Last year, Alan Masarek made news as he left Google to become Vonage’s new CEO.
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.
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of individuals letting go of this form of technology for their personal telecom needs, many are still sticking to this outdated technology for their businesses. Considering how vital a person’s business is to their livelihood though, why are some choosing to stick to an outdated way to make calls and conduct business?
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.
Huge. Just some of the benefits of making the switch to an Internet-based phone system include:
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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