Gadget Alert - Make Any Old TV Into a WiFi TV!
Have you ever shared a cool video with some friends crammed around your 5 inch smartphone trying to view it together? It doesn't work, does it? With Google's new gadget, Chromecast, you and your friends can grab a seat on the comfy couch and share in style right on your own big screen TV! Have an older TV? Now you can turn it into a WiFi TV and play NetFlix movies! Cool gadget cost - only $35!
Google Chromecast is a portal to your TV with the capability to stream music, video, and more from your smart device or laptop. "The Chromecast is deceptively simple: you plug it into your TV, then stream video and music to it from apps running on your iPhone, Android device, or laptop. The Chromecast itself has no remote; whatever device you're streaming from is the remote." as stated in the techcrunch.com review. Simplicity + low cost = Cool Gadget Alert!
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The Evolution of Telecom
The ease in communicating in our modern day world is so commonplace that we often don't think about how far we've come. Centuries ago, it took hours of exhausting physical labor to communicate with smoke signals; it also took days upon days of waiting to have a letter delivered by horseback; or imagine trusting an important message to a homing pigeon hoping it would reach its destination without being attacked by larger prey. I certainly cannot imagine and I'm thankful to be living during one of the most exciting revolutions of all times and contributing to the extensive growth of telecommunications.
The birth of the telephone
On March 10, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell was successful in transmitting speech using a liquid transmitter. His first imparted words to the effect of: "Mr. Watson, come here! I want to see you!" changed everything. Over the next ten years, the dial tone exchange was patented and telephone exchanges began to open from city to city with limited number of subscribers. The next 90 years or so saw exchanges opening around the world with the installment of transatlantic and transcontinental phone lines. As the industry developed, service and communication lines got better but overall, technology remained pretty much unchanged until the 1970s.
The dawn of digital
The dawn of digital technology changed telecommunications and continues to do so today. T1 connections were the first of its kind to digitize voice and transmit it over a network. Prior to the 70s this technology was used by carriers only as an internal application but with the increased demand for more and more users to transmit digital data, carriers were forced to make this technology commercially available. A T1 connection provides up to 24 voice channels (per connection), increased dependability meaning no service interruptions/no down time (99.9% availability as stated in the Service Level Agreement) and increased speed all at a lower cost.
Cost savings can be achieved because, prior to T1 lines, a long distance call was originated by your local phone company, then switched to your long distance carrier who then carried the call to the end user's local telephone company, who would then ring the call on your end. (Talk about playing "telephone"!) Each one of those switches carried fees, origination costs and so on. (see the diagram on right)
T1 lines allow you to lease a local "loop" from your local phone company that goes directly from your property to the long distance carrier's switch. This loop is private, always available for your use and cost effective with a flat monthly fee. No need for all that switching when you have your own "loop".
What is SIP Trunking?
SIP Trunks...What's All This Fuss About?
SIP trunking, (Session Initiation Protocol) introduced in the 90s became the best of all worlds encompassing communication needs beyond the telephone. This technology allows for more services enabling communication through voice, video and data. The result is cost savings, better service and more capabilities. SIP trunks offer:
- A single connection (T1, Fiber, Cable modem) can provide both Internet and Voice - saving significant carrier costs
- You can port numbers from cities outside your local area - no loss of business if you've moved around the country
- Can be used by multiple companies/users at different physical locations (including telecommuters)
- Multi-tenant suites can share the phone system for lower costs and efficiency but still remain professional with caller ID recognition for each company
- INCREDIBLE sound quality compared to T1 or analog lines
- Local and long distance and International minutes at very low cost compared with other services
- Significant cost savings - often more than 50%!!
If your business is operating on an analog or T1 phone system, call LeBlanc Communications today at 203-493-0267 to see if SIP trunking might be a solution for your business. We are confident we can find cost savings for you!