Previously known as Switch.co, Dialpad Communications is a San Francisco-based VoIP and unified communications (UC) provider with an emphasis on design, simplicity, and getting rid of physical desk phones in favor of making calls from tablet, desktop, or smartphone apps. It offers a Chrome plugin, as well as iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac apps.
The company offers cloud-based VoIP phone service for startups, small business owners, and enterprise-level customers.
Dialpad is the only business phone platform that is built on the Google Cloud platform.
Dialpad offers four different business phone solutions:
The company’s site, dialpad.com says that 55,000 companies use Dialpad including the following:
All Dialpad plans include unlimited calls in the United States and Canada, but offer varying calling features. Here is a breakdown of the main three plans:
You'll notice that the three Talk plans listed above cap web conference room capacity at ten users. If you want to use video conferencing for training, a team meeting, or company conference for more than ten people at a time, you need to subscribe to UberConference.
A $15 per user per month subscription to UberConference is called the Business Plan and it will let you add up to 100 people to a meeting, add custom hold music, and allow international web conferencing from more than 50 countries. For more about this service, view Best Company’s UberConference reviews.
Customers can get a toll-free number for $5 per month (annual billing) or $7 per month (month-to-month billing), plus $.02 per minute for incoming calls.
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Dialpad VoIP promises a fast set-up time with a simple platform.
Even the company’s voicemail is designed to be easier to setup than traditional work-based phone systems employees may be used to.
Several artificial intelligence (AI) applications are available with Dialpad’s programs. AI technology analysis is available on the Talk, Sales, and Support applications to offer a better, more intuitive experience for call center clients and the customers they assist.
All data, both customers’ personal information plus voice, video and text communication data is encrypted end-to-end. When calls are placed with the company’s WebRTC, signaling is done with Websockets and TLS. Voice packets use Secure Real Time Protocol (SRTP) to keep them safe.
Dialpad is built on the Google Cloud Platform’s 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard and uses geographically redundant storage facilities, meaning multiple physical storage facility locations, so that if one has an outage, your data is still secure.
You can try Dialpad for free on an existing device with a 14-day free trial and easy setup with your existing Google or Microsoft login information.
Additionally, when you sign up for Dialpad you have the option to either go with a month-to-month contract or an annual billing contract. Month-to-month service lets you cancel whenever you want, while annual billing will save you money in the long run.
International rates will apply depending on your office’s geographic designation. They need to be enabled and have credits added to your account before international calls can be placed.
Your international credit balance will be charged when you make outbound international calls, receive any inbound calls to toll-free numbers, and send text messages to international numbers from your U.S. or Canadian Dialpad phone number.
Users can call any phone number in the U.S. or Canada for free.
International calls can be placed to 179 countries with rates between $0.01 and $3.80, with an average of $0.26 per minute. These rates include mobile phone and specialized options for many countries, not just landline calls.
International SMS text messages can be made to 133 countries with rates between $0.01 and $0.17, and an average of $0.10 per text.
Many other VoIP companies are restricted to less than 100 countries and have higher rates.
With this VoIP provider, customer service and support are tiered according to your billing plan.
The lowest level, called Standard offers no phone support.
The mid-level, which is the most popular calling plan, is called Pro and it offers phone customer support only 5 days a week.
To get issues resolved 24/7 customer support via phone, you have to be subscribed to the Enterprise Talk plan.
While Dialpad offers unlimited texting calling for its users, local number outbound minutes have a policy cap with 3,000 minutes per agent per month.