Monday, October 28, 2013

Landline Safety Features

Keeping your landline is the most important decision a home or business owner can make.  While it may seem like a minor detail, there are many reasons that make it a top priority.

Batteries and towers are not required for the use of landlines.  Landlines require no batteries, while some cordless phones need an occasional charging when not in use; the corded landline requires no electricity.  Your cell phone battery goes out and you are unable to contact anyone until it charges.  What if the power is out?  A landline can save a lot of stress if an unpredictable power outage occurs.  During emergencies as well, the cell phone tower can be compromised for bandwidth, causing your cell phone to be unable to make phone calls or text.

Cell phones are at the mercy of weather and geographic features of the area.  Whereas landlines give you five bars everywhere.  No worrying about where you are in your house and if you get a signal, the landline doesn’t drop your call. 

The safety feature included in a landline for your business is especially important when considering the safety of your employees and of your customers. They will remember how you were prepared and could contact emergency services with the landline, while others were stranded because of only mobile phones and signals jammed. 

Business Network Long Distance cares about your safety and your priorities.  Keep your landline and save money with long distance services by Business Network Long Distance. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Why choose a business landline?

One argument against your business landline you may hear is that it is outdated and no longer needed, because cell phones provide everything a business needs and more. Stop! Don't buy into the hype and cancel your landline without comparing the important differences between business landlines and cell phones.

The primary reason for having any phone is to communicate with your potential clients. Landlines are used for verbal communication, while cell phones have the capability of both verbal and non-verbal communication; such as: texting, tweeting, Facebook, etc... However, cell phone features cannot compete with traditional landline security, reception and dependability.

Traditional phone lines do not use software and calls travel over permanently connected terrestrial circuits. Security against electromagnetic intrusion or spying (cyber security) is a leading security problem in the United States. Cell phones connect with the telephone network using radio waves, which makes them susceptible to attack from eavesdroppers who intercept consumer information from radio frequencies. The entire spectrum of electromagnetic frequencies include: not just wireless calls, but also frequencies used for radios, scanners, microwave ovens, facsimile, video, radars and televisions.

This provides a safer network for new clients to provide credit card or other information.  Cell phones track your incoming and outgoing calls, incoming or outgoing text messages and your location. By using a landline it becomes more difficult for media marketers to send signals to your cell phone. Security systems for your office can be connected directly to the landline. This provides another safety feature to your place of business.

Landlines offer a clear channel of communication without the white noise or dead zones that are common in all cell phone services.  How embarrassing it can be when you are not sure which parts of your office have no bars and your call disconnects. Landlines give consumers added security, by restricting undesired callers from having unlimited access to your cell phone. 

The business landline is more dependable than a wireless cell phone also because they work during power outages. While the power outage may shut down surrounding companies, it would be great for your company to outlast the power outage and continue to take orders and provide great customer service.  This also gives any visiting customers a way to communicate with family and friends where they are in case they are stranded due to it.

Landlines are linked to the address of the line, which provides a 911 guarantee. There is no such guarantee with cell phones and the extra minutes that it could take to find the exact location are not worth the risk.

In order to protect your investment, let your cell phone stay personal and conduct business on your landline. Business landlines are affordable, providing unlimited local calling at a reasonable price and if you want to save even more money on your long distance service, contact Business Network Long Distance.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Your Business Greeting

How do you answer your business line?  

Keep the business line separate and answer it professionally.  This business tip brought to you by Business Network Long Distance.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Perks of a Business Phone

Have you ever thought the grass was greener on the other side? It may seem that way when considering removing your business landline and going to all cell phones.  However after making the switch you may face some disappointments.

With a landline you have no contacts to deal with and use a long distance provider that only charges you for the calls you make.  There is a nominal fee for your landline that meets your needs and your budget.  The cell phone switch can be expensive and charge overages when you least expect them.  Don’t waste time watching minutes and tracking your employee’s phone usage with their cell phones. 

The shiny small smart phones may seem appealing and tech savvy.  However, your landline gives you a dependable phone.  The business phone as a landline provides a clear connection every time.  Cell phones lose service when you least expect it, that’s never good when talking to a client or customer and you have to repeat yourself due to no bars.

Cell phones also cause distractions at work for employees.  Many employers who have switched to cell phones for their business line have realized how much time employees waste playing games or contacting friends and family.  The landline dials, that’s it.  It’s the perfect communication tool for businesses with unlimited lines.

Landlines may not be the perfect thing for when you are on the road or on a business trip so keep your cell phone.  Just don’t get rid of your landline because you think it will be more convenient.  It causes more of a hassle in the long run.  The grass may look green, but that green grass takes a lot more work than you can see. 

Keep the cell phone private and keep your business professional with long distance services from Business Network Long Distance.  

Monday, October 14, 2013

Cell Phone vs. Landline

There is a price one pays to enjoy the plethora of benefits of owning a cell phone. A cell phone makes life easier and efficient, but annoyance and vulnerability are a part of the package as well.

The cell phone and the landline are natural allies, their inherent abilities and inabilities work well together, let’s consider them.

