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2008 Feature Articles on RingCentral

Read interesting articles featuring RingCentral in 2008.


December 22, 2008

Is RingCentral Music to the Mobile Professional’s Ears?

With so many virtual PBX vendors on the market today, it’s not enough to look at prices and services lists alone. You need to look at dependability. After all, if their service isn’t reliable it can cause clients to have a poor impression of your business. So how does RingCentral rate?

December 10, 2008

Businesses Move To Voice-Over-IP

Winner: RingCentral Digital Line Microsoft's Unified Communications offers the ability to integrate a lot of features into existing Office software, including Web conferencing. Microsoft's positioning seems a little murky--they offer VoIP servers and software that will be interoperable with a company's existing PBX system to customers who don't want to replace robust hardware-based PBX services but want to extend those systems' capabilities.

December 9, 2008

Businesses Move To Voice-Over-IP

Skype and Vonage have made most of us aware of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone services. Now VoIP solutions aimed at businesses have evolved into "unified communications" services that treat all communications--phone calls, faxes, voice mail, e-mail, Web conferences and more--as discrete units that can all be delivered via any means and to any handset, including cellphones. Two main sets of competitors are fighting it out-- one set is focused on VoIP for medium to large enterprises, while another is targeting the small-to-medium business (SMB) market.

November 5, 2008

How to Start an Online Business for $100

You can have a live answering service (similar to the one your doctor uses) for $20 a month--or less, if you have minimal incoming calls. Another option is to do it virtually: For about $10 a month, you can get an 800-number-based system such as RingCentral that answers calls with an automated greeting, routing calls to you (or other employees or contractors) or to voice mail depending on button presses.

November 3, 2008

Selling Communications in a Recession

The company manages all of a customer’s phone, mobile, fax and email communications with a single phone number and an online control center. It combines a toll-free or local number with advanced call management, PBX, voice mail and Internet fax, enabling customers to set up multiple extensions with voice mail, automatically screen, forward and place calls, take voice mail, send and receive faxes, and receive message alerts.

November 3, 2008

RingCentral Reports Record Sales in Recent Weeks

The company manages all of a customer’s phone, mobile, fax and email communications with a single phone number and an online control center. It combines a toll-free or local number with advanced call management, PBX, voice mail and Internet fax, enabling customers to set up multiple extensions with voice mail, automatically screen, forward and place calls, take voice mail, send and receive faxes, and receive message alerts.

November 3, 2008

Hosted telecom services let companies cut overhead

One way many small businesses seem to be cutting costs during the economic crisis is to eliminate physical office space in favor of virtual offices and hosted telecom services, concludes Ring Central, which surveyed its customers recently. Businesses also are considering eliminating their land lines, Ring Central says. Telephony Online.

October 31, 2008

SMBs Buy Better Communications To Combat Slowdown

In an economic slowdown, companies need to focus now, more than ever on their communications solutions. Today's technologies can make your company more efficient, save you money directly on communications costs as well as travel and even real estate. Recently I had a chance to speak with Praful Shah, VP of Strategy from RingCentral, a company providing hosted communications services and he told me the last four weeks have seen business increase dramatically.

October 31, 2008

RingCentral: Small Businesses Responding to Economic Turmoil by Cutting Overhead Expenses

Flexibility is a keyword among small businesses today, RingCentral’s survey results indicated. This includes switching to communications services, like RingCentral’s hosted phone and fax service, that enable employees to work from home or other remote locations. The trend toward adopting flexible solutions is a positive development for those that provide such services. RingCentral, for one, has experienced a record rate of customer growth in the past month.

October 23, 2008

Will Economy Lead VoIP Back to its Money-Saving Basics?

When VoIP first exited the lab and was gaining some traction among business, the big selling point was that it saved money over legacy systems. But the attraction was transitory, as the old-line telcos began meeting the competition by cutting their inflated prices to match the upstarts. Service providers and carriers soon found that the real long-term pitch was that VoIP offered services that either enabled people to do things they couldn’t do before or allowed them to do so far more easily.

October 22, 2008

RingCentral Recognized for Delivering Cloud Computing Phone and Fax Service to SMBs

Technology Marketing Corporation and INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine have awarded RingCentral a 2008 Excellence Award for delivering cloud computing business phone and fax service to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

September 24, 2008

Tele-Commuting Trend Taking Off for SMBs

One of the fast-growing trends in small business these days is teleworking - employees working from home or away from the company’s main office. Surging gas prices driving up the already high cost of commuting and growing environmental concerns are just the most recent and headline-grabbing inducements that make telework increasingly attractive to both employers and employees.

