13
Nov 14

Blueface Web Summit Competition Winner

Blueface is delighted to announce the winner of our Web Summit selfie competition. Thanks to the hundreds of entrants and people who visited our stand throughout the week.

The winner of 2 x return flights to San Francisco is…… Michael Flanagan for this tweet with Zara below.

How we picked the winner:

  1. Turned each competition entrant into a number
  2. Entered the numbers into a range
  3. Used a random number generator
  4. Lucky number 73 was picked, which was Michael Flanagan’s entry

Keep an eye on the Blueface Twitter page for more competitions and updates.


12
Nov 14

Day 3 at the Web Summit

At the Dublin Web Summit 2014, Pedius announced the launch of their services in Ireland, and news of their wider partnership with Blueface. 

Pedius Blueface

 

Pictured at the launch at Web Summit 2014, from left: Alessandro Gaeta (Lead developer, Pedius), Stefano La Cesa (CTO, Pedius) Brian Martin (Business Development and Marketing Manager, Blueface) and Lorenzo Di Ciaccio (CEO, Pedius).

Pedius is a communication system that allows hearing impaired people to make normal phone calls using speech recognition and synthesis technologies. It is available for download as an App for both iPhone and Android. Pedius use Blueface to deliver Voip service to their rapidly increasing customer base.

Pedius chose Blueface as their Voip provider because Blueface could rapidly deliver numbering and voice services across Italy, Ireland and the U.K., and had the technical expertise and network capability to deploy a robust and economic solution.

Without Blueface our project could not have been completed in all three countries so quickly. Thanks to their services we are now able to help deaf and hearing impaired people in three countries to communicate directly through Pedius with everyone.” Said Lorenzo di Ciaccio Pedius CEO at the Web Summit this year.

“We are always happy to become part of amazing new projects which really make a difference in the world we live in. We help companies, people, everyone, to stay connected. The services we have given Pedius will help their users in a very affordable way”. Said Luca Caralvi Blueface Italia CEO at the Web Summit this year.

Download the Pedius app here: Pedius for Android / Pedius for iPhone/iPad


05
Nov 14

Day 2 Blueface at #websummit

Microsoft Lync and Blueface Partnership

Blueface and Microsoft

Blueface and Microsoft have partnered up to offer customers the ability to use unified communications platform Lync for voice calls. Through Lync, which is part of Office 365, Microsoft customers now have the ability to make calls outside of their corporate network with Blueface. This method of communication is growing in popularity in Ireland especially among enterprises and the public sector.

Blueface with Lync is a real benefit for remote workers and companies looking to centrally integrate their telecoms. In our recent ICT Insight Report, we predicted this as a trend that will continue to increase. Voice is becoming more integrated across various applications on the PC. Blueface will work closely with Microsoft partners to roll out breakout voice over Lync. Commercial details will be published shortly. Email sales at blueface.ie to express an interest in finding out more.

 

Taoiseach Meeting

Enda Kenny and Alan Foy

Alan Foy, our Chief Executive met with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny after ringing the NASDAQ bell. The Taoiseach has been a great supporter of Blueface including helping to officially launch our mobile service in 2012.

 

Competition

We’ve had over a lot of entries to our competition to win free flights to San Francisco so enter before the competition closes tomorrow. Details on how to enter.


04
Nov 14

Day 1 Blueface at #websummit

Panasonic, US Ambassador Visit, San Francisco Flights Competition

Today draws to a close after a whirlwind of meetings, media interviews, coffees and selfies! Blueface has attended the Web Summit every year but this is our second year to exhibit. Based near the Enterprise area, Blueface has been busy meeting passers by including some familiar customers and partners.

 

Panasonic

Panasonic Blueface

In a world-exclusive collaboration, Blueface and Panasonic have teamed-up to launch a new range of IP phones today at the Dublin Web Summit. Ireland is the first market in the world where the new Panasonic range of phones will be available to customers by the end of 2014.

The launch comes after an extensive six month Research & Development process from both companies, which included the Blueface team travelling to Japan. The plug and play phone is designed for maximum mobility around an office, retail space or any industrial environment. The handset operates from a very small base station that plugs into a broadband router. The exclusive partnership eliminates the need for wires and works over wireless DECT technology, which allows any handset to work off it.

Blueface was delighted to have Hironobu Higuchi, Manager of Communication Products, Panasonic with us for the announcement.

 

US Ambassador Visit

Blueface was delighted to welcome newly appointed US Ambassador Kevin O’ Malley to our stand to discuss how Blueface helps US companies setting up in Dublin with their telecom needs.

alan janelle ambassador

 

#blueface Competition for Free Return Flights to San Francisco

Today we launched our competition to give one lucky company the chance to win free return flights for two to San Francisco. See here for details on how to take part. Keep those entries coming in!

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Stay tuned for Day 2! For now, on to the #nightsummit


03
Nov 14

Blueface Selfie Competition

Win 2 Return Flights to San Francisco #websummit #blueface

Blueface is giving one lucky startup the chance to win 2 x return flights to San Francisco during the week of Web Summit.

