart and safe way to improve your business — which means a bigger bottom line, more productive employees, and happier customers — then here are three eye-opening facts about a hosted PBX phone system that you need to know: 1. Hosted PBX costs far less than a conventional landline phone system. Hosted PBX offers enormous cost savings for three reasons: There is no need to purchase and install an expensive physical telephone network at your location. You do not have to buy a separate maintenance and support agreement . Your hosted PBX solution should include these items.You do not...

When it comes to purchasing a VoIP phone system for your business, the last thing that you want to do is “roll the dice” or “hope for the best.” You want to KNOW that your investment and experience will be rewarding instead of regrettable. To ensure this happens, we have prepared the following business VoIP buyer’s guide, which covers four stages in the process: Discover, Evaluate, Demonstrate, and Select. Business VoIP Buyer’s Guide Stage 1: Discover Basically, there are three different types of VoIP vendors in the marketplace: “Do-it-Yourself” Mass Market Firms, Carrier Service Providers, and Dedicated Solution Providers. “Do-it-Yourself” Mass Market VoIP...

From left to right: Nicky Smith, Eddie Balla, Matthew Hutton and Mitchell Smith As the owner of Carolina Digital Phone, I like to keep in touch with every facet of my business. Since I am busy with meetings and other business-related duties, I am not in the office every day. Like so many people nowadays, I work remotely much of the time. However, I make it a point to work from our offices in the historic Guilford Building on Elm Street a couple of times a week. In particular, I look forward to being in the office every Friday that I...