In the late 1800’s the world as we knew it was transformed when Alexander Graham Bell devised a tool for people to be able to speak to one another from different locations: the telephone. Since then, technology has developed quite rapidly. People not only have stationary, or landline, phones, but also mobile telephones, also known as cell phones, and video phone services, such as skype. Some feel that the traditional landline telephone is on the verge of becoming obsolete, as even businesses are able to operate effectively and efficiently without them. Gone are the days where homeowners and business owners had to be near the phone in order to take a call; now they can be anywhere in the world and still receive pertinent information, take orders, or work with a client.
Companies are emerging that allow business owners to have a professional “look” with 1800 and 1300 numbers, but have the capability of being forwarded to any mobile phone or skype phone account. They can, of course, still be identified with a landline phone, as well. For as little as $10 a month, a company can be assigned a business phone number, but can be utilized on any type of connecting phone. You can conduct business from a tropical island and your customers wouldn’t know the different. This offers amazing benefits to a business owner; they are no longer strapped to a desk, in an office, and can work from remote locations to conduct their business.
How Phone Technology Has Changed Through the Years
The Mobile and Video Phone are only the most recent changes to the phone industry. Originally telephones were made up of a set of exchanges. Up to 100 lines could be connected through one exchange where an operator would manually connect a call from one location to another. This was an amazing asset for those who could afford a landline phone. People no longer needed to physically go and get a doctor to visit their sick relative should they need the help; they could just ring for a physician to come to their home, saving time and expediting care.
From there the process of exchanges became fast, with automated exchanges and fewer operators necessary to perform the work.
Pay phones are another area that has come and gone in the telecommunications industry. By 1905, 100,000 pay phones were scattered across the country. At their height, nearly 2 million coin-operated phones were in existence. No matter where you were, you could find a pay phone and call a family member, or your office, to communicate information. With the development and popularity of the mobile phone, pay phones are now rarely found.
Touch-tone phones were a new-age creation compared to its predecessor, the rotary phone. By the 1970’s cordless phones started to gain popularity, putting the traditional “attached to the wall” phone out of style.
Soon there-after the first mobile phone was created. They were bulky and expensive, but a mobile phone would quickly gain traction with those who wanted to take or make phone calls away from their home or office.
Motorola was the first company to develop a hand-held cellular phone. From there a network of cell phone towers and services expanded and grew. Other companies quickly joined in the technological efforts making cell phones a multi trillion-dollar industry and transforming the world as we know it. Now satellites are utilized to maximize mobile phone services.
Today, nearly 83% of Americans have cell phones. Worldwide, the number of cell phones to people on earth is nearly identical, with 6.8 billion cell phone subscriptions to the 7 billion people in the world. In wealthier countries, rates of cell phone subscriptions to people exceed 100% because of individuals with multiple phone services. These countries making up for the disparity in developing economies. Still, penetration rates are impressive even in poor countries, with an average of 89.4 subscriptions per 100 people. This is remarkable, considering many of these locations are still incapable of landline telephone services due to the lack of infrastructure.
Video phones are an even newer waves of communication technology. Today people can communication, in live time, through cameras on the mobile phone or computers and video chat with another party anywhere in the world. Services such as Facetime and Skype can be used to place calls to anyone who also has the service and the parties can not only hear each other, but see each other, as well.
The Benefits of Using Mobile and Video Phones in Business
Mobile and video phones provide a variety of benefits to business owners. The obvious is that people can work, efficiently, from anywhere on the globe. No matter where they are, they can conduct business meetings and calls, by way of mobile phone, without having to find a viable landline.
Another business tool is video phones. The utilization of video phones still has not reached its potential benefits. Many people have found video phone technology to be useful when communication with family members, however businesses can use video phones, as well, to build face-to-face rapport, without actually being in the same room with a prospective client. This enable owners to conduct business with clientele overseas for a fraction of the cost; they no longer need to pay for airline tickets and hotel rooms, to close a face-to-face deal.
Additionally, they can conduct multiple meetings in a short amount of time, maximizing their efforts. What used to take perhaps a month to conduct four business meetings, can be done in the span of an afternoon with video phones.
With rapidly transforming technology, home and business owners are able to do things that were only a dream a few decades ago. Having the capabilities of communicating with prospective clients, face-to-face, from anywhere on the globe gives an amazing advantage to those who utilize it. Best of all, you can use one device to accept all your calls, personal and professional, by having multiple phone numbers connected to one phone. Using a 1300 or 1800 number protects your personal identity and gives a more professional appearance, while you can maintain your regular mobile device phone number for personal use.
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