Cell Phone: Mobility equals around the clock access for everyone to you, which can mean a ton of calls, at any given time, from those you do not need or want to talk with.

Landline: The home phone should be the work horse for receiving calls, an answering machine or service is a great way to screen calls.

Cell Phone: This mode of communication is not operating on a secured system, conversations can easily be intercepted. You are a sitting duck if you give sensitive financial or very personal information over your cell phone. A simple device like a scanner can intercept the analog waves that carry wireless calls.

Landline: You have security of your conversation because it is harder to intercept a conversation through cables compared to radio waves.

Cell Phone: This technological wonder is prone to loss, theft, misplacement and damage.

Landline: The old but faithful is stationary and robust, it has stood the test of time.
In short, make your cell phone number exclusive, like a country club. You do not want everyone to have access to you. Your home number is like the county park, it allows more access to you but it's screened. In addition, the long distance service on the landline is less expensive.

Contact Business Network Long Distance for a great price and great quality with your long distance services.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Functioning Better with a Landline

Do you really only need a cell phone? Landlines and cell phones are two very different communication devices and they are used differently.

Overall, landlines are a cheaper option than cell phones if you are looking at making a lot of local calls.  When money is an issue and every penny counts, as in our present economic situation, holding on to a few extra bucks each month by choosing your landline and a minimal cell package may make a real difference in your budget.  One glorious thing about landlines are the fact that the phone is not always with you.  You're able to keep in touch when you need to, but you are not constantly available.  You can have an evening that's uninterrupted by bells, whistles and text message alerts, if you would like by turning the cell phones off and relying on the landline for emergency situations.  A landline makes shutting down and having personal time easier as you are only available then to family and friends.

Landlines are not dependent on the use of electricity. During a lengthy power outage, if your cell phone loses its charge you will still have a way to make sure everyone else is okay and keep in touch with the rest of the world. Corded phones do not lose their charge, and are therefore always available to you.  How many times have you forgotten to charge your cell phone at night and it loses charge in the middle of the day? While it's charging, you still have a way of getting in touch with people: your landline.  Businesses can’t just stop because cell phones lose power or a cell tower goes out, keep operating with a landline. 

Let's look at the fact that cell phones are not always cheaper than landlines. If you sign up for an unlimited cell phone plan with data service, you could be paying about $100 a month or more.  Basic landline telephone service with no bells and whistles might cost around $20 a month.  The key is to buy what you need. Having a landline means you aren't paying for use by the number of minutes you use, you're charged one flat rate for all the local calls you can make. This may seem like a negative if you don't use it often, but if you are at home and about to make a local phone call, pick up your landline instead of your cell phone and save money. If you make a lot of long distance calls the cell might be cheaper since most plans include long distance with your bucket of minutes.  If you don't talk long distance very often, the landline is probably the cheaper option.  

You can use the landline for local calls and to save money on your long distance service contact Business Network Long Distance.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

Minute by Minute: What's the better phone?

"Time is Money" and "every minute counts" are old clich├ęs we have to be learned are true. Every day there is a vast amount of minutes, if not hours you spend on the phone, sometimes in a stationary place and sometimes on the go. Regardless the need for the phone is a must. The real question is do we need both a landline and a cell phone? Many would argue that we only need a cell phone, however in most cases the mobile phones turns out to be more of an entertainment device more than a source of communication. Some will argue (especially the senior citizens of our community) that all they need is their house phone.  So let's weigh in on the pros and cons of the dichotomy of telecommunications.

We first must accept that all points of discussion are based on the sole purpose of making a voice call, period. So let's talk quality, there are some great speaker systems in some of the cell phones today and the headsets for them are almost as good as some medium range ear buds. However, the volume still doesn't come close to the audio on a landline; it is thinner and varies in comparison. When we are dealing with the frequencies of the human voice, this can prove to be problematic due to high frequency distortion. The static ratio is much lower in landlines and choppy calls are non- existent.

The price factor is a major point that many would be shocked to discover that a cell phone isn't the better option, even with the free long distance. This is because of per minute usage. Unlimited plans run around $80-$100 per month on average and if you don't do a high volume of long distance, which is killer on the wallet.  If you don't go unlimited and end up using a high amount of minutes that go past your plans allotted minutes, the extra minutes can be up to .20 per minute. And let's not forget about possible roaming charges. Landlines with unlimited long distance run around $60-$70 per month on average and if you don't use long distance, then you could cut that cost in half.  Now if you do a lot of international calling then the cell phone is a hands down loser. Not just on quality but also on price because all the breaks come in the free domestic calling. With landlines international calls are less stress to the budget.

When talking about dependability, landlines depend on nothing but the line itself. Cell phones depend on a tower that could be affected by weather or power. Cell phones also have to be in range of a tower to make (or maintain) the call. There are various things that can cause interference to a wireless call. When a power outage or a bad storm happens in your area, you don't lose your landlines life span because it's not based on a battery.

Since cell phones are so small and portable they are much easier to lose. Also consider that cell phones are high targets for thieves.

If your business is in need of better long distance prices and service, contact Business Network Long Distance for a great deal on your long distance needs.