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FCC Won’t Find Bill Shock with Davinci Virtual Offices

Without automatic usage alerts, it can be hard to know when you’re running up a surprisingly high wireless bill. The FCC’s Consumer and Intergovernmental Affairs Bureau is recommending strategies to avoid bill shock:

  1. Understand your calling pattern for making voice calls, and ask your carrier for a plan that would be best for your kind of use.

  2. If you are an infrequent phone user, consider a pre-paid plan. Because you “pre-pay” for all your minutes, these plans make it impossible to go over your set limit.

  3. Understand what your roaming charges are and where you will incur them.

  4. Understand your options for data and text plans.

  5. If you expect to be taking your phone outside the U.S. and potentially using it for voice or data (including email), make certain to find out beforehand what charges may apply.

  6. Ask how your carrier can help you avoid bill shock – with phone or text alerts, by letting you monitor your account online, or by giving you other information.

  7. If you have tried to resolve the issue with your carrier and cannot reach an acceptable resolution, complain to the FCC.


When you use Davinci virtual offices, you can avoid bill shock. That’s because virtual offices from Davinci Virtual come at a set price. You can rent a virtual office for as little as $75 a month in cities like Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Diego, Chicago—and all 50 U.S. states.

Unlike many of Davinci Virtual’s competitors, the virtual office you rent offers a base rate that is all-inclusive. That means you won’t be shocked by additional fees for long distance, toll free minutes, call patching, voicemail, faxes, conference calling and so on.

As a matter of fact, even scheduling, order processing and outbound sales/customer service calls by Davinci’s virtual receptionists are included in the base rate you pay for your virtual office set up. The only additional cost you would see is based on call volume or by adding additional voicemail boxes to your virtual office system.

With Davinci Virtual, you also avoid long-term contracts for your virtual office. You rent a virtual office for a six-month period, but all other services, like live receptionist and communications contracts, run on a month-to-month term and you can cancel at any time.

Watch this FCC video explaining the concept of bill shock:

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Could A Virtual Office Keep You from Having a Heart Attack?

Are you a workaholic? Do you work more than 10 hours a day? If so, you may be doing damage to your heart. So says a study from researchers from the United Kingdom, Finland and France published in Tuesday's European Heart Journal.

The Whitehall II study, which tracked more than 10,000 British civil servants since 1985, suggests that adding three or more hours to a seven-hour day increase the chances of heart attack, angina and death from cardiovascular disease by 60 percent compared to people who don't work overtime.

“Employees with the highest risk of coronary heart disease claimed to work 11 to 12 hours per day, a most unusual work pattern certainly in the European context,” wrote Gordon McInnes, a professor of clinical pharmacology at the University of Glasgow. “Overtime-induced work stress might contribute to a substantial proportion of cardiovascular disease.”

Employees may be able to shave some time off their work day by working in a virtual office. Virtual offices set the stage for greater productivity and less stress. Rather than fighting the traffic, this telecommuting option allows you to work from a home office. By starting your work day before most people get to their desks, you can take advantage of that quiet time in your virtual office to work without distractions. Ultimately, that can help you accomplish much more in much less time.

A virtual office also drives productivity by letting you tap into technologies and services like web conferencing—which limits time-consuming face-to-face meetings—and virtual receptionist services that can screen calls so you aren't interrupted while working on an important project. If we are to believe this study, a virtual office could actually play some small role in saving your life!

A virtual office is also less expensive than traditional office space. You can rent a virtual office for about $75 in many metropolitan cities around the United States, like Atlanta, Detroit, Boston and Los Angeles. That gives you a prestigious business address, an 800 or local phone number and access to conference room and day office space if you need to meet with a client in person.

Check out this video on losing sleep and how it relates to heart attacks...

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How to Set Up a Wireless Virtual Office

If you haven't yet gone wireless in your virtual office, the Wi-Fi Alliance and Wireless Gigabit Alliance are giving you one more reason to make the move: speed.

