Orignally posted 20 February 2007 by Small Biz Resource

ConnectMe adds muscle to smartphones, with no hassle

By John Mello

Smartphones can give you a lot of oomph in your hand, but if you really want to take advantage of that oomph, you need some muscle at the back end of your wireless connection. That usually takes the form of a mobile PBX — something small businesses with tight budgets aren’t inclined to spend dough on. This month, though, a Manalapan, N.J. company called ConnectMe Mobile launched a hosted service that will give you a virtual mobile PBX for as little as $6 per user.

The service is easily deployed and configured by people with limited technical skills and does not require any equipment to be purchased or installed. That makes it ideal for home-based businesses or small businesses with employees in many locations.

Read the entire article here.

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Orginally posted 9 March 2007 by The Smart PDA

SmartPDAThere’s a new mobile business service provider on the block, and it’s called ConnectMe Mobile. It promises to supply “mobile professionals” and small businesses a “comprehensive suite of mobility applications.” Or in layman’s terms, tools that will supposedly ensure the users’ ability to communicate with each other, or have access to important documents wherever they are.

But even if smartphones and PDAs figure greatly in ConnectMe’s scheme, so do faxes, PCs, laptops, and other gadgets. You name it, it’s involved. So I’m letting Shawn of BootStrapMe continue his coverage of the service. His business outlook presents a holistic assessment of ConnectMe Mobile.

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Originally published for the March 2006 edition of Small Business Technology Magazine

Small Business Technology Magazine“Criminal defense attorneys must stay connected to clients, colleagues and important documents. We adopted a mobility strategy using smartphones and ConnectMe Mobile ensuring all calls are answered and for immediate access to critical documents, especially while in court or a deposition without a laptop or the ability to answer phones.”

- Mario Gallucci, partner with Helbock, Nappa and Gallucci, New York, NY

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Originally posted 5 March 2007 by Smallbiztechnology.com

by Ramon Ray

Having fax, document sharing, voice mail, “virtual PBX” functionality and other features is pretty easy to do with many virtual phone systems and/or IP based PBX systems. Combine these with a server and you’ve pretty much got a decent mobile solution.

When you’re on the road a combination of cell phone and notebook computer is all you’ll need.

But there’s a problem.

  1. Often these systems are not as seamlessly integrated as you’d like and
  2. What if you don’t want to carry your notebook everyone. Frankly, I’ve seen guys with a notebook, cell phone and Black Berry.

What to do?

This is where ConnectMe Mobile comes in.

The ConnectMe Mobile service transforms a smartphone into a fully-featured mobile PBX. ConnectMe Mobile also adds a secure, encrypted connection to shared and personal folders on a hosted network drive allowing companies to manage and collaborate on thousands of documents. ConnectMe Mobile’s personal fax view lets users point and drag faxes allowing for easy reading of multi-page faxes. ConnectMe Mobile users can access and change all of their settings directly from their smartphone, ensuring maximum mobility.

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Originally posted 15 February 2007 by Bootstrapme.com

by Shawn Hessinger

Today’s entrepreneur needs a way to stay connected.

A way to make sure you’re not missing calls or unreachable at a crucial moment.

The bootstrap entrepreneur who can’t afford a big office and may be working out of his apartment or his car while visiting clients and working toward those first important sales needs a way to level the playing field.

A way to look and sound as professional as the big guy and to inspire confidence in the people he makes his initial pitches to.

And wouldn’t it be great if you could send and receive faxes and even documents, look at them, even edit and return them, all while on the go or having a cappuccino at a café between appointments?

And, of course, for the bootstrap entrepreneur the whole thing would have to be provided for an attractive price.

How about [$14.95] per month?

Well, dream no longer, say Scott Seltzer and Benjamin A. Stolz of ConnectMe Mobile.

Read the rest of this series at Bootstrapme.com

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Originally posted 12 February 2007 by
Pocket PC Thoughts

by Jon Westfall


Recognizing that business is increasingly conducted outside an office environment, ConnectMe Mobile built its service to enable the mobile employees of small businesses to have a fully-featured communications suite as well as to work collaboratively on documents in real-time regardless of their location or the availability of laptops, desktop PCs and fax machines while away from the office. Enabling this level of mobile business communication, collaboration and connectivity is ConnectMe Mobile’s unique integration of the Windows Mobile smartphone with the company’s proven ‘virtual PBX’ platform that already provides tens of thousands of small business users with communication services. Complementing its document management and mobility capabilities, the ConnectMe Mobile service is easily deployed and configured by people with limited or no technical skills and does not require any equipment to be purchased or installed, making it ideal for home-based businesses or small businesses with employees in many locations.

Read the complete article at Pocket PC Thoughts.

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Originally posted 12 February 2007 by 606Tech.com

By, Kristen Nicole

ConnectMe Mobile is a business solutions service that turns your smartphone into your home office, so that you can be productive from anywhere at anytime. Its features include document management, visual voicemail, and other important functions that are lacking with cell phones, and even smartphones. ConnectMe Mobile does all this by turning smartphones into a mobile PBX (Private Branch Exchange phone system). Their service really represents the ongoing merger between our most popular and useful technologies, proving that most of our devices won’t be replaced, but combined with functions that increase communication capabilities.

