A Non-Google Phone Service
I last wrote about Grand Central from Google, but it’s more or less in Beta and you have to have an invite in order to get in. Also, you may not like Google and may have an inclination to boycott all things Google, just on principle.
Either way, you should check out Ifbyphone.com – this company provides similar offerings as Google to let website visitors call you by putting in their phone number and letting the service connect them. Ifbyphone also lets you have a virtual assistant, connecting your callers to you anywhere you are. You can also get a toll-free number. And to one-up Google, Ifbyphone – free click to call and custom voice mashups, will let you create your own custom applications that let you connect to your customers, employees, and business partners better.
Here’s the full text news release from their website (Click the Link to Read more):
Ifbyphone Releases revolutionary Phone-Me-Now: the world’s first Zero Configuration Click to Call
With 100 free minutes per month Phone-Me-Now
Promises to be biggest Killer App of 2008
Chicago, IL: December, 2007 – Ifbyphone, a voice infrastructure and applications development company providing enterprise class services to Small and Medium sized Businesses (SMB’s), has just released a solution destined to revolutionize the web to voice space: Phone-Me-Now, a zero configuration click to call application. To introduce Phone-Me-Now to hundreds of thousands of businesses that will be able to use it as a sales tool, Ifbyphone is making it available free of charge for 6 months and providing the first 100 minutes per month of usage for free as well.
This patent pending solution can be integrated in less then 60 seconds into any website, email or hyperlinked document and requires no experience to configure. It’s literally the Internet’s first instant voice mash up tool.
Using Phone-Me-Now is as simple as typing:
into any web site, Word Document, Powerpoint Presentation, Spreadsheet, PDF or email. When a reader clicks on the link they are prompted for their telephone number and the Ifbyphone systems call your business, calls the reader and conferences the call. Phone-Me-Now works with any telephone number you register on your Ifbyphone account.
“We wanted to eliminate any barriers to basic click to call, and know that Phone-Me-Now will immediately set an industry standard for rapid deployment. If the Internet is all about speed and response, what could be a more appropriate Killer App for 2008 than Phone-Me-Now, which puts a business owner in instant voice communication with their customers,” adds Shapiro.
Free Phone-Me-Now accounts can be updated to additional Ifbyphone packages that include:
– Click to Call with Custom Dialog Forms
– Integrated Call Routing and Reporting
– Find Me
– Virtual Voice Mail
– Virtual Receptionist
– Outbound Voice Broadcast
– Web Configured Voice Dialogs (Hosted IVR)
– Call Recording
– Backend Database Integration
– A Complete Call Management API
All Ifbyphone solutions work with any telephone system and are fully portable if a company moves from one telephone transport vendor to another.
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Ifbyphone is a hosted voice application and platform company with a simplified approach to the deployment of stand-alone and web-integrated voice services for small and medium sized businesses (SMB). Combining advanced telephony and web services, Ifbyphone’s web-integrated voice applications turn the small business telephone into a powerful tool, increasing lead generation, improving sales conversion and enhancing the customer experience. Ifbyphone makes it easier for customers to connect with you from online and off. All of Ifbyphone’s applications are accessible via a click on a Web site, an inbound call to a toll free number, an outbound call or with the help of a programmable API. Our configuration and deployment tools look and feel just like Web applications, and require no previous knowledge of telephony programming or terminology.
Previously available only to large enterprises, Ifbyphone is delivering these converged voice and web solutions at affordable monthly fees, with no major upfront costs. The company’s services are available online and through a network of SMB value-added resellers.