A landline number is just a regular phone number that relies on physical wires to enable voice calls. Before cellphones existed, metal or cable wires were the only way a phone in a home or office could place/receive calls.
A phone number for a cellphone wouldn’t be considered a landline number because it uses radio waves to transfer voice calls.
Even though many modern home phones or landlines are wireless, the cradles they’re connected to still rely on that cord connection. That’s the reason people refer to ditching their landline in favor of a cellphone as “cutting the cord”.
You’ve probably heard of landline numbers referred to as hard-wired, or POTS (plain old telephone service). Which makes sense given landline numbers need one of these—familiar to anyone born before 2000.
In 2016, a U.S. government study revealed that 50.8% of homes and apartments had only cellphone service. But for many organizations, landlines are still the preferred lifestyle.
There are a few undeniable benefits to having a landline number for your organization:
On the flip side, landline numbers also come with a few negatives. Depending on your business needs, these may or may not become dealbreakers.
After weighing the pro’s and con’s, you might still be on the fence. We can’t make the call for you, but we will say this.
There’s no real harm in having a landline number. If your business has a lot of call traffic, it’s probably in your best interest. But the ability to communicate on the go is practically essential these days. Workspaces (and workers) are on the go, which means your communication tactics must be as well.
Here’s the good news.
You can have a landline number and text-enable it without interrupting your voice service.
While calls may still be routed to a physical location, you open yourself up to communicate with anyone, at any time, through SMS.
Take a look at what you can do with a text-enabled landline:
When it comes to landline limitation solutions, SMS is one of the best there is. 66% of consumers either prefer mobile messaging or consider it their second choice for communications when compared to phone and email.
If your business already has a landline number that you want to text enable, we can set up text to landline in a few simple steps.
If you do not have a landline number, or you want to change yours, we can also work with you to secure a new number.
Your third best option is to contact your desired phone service provider and ask for a rep to help set you up with a number and any necessary devices. Know that, depending on the size and call volume of your service, this could get a little pricey.
If you’re looking for a more cost-friendly option, you may want to consider a VoIP number, but that’s a whole different ball game you can read about here.
No matter what method you choose, connectivity is key! From calling to texting, there are plenty of ways to get in touch with the people you need.