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.
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.
On the 1st of July Ofcom introduced a highly significant change to the way we get charged for making certain telephone calls.
All calls to service numbers (that’s any number beginning with 084, 087, 09 or 118) are now charged differently: There’s an access charge (set by the network provider) and a service charge (set by the company you’re calling). More on service charges
Today marks a significant change in the way you’re billed for calling numbers that begin with 084, 087, 09 or 118. These numbers, known as ‘service numbers’ are used by companies to offer services of all types. Some conference call providers for example, use an 08 dial in number (although we don’t do that because we want you to be able to make conference calls for free!). If you’re not up to date, read on to find out how the changes to call charges will affect you and your phone bill.
Technological development is a tidal wave that we have been unable to suppress for decades now, with people constantly thinking creatively, innovatively and practically to take the next step, come up with the next big idea that can make life easier for folk like you and me. But this isn’t all just hypothetical, theoretical, abstract development, and nor is it just revolutionary changes like implanting a camera on the front of a phone to make ‘selfies’ a very real (very prevalent) possibility, or creating social media which allows you to share your #breakfast with the world.
No matter who you are, where you are or what you are doing, saving money is always a good business idea – especially when there is no sacrifice involved. Similarly, conference calling is almost always a great tool for a business person, or even for personal use. So, saving money while using a tool which could hugely improve your business seems like the perfect move. That’s exactly what you can do with WHYPAY?
Conference calling is not just reserved for businesses, and not tapping into its potential in all walks of life is a tragic waste, particularly when you can get it completely free. Recently, the electronic band Tanlines demonstrated some of the teleconference’s largely untapped potential by using a conference call to preview their new album.
Traditional desk phones have long had a place in almost every office space around the world. But their reign may well be coming to a close with the rise of a new business trend known as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD. Many companies are allowing employees to carry out their work from their own laptops, smartphones and tablets rather than company-provided technology, a practice with many advantages, that can be very suitable for the right organisation. With the introduction of VoIP and BYOD, many of the things that office phones used to be necessary for – even conference calling – could easily be carried out from employees’ own devices. If you’re thinking about adopting this trend in your own work space, there are some things to consider in your decision-making.