Friday, April 27, 2007

Why You Need Conference Calling Services

If you need to connect with people in your company or group conference calling services is the way to go. Conference calling services can handle small groups to thousand of people at a time. This article will look at some of the advantages of using a conference calling service.

Most conference calling services charge by the minute. You can find conference calling services that are complex enough to hold a conference call within minutes. Usually you will plan well in advance for your conference calls. You will want to decide on the importance of a few features that are commonly found with most conference calling services.

Please Stand by For Recording

You may wish to record your conference call and then market your call or just make the information available to your staff for review. Recording a conference call is a very common feature of most conference calling services.

Most of the time you will have people reserve a spot for the call, but there are conference calling services that will allow for a reservationless rule. There are many other types of conference calling services that you might befit from.

The main factor that will determine what type of service is bets for you would be the motive for the call. Many network marketers use conference calling to teach their down line. Major corporations use conference calling services for training sessions with offices that may be located in other states or countries.

Most people are reluctant to spend their money for training conferences, but if the information will earn them more money they are usually willing to spend a few bucks per call. You may want to email a set of notes that they can use to follow along if you are investing the money to train them.

A quick search online for conference calling services will reveal just how big this market is. You will find several companies that offer very valuable services for pennies on the dollar. You may want to contact some larger companies to see if they have any experience with conference calling services. You are also likely to find chats online that will expose the good conference calling services from the bad ones.

Monday, April 23, 2007

The New Way To Buy Your Cellular Phones

In a fast pace society, you find yourself too busy to make it to the stores to buy any product whether it be a Cell phone, Car Audio, Beauty Supplies, or Clothing. It seems we just cannot find the time anymore. What I have found is that most people do all of there shopping, down to buying there groceries, Online. It's fast, it's simple, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

Now, there is no need to rush to the stores after work to get what you need, you can simply go home, hop on the internet and find everything that you have been looking for, plus much more; in addition more often than not you find it for a discounted price! Anything from Anti-itch cream to ordering tickets to the zoo is at your fingertips and waiting on you to click the Proceed to Check-Out button.

The one thing that I have found utterly amazing is the fact that you can buy any Cellular Phone from just about any Carrier including: Cingular, Sprint PCS, Verizon, T-mobile, Nextel, Cingular,Alltel, etc for the price of your monthly plan! No costly phone price’s, no activation fee’s, and no hidden fee’s either, when I came across this I was stunned. I couldn’t understand how you could get a phone that would cost you approximately $250 in the store but online it was FREE? Then I started to take into consideration that there were no overhead costs for these websites. They had no monthly rent bills, no electric bills, no water bills, nothing. It all started to make sense, so I decided to look further into this and found that there were no gimmicks at all. It was true. You could literally walk away with a new phone, at only the price of your monthly contract.

So, I decided to not only get me a new cell phone but also to find more information out about this cool new way to buy and sell all sorts of electronics. I found information out about how you can purchase Alarm Systems Online, for only the cost of the monthly monitoring fee. Then someone in your area will come and install your system for free! The same goes for Satellite Dish providers; you purchase it for only the cost of the monthly subscription fee, you can get up to four receivers in your home for as little as $19.95 per month. Then someone will come out and install all of the equipment free of charge. That’s a deal!

So before you go out and spend hundreds of your hard earned dollars, grab a computer, do a little surfing, compare some prices and get what you want for a price that you can afford! there are websites out there for anything that you are looking for, so take advantage of there amazing deals, you won’t regret it!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Selecting a Toll Free number?

Toll Free numbers have gone a long way; nowadays there are hundreds of toll free companies and resellers out there that provide the same basic features. Enhancements on telephone applications enabled toll free service to acquire most if not, all of the telephone applications inherent in landline services.

Consumers now look for quality of service provided by telecommunication companies with respect to appropriate pricing. The advancement of T1 lines and their corresponding circuits, collocation and cooperation between competing companies now allowed to consumer to call different networks which was just a dream 10 years ago. Now wireless phones, VoIP phones, enhanced landline, drives voice communication to its peak.

Analysts believe that wireless communication is going to take over as the main medium of mass media in the near future as wireless bandwidth becomes faster and more secure. Businesses are now trying to integrate as much of their well-invested telecommunication products to wireless and web based applications. Toll Free numbers are a staple for a successful business venture, proven again and again by many different experts, white papers, feasibility studies and old fashion experience. Technology convergence remains fast but what will happen to toll free numbers?

VoIP long distance companies are able to provide toll free service, which is nothing, more than a collect call forwarding service at a much cheaper price than most stand alone toll free providers. Consumers are still wary of using VoIP phone, which have major disadvantages such as calling emergency numbers like 911. Consumers believe that the lack of access to such important government service is not worth the price of reduced long distance cost.

Toll free numbers however, which are dependent on incoming rather than out going minutes are less affected by this and is able to fight and win on a service price war.

The minute cost of toll free numbers has been drastically reduced for the past few years but are they really cheaper? Toll free providers have found myriads of ways to increase profit by adding additional monthly service fees on top of your phone subscription, minimum monthly minutes, expiring prepaid minutes, and the biggest scam of all to win the price war is the multiple leg pricing scheme.

Toll Free numbers as explained before are call forwarding service, which effectively makes it 2 phone calls. The first call from the original caller to the toll free service provider, then another call from the toll free service provider to the service subscriber. This is a great opportunity to charge for more while legally advertising a cheaper price. This annoys consumers but found it difficult to change service provider or acquiring a new number. Vanity numbers are hard to find and takes a week to register. For most businesses the cost of changing service providers is very expensive on wasted time and opportunities

A lot of consumers don’t know that their numbers are “portable” and can be used on any service provider assuming proper legal procedures have been done; this normally takes just as long as registering a new vanity number. There are people who also thought that Telco’s such as AT&T have more numbers in their database for them to choose from, what they don’t realize is that all toll free companies get their number availability from the same place.

