Should You Cut the Cord and Opt for Broadband Packages

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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.

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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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Why VoIP Works for Small Businesses

In today’s technological age, more and more businesses now prefer VoIP over traditional phone lines for their communication needs. Aside from having business telephone numbers that are not restricted geographically, VoIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol is more cost-effective, more flexible and more efficient than landlines. With better phone models that can be used for VoIP as well, this telecommunications solution is fast becoming the choice of small business start-ups.
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Cost Effective. Making long distance and international calls entails steep fees when done using a traditional phone line or even a mobile phone unit. This is where VoIP is best used for as VoIP calls are routed over the Internet and are not charged additional fees on top of what you are paying for your broadband connection. VoIP, in effect, provides you with unlimited long distance and international calls. The initial cost of setting up a VoIP system may be expensive but the business stands to save more in the long run.

Flexible. VoIP can grow with your business. It allows you to add extra phone lines as your business grows and requires more employees. Also, hosted VoIP solutions can be configured according to your company’s specific requirements. It not only provides you with up-to-date telephony technology, it also provides scalable configuration for future expansion. Traditional phone lines such as PBX systems do not provide this flexibility and scalability.

Efficient. With VoIP, you can call your employees directly on their laptops, PCs and tablets – wherever they are. This also makes conference calls and teleconferencing easily accessible and forwarding calls to mobile phones possible. Software used in VoIP solutions can also respond to changes in the market fast and most have customizable management portals with a simple interface that facilitate effective communication. The easy-to-use features and functionality of VoIPs for business communications make it much more efficient than traditional phone lines.

Unlike landlines though, VoIP requires good Internet connection and could not be used during power outages. It may also be vulnerable to malware, viruses and even hackers. Nonetheless, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages as these cons can be easily addressed by installing safeguards. As such, it is highly advisable for small businesses to go with the VoIP solution. Ideally though, a business must have both a landline and a VoIP system.

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Smartbro’s Service is Improving

It is time to say something nice about Smartbro, our internet provider. Our download speed is ranging from 110kbps-170kbps on peak hours and reaches 300+kbps on early mornings and late evenings for two weeks now. Still slow compared to its maximum speed of 1mbps but a lot more faster than our download speed before which was 30kbps-80kbps during peak hours.
Screenshot from Speedtest.net at 9:40 today, download speed is 160kbps.
Screenshot taken a month ago at 9:55a.m., download speed of 50kbps.

My husband is monitoring the speed of Smartbro and documenting it so he can have concrete proof and basis for his complaints. He is quite impressed (but still not satisfied) with Smartbro’s service. Maybe the Smartbro upgraded their base stations because aside from the improved speed, we seldom experience intermittent connections for weeks. I hope Smartbro will continue to upgrade and improve their service. It is a giant company anyway and has millions of subscribers.
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Smartbro’s Problem

When we woke up last Saturday morning, we had no internet connection again. The three of us, Rhonnel, RJ and I, were forced to go to an internet shop to check emails, product opps, and Facebook. RJ played Yoville, one of Facebook applications. We just got back our internet connection yesterday afternoon. Haaay, can’t really live now without the internet.

Smartbro said to expect on and off connection because there were fiber cuts from Singapore to Japan and from Malaysia to Taiwan. Very technical for me. I don’t know what it has to do with us. Don’t know either how long it will last. Well, we have no choice, have we?

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Looking for a Better Internet Connection

I was free yesterday so I was able to blog hop to just only few sites because our internet connection was interrupted and we had no connection until late afternoon. This is happening for about a week now. I don’t know what’s the problem with Smartbro. We are planning to shift to other internet provider but we’re not sure of their services. It’s hard to decide and take chances because these companies have 2 to 3 years lock-in period. Can you help and tell us which is the best among the Smartbro, Globe and Digitel? Well, our internet connection is ok again and I am free today so I can visit your site guys as promised. Have a great weekend everyone!
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