With flexible and affordable BT Total Broadband packages now available, many small business owners are considering doing away with landlines. Aside from the fact that cutting the cord would definitely cut down on expenses, business owners notice the decline of landline users in the consumer market. It has become so much easier to reach consumers through their mobile phones, emails, or social media networks. Before you do cut the cord, consider first the advantages and disadvantages of not having your own landline.
Why Get Rid of Your Landline
Cost Saving. The most obvious reason for getting rid of your landline is to cut down on expenses. Your broadband bundle would already allow you to use VOIP services which are much more affordable. There are even software you can download that provide these services without charge. Skype, for one, allows you to make conference calls for free; which is also why it has fast gained popularity in the business industry.
Mobility. Unless you are paying additional fees for call forwarding, a landline ties you to your office where you are forced to stay and wait for client calls or make a call to a supplier. This is why a lot of business owners now invest in cell phone services that provide portability and mobility.
The Downside of Not Having a Landline
Higher Risk of Inconvenience. You run more risk of inconvenience when you cut your landline in favour of VOIP or mobile services. Being solely reliant on internet service, VOIP service cannot be used when the internet is down or when there is a power outage. Also, both VOIP and mobile services depend on your location. If you happen to be in an area with bad service, you risk having a connection of very poor quality.
To Cut the Cord or Not
The decision to do away with a landline depends highly on the type of business you are in. Evaluate your business needs and consumer reach to determine whether your business would manage well without a landline. Since it relies on fast internet connection and power supply, VOIP services may not be as reliable now as a landline. However, with recent technological advancements, VOIP services continue to improve and are even foreseen to be the top choice for business communication. As with all business concerns, weigh the pros and cons of cutting the cord before you make your decision.
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