There are a few simple things that any corporate traveler needs when he or she sets off on a trip: an airplane ticket, hotel and car reservations, a change of clothes, and a way to keep in touch with the people back at HQ, customers, partners, and their family.
The GigSky Enterprise World solution provides a simple way to get high quality data connectivity anywhere in the world at very low rates. Our customers use the data connection on their tablets and smartphones for email, web surfing, Twitter, LinkedIn, Skype, FaceTime and any other app that keeps them connected and productive on the road. However, they still carry cellphones to keep connected via their personal mobile number. No one wants to have a separate number for each country they visit so most people continue to use expensive voice roaming to keep in touch.
Options To Explore
Keep your phone number and reduce costs when roaming via GigSky World Mobile Data:
- Skype for Business: This is easy to set up and use and very feature rich. It is recommended for new enterprises or small, growing businesses that are committed to cloud-based solutions of all types. You can easily forward your cellphone to Skype for Business and leverage all of the additional features that Microsoft offers. Watch this space for a future discussion on Skype for Business.
- YouRoam: YouRoam is a rather unique offering that provides the ability to have your cellphone number follow you throughout the world using a VoIP app. It offers the ability to forward your phone to a number in any of 36 countries. If you live in one of these countries and have unlimited or low cost toll rates and airtime, the only cost to incoming and outgoing calls is the per-minute rate offered by YouRoam. Your calls are delivered to your GigSky enabled phone or tablet via their VoIP app. They also deliver your calling number when you place outbound calls via YouRoam app. Again, stay tuned for more details on using this service on GigSky World Mobile Data.
- SoftPhone: The majority of enterprise PBX’s in place today are IP-based (IP-PBX) or have a SIP module added on to support IP telephony. In fact most modern PBX phones are IP-based so that they can share LAN wiring or operate over Wi-Fi. A softphone runs on any device such as a tablet or smartphone, delivering a fully functional software version of a standard PBX handset. This works equally well with traditional on-premises PBXs as well as with cloud based solutions. I tried this solution using GigSky World Mobile Data on our own virtual PBX supplied by VirtualPBX. Once it was enabled on the VirtualPBX console, I downloaded a Bria SIP softphone by CounterPath and I was off to the races.
Receiving Calls on iPad
Once I made the initial configuration, I was able to use my GigSky-enabled iPad to receive calls from my extension or DID and make calls out through the PBX using the same calling plans that everyone else in the office has access to. And I can do this anywhere in the world using GigSky’s very competitive data roaming rates. Before I leave home for my next overseas business trip, I will be forwarding my personal mobile phone to my PBX DID number and leaving it at home!
Minimizing Communication Expenses On The Road
I am no longer worried about making personal calls, since they will be made from my office location, back in my home country. And any calls I need to make to co-workers can be dialed using their extension number. In my view, this is a fantastic way to minimize my communication expenses on the road, and yet be easier to reach than ever. And, by the way, the high quality codecs available on VoIP makes voice quality much higher than most cellphone connections using very little bandwidth. So I will sound like I’m calling from nearby, not thousands of miles away.
You can connect to just about any IP enabled PBX or cloud-based PBX. This is the huge advantage of dealing with standards-based protocols like SIP. Just check out the configuration settings provided out of the box with the Bria client.
Great Option For Businesses With Traveling Employees
This is a great option for any business with a lot of traveling employees. Why not leverage the telephony investment you have already made while making employees more productive at an overall much lower cost.
If you need more information on this or other GigSky World Mobile Data solutions, be sure to connect with us over the web. We will get back to you right away.