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Windows 8 mobile devices on the horizon

by john

Windows 8 is bringing something new to the table for mobile device users. Here are some of the latest features of windows 8.

The new Start menu

Desktop users are familiar with the windows start menu which lists out all of the installed programs and folders. Windows 8 takes the menu to a bold new direction. The start menu now has tiles connected to not only the device’s apps, folder, playlist, or website, but also connecting to family or loved one’s tweets and updates. Each tile isn’t just a lifeless icon on the screen, they give you the latest updates including the latest tweets, weather forecast, messages and much more. The start menu can be customised to the user’s preferences.

Be able to share almost anything

Most often, you’ll see something really interesting on a website and want to share it with other people through social networking sites or their email. Usually we copy the link, open up another browser or app, then send it for others to see. Windows 8 allows you to simply bring up another menu within the site to send almost anything you want others to see.

Windows store

Following in on other digital distribution platforms, Microsoft introduces the Windows Store built into Windows 8. The Windows Store will have Windows 8 and Windows RT ready apps for any mobile device. Apps come in a wide variety of categories from business, games, news and so much more.

Ease of use with touch screens

Windows 8 is designed for the modern mobile devices with touch screen capabilities. It brings the best features from desktop PCs and brings it to smart phones and tablets. Users will be delighted with how fast and easy it is to multitask, go from one folder to another and open any app. Apps open in full-screen to accommodate touch control interfaces. Windows 8 has a “Snap Multitasking” feature which allows two apps to run side-by-side simultaneously to make it easy for anyone to switch between them.

Web navigation is easy with the use of gesture commands, including the ability to zoom within certain parts of a website or be able to open up the site navigation. Windows 8 keyboard showcases a revised conventional keyboard to make touch screen typing easier. It comes with the traditional “enhanced” keyboard and a thumb keyboard for those who are used to typing with their thumbs.

Com 2 Communications offers the latest mobile devices with built in Windows 8 for your personal lifestyle and business needs. Visit their website for more information.

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NBN means greater Value for Toowoomba Businesses

by john

The NBN is winding its way under a footpath near you!

assets/img/content/Telstra_AccreditedPartner_Pos_RGB_Blue.jpgWith the national rollout underway, and millions of metres of fibre working its way around Australia, some of the early rollouts are being switched on, and in Toowoomba's case, a rumoured "turn on" date has been discussed for January 2013.

What does this mean for business? the Toowoomba NBN rollout means value for money! Traditional carriage for high speed broadband has been expensive, and generally out of reach for the small business person, and if you are looking to expand the traditional foot print of you business from local to global, data speeds are an important issue.

Not only is it time to review your data connection, but the phone systems and other technology that have been hanging on a back wall for years need reviewing also, and now is the time to plan this change so when you roll the NBN into your business, you have the equipment that is compatible and cost effective to switch over with.

Com2 has specialists in all areas of business communications, and when it comes to NBN, there are only a limited number of specialists that Telstra has placed its trust in to deliver solutions to businesses and assist them in this migration process.

John Boshier, a corporate solutions manager at Com2, has this advise: "Get in early, plan your move to the NBN as it will be vital to have all the ducks lined up for when they switch your copper services off. Contact an expert, like Com2, and make sure your are working with them through the whole process. There is nothing like a good plan and perfect delivery to ensure your business is ready".

To contact Com2 Communications and organise some time with an NBN specialist, call 1800 266 628 or send an email to info@com2.com.au

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The Top 5 Business Phone Systems for your Business

by john

The configuration of your business phone system is one of the most significant contributors to the success and growth of your company. Industries are currently adjusting to the faster pace of merchandising, manufacturing and other business processes. In order to keep up with customer demand and client requests, your company needs a reliable system of communication to ensure consistent output from every department. Com2 Communications commits to providing you with a catalogue of quality phone systems from only the latest models supplied by the top manufacturers.

Avaya specialises in churning out efficient solutions while keeping the costs low for business owners. In addition to its commitment to quality, Avaya units apply the concept of flexibility in providing a selection of communication products. Avaya IP Office, as the name suggests, uses an Internet Protocol platform, where laptops, smartphones and even home phones can be included in the unified communication setup. Voicemail to Email also ensures that you don’t miss any important inquiries that could otherwise turn into profitable ventures.

Panasonic is focused on delivering excellence in providing solutions for business communications. Since its inception in 1918, the company has made it a point to integrate the usage of traditional phone solutions with the latest in telecommunications equipment. This approach allows businesses to reach as many clients as possible, without compromising the value of voice, sound and overall phone functionality. Panasonic has a wide range of telephone equipment, from digital phones with wireless mobility to systems that allow for up to 1000 extensions on a single setup.

