DIY Your Phone System! BetterWorld's special offer through March 30, 2012

BetterWorld Telecom and TechSoup have a special offer for eligible U.S. libraries and nonprofits. From now until March 30, the administrative fee for BetterWorld audio conferencing services has been reduced from $35 to $10.

  • Use your existing phone systems for teleconferencing (BetterWorld's hosted VoIP services are not required, but the two can be used together). BetterWorld's audio conferencing services allow participants to connect through a toll-free 800 number.
  • Replace a traditional phone system with a software-based virtual system through BetterWorld's hosted VoIP services. Incoming and outgoing calls are transmitted through VoIP technology over a high-speed Internet connection, which can be provided by BetterWorld or any high-speed Internet service provider.

BetterWorld's VoIP services also allow you to employ what is referred to as unified communications (UC) — an integrated system of multiple communication services like telephony, call control, voicemail, email, fax, and presence information (a user's availability status) that can be accessed from any location (such as multiple library branches) with a phone, mobile phone, or any Internet-connected device. For example, faxes and voicemails can be received as email messages, and users can place calls or access other in-office voice services remotely through a web interface.

TechSoup considers this BetterWorld offering a GreenTech product because it allows staff to work remotely but access services typically available from the office, therefore reducing travel, office space, and hardware requirements and minimizing an organization's environmental footprint.

Consult the eligibility and restrictions page to review your library's eligibility to participate in this program.