B&B Phone vs Residential

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With the age of the internet, would you ever consider giving up your BUSINESS LINE and having it residential? The one perk being the yellowpages, not an ad, just the #, which primarily no one uses these days. Anyone can google and get the info.

What say you?

If we go residential we can get 3 times the internet speed and all the same features at less the cost. We would keep the same phone #, just change it to residential vs commercial.

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We have "business class" phone/internet/cable with the cable company, using the same phone number we have always had (well, at least since they've had the modern numbering scheme with area codes and exchanges -- our phone service predates that, e.g. "Boothbay Harbor 728," and our mailing address pre-dates the introduction of the zip-code and two-letter state abbreviation!)

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Ours is with BT -we have unlimited Broadband at a really fast speed (can't remember) which is at a fixed price ie guests can use as much as they like and virtually doesn't affect speed - and remember we are 11 rooms with potentially 21 guests having a go at it.

My mobile is in the bundle - free divert ie from home to my mobile and all calls after 5pm are free and can talk as long as I like with unlimited free texting and a decent chunk of internet should I need it.

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Interestingly, when I called Suddenlink (cable) about activating my guesthouse service, I got cable, including HBO high definition, commercial speed Internet, and phones, with separate phone numbers for each apartment, at a total less than half what I pay for my home package! And all phone calls are free within USA (and they won't dial international).

Can't explain, can't complain!

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We, like K, had a residential # prior to opening.  When I called about a business line the prices were WAY more with the only + being the yp listing was included.  We just paid for the yp listing separately - back then ~$60 yr.  We gave up the yp listing about '08 when the price increased to almost $300.

We have cable WiFi so our phone setup does not affect it. 

I see no benefit to having a business line.  Guest have no clue what type of phone you have.  The phone co. is the only one benefiting by you keeping it that way.  Unfortunately I have heard many people say they were unable to keep their # when switching companies (not sure what the same co. will do) even though most advertise that you can keep your same #.  

 

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copperhead wrote:

We, like K, had a residential # prior to opening.  When I called about a business line the prices were WAY more with the only + being the yp listing was included.  We just paid for the yp listing separately - back then ~$60 yr.  We gave up the yp listing about '08 when the price increased to almost $300.

We have cable WiFi so our phone setup does not affect it. 

I see no benefit to having a business line.  Guest have no clue what type of phone you have.  The phone co. is the only one benefiting by you keeping it that way.  Unfortunately I have heard many people say they were unable to keep their # when switching companies (not sure what the same co. will do) even though most advertise that you can keep your same #.  

 

Here, the prefixes are controlled by either the phone company or the town (I can't remember) so until they get released to the open market I cannot port my number to another company. Even tho they all say I can keep my number, if I call they say I can't port the prefix to another company. Like Vonage.

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Madeleine wrote:

copperhead wrote:

We, like K, had a residential # prior to opening.  When I called about a business line the prices were WAY more with the only + being the yp listing was included.  We just paid for the yp listing separately - back then ~$60 yr.  We gave up the yp listing about '08 when the price increased to almost $300.

We have cable WiFi so our phone setup does not affect it. 

I see no benefit to having a business line.  Guest have no clue what type of phone you have.  The phone co. is the only one benefiting by you keeping it that way.  Unfortunately I have heard many people say they were unable to keep their # when switching companies (not sure what the same co. will do) even though most advertise that you can keep your same #.  

 

Here, the prefixes are controlled by either the phone company or the town (I can't remember) so until they get released to the open market I cannot port my number to another company. Even tho they all say I can keep my number, if I call they say I can't port the prefix to another company. Like Vonage.

We have 2 lines both with the same prefix (only prefix in our area), and we decided to go with cable for 1 line.  I did the 2nd (fax) line as I had heard others have issues when trying to move their #.  The cable company told us on rare occasions there are issues but not generally.  In our case the move was smooth but not sure what would happen if we attempted it with our main # - the one we use for bus.

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I am sitting pretty on this one. We HAD the residential phone and then opened the business. Left the phone as is due to the horrible charges if it was business. As business we would be charged for every call - in or out (as bad as cell phones used to be). Then I got a toll-free with another company and was able to get the same number we already had - just with 888 instead of the state area code.

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It is a much higher rate here for business so it is not even worth changing. We were set up to get this and they called today and said "You have a business ph#, sorry"... Unless we lose the business phone, not the number, But that was one rep, the next one will prob say we have to lose the number next...

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We get the same internet bundle speed regardless of billing type. So, that would not be a reason here. I like the separation (because we don't have a smart phone) between home & biz so I can talk for an hour with my mother without worrying. And the number has been out there for so long it would make more sense to get rid of my home line. Except for calling family...

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I would do that in a heartbeat.  They won't let us keep the same number if we switch from commercial to residential, or I would have done it already.

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