Being a computer technician I am continually trying to bring customers up to date with technology. I am gradually getting customers to “Go Green.” Along with the “Go Green” endeavor I am also trying to show customers ways that they can save money in their business.
I have one client that has 3 offices throughout the state. He was spending a fortune on his phone bill. This had a lot to do with having dedicated lines for the offices to communicate with each other. I showed him how they can use internet video conferencing to reduce phone bills, and increase productivity. He gave it a try, but never took the time to implement it fully.
In my business I am using a tablet now to reduce paperwork. I am starting to experiment with digital signatures. Now all I have to do is convince my contracts to fully push the digital technology to its fullest.
Having a swimming pool we expected to have an increase in our insurance a few years ago. Recently we were looking for a new insurance company. When we were doing the questions with them to determine our costs they asked about a pool. Then they asked about a fence around the yard. I told them that I had additional pool fencing directly around the pool other than our yard fencing. The agent told me that she would look into if I could be eligible for an additional discount because I have double security.
Getting a new insurance carrier has been nice because they seem to want my business, and they did save me some money.
Around my house we have been going through almost everything trying to cut bills. One of our most recent cuts was our home phone service. We were paying Verizon @$35 per month for a phone number with NO long distance.
First I checked out the Sprint phone system that goes onto your Sprint cellular account. After finding out that there was a $20 charge monthly I quickly decided against it. I recently heard the quality of this service while talking to someone. I am very glad that I didn’t go that route. It sounded like the other party was talking through a tin can.
What I did was I went online and did some research on the NEW MagicJack Plus unit. The first thing I did was to make sure that my home number could be ported over. Yes. The next thing was to confirm faxing capability. Yes.
Let’s talk about savings…
The cost for MagicJack Plus service is $29.99 per year.
Installation was a snap. Plug the MagicJack Plus into the computer, and register the unit. Then take the unit and plug it directly into your router. No other work needs to be done. After that you can go to the My MagicJack site to configure anything else you need.
With that being said I must forewarn everyone so that they avoid aggravation later.
Magicjack Plus is capable of faxing. The hitch is that the fax machine needs to be capable of auto speed changing. This is common with most run of the mill fax machines. I have a Magicolor 4690MF that will probably work, but being I haven’t found the correct sequence of changes to the TX settings I had to put my old fax/printer online just for faxing.
With all the money we are trying to save we should be able to keep living the way we are, but the difference is that the economy isn’t going to make me a statistic. Maybe this year I will even get to send out holiday cards because I can actually afford them this year.
I will update everyone again in a few more weeks after I have tried it out a bit longer.