Verizon is up to their same old tricks …

We have been getting feedback from our clients that they have been receiving telephone calls recently from Verizon representatives asking to review their bill and promising savings.

 First, they will ask for a copy of your bill so they can provide you with a comparison of your charges.  Here is the old “bait and switch”, the comparison is incomplete. The base line charge ($15.00 per line) is listed but what they don’t show you are more important — all the fees and taxes associated with those charges. All carriers must charge these fees and taxes. What initially looks like a savings is nothing but deception. To do an apples to apples comparison ask them to give you all the fees and taxes, as they would appear on your bill.

 Buyers beware …

They are also pushing an offer of unlimited calling. This is the hook. You need to drill down and look at each individual line and examine the calling patterns for each phone number you have and all past invoices. Most likely, some of these lines have minimal usage and you will end up paying more for this feature.

 We have seen several examples of inaccurate phone line count.  Verizon’s proposal only indicated 6 lines when in actuality the client had 10 lines. Obviously, the bottom line of the Verizon proposal was going to look much better to the client, until he receives his first bill.

 More than you expect …

If you receive a call promising savings from Verizon, don’t be fooled! Please give us a call and let HBS review the proposal for you. Otherwise, you may end up paying much more for your basic services based on a false proposal.

 Hutchinson Business Solutions is an independent voice and data solutions consultant. Thru our strategic partnership, we represent over 50 of the major providers currently providing these services for business. We provide a free review of your current services and will shop your account to our providers, presenting an overview of the current market opportunities available for your business.

 To learn more about finding savings in the deregulated voice and data market, contact george@hbsadvantage.com or call 856-857-1230.

Find out more information by visiting our website www.hutchinsonbusinesssolutions.com

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Come to think of it

June 16, 2009

Has the recent turndown in the economy had an effect on your business?

What steps have you taken to tighten the belt?

Did you reduce the workforce? 

Did you reduce or drop employee benefits? 

In difficult times you may find you have to think outside the box. Reducing the workforce and employee benefits are obvious choices. 

There are diamonds in the rough out there! 

Where you ask? If you only knew!

 Most companies budget for expenses and never really drill down to see if there are opportunities for savings.

 Deregulated Energy: Natural Gas and Electric

 Is your company paying more than $5000 a month on natural gas or electric for your building! 

The deregulated Gas and electric market is the lowest it has been in the last 3 to 4 years. 

Our clients are saving from 15% to 30% on natural gas. 

 

Just in the last week, we saved a client over $45,000 by locking in their Natural gas for the next 12 months.

 

Our electric clients are saving from 6% to 15%

 

Just last week, a client saved over $94,000 by locking in their electric for the next 12 months.

 

How much do you think your company may qualify to save?

The local provider buys gas and electric in the wholesale marker and sells it to you retail.

We put our clients in the wholesale position.

 The savings is yours and falls to the bottom line!

 Voice and Data:

Here is the real sleeper. Many companies feel they wear a safety blanket for they have Verizon or ATT as their provider.

You are paying a premium for that blanket!

Deregulation allows third party providers to use the Verizon / ATT platform and deliver voice to their clients at a discount.

 Our clients are saving from 15% to 40% on their monthly Voice and Data Billing. 

What is 25% of your bill?

 Come to think of it, we haven’t looked at these costs recently?

 Call Hutchinson Business Solutions 856-857-1230. There is no fee for our services!

 Or you can email george@hbsadvantage.com

 

Let the savings begin!!!!!

Summer is almost here and I think we had our first Heat Wave.

Lucky for us, the air conditioner went out and our office was 88 degrees for the last 2 days!

Maybe the heat got to me?

We have been working with several potential clients lately and they are with Verizon and / or ATT. When I asked them if they are happy with their service, they normally laugh and say:

 ” What service! Verizon / ATT is so difficult to deal with. You never speak to the same person twice and it takes tooooo long to just get a person.”

So why do Verizon and ATT have so many clients?

Name recognition!

When you want to order a new service, you pick up the telephone book and say, ” I guess we should just call Verizon. ”

Bigger is not always better!

Hutchinson Business Solutions have strategic partnerships with providers who do a great job servicing Verizon and ATT accounts. And the best news … they also cost less.

Our clients are saving from 15% uto 40%

As part of deregulation and to encourage competition, Verizon and ATT were told to open the door and that they could no longer be the sole providers. They were told to make their network available to other providers.

Thanks to deregulation, your telephone service will remain on the Verizon / ATT platform and your new provider will do the billing.

This amounts to a billing change that will provides savings!

Personal service is only a phone call away!

Competition is good.

Think about the normal cost for calling long distance 10 years ago. $.30 to $.50 cents a minute was not uncommon.

What are you currently paying for long distance?

If you are paying more than $.05 cents per minute, you are paying too much!

Did you know that Verizon charges local calling in message units? They assume each local call will last 5 minutes so they charge $.08 for each message unit.

Make a 6 minute local call, now you are paying 2 message units or $.16.

Suppose you were calling home and said, ” I’m on my way. ”

That cost you $.08.

Our providers charge local calling @ $.015 cents per minute. Now, doesn’t that make more sense?

Summer Special for all Verizon and ATT clients

Any current Verizon or ATT client, who contacts us as a result of reading this blog and agrees to change their telecom provider prior to 8/31/08, will recieve a 10% rebate of their 1st monthly bill with our new provider from Hutchinson Business Solutions.

