Goodbye Landline, Hello Savings
The percentage of people in the world that continue to use landline phones drops every year. (1) This is not necessarily because landlines or so terrible; for decades landline telephones have been the way people all over the world communicated for business, family, and pleasure. No, it’s not a failure of landlines that has led to more and more people abandoning the service for newer technologies, but rather the number of advantages new systems give to their users.
There are two main technologies that have come to replace landlines in most people’s lives; let’s look at the advantages of each of them.
VOIP, or Voice Over Internet Protocol, may sound new, but it’s anything but new. VOIP was originally developed as an experiment by the American government in 1973. Yes, VOIP is over 40 years old as a technology, even though it’s only been commercially available to most people a little over 20 years.
This technology uses the Internet to transmit your voice to the person on the other end of your call instead of a physical wire connected to your phone. This does not mean, however, that the person on the other end of your call must also be hooked into the Internet; a VOIP number can make and receive calls with traditional landline and cell phone users.
With VOIP, not only do you have all the functionality of a traditional landline at your disposal, but you also have a wide array of other features and options to choose from. And not only do these additional options not add to the cost of this type of service, but they are also included at no extra charge with many VOIP systems.
While many people have replaced their home phones with cellular phones, VOIP offers several advantages over cell phones depending on how you plan to use your phone line. Cell phones can have trouble with signal strength and call clarity depending on where you are at when trying to use them.
VOIP lines don’t suffer from “low signal” problems; if you have a broadband internet connection to connect to, your VOIP line is as clear and dependable as a traditional landline.
This also makes VOIP an excellent replacement for your business phone. More and more businesses are making the switch to this type of service for their business. The combination of extra features and lower monthly cost make VOIP an easy decision for most businesses; even if your business doesn’t need the extra features that are available, the monthly savings will have a direct impact on your bottom line each month.
Another advantage VOIP lines have comes back to cost; while many cell phone plans come with only a set number of minutes that can be used each month for phone calls, a VOIP line can be used without having to worry about running out of “talk time”. (2)
Another popular option to replace the traditional landline phone for your home or business is a cellular phone. With its extreme portability, a cell phone is the phone number that you never have to do without…usually.
As mentioned above, one of the drawbacks of cellphone technology is that you must be within the range of a cell phone tower to be able to make or receive phone calls or text messages. While coverage areas have improved greatly over the last decade, there are still plenty of areas where connections can be spotty with a cellphone.
Another problem I mentioned above about cell phones is the fact that you’re usually limited in the number of minutes you can you use your cell phone each month without incurring additional charges. While there are some unlimited plans available that do not have this limit, they can be very expensive…usually much more expensive than a VOIP line.
The type of phone line you choose depends on what you want it to do for you; each type has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Of course, both VOIP and cell phones have very noticeable advantages over traditional landlines, whether it be in terms of cost or features. (3)
Is it time for you to say “Goodbye landlines”? Hopefully, this article has given you some food for thought. Search for yourself and find the option and plan that’s right for you.
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