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The IT Manager's Wish List

Updated: January 06, 2011

SEATTLE, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Speakeasy (www.speakeasy.net), a Best Buy company (NYSE: BBY) and one of the nation's leading broadband and voice service providers, is helping IT managers fulfill their holiday wish lists with technologies and services addressing some of the hottest voice and data trends of the year. With the approaching holidays and budget planning under way, IT managers should be looking at five key trends to ensure their companies ring in the New Year with cheer.

"We're seeing a pattern where some of the hottest IT trends in communications are also those that provide the greatest cost and time savings," said Bruce Chatterley, Speakeasy CEO. "Today's customers want to be as productive as possible, in and out of the office, and they need the tools to do so. Seamless integration with office and mobile phones, replacing traditional phone services with Voice over IP, and increasing broadband speed with Business Ethernet are all substantial needs we're seeing from our customers right now."

The top five information technology wishes, as identified by Speakeasy, include:

Faster broadband, bigger pipes

With the amount of activity small businesses are conducting electronically - from emailing medical records, to advertising comps, to data storage - there's an increased need for more bandwidth. And with more employees using social media, emailing, searching the web and using Voice over IP, reliability and guaranteed upload and download speeds are critically important. To make this wish a reality, Speakeasy is offering the first month free on its fastest broadband speeds - between 3 and 20 Mbps - including free installation. For more information, visit www.speakeasy.net/promos/thinkbig/.

Freedom from the phone company

As Voice over IP (VoIP) gains in popularity, more businesses are freeing themselves from traditional phone services. Speakeasy Business Voice helps businesses shave costs - up to 45 percent - off their traditional phone service while providing advanced features such as Find Me/Follow Me, Remote Office and Voicemail as Email. Additionally, hosted voice services eliminate costly move/add/change fees and the costs associated with acquiring and maintaining a premises-based PBX. See how Web comic Penny Arcade saved 50 percent over any other voice service they researched by switching to Speakeasy Hosted Voice services. www.speakeasy.net/casestudies/pennyarcade.php

Freedom from the cubicle

The lines between personal and company time are becoming increasingly blurred. Whether physically in the office or not, many businesses expect their employees to be available at all times. Speakeasy Business Voice customers can take advantage of many features that make working remotely even more productive. With hosted voice's Find Me/Follow Me functionality, users can give out just one number and be reached wherever they go. In addition to not missing important calls, this allows them to avoid juggling multiple phone numbers and keep home and mobile numbers private. Speakeasy also recently launched EasyVoice Mobile(TM) for iPhone, bringing all of the benefits of Speakeasy Hosted Voice with you wherever you go. For more information and to download EasyVoice Mobile, visit www.speakeasy.net/iphone/.

Phones that do the work for you

In a climate where budget cuts and busy schedules force us to hold many meetings via phone, hardware has become even more important and sub-par phones can ruin a meeting. Speakeasy has just launched two new Polycom phones with advanced features such as echo-cancellation, a large backlit color display, a built-in dual Gigabit Ethernet switch and Polycom's Acoustic Clarity technology (for unsurpassed voice quality). Find out more about the IP 670 and the IP 6000 at http://www.speakeasy.net/business/voip/howitworks/hardware.php.

Fewer bills

With the rise of intricately linked phone and Internet services, having one bill for both voice and data services makes things easier for customers. Additionally, for businesses with multiple offices, having one provider means not having to deal with multiple invoices from different regional providers. Speakeasy aims to simplify the process for the customer, including a single supplier, single bill, single support interface and simple, predictable pricing.

For more information, visit www.speakeasy.net/ or call 866-556-5829.

About Speakeasy

Speakeasy is one of the nation's leading broadband and voice (VoIP) service providers. Speakeasy helps small businesses succeed by offering simplified voice and data solutions that improve the customer experience, increase employee productivity and help cut costs. Based in Seattle, Speakeasy has provided award-winning customer service since 1994 and joined the Best Buy family of companies in April 2007, working with Best Buy For Business to champion technology for small businesses throughout the U.S. Visit Speakeasy at www.speakeasy.net or call 800.556.5829. Follow Speakeasy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/speakeasynet.

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