Remember landlines? In the 20th century, everyone had either a "Home" or a "Business" Landline. A funny thing happened though in the 1990's called Cellular Phones. Who could have ever imagined that the phone companies "Bell Monopoly" would be broken and replaced by a wireless technology that would become globally adopted. Meanwhile, Large businesses would buy their own on premise Private Branch Exchange (PBX) Servers which required IT experts and an expensive monthly service contract.
Shortly afterwards, the Cable operators came into the picture offering "digital" voice services bundled in to their internet/TV packages for $20-$30 per line. Next to landlines and cellular lines, cable phone service was actually an improvement. The biggest problem with cable phone service is most people have analog phones and utilize an analog-to-digital converter. They get some basic cloud features but nowhere near the quality of service or amazing functionality found on today's UCAAS (Unified Communications As A Service) Cloud voIP solutions.
History has a cruel way of repeating itself. What happened to all the Landline carriers is exactly what later happened to the on premise Business phone Companies. Most of the incumbents like Avaya, Cisco, Toshiba and many others have filed Bankruptcy or re-invented themselves by moving from on premise solutions to Hybrid and Cloud solutions. If you can't beat them, join them. In Cisco's case and many other incumbents, buy them or partner with them. Cisco just bought Broadsoft, a major cloud player. Mitel just bought ShoreTel, another cloud powerhouse we also represent. What this all means is you no longer need to buy any home of office phone equipment. With the cloud, it is possible to either forward and/or have a special softphone application on your SmartPhone, iPad or computer that operates exactly like your SmartPhone telephone. You can dial with the keypad, from recent, or from contacts. Obviously, some people prefer the office desktop voIP phones and these are relatively inexpensive. They can be leased or purchased as well. Best of all, with a cloud phone system, you can even choose which number you wish to display for your caller ID. Our doctor clients can call patients back from their cellphones and now have them display their office number - not their private cell line.
Can your current phone system do all of the above?
If not, why not? Dr Wireless can seamlessly move your business to the cloud for as low as $27.99 per line. Not only is this less than your currently paying, it will also make your business look much larger and more successful. Best of all, Dr Wireless can immediately implement this service and move your current phone numbers seamlessly. Ask us!
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Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.