Alcatel responds to client requests and demands, with much of the company philosophy focused on adjusting to existing trends and keeping systems available to updates. The end product of a phone system under Alcatel is scalable, allowing for integration of additional units and base components. The setup will make it possible to be at pace with the rate of growth the company undergoes. With this approach, you are assured that missed calls are avoided, leading to savings from the repair and travel budget.

The flagship products of EnGenius are the Long Range Handsets and Base stations often requested by businesses involved with fields or high rise construction and mining. The setup allows for uninterrupted communication for up to 6km in any direction. Each phone extension can have a distinct number, making it easy to establish contact with anyone anywhere on the location. The system is also ideal for work arrangements where movement is considered normal. If your staff needs to be able to freely roam and walk around to inspect sites or retrieve stock, the Long Range solution will work best.

For an in-depth analysis of which phone system can work best with your business, talk to one of the consultants at 1800 2666 28 today and let Com2 Communications contribute to your company’s success.

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The Top Mobile Devices for Businesses

by john

As a customer-focused business, you want to understand what consumers need and want in terms of convenience and access to your product. This is the reason why companies put a lot of effort into trying to keep abreast with the latest in technology and communications. Mobile phones are the primary tool of trade for providers and consumers alike and it’s essential for businesses to know which mobile brands are making waves in the market. This information will help you decide on which models should be on the top of the list to include in your companies asset inventory. In addition, knowing the technical specifications and advantages of each brand and model can help you determine which ones match your business methods.

Despite the rise in strong competition, Apple remains the leader in mobile preference among businesses. iPhone models are regularly released annually and continue display seamless functionality in all areas. The iPhone 5 is the latest release, while the iPad mini is being introduced as a viable alternative to bigger tablets.

Another popular phone brand is Blackberry. Blackberry was specifically designed to cater to business and you can count on the quality of functions that address corporate needs. With its own ability to maintain a network for integration with email, the Internet and social media, the brand is a favourite among managers and decision makers. If you need to setup your business to run on the Blackberry network, including its wide range of handset options, Com2 Communications can plot out an integration plan for your network.

HTC is also gaining ground in the world market through its vast selection of Android and Windows phones. Com2 Communications can handle the distribution of these units to your staff, regardless of the locations around Australia.

Other brands such as Nokia and Motorola are supplied by Com2 Communications as well. You may talk to consultants at 1800 2666 28 to see how mobile units from these top brands can be used to achieve your business goals.

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The Best Headsets for your business

by john

In order for business processes to function more smoothly, companies need to invest in communication tools of high quality and durability. If your trade is dependent on constant interaction with clients and conferences within office departments, then Com2 Communications can offer you top-of-the-line brands and designs for you to choose from.

Plantronics headsets come in five different models. The Savi 720 is energy efficient and automatically updates even when in a phone call. You can walk around with the CS540 while having a hands-free conversation within 100 meters of the base. The CS70N has noise-cancelling features and up to six hours of charge-less talk time, while the TriStar H81N is lightweight and a flexible receiver arm. Comfort will not be issue with the HW251N’s over-the-head ergonomic design.

Jabra lets you choose from six models. The PRO 9400 functions with a touch screen which can be integrated with mobile phones and PCs. The DECT™ 6.0 1.9 GHz technology utilised with GN9125 and 9120 models addresses issues with interference and sound distortion. For a more affordable option that does not compromise quality, try out the PRO 900 Series. The GN2100 and GN2000 Series adapt to the environment and adjust the output with the ultra noise-cancelling microphone. For services that require multiple stations and headsets, the BIZ™ 1900 Series is the reasonably priced choice.

Sennheiser presents three options from its wide range of world-class audio solutions. The DW Pro Series features hyper-quick charging to power an eight-hour workday. The user interface allows for more control in sharing with other users and desktops. BW 900 Plantronics headsets lets you switch from two interchangeable batteries, making unlimited talk time possible. The model’s goose-neck boom can be adjusted to result in a perfect fit.

Finally, the VMX Office demonstrates technology that contributes to a seamless experience with headset communication. ActiveGard™ frees you from the worry of clipping due to sudden surges in sound, while eSCO (extended Synchronous Connections) provides the ultimate solution for wireless communication by revolutionising Bluetooth audio links with higher quality interaction.

Com2 Communications provides you with the latest models and versions from the best manufacturers of quality headset solutions. Call 1800 2666 28 today and discuss the requirements of your business.

