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Reduce Your Monthly Telephone Bill—Convert to PennNet Phone, Penn's VoIPReplacement for Traditional Phone

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May 8, 2012, Volume 58, No. 33

Schools and departments looking for ways to streamline their budgets should convert from traditional phone to PennNet Phone. Join the 9,000+ faculty/staff currently using PennNet Phone. PennNet Phone offers cost savings and convenient communication features not available with traditional telephone service. 

PennNet Phone provides lower telephone, voice mail, and local and long distance rates. This translates into direct cost savings for those departments that switch from traditional telephone to PennNet Phone:

  • Fees for local and long distance calls are 50% less when compared to traditional telephone calls.
  • Monthly set rental fees are reduced to $4.00 per month compared to $10.40-$11.70 for traditional single-line and two-line sets
  • Monthly voice mail charges are lowered to $3.00 each per month compared to $9.75-$12.35 for traditional voice mail.

PennNet Phone also comes with services that support faculty/staff members who travel frequently, occupy multiple offices, and have a need to listen to voice mail messages from email or their PDA.

Getting Started:
Contact the ISC Networking and Telecommunications Service Desk at (215) 746-6000 or service-requests@isc.upenn.edu ISC will assign a project manager to work with you to convert your traditional phones to PennNet Phone. 

Departments are encouraged to use the conversion process to identify telephone lines and voice mail boxes that may be turned off, potentially offering additional monthly savings.

Planning a Move or Office Renovation?

If you are planning a move or renovation during June, July, or August, now is the time to schedule your project with ISC. Please contact our ISC Networking and Telecommunications Service Desk at (215) 746-6000 or service-requests@isc.upenn.edu to consult with an ISC project manager regarding your move and your telephony and data requirements. This could be an opportunity to convert your department to PennNet Phone, thus avoiding the costs associated with having ISC move your telephone service.

Please visit our voice services website at www.upenn.edu/computing/voice/ for additional information.

—Michael Palladino, Associate Vice President,
ISC Networking & Telecommunications

Almanac - May 8, 2012, Volume 58, No. 33