Visit Silicon Valley and meet with venture capital firms, network in the thriving Bay Area startup community or just enjoy a well-earned break for two of your team.

Blueface received funding a number of years ago that has helped accelerate our company’s growth and would hope that these tickets could help you land your investment or at least provide for an inspirational trip!

 

How to Enter?

  1. Take a selfie
  2. Publish your tweet including the hashtags #blueface & #websummit
  3. Follow @BluefaceMobile on Twitter

 

Rules

  • Blueface judge’s decision is final.
  • Blueface will book the tickets on your behalf.
  • You must give at least 35 days notice to Blueface for your travel dates.
  • The competition prize is to a maximum value of €1,000.
  • The prize is non transferrable.
  • The prize must be claimed before 30th of June, 2015

24
Oct 14

Blueface to Exhibit at The Web Summit 2014

Blueface is delighted to be attending the Web Summit this November in Dublin. The event has developed into a global phenomenon with over 20,000 people due to descend on the RDS from around the World as well as a strong local Irish contingent.

The three day event running from the 4th to the 6th of November will feature 500 speakers, a host of exhibitors and plenty of networking opportunities throughout including nightly pub crawls. The attendees will be a combination of tech CEO’s, investors, start up entrepreneurs, marketers, makers and everything in between from the global technology giants to the bootstrapped early start ups.

Blueface will be located in the Enterprise Area in Simmonscourt where the the main stage is this year. Drop in and say hello. If you’re interested in an innovative communications provider for your start up or global enterprise, we’d love to chat.

Stay tuned for some exciting announcements during the week and follow our Twitter account to keep in touch with the latest news.


08
Oct 14

Blueface meets Panasonic in Tokyo

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Kinichiwa (さよなら)

Some of the Blueface Team are just back from a visit to Japan, to meet with our partners Panasonic, along with some other key players in the Japanese Telecom industry.

To say we were overwhelmed by our welcome and the hospitality shown by our hosts is an understatement.

Some quick facts – Tokyo’s economic impact is bigger than New York and London combined. Based on GDP, it has an economic value of about USD 2.2 Billion, compared to 1.3Bn and 0.6Bn for New York and London respectively. Tokyo’s population including the suburban area is enormous – 37.1 Million people and growing. The central business district in Tokyo increases by approximately 3.3 million people during the business day. Its total area is about the size of Wales….

If you think that the property bubble in Ireland was bad, this might give some comfort – apparently during the Japanese Real Estate bubble the Imperial Palace in Tokyo was worth more than the entire state of California!

Tokyo is probably the cleanest city I’ve ever seen – every road and pavement looks like that have just been laid, and there is hardly any litter in sight. Every wall, every street corner seem squeaky clean. Smoking is banned on the street although not in bars! Roadworks are apparent but the repairs are seamless – not a bump in sight. The subway and metropolitan public transport is incredibly efficient and clean, and punctual of course.

Our meeting with Panasonic was in Fukuoka, a 2 hour plane journey from Tokyo, and we were there two days after arriving in Tokyo. We got to see the latest Panasonic hardware and meet the whole team to discuss developments and how we could work together to provide the best IP telephony experience possible.

We were then accompanied back to Tokyo and brought to the Panasonic experience centre – Panasonic’s view of future technology along with some existing high tech including a very interesting fuel cell for domestic use, and a kitchen of the future which prepared meals like a professional chef – straight off the (holo)deck of the USS Enterprise!

A big thanks to everyone in Panasonic for hosting us, to Hiroshi for his kind hospitality, to Enterprise Ireland for arranging such productive meetings and to all our new friends in Japan. We can’t wait for our next trip…

Sayonara!

Feargal


23
Sep 14

1 GB Free Data with Compu B

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1GB of Data for your iPad Free

 

Blueface have teamed up with Compu b to offer 1 GB of data free for iPad users. Customers can buy 1GB of Data for €5 and received a €5 Compu b gift card. This offer is available through Compu b stores around the country. http://www.blueface.ie/compub.php

 

Simply contact Compu b who will create your Blueface account with 1 GB data for €5 and receive a €5 credit from your purchase at Compu b. Call into a Compu b store and let them know you’d like to avail of the offer. A staff member will take your contact and payment details. Blueface will process a payment of €5 and Compu b will provide you with €5 credit off instore purchases. Start using your Data straight away!

 

About Compu b

Compu b is an Irish Apple Premium Reseller, with Authorised technicians ready to carry out repairs on your Mac, iPad or iPod. Visit www.compub.ie for more.


12
Sep 14

10 Reasons to Switch to Blueface

In today’s world, technology is changing faster and faster as demand for innovative products that streamline and improve business processes increase. So, what is it that has got businesses wanting to make the switch to VoIP Technology?

Check out our Top 10 reasons why you should think about making the switch and see what has got so many businesses choosing Blueface.

