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Would you like to save a bit of money? How about energy? For our customers using Grandstream 2600 series phones, you can.

Grandstream has recently issued a firmware update (1.0.9.62) for these phones that drastically lowers their energy consumption. Tests show the reduction can be as much as 65%, depending on how you use your phones. This is not only good for the planet, but also for your wallet.

If you are using these phones, call our Tech Team at 206-858-8757, and they will help you update your firmware. Thank you for being an AccelerateNetworks customer.

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{This is for our customers, their families, friends, and everyone they know.}

Unwanted sales calls and robocalls (a recorded caller), are voice call spam and can be irritating time-wasters. In 2003, the Federal Trade Commission, the branch of the U.S. Government for consumer protection, set up a remedy for public use that is FREE.

The “Do Not Call Registry” was set up for residential users and will stop most sales calls even to cellphones. (Part Two is help for business users.) It is easy to do on a website, DoNotCall.gov, or toll-free number: 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236) from the phone number you wish to register. Did I mention it is FREE?

Designed to reduce telemarketing calls to consumers, it will not stop illegal, debt collection, political, charitable, informational calls, or surveys. But if you are called illegally and report it, the caller can be fined thousands of dollars for each call.

While this will not stop all calls, if you are still getting calls that are not in the above-mentioned categories, they are likely a scam. If you feel it might be a scam, hang up without pressing any buttons. Legitimate businesses follow the rules, and it is likely that you would not want to give your money or time to those that do not. Businesses that have a relationship with you can call, until you ask them to stop. Once you register, the number stays on the registry until you cancel it, or change numbers.

There are other options for residential users, but this is a good first step. Thank you for being an AccelerateNetworks customer.

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As discussed in Part One, unwanted sales calls and robocalls (a recorded caller), are voice call spam and can be irritating time-wasters. Part One has information on the Do Not Call Registry for residential phone lines, including cell phones. However, the registry is not available for business phone numbers. Here are some ideas for reducing these calls on a business line.

FusionPBX is a website where you can customize your company’s phone services and is available to our customers at AccelerateNetworks. On this website, you can add an incoming menu, such as: “Press 1 for…, Press 2 for…,” enable Call Screen for your extension, or use the Call Block tool.

To add an incoming menu, from Applications you go to the IVR, or Interactive Voice Recording Menu.

To enable Call Screen for your extension in your FusionPBX portal, go to Accounts, then Extensions, then to Call Screen.

Call Block is our call blocking tool accessible in FusionPBX under Applications, then Call Block. To use Call Block, press “Add,” and you should see a screen like what is shown below. Check off the numbers you would like to block, then press Block to save these blocked numbers.

We hope you will give these ideas a try. If you are still plagued by unwanted sales calls, ring up our Customer Service Team at 206-333-3341. We would be delighted to help you, and thank you for being an AccelerateNetworks customer.

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VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. It uses broadband Internet for communications, and where a conventional landline is analog, VoIP is digital. Using the internet to make phone calls comes with a variety of benefits, such as affordability, flexibility, portability, and convenience.

Affordability - The basic service for VoIP calling much less expensive than a traditional analog phone line, and is packed with features that are usually expensive “extras” from the phone company. As an example, basic business phone service does not come with voicemail. With VoIP, you might not see any extra fees since VoIP providers usually give customers every feature available in every plan offered, for a set price.

Flexibility - We provide your office phone(s) of choice, whether corded, or cordless. However, if you do not want to upgrade your phones, it is possible to use traditional handsets as long as you have a converter that will allow your analog phones to use Internet-based calling. Also, it is possible to keep your current business phone number when switching to VoIP, or get as many phone numbers as you need for your staff. VoIP service is often based on a per-user price, meaning you have the flexibility of using just a single number for your business or using several numbers where each employee has his or her own line.

Portability - The average businessperson who is traveling, whether near or far, used to need a mobile phone for travel and a landline for office calls. Some businesses have given up the landline completely in favor of smartphones, but VoIP has made it even easier to get calls anywhere. As long as you are near a broadband connection, you can log into the VoIP phone system and get a dial tone. With VoIP portability, patients, clients, or customers do not need to make multiple calls to reach someone at your business. They dial one number, and they will reach you wherever you are – and you can answer from virtually anywhere, too.

Convenience - VoIP allows you a flexible approach to setting up your business phone system, and there are several convenient features that could make your life much easier and efficient. For example, a call-follow feature that will find you, so you can answer calls rather than missing them. Additionally, VoIP makes it easy to set up video calling and conference calling. A user-friendly interface for conducting conference calls makes it much easier to get everyone on the call without hassle or accidental hang-ups.

Are you ready for VoIP phone service?  Give our AccelerateNetworks Team a call at 206-333-3341. We would be delighted to help you.

