Importance of Phone Numbers | Free Porting | New SMS Supported – DIDx

Your phone number is important like your zip code, driver’s license number and tax ID number. All these help you establish who you are, where you are, what you are capable of and how you can be accountable. The right phone numbers allude to your business reliablity, ease of sales and purchasing, local presence and global reputation. Toll-free and international DID phone numbers are just as important to own and make available for customers, vendors and other industry partners as a DID phone number that is local to your brick and mortar location.

At DIDx, we make available freephone, national, toll-free, local, mobile and SMS-supported DID phone numbers via your DIDx buyer dashboard, all self-service! You can even use our Advanced Search function to find DID phone numbers that spell out any alpha-numeric combination that represents importance to your business. Vanity phone numbers are still a beauty. Just think of how cool these are that have been owned by cool companies:

1800FLOWERS
1800HURTNOW
1855COOKIES
1800DOLUNCH

The thing is this… we do not know who is reading this article right now, but if you are an MNO, MVNO, CLEC, voip company, international set of contact centers, international transportation or educational network, you can “join” DIDx, complete a short interop set of tests and buyer agreement and have 17 million phone numbers as if they belong to you, but you don’t pay for them until you need them or until your customers need them. If you are an end-user, share with your phone service provider the advantages of joining DIDx.net and enabling you to own phone numbers of any of 130 nations. You get that local presence outside your geo area you need, and your provider BRINGS IN NEW REVENUE and KEEPS YOU with them. No churn.

You do this via our API connected behind the scenes to your website and ecommerce engine or by manually logging into your dashboard and click to buy and use or buy and resell anytime.

We also offer free local number porting… that’s free of cost for most numbers of 33 nations! Here is a list:
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Costa Rica
Chile
Croatia
Czech Rep.
Denmark
France
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Panama
Peru
Puerto Rico
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
United Kingdom
United States

Prior to DIDx roll out in 1999, it was practically impossible to keep one’s business or personal phone numbers when moving from one geographical location to another, but now, that is a relic of the past!

Last, we offer SMS-supported DID phone numbers of 19 nations: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States. Lots of great news from DIDx to you. Please log in to your DIDx account to get started. We are here to help anytime.

Mergers and Acquisitions – M&A … An Exciting Business Model for UCaaS, FinTech and VoIP

The communications and financial industries, especially UCaaS (unified communications as a service), FinTech (financial technology) and VoIP (voice over Internet) evolve so quickly that it requires highly effective marketing and manpower as well as investment just to halfway compete. Eunified communications and collaborationntrepreneurs who begin by bootstrapping a new product, service or idea cannot keep going unless they can attract a powerhouse to invest in them, acquire them or merge with them. The big guys have enough clout, connections, presence and money to fine tune the new but highly practical and attractive product, service or idea. Some entrepreneurs and small companies operate with this as part of their business plan: mergers and acquisitions. Those in the UCaaS, FinTech and VoIP industry are prime to attract such a windfall.

Recent examples of these type of acquisitions in communications and financial industries include:

 

nexVortex acquisition of Northwest Vox

Due to multiple acquisitions, Vonage now is second in hosted IP telephony revenue.

Cisco acquisition of BroadSoft

Magna5 Acquires NetServe365Fourth

There are many types of mergers and acquisitions.

Congeneric mergers: Two businesses serve the same market and customer-base but in unique ways. An example is a wholesale DID marketplace and hosted PBX who both provide these different services for entities that offer or use a lot of IP communications services and products.

Conglomeration: Two businesses have practically zero intersections of business products or services. For example, one business may purchase another business for no other reason than for the tax break. On the other hand, a new business can be formed. Then they merge, again, resulting in a tax break.

Horizontal merger: Two businesses are absolute competitors. They provide the same products, services and markets. They merge in order to tap into the best of each.

Market-extension merger: Two businesses that sell the same products or services in uniques markets. An example of two businesses that sell the same but to different markets may include Technology Marketing Company who serve mostly the Americas and ConnecTechAsia who serve mostly Asia.

Product-extension merger: Two businesses that sell unique products that have something to do with each other for the same market. An example might be VoIP Supply who provide communications equipment and Nextiva who provide hosted PBX solutions.

Vertical merger: A vendor of a business and the business OR a customer of a business and the business.  An example is an MVNO and DIDX or a VoIP company or international contact center and DIDX.

Some mergers and most acquisitions involve one business buying another business with cash, stock or both, or one business all the other company’s assets. The company whose assets are bought may then go out of business or start a new set of service and/or product provision. There is also the reverse merger (similar in style to a reverse mortgage). A private business has a chance to quickly go public. The private business buys a publicly-listed inactive business. This inactive business is literally not conducting business, and it has no limited assets. By doing this, the private business can become a new publicly listed business with shares that it can trade.

This is by no means a completely comprehensive list of types of mergers and acquisitions. Our goal in sharing this article is to inspire our DIDX customers, vendors and industry friends to understand mergers and acquisitions and perhaps include M & A in its business plan as a method of success.

One of the best ways to meet M&A-bound entities is at US and international conferences and exhibitions. These events offer meeting tables, booth meetups, receptions and many other extracurricular business opportunities. Channel Online keeps a list of communications events available including TelcoDays Las Vegas scheduled Jan. 7 – 8, 2018 and ITEXPO Fort Lauderdale Feb. 14 – 16, 2018 and FinTech Weekly keeps a list of fintech events where those interested in mergers and acquisitions in these industries can meet in person and finalize the deal! For the first time, ITEXPO offers a new collocated event The BlockChain Event. Reach to us at DIDX by contacting sales @ didx.net to meet you at industry events to discuss your wholesale direct inward dialing phone number needs and exciting trends of now and future.