Cell Phone Only for your Business

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Have any of you gone to cell phone only for your business? Every month when I pay the business phone rate on our landline phone, I think about going cell phone only (a cell phone dedicated to the business).

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The only thing that keeps me from going all cell all the time are winter power outages.  Land line phone often still works, but we are so on-the-edge-of-cell-service here that if a tower in the area goes down, we lose cell.   sad

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We cannot get a landline where we live so it is mobile phone only. We also have a skype handset which is connected to the router for cheap European calls, where most of our business comes from.

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Stu wrote:

We cannot get a landline where we live so it is mobile phone only. We also have a skype handset which is connected to the router for cheap European calls, where most of our business comes from.

How do you get Internet & router with no landline? I was told I had to have DSL to get wifi (I had dial-up on my landline). So now I have the landline and DSL.

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I knew somebody was going to ask that. Basically you ring a company and they come and fix it for you!... Some small dish on the side of the house transmits a signal from a nearby larger transmitter and after that i don't really know, but it works and thats all that matters. As you can tell I am a serious techno geek, in fact I am writing this on iPad 1st generation. Up with the times!!

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gillumhouse wrote:

How do you get Internet & router with no landline? I was told I had to have DSL to get wifi (I had dial-up on my landline). So now I have the landline and DSL.

Satellite or cable. Also, I've heard there's a way for the electric company to provide internet service over the electric lines!

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Satellite or cable. Also, I've heard there's a way for the electric company to provide internet service over the electric lines!

That's what I waiting for!   Hope to see it in my lifetime.  They are only 2 years behind!!!  Having a "hot spot" with cell is very costly.  So I don't share with guest.  wink

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Ah so! said the blind man as he picked up his hammer and saw.   OK - ain't happening. The cable company is less reliable than the landline. And a dish here is even less reliable - mostly only those too far out to get cable have that.

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You aren't getting what he said. He uses Google PHone..which you could do for your business and just have it forwarded to your cell. Or buy a separate cell for your business only. Nothing to di with your DSL.

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Cell as business phone from day 1. I carry it on me, sleep beside it. The only place it is not going with me is the shower.

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April wrote:

Cell as business phone from day 1. I carry it on me, sleep beside it. The only place it is not going with me is the shower.

When I started, cell phones were expensive and I thought I did not want to be that connected.6 years later, my sent me a package that contained a cell phone held together with rubber bands with a note - this is your phone number and these are the number of minutes you have per month. He & his wife also paid the phone bill for about 11 years - until I got the iPhone and changed carriers (he was going to Finland in 2014 so it was time). I forward the land line to the cell when we go out. Now I am rarely without my cell. But it is not the business phone.

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April wrote:

The only place it is not going with me is the shower.

Some carriers are touting their waterproof models now Smiling

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I will keep my landline because I love it.  I like a crystal clear connection on my end.  I have a hard time understanding people on cell phones due to interference.  I do use a cell phone but mostly for texting back and forth.  Guests love to text me instead of calling me if they need something while staying here.

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I have to keep the landline for DSL so I can have wifi. I keep the toll-free (only pay minutes used) for DH's sister so she will call once in a while to let us know she is still alive. When we go out - as we did today - I forward the phone to my cell.

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Cell phone only.  One or the other of us is supposed to carry it during the day.  Fewer missed calls means more bookings.  My sense - and I say this from my own experience with B&Bs is that when someone can't reach an inn, they move on.

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My inn phone number is a free Google Voice number. I set it to forward calls to my cell phone, or whatever phone(s) I want.

If I don't answer the call, it takes a message, sends me a text message of the transcript of the message, and I can play the message back through the free Google Voice app on my iPhone.

People can also send text messages to the same Google Voice number. And when I call them back, or text them back, from the iPhone app, the call or text shows it's coming from my inn name, not my personal iPhone.

So it just works great for me. Lets me have what appears to be a business phone number, but it's all done through my iPhone for no additional charge.

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One smart cookie you are Smiling  Sounds like a good thing!

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EmptyNest wrote:

One smart cookie you are Smiling  Sounds like a good thing!

I'm not so smart. I learned about Google Voice here on Innspiring!

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Yes I only have cell.  Works perfect for me.  laugh

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We can't port our phone number yet, so no we haven't even thought about it.

And cellphone service here is spotty. I have the worst time talking to guests who are using cellphones or when I use a cellphone to call someone.

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Our business line is our mobile. I have an identi-call number that we forward it to, when in the house, so we know by the distinctive ring that it's for the B&B. No business line, no yp listing.

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