Not Just for Business

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The power of a call: Anglican Alliance’s conference call to offer help to Sudan following famine warning

Conference calls have a huge amount of potential for all sorts of different people in countless areas of life. Teachers and tutors, for example, have found them to be a great way to stay in touch with each other and their pupils. Similarly, sports coaches and sportspeople have made great use of them in preparation for big events – not to mention the conference calls that follow big sporting competitions, like football matches. Even musicians have tapped into teleconferences’ potential to perform new music to fans around the world.

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Gabi JamesThe power of a call: Anglican Alliance’s conference call to offer help to Sudan following famine warning
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The good, the bad, and the absent from the Google Voice update

For the first time in five years, Google has announced significant updates to its Google Voice service, with promise of even more developments to come. Many users are hopeful that these new features will start bringing Voice closer to its stated intended function when it was first released: ‘to create “one number for life” – a phone number that’s tied to you, rather than a single device or location’.

The idea was to prevent people from having to have multiple devices connected to multiple numbers – an office landline, a company mobile phone, a personal mobile, a home landline.

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Gabi JamesThe good, the bad, and the absent from the Google Voice update
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Family is not just for Christmas: How to stay in touch all year round

After the festive period, you might have had a few too many mince pies, and seen more questionable jumpers than you care to recall, but one thing you can never have too much of is family time. For many, who could do with learning a few tricks to take care of themselves as well as everyone else, the holidays become such a stressful period that family time is not quality time, and you’re left feeling like you barely got to have a real conversation with anybody. And even if you did, once or twice a year is not enough! You need to hear about how your uncle got on with that book, how your cousin’s trip across Europe was, whether your young nephew got the role in the school play.

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Gabi JamesFamily is not just for Christmas: How to stay in touch all year round
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How to set up a free conference call

By now, most people have heard of the wonders of free conference calling. Many questions have been rattling around, like how a conference call can really be free, how to find the ones that are free, whether a company can make money from offering free conference calls, who free conference calls are useful to (answer: everyone. Students, teachers, prayer groups, bands, sportspeople, and many more have all found great, innovative, and helpful ways to make the most of these services), and why anybody would pay for a conference call if you can actually get them for free.

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Carmen JamesHow to set up a free conference call
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How secure is free conference calling?

Very often, people hear the word ‘free’ and become immediately wary. There is, of course, the knee-jerk reaction that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. In this increasingly cynical, avaricious, money-centric world filled with false promises and loopholes, it’s an understandable reaction. Still, having even given WHPAY?’s website or blog a cursory glance, you would, by now, know that although we can make no promises about lunch, there is such a thing as a genuinely free conference call.

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Gabi JamesHow secure is free conference calling?
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Don’t just give… Be wonderful.

A new charity fundraising platform goes live this month – and 100% of donations will go directly to supported charities. The Wonderful Organisation has been launched by Manchester businessman Kieron James to give fundraisers an alternative to platforms that charge charities, make deductions to cover costs, generate profit or take a cut from Gift Aid – a scheme enabling charities to reclaim tax on donations made by UK taxpayers.

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Elliot GreenDon’t just give… Be wonderful.
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WHYPAY? – More than £500,000 saved in just one month!

In just one working month, WHYPAY? has collectively saved its users a staggering amount of over £500,000! That is because, unlike almost all conference call providers, WHYPAY? is genuinely, absolutely, emphatically, and unwaveringly free to use. No sneaky sign-up costs, no obscure limits which, when accidentally exceeded, result in devastating charges, no withholding of basic features to coerce you into paying. WHYPAY? is really, really free. Much freer than all those other ‘free’ conference calling services. £500,000 per month freer.

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Elliot GreenWHYPAY? – More than £500,000 saved in just one month!
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IVR tips – the good, the bad and the ugly

Interactive voice response (IVR) is a great tool with a bad rep. Despite its potential convenience and ease of use for companies and customers alike, setting up IVR is a task so rarely executed well, that it has become hated and dreaded by many. So what can you do to make your IVR system stand out from the hordes of ineffectual, repetitive, and confusing keypad-conversations that happen every day?

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Gabi JamesIVR tips – the good, the bad and the ugly
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Free internal communication tool: get talking with Slack

At WHYPAY? we believe that effective business tools shouldn’t cost the Earth, which is why we set out to make the best free conferencing service out there. This got us thinking: if you can get conference calls for no cost, what other great services can you get for free? That is why we have scoured the web to find the best free services to help your business and to bring them to you weekly.

In this edition business communication is in the spotlight with the hugely successful conversation tool, Slack.

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Elliot GreenFree internal communication tool: get talking with Slack
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Are people bored of tech?

A survey conducted by Accenture has yielded some pretty concerning results for the wellbeing of the technology industry. 28,000 consumers in 28 different countries were asked about their intentions and expectations regarding technology in the coming year, and the general impression seems to be one of disappointment, disillusion, and a lack of enthusiasm.

Less than half of all the respondents reported any intention to purchase a smartphone in the next year, dropping from 54% last year to 48% this year. Accenture has been conducting this survey for almost a decade, and this marks the very first time that any drop in the number of people intending to buy a smartphone has been found.

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Gabi JamesAre people bored of tech?