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As early as 2009, there was concern about the overuse of Wi-Fi for business communications. To understand the potential problem, check for available Wi-Fi connections on a phone or computer. If you are in a small office, you may think you do not need ethernet, but if you see many networks available, you are probably better off running an ethernet cable to provide stable connectivity. When many Wi-Fi networks are available, it is known as a High-Density Area.

Wi-Fi is a radio signal, sent over-the-air. These signals can be filtered, or interfered with by many things: electrical panels, microwave ovens, radios, cell phones and other Wi-Fi enabled devices, network security controls, and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Similar to the picture above, the signals can also be overwhelmed by competing WAPs (Wireless Access Points), or by overloading the capabilities of the network hardware.

Conclusion? It depends on where you are located, what is nearby, how you use your devices, how many devices are on your network, the infrastructure of your building, and the hardware you are using. Sometimes, just upgrading your wireless router may be all that is needed to provide stable connectivity without running ethernet cabling.

If this all seems like TMI (Too Much Information), give our team a call at 206-333-3341. We would be delighted to help you.


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There is a challenge with some of the phones on our network, and we wanted you to know we are aware of it. It is called Inter-Digit Delay, and here is what happens:

  • When you enter a number in your cell phone, you must hit “call” before the phone dials the number.
  • When you enter a number on your VOIP phone, you can hit “send,” lift the handset on a desk phone, or wait for it to autodial the number.
  • Sometimes, maybe you need a bit of extra time to find all the digits of a phone number, such as the small print at the bottom of a business card. With our Yealink phones, there is a software “feature” that will automatically dial the number after 14 seconds, due to the Inter-Digit Delay setting – without pressing send, lifting the handset, or anything else. If you have not entered all the digits required, you will get the screen above.

This also happens with our Grandstream phones. However, the setting can be disabled, while on our Yealink phones it cannot. We are working with the company to address this issue. Thank you for being an Accelerate Networks customer.

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Everyone wants mobility in their communications. Most of us have at least one cell phone we rely on. However, cell phones require a cellular account, are more prone to being stolen, and are too delicate for hard use. (Think concrete floors in a warehouse.)

Grandstream’s DP720 is a cordless phone with HD sound quality, long battery life, and range up to 50 meters indoors and 300 meters outdoors. It also has useful features such as call transfer, call forward, call waiting, do not disturb, message waiting indicator, speakerphone, and 3-way conferencing on up to 10 lines per system. These phones require the DP750 Base Station, which can support up to 5 handsets.

We have these phones and base stations in stock and ready for delivery now. Give our Sales Team a call at (206)858-8757 and we can help you be more mobile in your communications.

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Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast (Xfinity) and Charter Spectrum offer great deals if you sign a 2 year or 3 year service agreement.

What your ISP may not tell you is pricing for the second or following years is much higher than the promotional price for the first year.

If you are concerned, give our team a call or text at (206)858-8757 for a free bill review. We are happy to help, and at Accelerate Networks a service agreement is NOT required.

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Your calls might not ring through depending on your phone number's reputation. Carriers today are filtering calls as part of their Robocall Mitigation programs, and customers have taken to apps like Hiya, Nomorobo, Jolly Roger, Truecaller and many others in an attempt to reduce the number of undesirable calls they receive.

Registering for the Free Caller Registry will help if your numbers are showing as “Scam Likely” or “Potential Spam” on recipients’ phones, but you should also communicate directly with the carrier used by your recipient. Our Lookup tool can show you their carrier, and you can check with Verizon Wireless, AT&T or T-Mobile by clicking on these links and completing the relevant form.

If your phone number has been flagged, we recommend switching to a different number for your outbound caller ID until the flag is removed by the carrier or vendor (after you file the relevant form/ticket).

Key things to ensure when calling recipients:

  • Set your caller ID to a direct callback number rather than a general number
  • Encourage customers to save your number
  • Email and text customers in addition to calling
  • Understand the telemarketing sales rules

Remember, the algorithms powering the popular call filters today often fail to distinguish between real and robocallers, and their data is generated by users who sometimes erroneously report numbers as scams. The system is imperfect, but with a bit of work you can avoid having your calls flagged.

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Nothing is more annoying than pesky robocallers!

Registering on the Do Not Call list at 1-888-382-1222 (voice) is a good first step, but adding a menu or enabling Call Screen for your extension in your FusionPBX portal under Accounts => Extensions is a great way to eliminate most robocallers.

Services like Nomorobo are also a free and easy way to augment your undesirable call blocking abilities, as is our call block tool accessible in FusionPBX under Applications => Call Block.

To use Call Block, press Add and you should see a screen like what is shown below. Check off the numbers you would like to block, then press Block to save these blocked numbers. FusionPBX Call Block Screenshot

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