Today even experienced toll free service subscriber still fall for tricks made by service provider to make money. The best advice for a good deal is the same as any other consumer advice, shop around, be thorough, and find great toll free service providers out there.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Advantages of Prepaid Phone Cards

Prepaid phone cards, also named calling cards, international phone cards are fast selling out from convenience stores, supermarkets and hundreds of web sites online. There are many advantages associated with prepaid phone card. The main among them are:

Can make calls from a phone that is not international calling enabled. People choose international phone card, when they want to call up their friends, relatives or business partners who live half way down the globe. No agreements to sign and no bills to wait for.

Customers save 54% to 76% on international calling with prepaid phone cards. With advancements in technology, people can today cut costs of international calling by 50% or more, simply by using international phone card. For example the cost of calling to India from USA starts from 4-5¢ a minute. For toll free access of international calling, the per-minute charges can be a bit higher. The customer also doesn't have to pay hefty taxes as much as they would if they use their regular telephones or mobile phones to make long distance international calls.

No bills. The cheap international calling card that is prepaid avoids the worry of waiting for an astronomical bill at the end of the month. The expenses are well within control of the customers.

Mobility and flexibility are other key benefits of prepaid phone cards. Customers can make calls from any phones. You can call from home, office, pay phone or from your friend's house. The phone doesn't have to be enabled with international long distance calling provisions.

Monitor usage history. Different online phone card sellers give the provision of tracking your call history online. You can know when and for how long did you make an international call.

Some Significantly Important Terms Prepaid Calling Card Customers Must Know About

Connection Charge – if the phone card has a connection fee, the amount will be deducted from the number of available calling minutes. Most prepaid calling cards today come without a connection charge. Look at the fine print, if the card you purchase has connection fee. The amount will be deducted from your account if the call reaches a voice mail or a wrong number.

Maintenance Fee – this is another fee charged on the card on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. No maintenance fee if the full value is used in a week, fortnight or a month.

Local Access Number – this is the number you dial to access the service offered by the prepaid calling card. Using local access number to access prepaid phone card service gives more minutes than while using toll free number to access the service.

Validity and Expiry – different prepaid phone card companies have different policies regarding validity and expiry. Validity can vary from 90 days of purchase of the card to 365 days after the last use of the card.

With dozens of companies selling prepaid calling card, it is a tough task to make the right choice. Go in with the simple math of comparing the number of minutes you get against the amount you pay.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Firm's Decisions where to Incorporate

by Lucian Arye Bebchuck, Harvard Law School and National Bureau of Economic Research; Alma Cohen, National Bureau of Economic Research

Abstract: This paper empirically investigates the decisions of publicly traded firms where to incorporate. We study the features of states that make them attractive to incorporating firms and the characteristics of firms that determine whether they incorporate in or out of their state of location. We find that states that offer stronger anti takeover protections are substantially more successful both in retaining in-state firms and in attracting out-of-state incorporations. We estimate that, compared with adopting no anti takeover statutes, adopting all standard anti takeover statutes enabled the states that adopted them to more than double the percentage of local firms that incorporated in-state (from 23% to 49%). Indeed, the incorporation market has not even penalized the three states that passed two extreme antitakeover statutes that have been widely viewed as detrimental to shareholders. We also find that there is commonly a big difference between a state's ability to attract incorporations from firms located in and out of the state, and we investigate several possible explanations for this home-state advantage. Finally, we find that Delaware's dominance is greater than has been recognized and can be expected to increase further in the future. Our findings have significant implications for corporate governance, regulatory competition, and takeover law.

From The Trademark Blog

Martin's take on the sony SHOCK AND AWE trademark filing:

Several readers pointed me to this article indicating that Sony has 'registered' the term SHOCK AND AWE in the U.S. for video games. I did not see Sony's name among the 15 applications for SHOCK AND AWE or SHOCK & AWE that the U.S. trademark database here shows as having been filed since March 20. It's not possible to say whether any of the listed applicants were working as agents for others. One applicant, Trademarks, Etc., is in the business of filing trademark applications for others. One applicant appears to have crammed goods and services from approximately 20 classes into his single class filing, and will likely receive an office action requesting an additional $7000 in filing fees.

As for a SHOCK AND AWE video game, well, to quote Donald Rumsfeld, this is not a game. I think these filings are in poor taste and disrespectful to the families of those who lost lives in this conflict.
This does not speak well of the legal profession:

Attorneys nationwide reportedly plan to deploy decoy patients at health care organizations to see if doctors, dentists, hospitals and insurance companies have the policies, procedures and protections that ensure patients' privacy, as required by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Those that don't comply risk hefty fines, possible criminal prosecution and costly civil lawsuits. Companies have had two years to educate staff, designate a privacy officer and adopt basic security measures. But there's a good chance some providers will miss the deadline.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Bob Dalton is at it again. It seems that Ricart attorney Charles "Rocky" Saxbe is threatening to file a contempt motion against Dalton unless he removes the deposition of Kenneth B. Fink from his website. See Paul Alan Levy's (of Ralph Nadar's Public Citizen) letter to Rocky explaining why he believes that such a motion would fail and that such a motion would stimulate the interest of the press.

I really admire Dalton's tenacity in informing the public about Ricart's sales tactics, and admire Levy's zeal in protecting Dalton's first amendment right of free speach.

Oh, and as a matter of disclosure, Dalton is a client.