Thank you for visiting the Family Law Lawyer Tech & Practice blog. My name is John Harding. I am a family law lawyer practicing in Northern California. Long ago I realized that I could practice law more effectively and more efficiently (i.e., better and easier) by availing myself of the technological tools that are out there. I also learned that a successful law practice requires successful marketing. Hardware and software working together make me a better lawyer, and make my life easier. Marketing helps to bring in the business necessary for professional survival. By this blog I hope to share the tips, tricks, and technology that I have learned about so that others may benefit!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Office Phone Systems
The Nortel hardware cost thousands of dollars. The hardware was supported by four voice land lines, and one fax land line, for which we paid the phone company a hefty check each month. On average our phone bill (including long distance) was running $300 to $500 per month.
With time, the system began to wear down. Handsets started losing their connection. Buttons on the desk sets didn't always click. Voice mail messages began disappearing. I had heard of VOIP technology as the latest, greatest thing in telephones. I did not know much about it other than the fact that you make phone calls over the internet via your computers internet connection, rather than over phone company landlines. I was already paying for internet service, so a new VOIP system would not add to my internet cost. However, I might be able to eliminate my bill from AT&T.
After some light research I called a company named 8x8. I spoke with a very helpful sales guy named Jonny Manik. He explained he could sell me a phone for each person in the office for about a hundred bucks. Then for $45 per person per month we could have unlimited local and long distance calling. On top of that we would have efaxing capability, and call recording. The system would support computer chatting amongst all the people in the office. We would each be able to forward calls to different telephone (our cell phones for example). We could keep our advertised phone number, and cancel all the AT&T landlines. All we would have to do is plug the phones into the back of each person's computer, and we would be off and running. Are you kidding me? I would have all of those features, and be able to reduce our monthly phone bill by at least 66%!
We have no regrets. The new system works brilliantly. If you are looking to make a change, get touch with Jonny at 8x8. Remind him that I am supposed to get a $100 credit for every referral!
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