September 15, 2008

How to: Fax without a fax machine

Sometimes, you need to send or receive a fax. Don't have access to a fax machine? Here are three sites to help.

September 8, 2008 

RingCentral Selected as Enderle Group's Product of the Week

Speaking of lopsided competition, small businesses often have trouble competing with larger companies because they lack access to similar resources. Hosting companies and a variety of services can often help close that gap, and one I've liked for a while is RingCentral.

September 4, 2008

VoIP Facilitates Telecommuting, Eases Economic Pressures

If you're feeling the pinch of higher gas prices and the overall economic slowdown, you're by no means alone. But in the face of adversity, small businesses are doing what they've always done: getting creative. RingCentral, an 'Internet phone service for small business,' recently conducted an online survey of its customers to find out how they survive and succeed during tough times.

September 4, 2008

RingCentral: Selling VoIP to SMBs Means Solving Real-world Business Problems

RingCentral, which offers a hosted business phone service using IP telephony technology, thinks it has cracked the code. Later this month at INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO West 2008 in L.A., the company's vice president of business development, Jay Blazensky, will share with attendees what RingCentral has learned about selling VoIP to small businesses, during the "Making the Business Case for VoIP in the SMB" session on Sept. 18 from 1:00-1:45 p.m.

September 3, 2008 

Top 5 Web App Combos for Running an Online Business

When it comes to freelancing and working on the web, few things are more important than the online applications that make it all possible. From project management, to invoicing, to contact management, and more - each of these apps play a critical role in running an online or freelance business.

August 27, 2008

Market Your Home-Based Business With StartupNation Contest

I found out about the competition from one of my own home-based business service providers, RingCentral. While there's no material prize for winning, the free advertising from a good ranking could be worth plenty.

August 27, 2008

Market Your Home-Based Business With StartupNation Contest

If you run your own company out of your home, an annual contest can provide valuable exposure

August 15, 2008 

Economic Pressure Drives Telecommuting Trend

RingCentral, a self-described Internet phone service for small business, recently conducted an online survey of its customers to find out how they survive and succeed during tough times.

August 12, 2008

RingCentral Hosted Business Phone Service Enhances Law Communications

RingCentral offers a hosted business phone service that allows businesses to connect with partners, employees, clients and prospects.

August 11, 2008

RingCentral Partners with Concentric, Expands Reach for its Hosted Phone and Fax System

Concentric provides a variety of hosted solutions, including business e-mail, corporate domain management, Web site hosting, and Microsoft Hosted Exchange. By partnering with RingCentral, the company’s portfolio is being expanded to include phone and Internet fax service as well.

August 11, 2008 

Economic Pressure Drives Telecommuting Trend

RingCentral, a self-described Internet phone service for small business, recently conducted an online survey of its customers to find out how they survive and succeed during tough times.

August 11, 2008

Economic Pressure Drives Telecommuting Trend

If you're feeling the pinch of higher gas prices and the overall economic slowdown, you're by no means alone. But in the face of adversity, small businesses are doing what they've always done: getting creative. RingCentral, a self-described Internet phone service for small business, recently conducted an online survey of its customers to find out how they survive and succeed during tough times.

August 11, 2008

RingCentral Delivers Hosted Phone System to Concentric Customers

RingCentral announced it has partnered with Concentric, a business unit of XO Communications(XOHO) that provides hosted applications, including Web site hosting, business e-mail, Microsoft Hosted Exchange, corporate domain management and perimeter e-mail protection. Now, Concentric customers, especially those with distributed or mobile employees, can take advantage of RingCentral's hosted business phone system and Internet fax to enhance their business communications.

August 8, 2008 

New improved PBXCompare.com from Zilker Ventures

Zilker Ventures has announced the expansion and improvement of their PBXCompare.com, a Web site that allows its customers to see system providers virtually, in the order of their affordability, popularity and corporate system plans. The new improved site features an expanded Reviews Page and Features Grid.

August 2, 2008

Cloud Computing, Microsoft's Midori, and the End of Windows

For my part, I already use Internet-based apps such as Google Docs, RingCentral and Zoho Invoices for most of my day-to-day work, and I love the freedom they afford me. I think we're on the cusp of a major paradigm shift with cloud computing, and I'm eager to see how it plays out.

