With Landlines Becoming Extinct, It’s Time to Upgrade to VoIP

Landlines Obsolete: It's Time To Upgrade to VoIP

Everything eventually goes the way of the dinosaurs. New technologies evolve to replace old ones, and so on, until the end of time. And phone lines are no exception. Landlines, specifically, are the stegosauruses of our day, slowly going extinct as more people turn to mobile phones and their primary form of communication. But why?  

Why are Landlines Going Extinct?  

Once, many decades ago, landlines were the undisputed rulers of communication. Fast forward to today, and the era of landlines is fading away. According to a recent study, only five percent of adults in the United States use landlines. The use of business landlines has dropped by 21 percent.

Infographic about how many people are deciding to install a landline in Households

Consumers prefer cell phones, it seems. But why are landlines becoming obsolete in business? Well one major reason is the deregulation of traditional landlines by the FCC, also known as Plain Old Telephone Services (POTS). The FCC ruled that major POTS providers don’t have to provide specific services to their competitors at particular rates.  

The result? A surge in the cost of maintaining traditional business landlines. Legacy service rates are no longer regulated, resulting in providers charging exorbitant fees.  

Plus, the diminishing investment in POTS technology reduces service quality and support. Providers are diverting their focus from traditional landlines, leading to increased service response times and potential quality issues.   

As a business owner, you’ll have to make tough decisions regarding your communication infrastructure, especially if you are still relying on copper wire technology. You need to find more cost-efficient alternatives.  

The Rise of VoIP: A Brief History  

Enter VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, a modern and cost-effective alternative to traditional landlines. VoIP transmits voice and multimedia content over the internet, eliminating the need for physical copper wires.  

VoIP has been around for a while, originating in the late 1990s.  

However, it wasn’t until recent years that VoIP gained widespread popularity and acceptance as a viable landline alternative. Advances in internet infrastructure, coupled with improvements in VoIP technology, have made it an increasingly attractive option for businesses and individuals alike.  

If you’re wondering when exactly that happened, check out our timeline!

Late 1990s – VoIP Emerges  

  • VoIP started allowing voice calls over the internet, breaking away from traditional phone networks.  

Early 2000s – Technology Improves  

  • Early adopters embrace VoIP for its cost savings and flexibility.  
  • Improved internet speeds and compression make VoIP more reliable.  

Mid-2000s – VoIP Goes Mainstream  

  • Businesses catch on to VoIP’s potential for cost-effective communication.  
  • High-speed broadband boosts VoIP accessibility.  

2010s – Cloud-Based Solutions Shine  

  • Cloud-based VoIP solutions become popular, bringing scalability and reducing maintenance hassles.  
  • VoIP integrates seamlessly with video conferencing and instant messaging.  

Present Day – VoIP Standardizes Communication  

  • VoIP is now a go-to communication tool, offering savings and a rich set of features.  
  • Ongoing advancements focus on security, service quality, and integration capabilities.  

Why It’s Time to Upgrade from Traditional Landlines to VoIP  

One of the most compelling reasons to upgrade to VoIP is the potential for significant cost savings. Unlike traditional landlines with unpredictable rate increases, VoIP offers transparent and often lower pricing. And VoIP allows yout to choose plans based on your business needs, eliminating the burden of maintaining expensive copper wire lines.   

Beyond cost savings, VoIP brings a wealth of additional features to the table:  

  • Voicemail to email transcription  
  • Call forwarding, and   
  • Video conferencing is just a few examples  

It’s also highly adaptable, allowing you to adjust to the ever-changing technological ecosystem in seconds without the hassle of traditional phone systems. Whether you’re expanding operations or accommodating remote work arrangements, VoIP allows you to scale communication infrastructure effortlessly. And make secure work calls from any internet-connected device. 

Plus, with the FCC’s deregulation of traditional landlines leading to increased costs and reduced support, the timing couldn’t be better to upgrade. 

How to Make the Switch to VoIP Communications  

Making the transition from landlines to VoIP doesn’t have to be a Jurassic-sized headache. Here’s a simple guide to help you transition smoothly from landlines to VoIP. We understand the concerns, and we’ve got a set of simple steps that will make this switch hassle-free.  

  • Step 1: Assessment. Evaluate your current communication needs and identify the features essential for your business.  
  • Step 2: Choose a Provider. Select a reliable VoIP service provider such as NTouchTel, ensuring they meet your business requirements.  
  • Step 3: Equipment and Installation. Acquire compatible hardware and follow the provider’s installation guidelines.  
  • Step 4: Training. Train your team on using the new system, addressing any concerns or hesitations they may have.  
  • Step 5: Testing. Conduct thorough testing to ensure a smooth transition and resolve any potential issues.  
  • Step 6: Full Implementation. Once everything is in place, you and your team can enjoy all the benefits of VoIP. Enjoy!  

On average, companies can save 30 to 50% on communication expenses by switching to VoIP solutions.  

Enter Your VoIP Era with NTouchTel  

As we bid farewell to the Cretaceous era of communication, consider adapting with NTouchTel. We offer cutting-edge VoIP solutions that saves on costs and ensures your business can stay adaptable and agile no matter what changes come our way.  

Don’t let your phone lines become relics – reach out today to evolve with NTouchTel and enter the future of communication with a roar! 


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