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Areas we service - Com2 will come to you!

by john

Com2 Communications has been providing Australian businesses with the latest in quality and reliable communication devices and systems for more than 12 years. Their commitment is to help connect companies, clients and departments no matter where they are in the country. In line with this focus to accessibility is the assurance of understanding the structure and technical specifications of the areas in order to maintain quality service for all business communications.

Brisbane blends the qualities of the ocean shores and the urban environment in creating a functioning city that relies on effective telephone solutions to drive the economy. Business communications can be made simpler through products offered by Com2 Communications such as IP telephone systems and client-focused processes for small businesses and large enterprises alike.

The tourism industry drives the economy of the Gold Coast, and you can expect that businesses receive regular inquiries even from abroad. Com2 Communications can set up your call centre and provide you with suggestions on how to maintain good customer service, leading to more loyal clients.

The majority of Canberra’s business environment is centred on public service. With this in mind, Com2 Communications is determined to ensure that the country’s government communications are never interrupted. This same commitment is applied to other sites as well. The partnership with Telstra is fully utilised in the area because of the presence of Telstra Tower.

The central business district of Sydney is home to the main offices of international brands and products. In keeping with the demands of requests from foreign and local counterparts, the pace is expected to be a notch higher than usual. Com2 Communications acknowledges the need to provide dependable communication systems to Gold Coast based companies. Affordable packages for mobile plans are made available for company staff and manpower.

Melbourne is a mecca of arts and sports, with a steady influx of tourists and visitors from all over Australia. With the Telstra Business Accredited team being available in the area, businesses gain access to services designed to improve billing methods and customised communication systems. Full Telstra IP Telephony Range (TIPT) for government organisations and enterprises is also offered.

Other areas such as Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, Byron Bay and Bathurst are also serviced by Com2 Communications. You may consult with their specialists at 1800 2666 28 to discuss the suitable options for your business.

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Need better mobile coverage??

by john

How to improve mobile coverage in your Office or Home

Many businesses struggle with mobile coverage. Much of this is to do with the provider you are with. If you would like to know why Telstra is the best choice for Mobile coverage, check my prior blog on "Which Mobile Carrier is best?"

But even with the best, sometimes the place you live, the office you work in, as soon as you step inside, the reception drops and the speed of the wireless broadband slows down and all of a sudden, your mobile phone becomes a brick!

What causes loss of coverage?

Well, there are many things that affect coverage the first would be line of site or proximity to a cell tower. Hills, valleys, large object such as buildings can make coverage a real challenge, also large masses of above ground water can create a barrier between you and the tower that is impenetrable. Some buildings are so well made that the mobile coverage can't seem to get in, and in cities or densely populated areas these issues can be magnified.

What can I do about poor coverage?

Luckily there are a few answers to this! Firstly, the phone you use matters.... With Telstra, there is a grading system for mobile phones. these range from "A" which is for metro zones (you live virtually on or next to a tower!) through to "C" and "Blue Tick" phones.

Blue tick phones are built to get the best possible coverage where ever you are. they have better antenna packages and they have had more money spent on the components that deliver a stronger signal, they also dedicate a little more battery power to the task when coverage is poor and therefore can at times use a battery faster than when you are in the city for example. This is the way most people have overcome coverage.

When this does not work, a product called Cel-Fi has been developed to work specifically with Telstra's 3G / NextG networks to deliver superior coverage and optimise data speeds when you have an office or home where coverage is a struggle in house. Cel-Fi is a setup consisting of two units that work to get you firstly a good signal, then lock it in! Then it has a clever wireless network system that allows you to put the Coverage distribution into a part of the house that would not have received coverage without it! Amazing! Click here to read a little more of Cell-Fi.

We hope this helps! and if there is any questions you have in relation to mobile coverage for your business, please contact us! We're the experts!

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Relocating your Business?

by john

Need help building a strategy to relocate your business?

So, your lease has expired or you are ready to upsize and you have spotted the new dream property to house your business, but we all know the idea of moving your business is a daunting one - how will you manage the move, who will look after what, will I lose my customers?  Here are some thoughts we have on relocating that makes it more enjoyable....

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Plan it well: Relocating your business is more than picking up and putting it down again at the new place, it is about building a team of experts and project managers to take care of the big things, and the smaller things. Com2 can help you relocate your business communications, phone lines, internet and infrastructure, and the movers can pack and deliver to the new site, but here are a few more tips for you to consider if you are relocating your business

Make a celebration of it: It is all how it is positioned and sold to your customer base. There is cause for celebration that this change has been made possible by your loyal customers supporting you over the years of your company's growth. You are rewarding your clients with a new positive location with improved features, store design and merchandise!