July 3, 2008 

Small Biz Hiring Up, Midsize Biz Down

With the specter of recession clouding the outlook for businesses and personal finance, risk aversion is understandably on the upswing. In fact, according to a gamut of sources, a bad economy is a good time to consider launching a new business. A hint of statistical validation for this was included in the recent RingCentral survey findings that recent layoffs have sparked an increase in start-ups (22% of participants started a business after getting a pink slip).

July 3, 2008

As Gas Goe$ Up, Use Technology To Communicate

RingCentral recently revealed survey results which show that the majority of small businesses (59 percent) are cutting overhead costs or otherwise changing business practices in response to the economic downturn and rising energy costs while remaining productive. In addition, in response to job losses, some former employees have become employers by starting their own small businesses.

June 30, 2008

RingCentral Survey Reveals Small Business Interest in Telecommuting

The majority of small businesses (59 percent) are cutting overhead costs or otherwise changing business practices in response to the economic downturn and rising energy costs, according to the results of a new survey by RingCentral. Significantly, one of the key strategies for dealing with these challenges is telecommuting.

June 30, 2008 

Downsized Into Entrepreneurship, the 21st Century Way

In a recent survey by RingCentral, twenty-two (22%) of small business owners said they started a business after being downsized.

June 30, 2008

RingCentral Survey: Rising Costs Drive Small Businesses to Get Creative with Telecommuting, Other Solutions

The economy of today, filled with innovative businesses that deliver products and solutions that we use every day, is the result of small businesses, led by entrepreneurs with big ideas. These companies will continue to be a key sector of the economy, whether they grow in individual size or not.

June 26, 2008

SIPphone Makes The Call To Jajah

Instead, I have opted for RingCentral, which recently introduced a Mac OS X soft client (in addition to a PC version) and it is doing a might fine job for me. I was highly skeptical of RingCentral in the past but they have won me over with their high quality service. (Full review, pending!)

June 26, 2008 

Lean, Mean Machines: Tech for the SMB

Software can be no less costly than hardware when SMB budget levels are stretched thin. SMB entrepreneurs often report favoring multipurpose software suites over separate packages to provide their business computing needs.

June 12, 2008

RingCentral Phone System a Boon to Urban Real Estate

RingCentral provides an Internet phone system for small business and offers full-access to core small business phone services and helps improve productivity for more than 50,000 customers worldwide. Urban Real Estate works with individuals and corporate investors that buy real estate in the downtown Chicago area.

June 9, 2008

RingCentral helps California Chiropractor Save Time and Money

One solution companies, even small ones, can utilize to avoid junk faxes is the fax portion of RingCentral Online, a suite of on-demand, Web-based communications services. RingCentral Fax combines the advantages of faxing with the power of online communications, and includes capabilities to easily block junk faxes as well.

May 29, 2008 

RingCentral On Call for Santa Monica Chiropractor

The company’s officials explained that he can direct a call to voicemail but can listen live as the caller leaves a message, and if the call is urgent, he can pick it up immediately.

May 5, 2008

Click Here and Save Big

Another hefty expense and technician time-suck is the company phone system. Instead of plunking down several thousand dollars for an internal phone system -- also known as a private branch exchange, or PBX -- some small and midsize companies are opting for so-called virtual PBX services.

May 4, 2008 

How Telephone Service Helps a Wedding Planning Business. Ideas For Your Business

Virtual phone service, Ring Central recently touted one of its customers Matthew Allen Weddings and Events which recently used Ring Central and has soon their business boost.

April 2, 2008

Get Business VoIP and Sleep the Night

The service offers features that go far beyond adding a second line for business with your current phone company, as well as advanced business-specific abilities you won't generally find with home VoIP offerings.

March 28, 2008 

Hosted VoIP: Hope or Hype?

Once the great hope for re-energizing telecom sales, hosted VoIP has not lived up to adoption expectations thanks in no small part to immature technology, poor service delivery, techno-centric sales approaches and end-user misconceptions.

March 12, 2008

BT Partners on Software-Based SMB Phone System

Customers can either use a real telephone to answer or make calls or their PC through RingCentral's "Desktop Softphone." That interface lets users see call logs and launch calls with a single click by a contact's name, among other functions.

