Avoiding the Landline Apocalypse- Why Everyone Should Make the Switch to Internet-Based Telecom Solutions

Do you have a landline? If so, you’re the proud owner of a dying technology. Yes, unsurprisingly, the number of households and individual people with landlines is rapidly dwindling as people everywhere are taking their landlines by the throat and cutting these lines to both save money and disconnect themselves from what is being seen more and more as an expensive and unnecessary technology.

In fact, statements made by both telecom giants AT&T and Verizon have both suggested that they are aggressively moving to end use of traditional copper-based phone connections, with AT&T pledging to invest $14 billion over the next 3 years to make it happen (wallstreetjournal.com). For many of us in the tech world keeping note of this trend, we can’t help but agree with the idea that it is time for everyone to make the switch to Internet-based phone options before the phone companies force us to.

What other evidence is there that landlines will soon be obsolete?

According to numbers released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which keeps tabs on such figures, the number of people predominantly using landlines as their chief means of making and receiving calls has drastically fallen by upwards of 15-40% in many states since 2007 (cdc.gov). Times are tough and many people all across the nation are abandoning landlines for less expensive and more flexible technology.

In spite of individuals letting go of this form of technology for their personal telecom needs, many are still sticking to this outdated technology for their businesses. Considering how vital a person’s business is to their livelihood though, why are some choosing to stick to an outdated way to make calls and conduct business?

What are some of the reasons that businesses tend to stick to “what they know” and just accept their current telecom situation?

  • It has never occurred to many businesses to look for a better telecom solution.
  • Many fear that newer technology might be too complicated for them to understand.
  • Often a lot of a company’s business is tied to its phone number that it’s had since the moment it opened its doors.
  • Money; the belief that an upgraded system would be too expensive to afford.

VoIP Hosted Telecom—the BETTER Solution to Businesses’ Telecom Needs

What is VoIP and How Does It Work?

VoIP is another word for a cloud (Internet) hosted phone and stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol. VoIP works by harvesting the power of your pre-existing Internet connection to make calls. Unlike traditional phone systems, because of the means through which it connects people (via the Internet), VoIP hosted Internet phones are capable of all that POTS (Plain Old Telephone Systems) are, and much much more.

The Reality of the Situation: How great of an impact would switching to an Internet-based phone system have on my business?

Huge. Just some of the benefits of making the switch to an Internet-based phone system include:

  • Cost savings: Using your existing Internet connection means you can say goodbye to your phone traditional phone line once and for all, helping many businesses save unbelievable amounts on their phone bill.
  • Built-in recovery plan: Due to the fact that hosted Internet (VoIP) phones use the Internet to function, businesses can technically answer its phone calls from anywhere there’s an available broadband Internet connection. If (God forbid) your business should ever experience a disaster to its physical location which displaces it, your business will still be able to take calls necessary to continue business as usual and help your company get back on its feet as quickly as possible, minimizing losses.
  • The ability to keep your old phone number: You no longer have to fear losing customers due to a change of phone number.
  • Ease of use: Having an Internet-hosted phone system means that you minimize the need for hardware on your premises as well. Plus, if you invest in one of the better Internet-hosted phone options out there, you’ll be able to hold your telecom provider under a service agreement which will ensure that they provide you with swift service in the rare event that your phones do experience downtime.
  • Flexibility: Businesses that opt for an Internet-based phone service are free to optimize every minute of every day literally anywhere that they have access to broadband Internet.
  • Incredibly low or even free long distance and international calling even while on the go. The Internet frees VoIP users to call anyone anywhere in the world with minimal (if any) extra charges.

With all of the perks that hosted internet-based phone systems afford its users, there is hardly reason to delay the wonderfully inevitable.

Melody Valdez (@MelodyCrexendo) is the lead content creator for Crexendo, Inc. an industry leader for trusted Business Productivity Solutions based out of Tempe, AZ.

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