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Six Reasons Not to Cut the Cord on Your Home Phone

Did you know that the first telephone call happened 138 years ago?  On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell picked up his latest invention, the “Electrical Speech Machine,” and stated, “Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you.”  And the rest was history.

The home phone and people’s attitude about it have come a long way since then. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey1, more than 90 percent of U.S. adults now own cell phones, and for many of them it’s their only phone.  But poor cellular coverage and dead zones in the home are reason enough for 1 in 9 people to be extremely dissatisfied with in-home cellular service2, and just two reasons why people should consider hanging on to their home phones. Need a few more? See below:

telephone infographic

 

Vonage was founded on disrupting the way people traditionally communicate by providing feature-rich, affordable communication solutions that offer flexibility, portability and ease-of-use.  As an alternative to traditional telecom companies, Vonage provides solutions for customers who want affordable calling both domestically and to destinations worldwide. Customers chose from the company’s low-cost calling plans that offer unlimited calling throughout the U.S. and to more than 60 countries at low, flat monthly rates. 

But Vonage has also changed with the times. The company’s Extensions® feature increases the flexibility and value of its service by enabling customers to extend their home calling plan to any phone, even mobiles, at no extra charge.  With the free mobile Extensions app for iPhone and Android, customers can utilize one-touch dialing from their smartphone’s existing address book, allowing them to call anytime, anywhere and from any phone they choose.  If a customer has a Vonage international calling plan, through the app, they can make international calls from their mobile phones without paying anything additional to their carriers for international calling. When used over Wi-Fi, this is completely fee.

And, just in case you need one more reason to keep your home phone, the Extensions App can make your cell phone work better! Domestic callers will also find the mobile Extensions app useful because it makes their cell phone work better in their homes. If there is a strong Wi-Fi connection and they have a smartphone, customers can make calls through the app and get better clarity and a stronger connection than if they dialed directly from their cell phone.

Today, the phone turns 138 years old.  And, today, Vonage remains a leader in communications, developing new and flexible ways for consumers to stay in touch and make that important connection.

1Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, April 17-May 19, 2013 Tracking Survey.
2 Vonage proprietary research.