March 12, 2008

BT Readies VoIP for Small Business

RingCentral's software is designed to let small businesses set up their own phone system with a professional feel without needing to make significant investments in hardware. The software works with mobile, landline and VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls.

March 6, 2008

RingCentral Dials Up $12 Million

RingCentral, a start-up that allows small businesses to unify and manage their phone, mobile, fax and e-mail communications, said it had raised $12 million more in a second round of financing.

March 5, 2008

Internet Phone Service Gets Plush

Justin Leavens manages a gourmet-marshmallow company out of his house in Sherman Oaks, Calif. But his high-end phone system makes customers think he is toiling in a big office with scores of employees.

March 4, 2008

Internet Phone Service Gets Plush

Justin Leavens manages a gourmet-marshmallow company out of his house in Sherman Oaks, Calif. But his high-end phone system makes customers think he is toiling in a big office with scores of employees.

March 4, 2008 

RingCentral Gets $12 Million More To Help You Look Like A Bigger Company

Silicon Valley based RingCentral offers businesses a virtual telephone system (they say “Sound more professional, look like a bigger company”). It’s sort of a super-Vonage, but targeted to businesses first.

March 4, 2008

RingCentral raises $12M more for centralized communications

RingCentral, a Redwood City, Calif., company that allows small businesses to unify and manage their phone, mobile, fax and email communications, said it has raised $12 million more in a second round of financing.

March 4, 2008

RingCentral Rings Up $12 Million

RingCentral, a Redwood City, Calif.-based VoIP company, has raised $12 million in Series B funding, doubling the amount it raised in its Series A round.

January 24, 2008

Smart Talk at Work and Home

RingCentral is a surprisingly sophisticated but easy-to-use Web-managed smart PBX service with attractive per-user pricing. Getting acceptable call quality, however, requires preconfigured SIP phones or configuring SIP handsets yourself.

January 23, 2008

Combining Your Office and Cellular Phones: Easy and Efficient

A growing number of start-ups and small businesses are relying almost exclusively on cellular phones in lieu of a traditional office phone system and the complicated infrastructure that goes with it.

January 22, 2008 

2008 Awards: The Absolute Best in Small Business

Announced last fall, RingCentral's DigitalLine VoIP allows the company's customers to place and receive calls via landline, mobile and VoIP as needed. And like TalkSwitch it excels at helping small operations looks much larger over the phone.

January 22, 2008

Microsoft To Startups: Join Us

Tuesday's announcement means Microsoft is entering the second phase of its Startup Accelerator Program, adding smaller companies such as Lijit, Me.dium, Xobni, Clarizen, and RingCentral to the 20 existing partners such as Accellos, iBloks, Tutor.com, Kiptronic, Spot Runner, video advertising startup YuMe.

January 16, 2008

Top Reasons to Throw Out Your Fax Machine But Keep On Faxing

For many companies, especially small ones, faxing remains the best option for certain types of business transactions. Yet faxing and fax machines no longer are inevitably tied together. Today, thanks to online services like RingCentral Fax, you can get rid of the fax machine but keep right on sending and receiving faxes.

January 09, 2008 

RingCentral DigitalLine VoIP Service Receives PC Magazine Editors' Choice Award

The other two VoIP contenders I've looked at recently (Microsoft Response Point and the Avaya Quick Edition/Netgear Voice over IP (VoIP) Solution), require an on-site hardware/software combination. RingCentral takes a different approach, supplying its IP-capable PBX as a service delivered entirely over the Internet: no on-site PBX, no need for a phone consultant. Just supply phones and Web connections and you're all set. It's a good idea, and one that RingCentral implements well.

January 08, 2008

RingCentral Wins Internet Telephony Magazine's 2007 Product of the Year Award

RingCentral has won Technology Marketing Corporation's INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine 2007 Product of the Year Award for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes RingCentral’s exceptional value to small businesses and its ongoing technology innovation.

January 07, 2008

RingCentral DigitalLine VoIP Service: Editor's Choice

RingCentral is a surprisingly sophisticated but easy-to-use Web-managed smart PBX service with attractive per-user pricing. Getting acceptable call quality, however, requires preconfigured SIP phones or configuring SIP handsets yourself.

January 07, 2008

Trends to Watch for 2008

Behind the doom-and-gloom headlines, the VoIP industry has been innovating like crazy. Much of the evidence suggests that the innovation will continue in 2008, but other forces are shaping the industry, too.