TalkingNets Offers Bundled Service in D.C.
Bundled voice/data service targets small companies that have outgrown dial-up or digital subscriber line service but do not want to pay for traditional T1 lines.With a staff of 32 nurses and clerical workers who need to communicate among four offices and with doctors on the road throughout the day, Advanced Surgery in Rockville, Md., was accustomed to paying high local telephone charges plus additional fees for transmitting medical data locally. Looking for faster data speeds, but not prepared to pay for traditional T1 lines, the company decided to try a bundled voice/data service from TalkingNets Inc., a competitive local exchange carrier based in Wilmington, N.C. Kara Vittetoe, practice administrator at Advance Surgery, estimates that her company will save between $15,000 and $20,000 in telecommunications bills over the coming year. Additionally, the new system provides her staff with features and efficiencies they didnt have before. "It has a beautiful user screen; its small; its light; it is its own computer," Vittetoe said about the Cisco Systems Inc. IP phones purchased with the TalkingNets service. "Its the difference between driving a Hyundai and a Rolls Royce."
TalkingNets targets companies with up to 100 employees that have outgrown dial-up or digital subscriber line service but do not want to pay for traditional T1 lines in addition to their local and long distance voice services. TalkingNets on Tuesday will trumpet the launch of its services (which have been commercially available since April) for small and mid-sized business in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.