Feeds

Could you give up your desk phone?

Cutting the cord

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Mobile Workshop Mobile phones are now pervasive in the business environment. Love them or hate them, there’s no getting away from the fact that many of us are using them as an integral part of day to day communications.

Most of mobile phone users, however, also have a phone sitting on their desk, and are routinely juggling two separate numbers and physical mechanisms for both incoming and outgoing calls, which while we have got used it, is far from ideal.

From a business perspective, there is also the cost of maintaining and supporting two lines, and two sets of equipment. Then we have the old chestnut of human nature, dictating that people will by default gravitate towards the most convenient option if they don’t have to worry about the cost, which in turn leads to mobile phones being used for outgoing calls when a perfectly good fixed line is sitting just a few feet away.

Against this background, about one in three organisations we talked with in a recent Reg survey told us they either had or were considering mechanisms to get their fixed and mobile telephony working better together. This took various forms, and we'll pick up on some of the options later in the week in our mobile clinic.

In the meantime, though, with creative calling plans for small businesses (including free calls between employees in the same company) and the increasing purchasing power of large organisations that continuing to drive down rates, is there a case for simplifying everyone’s lives by just getting rid of desk phones and switching purely to mobiles? It’s not a new idea – the industry calls it ‘fixed mobile substitution’ – and there are various services and solutions that can facilitate it, e.g. hosted PBX offerings from operators.

But would you or your organisation entertain such a move and go completely cellular? Perhaps you have done so already or are investigating options. Maybe there is a case for implementing the approach for selected users only.

Whatever your experience or opinion, we’d like to hear your views on the cost, value and practicality of ditching the desk phone, so let us know what you think in the comment section below.®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
Google has spaffed more cash on lobbying this year than Big Cable
Don't worry, it'll be cheaper when they use drones
EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday
Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?