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...

Carolina Digital Phone’s Hosted Cloud Phone System for HVAC Companies It is predicted that the HVAC systems market will experience a 5.6% CAGR during the next several years. North America accounts for the largest market share. According to projections by Extrapolate, the market is expected to reach a valuation of USD 273 billion by 2032. This is due to the increasing adoption of modern infrastructure worldwide. Additionally, the growing demand for energy-efficient solutions, as well as technological advancements in the HVAC industry, are some of the major factors driving growth. HVAC VoIP provides Ongoing Growth To stay competitive, many HVAC companies are looking...

It's NOT Too Good to be True: Cloud Phone Systems Save MoneyThough we'd rather not admit it, we've all suffered the misery of purchasing something that was so inexpensive that it seemed too good to be true — but we went ahead and bought it anyway, only to discover that the little voice in our head was 100% right.For example, how many of us have bought an ultra-cheap toaster, only to have it break down in a matter of months, weeks — or sometimes even days? And how many times have we booked a bargain basement motel room, only to...

Work-related stress is a common issue among Americans, with 83% reporting suffering from it. For small business owners, this stress can have a significant impact on their personal and professional lives. This affects their outlook on the future and requires them to dedicate more time to resolving work-related issues. One of the best ways to reduce stress and bring balance back into your life is by taking a vacation. This can it help you relax and recharge. Additionally, it provides an opportunity to gain perspective and return with a newfound enthusiasm for your work. However, when you're running a small...

VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) has revolutionized communication for businesses, offering cost-effective and feature-rich solutions. However, as technology advances and your business grows, it's crucial to evaluate your VoIP service periodically. In this article, we explore ten signs indicating it may be time to upgrade your VoIP service. 1. Poor Call Quality If you frequently face issues like choppy audio, dropped calls, or delays during conversations, it's a clear sign that your current VoIP service is struggling to deliver adequate call quality. Oftentimes, this is a result of slow Internet speeds. However, most Internet providers offer multiple tiers of speed so be...

If you are planning on adding locations, then you want to ensure that your phone system supports your growth vs. blocks it. Below are 7 reasons why voice over internet protocol (VoIP) is the perfect phone system for multiple locations: 1. Significant Cost Savings The first and most important reason why a VoIP (a.k.a. cloud-based) phone system is the best phone system for multiple locations is simple: you will dramatically reduce your telecommunication costs. Instead of spending thousands (or tens of thousands) of dollars to purchase, install, and maintain an on-site phone system at each location, you just plug in your digital phones...

Flash quiz: what do Apple, Amazon, and Google have in common? They were all born in a garage. Beginnings don’t get much humbler than that! Now, we can’t say that your start up will one day become a billion-dollar unicorn. But we can say that your success — and frankly, your survival — depends on getting the right technology, for an affordable price. A VoIP phone system (Voice over Internet Protocol) should be on the top of your “shopping list.” Here are 4 reasons why VoIP is right for start up businesses: 1. You Will Save Thousands in Up Front CapEx...

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...

IntroductionDo you want to save money on business phone systems and still get the most advanced features? Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP hosted phone systems can offer a wide range of advantages that traditional landline phones cannot. With the right VoIP provider, businesses can enjoy lower costs, better voice quality, portability, advanced features, and greater accessibility. In this article, we'll explore the benefits of VoIP systems so you can make an informed decision about whether it's right for your business.Small businesses are continuously devising strategies to gain an edge over their competitors. Technology has taken leaps and bounds in...