Contact your existing Customers: each of you customers is an investment of time, commitment and energy that has to be maintained. Try to make it super easy for them to understand your business relocation by in store marketing pamphlets or on their dockets and invoices. Your relocation should be about keeping your customers and adding new ones so market as much as possible to this database and ask them to spread the word. It is cheaper to keep your current customer than it is to build new ones!

Over Communicate, and did I say Over communicate!! If you think you have done enough to let people know where you are relocating to, double your effort! It is better to be safe than sorry. You may understand you are moving, and by now it is getting a little hectic, but you must make sure you do not inconvenience one customer who is going to be a return customer. Start your messages early, and keep it up until you have moved, make the last communication a map with a voucher, make people follow you for a reason!

Business Relocations

Pictures say more than words!: People are inherently directionally challenged! giving them a map to reference off and a picture of the new location helps them visualise the new path to your newly relocated business! Just as importantly, get your signage up as early as possible at the new location, it lets the existing customers see the new shop and potential new customers know what is coming

Create an Incentive: I mentioned it before, but I can't emphasise enough, an incentive will bring individuals for a look around. Promote your business relocation with similar vigour as you would a grand opening. Once you have got them there, encourage them to connect to social media and keep marketing to them, this is a vital part of the communication loop and keeps your customers coming back time and time again.

The Grand Re-Grand Opening! Celebrate! Have your most loyal customers come along and bring a friend. Invite the news papers and any press you can get to the event to get as much free publicity as you can to get a return on this investment. Get your brand out and about in you new locality, mail drops (with that incentive!) will get local people talking and referring before you know it.

Planning your business relocation is an exciting time in any business, and with Com2 on your side, we can make your business move stress free and easier to manage.

Contact us today on 1800 266 628

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Apple iOS 6 is Out!!

by john

iOS 6 - The Top 6 Reasons to get it!!!

Ahh... you sip on your coffee, plug in you iPhone to the trusty computer and iOS6 is here!!assets/iOS 6 from Apple.jpg

It's a great morning!! All I need now is my iPhone 5!

But in the mean time, I can play with my iPhone 4S which has just become all shiny again due to the Latest software update from Apple.

Here are 6 Reasons why to upgrade your old iPhone to iOS 6:

1. SIRI: As if we were not lazy enough..., SIRI now does everything. time for us to find a comfortable charir and look impressive! SIRI will tweet for you upon command, book a restaurant for your anniversary, order your movie tickets and do it in many more languages.Time to fire the personal assistant and figure out how to pay your iPhone.... now there is a concept for itunes!

2. MAPS: Apples reviewed its relationship with google, and... well... there was this little thing niggling at them called Android! google maps just became that last fax you 3-pointed into the waste basket! Apple has produced an entirely new maps platform that includes 3D imaging of landscapes and functions as a GPS navigator, providing similar traffic reporting functionality, fly-over, and whit an update to come for Australia, there is a touted turn-by-turn driving experience akin to a Navman. We just ost one more device out of our cars!

3. FACEBOOK: If you are a face book fan, you will love this. The ewase of updating location, images and status with the helpful assistance from SIRI, your facebook world just got smaller! No longer will you be missing birthdays or significant events with the abailty for your calneders and facebook to unite to keep you virtually in touch with everyone!

4. SHARED PHOTOS: iCloud has had some improvements with the ability for us to now elect a number of people to share our lives with, if they were not lready followeing your every move on twitter and facebook! This will make it even easier and keep an ey for more improvements to come!

5. PASSBOOK: We are all going to miss scruffling through our shoulder bags looking for boarding passes, dumping the content of our wallets looking for coffee cards, coupons, movie tickets and anything else you used to have to keep in your pocket! Not only this, but the word is, if you are close enough to a "special" your trusty iPhone will let you know about it. We slowly get closer to tom cruise's Minority report with our iphones marketing just to us! It will even let us know if the boarding pass we have in our pocket is part of a delayed flight! Who would have thought!

6. FACETIME: This has been an "about time" upgrade for Apple. In the industry, they have really lacked on this front and the bug bear of finding a WiFi hotspot to face time the family has now been overcome with allowing me to use the NextG network and 4G LTE to its absolute best. Needless to say, you would be mad to do this on any other network apart from Telstra, otherwise back to the WiFi for you!

SO, plug in, log on, download and update because no matter what Device you are using, the iOS6 upgrade will bring a new flavour to your Apple device!

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iPhone 5..... Which Mobile Carrier Network is best???

by john

If you have invested in the latest technology, don't skimp on the best network!

So... you have purchased one of the latest and thinnest devices in the market, changed your life to revolve around this device in your poket and now you look to which network to go with....

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