There are reports across the country that as of early December 1, 2022, the recently-introduced 988 mental health hotline is, according to a recorded announcement, “experiencing a service outage.”Currently, there is no official timeline for when the hotline will be restored.However, individuals in distress can still connect with a mental health counselor by texting 988, or by starting a chat at 988lifeline.org.We urge anyone who is struggling to immediately take advantage of this free and confidential service. All counselors are trained and experienced and rely on established best practices and clinically-approved methods to give individuals the support they need. Counselors...

Another Thanksgiving has arrived. Usually, we all use this occasion to take stock of all that we have to be grateful for. My list is long and includes my incredible family, my amazing team here at Carolina Digital Phone, and our loyal customers. I’m also deeply thankful for my friends and all of my professional and personal relationships. Hopefully, everyone reading this also has a long list of people and things that they are grateful for. I’ve always loved the James Allen quote: “No duty is more urgent than giving thanks.” May we all fulfill this duty without fail! But this...

The idea of insurance companies as old-fashioned enterprises with rows (upon rows) of filing cabinets underneath buzzing fluorescent lights is no longer valid. That’s because today, insurance companies are embracing technology-led solutions — and a core solution is a hosted cloud phone system. ...

Are you a small to medium business owner tired of slogging through the myths and misinformation surrounding cloud-based digital phone services? Look no further! In this blog, we'll debunk 7 common misconceptions about cloud-based digital phone service and show you why it's the right solution for your business....

Goodbye operator, hello self-service AT&T has given customers advance notice that it will end its Operator and Directory Assistance services on January 1, 2023. The company attributes this decision to cutting-edge technology, such as online directories and voice recognition software. AT&T decided to change its policy in response to the rising popularity of online search engines and digital directories. Customers can now only access directory information by using voice recognition software on mobile devices or through AT&T's online directory. Although this may be an inconvenience for some, AT&T will still provide operator services for emergency calls and collect calls. Who does this affect? This...

Downtime is always an inconvenience In addition to disaster preparedness for your business telephone system, it is important to have a disaster plan in place for all aspects of your organization. Do you have backup generators? Are files and documents backed up offsite? Is there a plan in place for employees to work remotely if necessary? Making sure these questions are answered before disaster strikes can make the difference between quickly bouncing back or potentially going out of business entirely.Are you prepared if disaster strikes your business? Don't wait until it's too late - consider implementing a cloud-based phone system for...

With spam call blockers on the rise, many legitimate companies are finding themselves unfairly targeted. For organizations that depend on phone calls for their success, there’s nothing worse than their business telephone number being flagged for spam. After all, it can be challenging to get your prospective clients to pick up at the best of times; if your caller ID is suggesting you could be a spam call, then it’ll be all the more difficult. If your calls are getting through, then sooner or later, your operations will begin to suffer. The growing number of call-blocking software and systems has had a...

Why Your IT Department Will Jump for Joy When You Switch to Hosted VoIPYour IT department is a vital part of your business. So, the fewer small fires they have to tend to, the more time they have to spend on those raging infernos that can bring any business big or small to a screeching halt.Imagine how unproductive your day would be if you had to troubleshoot issues for all of your co-workers. Unfortunately, this can be the rule rather than the exception for your IT department. They have to be responsible for keeping your company’s computer infrastructure up and...

In the fast-paced and ever-changing world of technology we live in, it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends in technology, but we're here to help.. So, let's take a look at one very useful tool for business communications - the softphone. What is a Softphone? First, a bit of history. Softphones have been around for a while and are more commonplace than they were even a few years ago. As the name implies, a softphone is a means of communicating via a device other than a traditional desk phone. A software-based app that includes a variety of features found on...

A conventional on-premise PBX phone system uses landlines and local hardware to connect to a phone network. Alternatively, virtual PBX uses the internet to connect to an off-site PBX host. The solutions provider houses and maintains this. There are several major benefits to this solution....