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Phone.com University – How to Stop Spam Callers from Wasting Your Minutes

by Derrick Lewis

Tired of all those spam callers wasting your Phone.com minutes? We have several strategies to  help save your valuable minutes including:

  • Blocking callers by a specific caller ID number or area code.
  • Blocking all anonymous calls that have an unknown or blocked caller ID.

Let’s walk through how to configure both of these options on your account.

Blocking by Caller ID or Area Code

  1. Mouse over Call Info and select Manage Spam Callers List.
  2. Select Add A Number To Block.
  3. Enter the full number with area code in the Block incoming calls from section.
  4. Select Add to add your number or area code to your block list.

If you only want to block an area code, be sure to check the Starts With checkbox after entering the area code to block.

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Blocking Anonymous Calls

Please Note: You will need to set this setting on each separate Phone.com number on your account. 

  1. Mouse over Configure and select Manage Numbers.
  2. Select Edit for your chosen Phone.com number.
  3. Select the Block Anonymous Calls checkbox.
  4. Select Save Changes.

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That’s everything you need to know about stopping spam callers from wasting your minutes. See you next Monday for some more Phone.com knowledge!

Streamline Communications with Our Killer Mobile App!

by Sue Walsh


defense_researchDefense consultant Edward Tj Gerety III communicates daily with clients and partners in the international community. A Co-Founder of Defensive Research, Gerety was looking for a business phone solution that would allow him to communicate efficiently wherever he found himself.

“Phone.com’s mobile app lets me communicate flawlessly with clients on all of my devices,” says Gerety. “Not only can I use a single identifying number across those devices, but if I’m busy with a client I can instantly redirect other VIP clients calling to another partner with just a tap of an icon on the app.”

Phone.com’s free Mobile Office app let’s you:

  • Place and receive calls from your Phone.com number
  • Hear, view and manage voicemail messages and faxes
  • View call logs for your account
  • Send and receive SMS messages
  • Host conference calls from your mobile devices

Gerety notes that these and other Phone.com features come at a huge cost benefit. “I’m saving, on average, $45 a month compared to my previous VOIP service,” he says, “and they offered only a tenth of the options, along with a fraction of Phone.com’s excellent customer service.”

Flexible mobile management, great features, cost savings and exceptional customer support—what’s not to love about Phone.com? We love making business easier for our clients!

AFAR: At the End of the Line for Animal Rights

by Sue Walsh



Phone.com Customer Service Pooch

Customer Service pup Wino, enjoying the green grass at Phone.com’s Poway offices.

Customer Advocates for Animal Rights (AFAR) came to Phone.com through our affiliation with Grassroots.org, a partnership that gives non-profits one year of free phone service.

Based in Michigan, AFAR’s goal is to advocate on animal-rights issues, educate the public on spaying and neutering, and celebrate the special bond between animals and the people who care for them. Their phone line is used to raise funds and gather support to provide no-kill temporary housing and care for strays.

Director David Farr says Phone.com has definitely helped move AFAR’s work forward. “As we grow, Phone.com is there, meeting our needs, often even before we know we need something.”

AFAR uses a Phone.com customized toll-free number. This feature lets customers pick a number that is easy for callers to remember and dial because it uses letters associated with the organization. For example, AFAR’s donation and support line is 1-866-224-AFAR.

Sancho, our Chief Happiness Officer

Sancho, our Chief Happiness Officer

David says AFAR staff are impressed by the friendly, helpful support they receive from Phone.com Customer Service. “They always go the extra mile, providing quality service.”

What David doesn’t know, is that at Phone.com, we love our dogs! From tiny Wino the Dachshund-Beagle pup pictured above to three-year-old Pit Bull Sancho, the hounds rule our Customer Service center.

We wish AFAR every success in protecting and advocating for our furry friends!

Phone.com’s Response to the Shellshock Flaw

by Jeremy Watkin

shellshock2A serious vulnerability in the Unix Bash shell used on Linux systems, Apple OS X machines, routers and older connected (IoT) devices was announced yesterday.

As with the Heartbleed virus earlier this year, our infrastructure team has applied security patches to all Phone.com systems that use Bash, thereby preventing unauthorized access to our service and your data.

For more information on protecting your own systems, see US-CERT’s alert on Shellshock.

What Do You Need in a VOIP Phone Service?

by Sue Walsh

As a small business owner, are you satisfied with your phone service? Wonder where to find the reliability you need or how to scale your phone system to serve your growing enterprise?

You’re not alone. A recent report from Software Advice, a Texas-based service that matches businesses with best-in-class software solutions, suggests that nearly 60 percent of companies currently looking to upgrade their phone systems are looking for a sophisticated VOIP service, one that is both reliable and scalable.

Top Reasons for Considering VOIP

Reasons for choosing VOIP

The report highlights the top features, pain points and reasons that business owners are looking to VoIP.

What Do Smaller Businesses Need?

  • 77 percent are looking for a web-based, hosted PBX solution
  • Of the nearly 60 percent of respondents considering VoIP, one third were still using traditional landlines in their businesses
  • Only six percent of those who took the survey were IT specialists, which suggests that good technical support, easy setup, and service reliability will be key to buyers
  • 32 percent identified reliability and scalability as their top reasons for wanting to purchase a new VoIP system

Features were also key! Flexible voicemail options, caller ID, number portability and many others:

Top Requested Phone-Service Features

Top VOIP features

With a shift towards hosted, VOIP-based services, it becomes easier for small businesses to access sophisticated call, conferencing, voicemail and other services, using platforms that were once only available to larger enterprises. VOIP allows your five-person startup to function like an established player!

Getting the Whole Package

To wrap up, it’s clear that small businesses are making the shift from landline to VoIP solutions. Buyers are interested in solutions that are not only reliable, but can scale, allowing them to add users easily and economically as they grow. Also, small businesses may not have IT expertise in house, so they place great importance on easy setup, reliability and effective technical support.

What are you looking for in a phone system and can we help? Phone.com offers one of the most flexible, people-friendly, economical VOIP services available. Take a look!