1.  Predictable Billing

      Budget easily with regular billing

With Blueface, you pay a simple fixed fee per month that gives you an unlimited number of Ireland and UK landline calls, a bundle of mobile minutes included and a hosted phone system. This means you can forget about surprise costs such as line rental, DDI block rental, fraud protection or call barring fees that appear on other telecom provider’s bills.

Want more control over your costs? Simply block certain destinations from being called from your online portal such as premium and international calls if you wish.

2.  Enhanced Productivity 

       Enable more efficient workflows

Do you ever feel you could be getting more value from your communications set-up? With Blueface you can route calls so it always reaches the correct person at the right time.

The Blueface IVR service can greet callers with an automated welcome and then prompt the caller to choose from a range of options. This helps streamline callers to their intended destination. Calls can then be routed to a group of users, a single user, a voicemail box or diverted to a mobile. All of this can be controlled automatically by time of day rules.

3.  Work From Anywhere

       Enable Remote Working

If your staff want more flexible working hours and to spend less time travelling while you may want to reduce office overhead costs, then enabling your employees to work remotely may be for you. Blueface makes this possible. Once your staff have a broadband connection at home the Blueface phone will work as if it’s in the office. Internal transfers, ring groups and all other aspects of the service will work as normal.

Wan to combine two or more offices under the one account? With Blueface you can. If you need to move office, you can take your phones with you with no disruption of service.

4.  Plug and Play

       Zero touch configuration

All the Panasonic phones supplied by Blueface come pre-configured within 3-5 days of being ordered. There’s no need to worry about installation and configuration issues. Simply plug them in and start making calls. Blueface can also help bring your old number with you.

5.  You’re In Control

       Configure and customise your phone system from the web

Every traditional on-premise phone system (PBX) needs to be repaired or replaced at some point in time. With the Blueface hosted system phone system however, you’ll never need to worry about this. The Blueface hosted PBX is in the cloud and fully supported by the Blueface team. With Blueface’s cloud phone solution you can change your call routing, access voicemail, initiate call conference calls and send out a group SMS notification from the comfort of your computer.

You don’t need to be an expert to control your new phone system. With our user-friendly interactive customer portal, you have the power to control your account from any browser.

6.  An International Presence

       Get a local number in over 40 countries worldwide

If you’re trying to do business internationally, then first impressions count for a lot. Give your business a global impression with an international landline number. Choose from over 40 countries with no charge for inbound calls.

7.  A Professional Image

       Create a professional impression for your company

Your phone lines are one of the most important ways you can communicate with your customers. Having music on hold, an automated welcome greeting, voicemail and your own conference bridge numbers are just some of the Blueface features that help you create the right impression with your customers.

8.  Keep your Number

       No interruption of number

Moving phone service should involve as little disruption to your business as possible. When you switch to Blueface you can keep your old numbers. Simply fill out the Blueface porting form on the customer portal after picking your Blueface plan, and we’ll take care of the rest.

9.  Unlimited Scalability

       Your Phone System Grows with You

With a traditional PBX you are limited to a specific size before you need to upgrade or replace the equipment. With a virtual phone system, you can start as one user and grow to thousands, only paying for each new phone handset as you need them.

10.  Value for Money

         Reduce your monthly telecoms expenditure

Every business looks at cutting costs where it can, and what business doesn’t want to save money. With Blueface, 8 out of 10 businesses save over 40% when they make the switch to Blueface. Savings are accumulated through no line rental, low call rates, no PBX licensing, breakage repairs or maintenance costs.

 


03
Sep 14

Blueface at the Ireland Funds Young Leaders Event

The Ireland Funds Young Leaders Event

The Ireland Funds Young Leaders Event

For the third year in a row, the Blueface team were in attendance as a sponsor for the Ireland Funds Young Leaders annual BBQ. The Event – An All American style BBQ – was held in Lansdowne Rugby Club, a fantastic venue set against the backdrop of the Aviva stadium.

The event kicked off with some drinks from Sponsors Jameson & Corona, followed by a tasty American Style BBQ Buffet, which was finished off with some delicious Häagen-Dazs Ice cream for dessert. The evening continued till late with American music, wine and beer with the Blueface crew ruling the dance floor from start to finish.

The evening’s Highlight was undoubtedly the ‘Bucking Bronco’ which the agility of the guests were tested in an attempt to beat the record of 24 Seconds, set the previous year. Although one of our own team managed an impressive 37 seconds, the winner lasted an amazing 54 seconds! Blueface presented the winner with a Google Nexus 5 phone.

This year Alan Foy, Blueface Chief Executive, was appointed board member of The Ireland Funds.

The Young Leaders Society brings together young professionals to network and support the philanthropic work of The Worldwide Ireland Funds. The Young Leaders Society provides a forum for emerging philanthropists to become closely involved with the mission of The Worldwide Ireland Funds as well as with prominent business and civic leaders who support the organisation.


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