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Want To Make a Smart Business Decision? Cut the Cord!

Today, most businesses have their workforce on mobile phones that the business pays for. These companies often pay for landline phone service on their workforce desks too!

We’ve found that our business clients have a difficult time making the decision to “cut the cord” with regard to their old landline phone systems due to a fear of lost revenue from phone numbers on business cards, listing services (i.e. yellow pages), advertisements, etc. While we understand their concerns, we feel that the benefits greatly outweigh the risk.

So what are the benefits? In most cases, the primary reason to cut the cord is the related expense. Savings of $600 annually ($50/mo. on average) is a great reason to let the landline phone service go! On the business side, savings can be exponential. For example, we recently helped one of our business clients save more than $45,000 annually by pulling their office phones into NumberGarage™ and forwarding those calls to company-paid cell phones.

Do you still have a landline phone at home or at work? If so, it might be time to cut the cord…

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How Do You Know If You Need NumberGarage™?

Do you have a phone number you wish you could have kept?  We hear it all the time — “I wish I knew about you when we moved!”

If you’re moving, living abroad or have too many phone numbers to manage, you might want to learn more about NumberGarage™. We port phone numbers in and forward phone calls out — that’s it!

So what’s the big benefit? You get to keep the same phone number regardless of where you live, avoiding all the hassles of changing your contact info. This could mean a short-term solution while you settle in or a long-term opportunity to keep a legacy phone number that’s important to you.

Another example of when NumberGarage™ will come in handy is if you decide to live internationally for an extended period of time. In this case, you might choose to reactivate your phone number with a cellular carrier when you return to the United States.

While traveling abroad, there are TONS of options to help manage your communications. In fact, here’s a recent Forbes article detailing a laundry list of ways to approach call forwarding when traveling: http://onforb.es/1tCUSB5.

At NumberGarage™, we like to keep things simple (and affordable!). So what’s our solution? Just forward your U.S. phone number through NumberGarage™ to your Skype® or Google Voice® phone number. It’s arguably one of the easiest and most affordable ways to stay in touch with your callers while you travel.

With this approach, your callers won’t know what country you’re in unless you tell them! This is because their call to you is still considered a local call. The down side….depending on where you’re living, you might be answering calls when you should be sleeping 🙂

Port? Park? VoIP? Is Telephony even a word?!

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It can be confusing. NumberGarage™ is here to break it down. These are a few questions you might have while choosing how to manage your extra phone numbers.

  • What am I doing when I port my phone number?

Think of it like this: your telephone number is an airplane, and the phone companies are the airlines (American Airlines®, Southwest Airlines®, etc.).  Wherever your number is ported (AT&T®, Verizon®, GoogleVoice®, NumberGarage™, etc.), that entity is providing service to your number for you, just like a plane sitting at the airport is serviced by an airline company. YOU are the pilot, which means you own your phone number.  You can choose where to port that number and when to fly away, which in telecom speak is called “porting out.”  When you port your number to NumberGarage™, that means we’re servicing your phone number for you.

If you don’t have an airline representing and servicing your plane, well, your airplane is abandoned and cannot fly. Your phone number works the same way – if you leave your current phone company without porting your number somewhere else first, the number has nowhere to go – you’ve just flown your plane into the Bermuda Triangle. Always make sure your number is safe in its new port before canceling service with your old provider.

  • What happens when I park my phone number?

Once a port is complete you can either park your number or forward your calls to a different one. When you park a phone number you are putting it in storage.  Back to the airplane analogy, you would have an airline that still services the plane, it would just be parked safely in a hangar for later use.  Simple as that.  People park numbers for all kinds of reasons: maybe they’re traveling for an extended period of time,  being deployed, or maybe they want to reserve a catchy phone number for a future business venture, or even prevent someone else from taking ownership of a particular number.

  • What is this “VoIP” thing all the kids are talking about?

      VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, which is a fancy way to say talking over the internet instead of over wires up in telephone poles. NumberGarage™ and companies like us are VoIP service providers – we use the internet to meet your telephony needs!

  • Speaking of “telephony,” is that even a word?

Telephony is all things telephone. It’s technical definition is: the branch of science devoted to the transmission, reception, and reproduction of sounds, such as speech and tones that represent digits for signaling. Note 1: Transmission may be via various media, such as wire, optical fibers, or radio. Note 2: Analog representations of sounds may be digitized, transmitted, and, on reception, converted back to analog form. Note 3: “Telephony” originally entailed only the transmission of voice and voice-frequency data. Currently, it includes new services, such as the transmission of graphics information. 2. A form of telecommunication set up for the transmission of speech or, in some cases, other sounds. (from ATIS Telecom Glossary)

More telephony terms leaving you befuddled? Check out the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) searchable glossary here.

 

Closest Thing to a Truly FREE Smartphone Plan We’ve Seen So Far:

The NumberGarage™ team is always looking for ways to get phone use costs as low as possible, and all of our very scientific research has led us to one important conclusion – Free is a very low price.  We’ve done some digging and discovered a smartphone plan from FreedomPop that is the closest thing to free we’ve seen so far. We’ve heard nothing but good things about FreedomPop – these guys are pioneering the concept of free (almost) smartphone usage, and they’re doing a darn good job of it. They’ve partnered with Sprint to offer customers 500MBs of data, 200 voice minutes, and 500 texts for the price of. . . wait for it. . .NOTHING (after you purchase their phone for the very reasonable price of $179. ). Once you’ve used your allotted data and minutes, you pay 1¢ per minute, 1¢ per text, and 2 1/2 ¢ per MB of data, and only as you use them.They have two other plans with more voice, texting, and data included in the monthly allowance for $7.99 and $10.99 a month. And we love that, just like NumberGarage™, there’s no contract, so you’re free to come and go as you please.

The problem? You can’t port your phone number to Freedompop, so to use their service you have to get a new number, which means all the hassles of making sure your friends and clients know how to reach you.

The solution? NumberGarage™. Port your old number into NumberGarage, forward all your calls to your new Freedompop phone, drop your massive cellphone bill, and save some serious cash.

When Area Codes Run Dry

What happens when phone numbers run out in an area code? The area code in our hometown of Nashville, TN is (615). This area code has been used for Middle Tennessee phone numbers since 1954, and the available phone numbers for NEW subscribers will run out in two years or 2015. A NEW area code is needed, and the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) that decides the fate of what to do is making it difficult on themselves by creating a survey to determine what to do. NumberGarage™ would make the decision that ALL new subscribers receive the NEW area code. Keep reading and see what Option Two is proposing!!!

  • Option one involves an Overlay. An overlay would permit retention of all current 615 numbers, but require 10-digit dialing for local calls within the 615 area. All new subscribers would receive the new area code.
  • Option two involves a Split. Under a split, seven-digit dialing of local calls would remain within the area code, but would require approximately half of wireless and landline customers within the current area code to change their telephone numbers.

Here is the official document outlining this proposal.

All of the businesses in the (615) area code that could be faced with having a NEW phone number forced upon them would NOT be happy. It just does not make sense to force a NEW phone number on a business whose identity is their phone number.

The many fax numbers, cell phone numbers, landline numbers, DSL numbers that use phone numbers issued each day to NEW customers should just have the NEW area code given to them.

If you choose to use NumberGarage™ you are doing so because your phone number has VALUE to you, or your business. It is important to receive phone calls (or faxes), and NumberGarage™ was created for you specifically. Well, it was created to protect the ownership of a phone number.

You will know when to NumberGarage™ your phone number and we will be here for you when you are ready.