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First, we saw payphones slowly disappearing from public places in the United States. Now, traditional landlines are being used less and less. In the United States, only 60% of households have a landline, with the number continuing to drop. As more and more Americans are abandoning landline telephones in favor of mobile devices, traditional landlines or "plain old telephone systems" (POTS) are becoming a thing of the past. Many experts believe that POTS phones will disappear from the workplace completely in the next 5-10 years.
While you probably still have some time with your old phone system, many organizations are already shifting to mobile or Internet-based systems like VoIP. This post examines the shift from traditional phones lines and discusses what types of organizations are already benefiting from adopting VoIP systems.
If you live in Carbon Hill, Alabama, you may have to upgrade your phone system sooner than expected. In April 2014, AT&T informed businesses and residents in Carbon Hill that their POTS phone lines could soon be replaced by new technology. AT&T and Verizon are seeking approval from federal regulators to replace phone networks in this region with new technology. If the approval is granted, Carbon Hill residents will not be able to sign up for traditional, landline based services at all.
During superstorm Sandy, traditional phone lines in some cities in New York and New Jersey were destroyed. Although other types of infrastructure was rebuilt after the storm, phone companies opted not to restore the phone lines. Businesses and residents in these areas are now forced into wireless technology.
Many landline customers have noticed the cost of landlines rising steadily. Providers of traditional phone services like AT&T face strong competition from mobile technology. As more people cancel their landline service, the revenues from landlines go down and prices for existing lines increase. For example, in California, AT&T has raised basic rates 115% between 2006 and 2013. Other services like call waiting, and anonymous call rejection have almost quadrupled in the same time period.
Although there are some costs associated with switching over from POTS to VoIP, VoIP adopters may end up recouping costs quicker than expected as POTS service prices continue to rise in many parts of the country.
Eventually, everyone may have to move off of POTS systems, but if you are happy with your current service, you probably won’t have to give it up right away (unless you live in specific areas like Carbon Hill). Although POTS systems are becoming less popular in the United States, they are still reliable, relatively inexpensive, and easy to administer.
Many organizations are already moving away from landlines, and to VoIP systems in particular. VoIP systems can be a great option for many nonprofit organizations, as monthly rates are typically less than POTs systems, particularly on long distance and international calling. VoIP systems also provide more flexibility for nonprofits that have unique business and staffing needs.
If you are considering moving to a VoIP system, TechSoup offers a number of different options for organizations that would like to make the switch, including three different VoIP offers.
Switching to a more high tech system like VoIP can take an initial investment of time and money, but if your organization has some of the following characteristics, the investment will likely be worthwhile:
If you are interested in making the switch to VoIP, TechSoup can help! TechSoup offers three different VoIP offers, from TechBridge, npTalk, and BetterWorld Telecom. Each of these offers provides access to discounted rates, discounted (or free) set up fees, and in some cases, discounted (or free) hardware. The cost saving benefits and wide number of features of VoIP systems can help your nonprofit to work more efficiently and better serve your constituents.
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