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October 20, 2009Love Story? Virtual Office Workers Find a 'Match' with Phone.com
By Amy Tierney, TMCnet Web Editor
Stuck in a one-sided, controlling relationship that seems to be going nowhere? Phone.com wants to help.
The Livingston, N.J.-based provider of VoIP phone services is building off the popularity of Internet dating to promote its Virtual Office services with an online video.
The video, posted on Phone.com (News - Alert) and on the Virtual Office channel on TMCnet, features a woman giving a video testimonial describing her ideal “relationship.” The roughly 90-second video mimics footage people might typically find on a dating service.
“I’m ready for a real relationship at this point, so if you’ve got issues with reliability, [you’re] probably not a fit,” the woman said. “You need to be available, first of all. I mean, like really available.”
The small business owner woman describes her need for flexibility and the ability to reach someone late at night.
“My last relationship, I shouldn’t even call it that,” the woman said. “They had control issues. They felt like I should stay with them no matter what, like sign a contract, the whole thing. But meanwhile, they could drop me anytime they felt like it.”
“I am looking for an open relationship, I’ll just be clear,” she continued. “I mean, sometimes I work in the car. Sometimes I work out of state. Sometimes I will work in my pajamas. I need somebody mature, somebody that will grow with me.”
The video cuts back to a final scene with the woman’s answer. And the result is Phone.com.
“My match is Phone.com,” the woman said. “Looks like a match.”
Phone.com’s Virtual Office services lets users access messages through an account and play the messages back through a computer. They also connect businesses during close hours, as owners and employees can listen, view, play and call back voicemails. Users can also obtain a local phone number in nations all over the globe.
With Virtual Office, SMBs can project a big business image, without the large cost. With a Phone.com virtual office, monthly phone and fax costs are remain low while businesses enjoy features on a small business budget. Plans start at $9.88 a month, according to company officials.
Phone.com also offers a Virtual Number service, which lets users pick a phone number to serve as their primary number for their cell, land line, or VoIP phones. The service gives people the option to control the location of calls and messages.
Amy Tierney is a Web editor for TMCnet, covering unified communications, telepresence, IP communications industry trends and mobile technologies. To read more of Amy's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Amy Tierney
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