PHONE+ Teams with 1800SAVE to Deliver Web Pricing Tool
PHONE+ has teamed with 1800SAVE.com to bring agents a free Web-based pricing and proposal tool.
PHONE+ is a sponsor of and partner in 1800SAVE.com. “We are pleased to be able to support the launch of this time-saving service and to help make it available free to the agent community,” says Marla Ellerman, publisher of PHONE+ and T@G, PHONE+’s Partner Portal. “It is one of several new initiatives that we are introducing for channel partners under the T@G umbrella.”
1800SAVE.com was designed to simplify the proposal process. “The value to the agents is nonbiased, comparative pricing,” says Jennifer Goodart, president of 1800SAVE.com. “It takes the proposal process and cuts it down tremendously.”
“Agents need to pick providers that save customers money and are stable. Then, they need to be able to make money,” says Richard Murray, a board member for 1800SAVE.com. “This tool helps them do it in 5 minutes per customer.”
An agent can enter his client’s geographic area and the desired product, then 1800SAVE.com is able to qualify which carriers service that area, the price for the service and the commission payout. The agent can then compare and narrow down the carriers, and 1800SAVE will create a customer-ready proposal. The proposal can be printed or e-mailed directly to the customer. Proposals are saved for 90 days.
When the customer decides which carrier to use, the agent can go back to the site where the proposal is saved, use that information and generate the paperwork.
The site also offers agents information, such as escalation lists, local loop pricing, paperwork, switch/PoP locations, current carrier promotions as well as company and contact information for master agents, carriers and wholesale providers.
To use, agents need only visit www.1800SAVE.COM and log in, creating their own log-in and password.
The service currently supports pricing and proposal generation for long-distance and data services.
The service is free and is supported by carrier sponsorship and advertising.
Murray explains that carriers, in turn, get aggregate information on what plans are quoted two to four months ahead of receiving orders.
For a small programming fee, agents can upload their own rates, carriers and commissions.