The groups are sharing technology specifications to develop a next-generation program to support Wi-Fi in the 60 GHz frequency band. That means better wireless performance for your wireless devices.

"There is no question that this agreement will enable 60 GHz technology to form an important part of the high-performance future for wireless networking," says Phil Solis, practice director for Wireless Connectivity at ABI Research. "By cooperating, the groups have set a course for interoperability and backward compatibility that will accelerate the adoption and usefulness of multi-gigabit wireless networking."

What all this means to you is your laptop will run faster from your wireless router—and so will any other Internet connected devices you operate from your virtual office. With faster data transfer speeds, it makes it more convenient to tap into services like Davinci Virtual's web conferencing solution without fear of the presentations lagging through slower speeds.

Chances are, if you are one of the cutting-edge mobile professionals who depend on virtual office technologies, you've been waiting desperately for faster wireless speeds. The partnership between the Wi-Fi Alliance and the Gigabit Alliance could not only set the stage for faster connections on the home front, but as airports, hotels and coffee shops also adopt the technology you'll get faster connections while you are on the go.

If you are still exploring the possibilities of setting up a wireless virtual office, check out this user-friendly tutorial video on how to set up a wireless network. It's simple!

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Virtual Offices Help Nashville Flood Victims Continue Business

As flood waters begin to recede in Tennessee, volunteers are coming on the scene to help clean up a devastated Nashville. One organization, Hands On Nashville, is overseeing 12,000 volunteers while Volunteer Tennessee is taking emergency donations to help families whose homes were destroyed by the floodwaters and celebrities are donating monies to help victims.

According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the waters that hit Nashville qualify as a 1,000-year flood, which means it was an event that could be expected to happen once in every 1,000 years. The Army Corps of Engineers said the flash nature of the flood made damages unavoidable. Downtown Nashville has a small advantage because of topography, but flooding has also damaged the city’s core.

Our customers in Nashville can rest assured that virtual office service is not interrupted. With a virtual office in Nashville, clients can still rely on a local or 800 number for clients to call.

Remote receptionists are still scheduling appointments, making outbound sales calls, receiving messages and forwarding calls to victims of the flood. And our Live Web Chat service is still helping Nashville customers generate leads online.

Our Nashville customers affected by the flood can still do business by renting day offices in other Tennessee cities. Davinci Virtual has network partners in Brentwood, Memphis, Franklin and Knoxville standing by with office space. Davinci Virtual also allows customers to tap into Cisco’s WebEx web conferencing technology to avoid complete interruption of business meetings where travel is not an option.

Check out this video that shows the Nashville 1,000-year flood:

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Boost Your Productivity with Virtual Office Technologies

Productivity, the output per hour worked, is key measure economists review on a quarterly basis—and it looks good in the U.S. for the first three months of the year. Productivity rose 3.6 percent in the first quarter of 2010.

Many companies looking to improve productivity are turning to virtual offices. The virtual office can make you and your employees more productive in several ways.

A virtual receptionist can field and screen calls, take messages, or forward calls to you wherever you are. A virtual receptionist can even make appointments and take orders, freeing your staff to focus on more vital aspects of day to day business.

Similarly, virtual office technologies like Live Web Chat can address consumer questions about products and services you have for sale on your web site. In this way, you can get stronger, more qualified leads so you can close the sale.

Another way to improve productivity with virtual office technologies is through web conferencing. Davinci Virtual has a partnership with Cisco to offer WebEx web conferencing at an attractive rate. By relying on web conferencing, you can avoid traveling for face to face meetings and share information in real-time.

It’s likely that one of your competitors is already using virtual office space and virtual office technologies. Davinci Virtual has virtual office space in 700 locations around the world, and even state in the United States. Whether you need a virtual office space in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle or Tampa, Davinci Virtual has the tools and technologies you need to make your workforce more productive.

Check out this video on boosting your personal productivity from motivational speaker Brian Tracy:

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