Read the complete interview with Scott Seltzer, CEO of ConnectMe Mobile, at 606Tech.com.

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Originally posted 12 February 2007 by TMCnet

One of the biggest challenges facing employees of small businesses is the need to be in two places at the same time. Sometimes work needs to be done in the office, sometimes out of the office, and sometimes life pulls an employee away from work all together. But the rules of physics and, up to this day, the limitations of technology make solving this challenge impossible.With a hosted, managed mobility service designed specifically for small businesses and optimized for smartphones, New Jersey-based ConnectMe Mobile (www.connectmemobile.com) is closing the gap between how employees work inside and outside the office.

ConnectMe Mobile is a spin-off of ConnectMe Voice which has been providing thousands of small business customers with “virtual” PBX (Private Branch Exchange) services for eight years. Virtual PBXs are hosted telephone systems that allow small businesses and businesses with employees in multiple locations to have a phone system with similar functionality to premise-based large business phone systems.Although ConnectMe Voice was a successful, growing business, customers were letting them know they wanted more.

“Our customers made it clear to us that there was still a gap between the ease of communications and access to information on the road versus in the office,” says Scott Seltzer, CEO of ConnectMe Mobile. “We have a powerful web interface that users have come to love, but it was not available to them on the road when they needed it most. So we created ConnectMe Mobile to close that gap.”

ConnectMe Mobile is designed to work with the feature set and capabilities of smartphones (at launch the service supports Windows Mobile PDA phones, but the company says support for more operating systems is coming). So the first thing ConnectMe Mobile set out to do was take the big fully-featured PBX phones that sit on every desk in large enterprises, cut off the wires and put it in a user’s pocket.Before ConnectMe Mobile, small business mobility was largely limited to forwarding calls and data to a mobile phone. With a small, easy-to-install application that uses such PDA features as the touch screen and stylus, memory card and menus, users tap and click their way through voice mail, forwarding messages, changing settings and a wide range of functions, and all without having to place a call.

The service is a fully-featured hosted PBX system too, and does not work exclusively with smartphone and PDA phones. ConnectMe Mobile also works for non-mobile employees who use desktop phones and PCs, as well as those mobile employees who use standard cell phones, or companies with any combination of the above.

Once ConnectMe integrated the PBX into its new solution, the next step was to add the additional functionality users had requested, like the ability to let users see important data. ConnectMe Mobile started with faxes. The screen of the average smart phone is small, and ConnectMe Mobile recognized that viewing a fax on such a small screen needed special features.The personal fax viewer they created uses the stylus and touch screen to allow someone to easily zoom in or out, switch between portrait and landscape, and tap and drag the fax document for easy reading.

“Finally I can actually read faxes on my PDA phone, rather than just merely knowing I got one,” says Bob Iguchi, president of TheWebSuperStore and a longtime ConnectMe Voice customer who has been using ConnectMe Mobile.

When a user receives a voicemail, fax or “audio email” (voice messages sent via email), they are all delivered to the ConnectMe Mobile inbox which looks strikingly like a mobile email client. The design is intentional, giving users an interface with which they are very familiar. Messages can be sorted by date or type, making it very easy to find, listen or view, and respond to important messages quickly.

“The simple way ConnectMe Mobile lets me review my voicemails on my PDA, make on-the-fly changes to my follow-me settings when I am traveling, and send voice messages by email is making a noticeable difference on my productivity outside the office,” says Iguchi.

The next set of features ConnectMe Mobile built into their service gives users the ability to easily and securely manage documents and work collaboratively from both PCs and smartphones. Mobile workers use the ConnectMe Mobile software on their smartphone to get encrypted access to shared and personal folders on 1 gigabyte of hosted server space – enough space to store thousands of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat and other documents.Customers can add more space if needed.

ConnectMe Mobile executives say their vision is for a person to be as far away from his office as he can be, yet still seamlessly connect to all its resources. At first look, the ConnectMe Mobile service is making great strides in that direction. While the smartphone is not likely to soon replace the laptop, there are frequently times when laptops, desktop computers and fax machines are not available.ConnectMe Mobile gives users a true mobility service addressing just those situations so business does not have to stop when employees leave the office.

Very important to a large percentage of small businesses is that the service requires no hardware to install or maintain and no technical knowledge to deploy. New users receive a message on their smartphone with a link to the software, which auto-installs once downloaded. The point and click management on the PDA phone mirrors the ease of use on the web interface available on a user’s PC.At $59.95 per month for up to ten users, the service is also very affordable.

Seltzer says once small businesses embrace mobility solutions “workers will be less tied down to their laptops, and have the freedom that comes with a productivity device that fits right into their pocket. And of course, there is a level of convenience that is so critical for workers that are traveling. Once small businesses embrace mobility, they will start to see very recognizable increases to their productivity.”

How has mobility changed Seltzer’s own life? “I used to get anxious if I had to be out of the office because I felt disconnected from what was going on and I knew work was piling up for me. Mobility keeps me connected to the office and that pile that is waiting for me when I get back from a trip is far smaller, if there is one there at all. I no longer record ‘away’ greetings on my voicemail and the people I communicate with have no idea if I’m in or out of the office.And there is no reason they should.”

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