Now there is no excuse!

You can increase the quality of your telecom service and we will rebate 10% of your 1st monthly bill.

You may email george@hbsadvantage.com to review and discuss your current telecom cost and receive a free proposal that will provide savings.

Yu may also visit us on the web www.hutchinsonbusinesssolutions.com to learn more about opportunities to lower cost and increase profitability for your company.

 

It’s still happening

February 11, 2008

Recently we were referred into an account to review their local and long distance telecom bill. After speaking with the owner for several minutes they got up, went to the filing cabinet and pulled out their Verizon and ATT folders.

Opening the ATT file I found a single page summary bill showing a total monthly balance due of $1167.00.

Upon seeing this, I asked the client if there was any detail that went with the bill. As far as I know, that’s all we get.

We asked for a letter of authorization and told them we would contact ATT to request a breakout of the bill.

Returning to our office, we proceeded to call ATT.  Speaking to the billing department they told us that ATT does not send a paper bill for this account for they are trying to keep the cost low.

We asked if we could get a detail bill mailed or faxed to us. They said certainly; that would cost $100.00.

One Hundred dollars to get a detail breakout; can you imagine that! 

How about if we just take a few minutes to review the cost that make up the bill.

           

            What’s this $50.00 group charge?  That is a fee for ATT long distance

            There is a $90.00 toll fee?              There are 3 toll free #’s @ $30.00 each

            How much does it cost to make a long distance calls?…. $.1353 per minute

                       

                                     2158.8 minutes @ $.1353 = $292.09 

            How much does it cost to make a toll call?………………$.1348 per minute

                                     4926  minutes @ $.1348 = $664.02 

We took this information and put together a proposal.

            No Long distance Group charge………save $50.00 per month

            3 toll free numbers @ $10.00 each……save $60.00 per month

           

Long Distance 2158.8 minutes @ $.039 per min = $84.19 …save $207.90 per month

Toll Free  4926  minutes @ $.039 per min            $192.11 ….save $471.91 per month

Total Long distance savings $789.80 per month or $9477.60 per year

Have you taken the time to look at what you are paying for your local and long distance calling?

This client will be saving over 70% on their long distance charges. 

Most of our clients who were with Verizon and ATT find they are saving from 20% to 40%. 

Are you still paying Verizon or ATT for your local or long distance services?

How’s their response if you ever have a service issue?

Our clients are happy with they have switched from Verizon or ATT.

They are finding they can:

Keep their existing phone numbers!

Their services are exactly the same!

Their bills are easier to read!

They have someone to speak with should they ever have an issue or a question.

They are enjoying the savings!

Ask for our no cost evaluation.

george@hbsadvantage.com

You may be surprised at how much you will save!

I was meeting with a potential client the other morning and we were discussing a number of HBS saving opportunities. The subject came to their phone bill. They said wait a minute let me go pull it out.

My first question. Why is it so high?

A quick glance showed me that they were signed up on the Verizon custopak program. They also had unlimited local, regional and long distance calling. Why all these premium services and plans? This was only a small business.Still something didn’t look right.I started paging thru and saw they were being charged $29.99 a month for dial-up service.I thought you told me that you have DSL. Yes, I pay $59.99 a month for it.

OK, I see that. Why are you paying for dial-up?

I also see you are paying $49.99 a month for web hosting. What is that? I don’t know, I never ordered it.

They were being billed $80 a month for services they were not aware of, plus they were paying for premium services they never use.

We see this happen all the time.I wish it could be said that this was a rare occurrence.

That is what makes Hutchinson Business Solutions unique. Most companies would never have said anything and just flipped the service as is.

Is that the right thing to do?

It takes a little more time; we make a little less commission however we provided a genuine service and savings for our clients.

What’s on your phone bill?

Take a moment to pull it out. Having trouble understanding what it says. Don’t panic. That is why they set up the bills that way.Let us help!
 

You can email us  george@hbsadvantage.com or give us a call 856-857-1230.

You may be surprised at what your paying!

Say What?

December 6, 2007

 

 

Are you on the Verizon network?

 

 

Have you looked at your bill recently?

 

 

Just what services are you paying for?

 

 

Custopak -What is this Custopak program? Are they just regular lines?

 

 

Centrex – Wait a minute, this says Centrex and it even cost more? What does this do?

 

 

Welcome to the Verizon hook – line – and sinker!

 

 

Many clients when they called Verizon to install plain old telephone (Pots) lines are told that Verizon was running a special and that installation charges would be waived if they signed up for the Custopak or Centrex programs. The problem is that 95% of the public never knows just what these programs do and as a result do not use them.

 End Result: 

You telecom charges are higher than they should be. Are you interested in saving from 15% to 40%? 

Take a moment to look at your current Verizon bill.

 

 

Are paying for Custopak or Centrex services?

 

 

What benefits do these services give your business?

 

 

If you do not know this answer to this question, then give us a call.

 

856-857-1230 

 

 

You are paying for a service you don’t use or need.

 

 

Hutchinson Business Solution clients are saving from 15% to 40% by switching to other independent providers who use the Verizon platform.

 

 

These savings are available to you. All you have to do is ask!

 

 

You may email george@hbsadvantage.com to take the first step.

 Let the savings begin!

HBS…Your CFO on the Go.

 Defining Opportunities Today,…Providing Savings for Tomorrow.

Visit http://www.hutchinsonbusinesssolutions.com/ to learn more about saving opportunities available for your company.