Last year, Alan Masarek made news as he left Google to become Vonage’s new CEO.
The president certainly has different calling needs than the average person, but there’s no reason VoIP couldn’t be a great service for the president, just like anyone else. And with lots of security agencies and government institutions adopting VoIP everyday, maybe the commander-in-chief will become a customer, too.
The needs of the president don’t have to be any different than yours. He wants to save money on phone service just like you do, and with VoIP, he can do that and much more. His position might have higher priorities, but at the end of the day the president is still a consumer looking to make his life easier. So in honor of Presidents’ Day, find out how VoIP can benefit you and the leader of the free world alike!
The president represents the entire United States. As such, he is likely to make a lot of calls to leaders of foreign countries, to discuss foreign policy, or simply to make travel arrangements.
With VoIP, the president can make those calls without worrying about high per-minute rates. He can have the freedom to call anywhere in the world, and the comfort of knowing he’s getting the lowest rates around.
A call to France, for example, can be as little as $0.02 per minute with a provider like ITP. And in some cases, a provider will offer international calling to pre-selected countries at no extra charge.
It’s true that marketing calls are becoming less common, but when you’re the president it’s likely the amount of calls from unknown or unwanted numbers is still extremely high. A feature like call blocking, however, can ensure that only the most trusted of numbers gets through. It can be as simple as blocking unwanted numbers, or as complex as creating a white list, either way the president has options.
Call blocking lets the president pick individual numbers to block based on past history. If a call comes in from an unwanted number, the president can take note of the number, and ensure the number never call him again
To take the call blocking a step further, the president’s staff could use a white list feature to filter out all the calls he doesn’t want, not just prevent certain calls.
Any call with the president is likely to be one that must be carefully monitored and scrutinized. A feature like call recording can ensure the Secret Service, or any other important security offices, have a professional record of the president’s calls.
Several VoIP providers offer this feature, which lets the subscriber record any call they make, and store it within their account. And then they can access that call records any time for further review.
The president can’t be in a million different places at once, but with the use of a VoIP provider’s IP video calling feature he can seemingly be at two places at once. Using software that many provider’s offer for free, the president can place calls over the computer, or on a mobile device, that feature picture and audio.
The people receiving the video call must be using the same software, but if they do, the president would be able to see and hear them as well. The most obvious use of a feature like this would be interaction with his family members while away, but he could also use it for public speeches.
Nothing beats seeing the president in person, but oftentimes the dangers of public appearances are far too high. There is a lot of planning that goes into any public event featuring the president, and there are probably a few instances where he chooses not to go. With video calling, he can deliver inspiring speeches worry free.
With a provider like Phone.com, the president would have access to a unique feature like Caller Analytics, which uses a caller’s area code to identify specific characteristics about them. Some of the categories by which the service can identify callers include demographic description, behavior, and social status.
A feature like this would allow the president and his staff to identify which types of individuals are making calls to his office, and learn more about their demographic. If his staff noticed he was receiving a lot of calls from lower income families in a particular region, for example, they could schedule a public appearance where the president could talk about tax benefits coming those individuals’ way.