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Recommendations for new portable office
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:15:35 PM »
A friend of mine is starting a new law office and wants to be able to expand in the future. He will not have physical space initially.
Any recommendations for:
1) phone system. was thinking google voice but he wants to be able to have extensions in the future. Can a GV number be ported to a more robust system?

2) conferencing service (where you distribute a number and everyone calls in)

3) email host


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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2018, 10:25:23 PM »
2) conferencing service (where you distribute a number and everyone calls in)
zoom.us is great for this, people can use a link to join meetings via video, or call in for just audio
3) email host
Google Apps (now it's called GSuite)
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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2018, 10:38:59 PM »
zoom.us is great for this, people can use a link to join meetings via video, or call in for just audio

Google Apps (now it's called GSuite)
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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2018, 12:28:35 AM »


A friend of mine is starting a new law office and wants to be able to expand in the future. He will not have physical space initially.
Any recommendations for:
1) phone system. was thinking google voice but he wants to be able to have extensions in the future. Can a GV number be ported to a more robust system?

You can have a VoIP phone line for $20 a month that will provide you those features, and just buy a VoIP phone. Someone recently told me that Verizon has such a service that cen be used on your smartphone as well.

zoom.us is great for this, people can use a link to join meetings via video, or call in for just audioGoogle Apps (now it's called GSuite)

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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2018, 08:28:40 AM »

You can have a VoIP phone line for $20 a month that will provide you those features, and just buy a VoIP phone. Someone recently told me that Verizon has such a service that cen be used on your smartphone as well.

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Thanks. Looks like something like Vonage can work. It has a lot of good VoIP features plus integrated conference calling with a dial in option
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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2018, 08:52:39 AM »
Thanks. Looks like something like Vonage can work. It has a lot of good VoIP features plus integrated conference calling with a dial in option
We use it and it (usually) works fine but don't expect much from their customer service
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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2018, 09:37:39 AM »
Ring central is a good option, you can expand from a virtual line transferred to your # to a full VoIP system

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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2018, 09:44:21 AM »

You can have a VoIP phone line for $20 a month that will provide you those features, and just buy a VoIP phone.
What is the reason to buy a voip phone? Can't a regular phone connect to the Vonage box?

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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2018, 11:52:56 AM »
What is the reason to buy a voip phone? Can't a regular phone connect to the Vonage box?
There's no box for vonage AFAIK, just VOIP phones that you plug into ethernet and an outlet, and configure online so it's set up for your phone system.
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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2018, 03:02:49 PM »
There's no box for vonage AFAIK, just VOIP phones that you plug into ethernet and an outlet, and configure online so it's set up for your phone system.
Verizon has such a service that can be used with a smartphone app

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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2018, 03:07:09 PM »
Verizon has such a service that can be used with a smartphone app
You can do that with vonage too (as of the last few months). There's something called Ooma that we looked into switching to that may be worth checking out.

There's also Grasshopper, which doesn't work with physical phones but only with smartphones.
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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2018, 03:17:55 PM »
Thanks for all the responses.
Right now he doesn't really need anything more than what GV offers and it has the nice bonus of being free. The question is if it can be expanded in the future or at least have the number ported

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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2018, 09:08:25 PM »
The number can definitely be ported out later

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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2018, 11:23:52 PM »
There's also Grasshopper, which doesn't work with physical phones but only with smartphones.
I had issues with Grasshopper on a number of smartphones. I was not able to call out using the Grasshopper number, the call would always fail, so I would have to use my number to call out.

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Re: Recommendations for new portable office
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2018, 01:07:10 AM »
Thanks for all the responses.
Right now he doesn't really need anything more than what GV offers and it has the nice bonus of being free. The question is if it can be expanded in the future or at least have the number ported
The number can definitely be ported out later
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