K-12 institutions can greatly benefit from the cost-savings associated with Hosted VoIP phone services.
In today’s fast moving world, new technologies, targeted for K-12, are emerging daily. The demand on educators and K-12 IT Departments to keep pace continues to grow. The pounding question is: Who do you
trust and what technology solution will you use to address evolving telephone communication needs?
For the past 15 years WindCircle Network, Inc. has offered their unique services and communication solutions to help educators, K-12 administrators, IT Departments, and students adapt to changing needs through
the use of critical software and technologies. Our E-Rate Eligible, Priority One, Hosted iVoIP Solution will fit seamlessly into any communication infrastructure – without taking it over or breaking it’s
WindCircle is currently working with Native American schools (BIE), individual state education-networks, large and small districts, remote, rural, or metropolitan schools, and certainly all types of K-12
educators to maximize their voice technology investments. WindCircle’s Hosted iVoIP Service is a fully integrated technology solution that changes how “telephone service” is used and viewed.
This Interconnected VoIP (iVoIP) Solution is a Priority One Service and Qualifies for E-Rate funding. It brings Flexibility and Incredible Telecom Cost Savings to Schools.
Most school customers who have selected WindCircle’s K-12 Offering enjoy a 15 – 30 percent savings on their current telecom bill beginning with their first month of usage!
The E-Rate program was created in 1996 to provide advanced services to public and nonprofit schools and libraries. Each year, approximately $2.25 billion dollars are budgeted to enable E-Rate eligible
schools and libraries to purchase procure these advanced services at a discounted rate. The E-Rate discount ranges from 20 – 90 percent and is based on the number of students that participate in the free and reduced
E-Rate is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and is funded through a Universal Service fee that is charged to telecommunications
companies that provide interstate and/or international telecommunications services.
We have included a few articles and links to information from the USAC website to make it as easy as possible for you to navigate the world of E-Rate. The articles cover the topics:
The WindCircle Network Purchasing Advantage for K-12 was envisioned as a customizable Hosted VoIP Service providing unique partner Telecom Services.
According to the Aberdeen Group: 72 percent of organizations were able to achieve a return on their unified communications investment within the first 12 months, and 99 percent were able to achieve ROI within the first
Lower costs for equipment, better administrative tools, elimination of Long Distance charges and more intuitive handsets and desktop applications are making Hosted VoIP a “must have” option for colleges of virtually any size. WindCircle’s Hosted VoIP Solution can eliminate unnecessary fees associated with legacy telephony solutions and allow your organization to focus attention on
increased functionality, new efficiencies and reduced per line costs.
National Partners, Unique Services/Portfolio
The WindCircle VoIP Solution includes best in class National Communication Companies, which offer their unique services and portfolio of products. These partners were chosen to enhance the customization
power of WindCircle’s Hosted VoIP Services. Our approach to working with all K-12 Schools provides an ever widening source of complimentary technology capable of full integration with the VoIP Solution. We
provide a unified utility-model for all invoicing of services.
Basics of WindCircle’s Advantages
The WindCircle K-12 Offering is built upon a technology that is also known as “Communications as a Service” (CaaS) and it is a Hosted VoIP Solution, from Wind Circle Network.
This Solution makes telephone communications equivalent to electricity – it makes it a service you can plug into and pay for monthly.
Plainly stated, it’s a telephone service - with major advantages for you!
It allows you stop purchasing expensive hardware that will become obsolete!
It doesn’t put additional burdens on the limited resource that is your IT department.
Our base price includes features you pay extra for with legacy Centrex.
You no longer have to pay for domestic Long Distance charges.
It lets you maintain telephone communications in the event of an unforeseen emergency.
You get cutting-edge tools
It has advanced, real time, two way communication capabilities that give you cutting-edge technology tools including (but not limited to):
Find Me/Follow Me (a feature enabling calls to ring to 3 devices simultaneously).
Built-in circuit redundancy (you can use the Internet to continue making/receiving calls if your primary circuit is unavailable).
Voice Mail to Email (voicemail messages are sent to you as Emails). Mobility and remote workforce options are just some of the applications that are standard to the WindCircle offering.
Our Solution is perfect for any client, business, government agency, student and faculty population suffering under limited IT resources and trying to manage through an ever eroding telecom budget.
How We Work With You
WindCircle looks forward to providing you with a free customized design and strategic design quote upon request. We will also provide you with a Statement of Work
to reflect an industry leading, competitive, and fully integrated pricing configuration. There are no competitive bidders that can match it!
How Our Technology Works
What Our Solution "Is"
The Hosted VoIP Solution provided by WindCircle provides PBX-type telephony services (voice-telephone) with no hidden fees attached. WindCircle’s Hosted VoIP Solution has more advanced features
than those available with Centrex.
Long Distance charges are eliminated with this advanced, real time, two-way communication service that provides some of the most feature-rich system communication services available. Current
customers have realized between 15 & 30 percent savings over legacy Centrex service.
Enterprise-level Advanced Technology for All
The Solution provides MPLS WAN Management, a 24/7 Fully Redundant, National VoIP Network, with CPE redundancy and WAN failover in multiple locations on an organization’s campus. The opportunity for a
single point of failure in your telecommunications network is drastically eliminated.
A major leap forward from legacy Centrex services, our Solution enables the use of advanced communication tools and affordable redundancy options at competitive prices.
Customer Calls Delivered Via
Our Hosted VoIP (voice-telephone) Service is delivered from the Data Center & Soft Switch Platform EvolveIP “owns” out to WindCircle’s customer locations.
To gain access to the Hosted VoIP Solution, you need to connect to the Wind Circle cloud using:
High-capacity point to point circuits such as those configured for MPLS. If most of your traffic originates and terminates on your voice network, we can make sure the majority of your calls never leave your network by extending our infrastructure to you.
A Broadband Internet connection (typically used as your Business Continuity redundant connection).
Access into a state-wide network such as the Illinois Century Network.
When your call touches the Wind Circle Cloud, not only do you get access to advanced telephony features, but you stop paying for domestic Long Distance. This includes calls terminating on:
Land-line phones (using the PSTN)
Standard cellular phones (using the PSTN and a providers Cellular network)
Voice networks connnecting into State-sponsored networks such as the Illinois Century Network
Cellular Smartphones (when these phones run a standard SIP application, domestic Long Distance fees are avoided).
Other providers charge extra for many of the below standard services of WindCircle’s Hosted VoIP Service. The competition regards the following features as requiring another installation fee, and monthly service fee on top of the base monthly charged per user/seat in their cost models.
Call Forwarding – Busy
Call Forwarding – Don’t Answer
Call Forwarding – Variable Unlimited
Direct Inward Dial (DID) to Direct Outward Dial (DOD) Transfer
Directed Call Pickup
Message Waiting Indicator
Other items that may bring extra costs include:
and even voice mail box charges
With WindCircle’s Service Solution all of these features are Standard Service Offerings. And this set of features is included in the low monthly base Service Price, with “no hidden charges.”
So remember, when considering all the choices for Telephony Services, and total Telecom Solutions available for your strategic communications needs, a true to exact design,
full cost evaluation needs to be figured into the equation. You must ask for and know what features are included in the base monthly service fee per user/seat.
With WindCircle’s Network Hosted VoIP Service – we provide that estimate and pre-planned cost analysis to you free. We will work with you to gain the Purchasing Advantages that
WindCircle has committed to.