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Alex Hodgson

Marketing expert and Business Development Manager here at One2Call.
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Human Temperature Detection (thermographic) cameras as seen on BBC's The One Show.

Jun 9, 2020 4:07:33 PM / by Alex Hodgson posted in CCTV, security, hikvision, coronavirus


Find out more about the human fever detection cameras recently featured on BBC One's The One Show, presented by Alex Jones and Amol Rajan.

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11 social-distancing tech ideas to get your business back to work.

May 13, 2020 4:44:45 PM / by Alex Hodgson posted in teams, hikvision, coronavirus


As the UK Government begins it's slow move towards a post-Coronavirus "new normal" here at One2Call we've put our heads together to think of all the ways in which we can help businesses of any shape and size get back to work, but in a way that is mindful of social distancing and will minimise the risk of tranmission.

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Microsoft's Domestic Calling Plan prices slashed.

Apr 9, 2020 4:59:41 PM / by Alex Hodgson posted in office 365, phone system, Microsoft


UPDATE: Prices and service details now available here.

As experts in both business voice and Microsoft 365 solutions, we've been working along our roadmap of building alternatives to Microsoft's extortionate Calling Plans for a while, but what with "one thing and another" (nod, wink) causing half the world to suddenly realise out of the blue that Microsoft Teams is brilliant, we've had to pretty much turn our roadmap into a teleportation device!

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Direct Routing for Microsoft Teams explained in under 5 minutes

Mar 31, 2020 7:30:00 AM / by Alex Hodgson posted in office 365, Microsoft, teams


Direct Routing for MS Team in under 5 mins FINAL
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Free coronavirus-busting remote working platform for your whole business.

Mar 19, 2020 5:33:22 PM / by Alex Hodgson


Get Started For Free 

If your business is struggling to work as seamlessly as usual, or at all, during Coronavirus lockdown, here's an offer you need.

3CX is offering it's excellent business-grade communications platform for free for 3 whole years!

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On Hold Music for Business - Free Download.

Mar 6, 2020 12:30:00 PM / by Alex Hodgson posted in phones, hold music, downloads

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Download 11 completely rights free music tracks you can use for free - no PRS license needed - as hold music on your businesses' phone system.


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Advanced Leased Line Features

Feb 18, 2020 6:00:00 AM / by Alex Hodgson posted in broadband, fibre, Connectivity



A private, dedicated, fibre Leased Line is the business-grade broadband connection of choice for UK businesses because of the speeds available (from 100mbps to 10gbps and more) and concreted SLAs for fault fixes.

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Fix Times and Compensation: What happens when your Leased Line goes down.

Feb 11, 2020 9:44:00 AM / by Alex Hodgson posted in broadband, fibre, Connectivity


Aside from the fact that they can offer upload and download speeds of up to 10gbps, the main reason that many businesses chose to connect their businesses via private fibre, or ethernet Leased Line, is far greater reliability that they offer over "shared" connections like FTTC or FTTP.

Most Leased Line providers claim 99.9% (to varying decimal places) reliability for their connections, and in our experience this is the case. Put simply, they are simpler and more expensive - fewer variables, better equipment - and so go wrong less.

However, regardless of how reliable a connection is, Sods Law dictates that there's always a chance that somethine will go worng at some point.

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What are the cheaper alternatives to fibre Leased Lines?

Jan 28, 2020 6:30:00 AM / by Alex Hodgson posted in fibre, Connectivity


Your own, private, full fibre internet connection, also know as a Leased Line, is still the Holy Grail of connectivity for most businesses.

That's because they are;

  • Dedicated (The line is yours alone).
  • Uncontended (The bandwidth is yours and yours alone).
  • Guaranteed (The speed quoted is the speed you’ll get).
  • Symmetrical (Your upload and download speeds are the same).
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HOW TO: Change background wallpaper image on 3CX handsets.

Jan 8, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by Alex Hodgson posted in 3cx, SIP, Devices, Handsets



3CX makes provisioning a doddle by providing built-in templates for it's supported SIP handsets. However, a downside to this is that 3CX's own provisioning templates then add a 3CX branded wallpaper to those handsets.This is not ideal for business users who would prefer to carry their logo and branding on their handsets.

In this guide we look at how you can change the background to something more suitable for yor business!

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