October /November 2002
Eliminate Phone Lines with an Intelligent Phone Switch
By Rob Higgins
Whether you operate a home business or a large corporation, your
lifeline to the world is the telephone line. With out it you would
be out of business. Phone lines are very important, but they are also
expensive, and as a valuable resource, they should be managed wisely.
Line-sharing technology can cut fixed costs on your monthly bills
and give you the advantage of more control over your telecommunications
system. Sharing phone lines for voice callers, a fax machine, a modem,
and other devices is both feasible and cost-effective. Automatic call
processing technology makes this possible as well as profitable.
Automatic call processors save the monthly cost of having dedicated
phone lines for your fax, modem, and/or voice calls. By effectively
using your phone lines, you can eliminate one or more of them with
the help of a "smart" phone switch.
When installed on your system, the line-sharing device automatically
routes calls over one or more lines to multiple devices. When a fax
call comes in, the switch automatically sends the call to your fax.
If it's a data call, it's routed to your computer. Or if the caller
is a human, it's routed to your phones, phone system, or answering
machine. The correct device answers automatically and no other devices
will ring. A smart switch pays for itself in a few months and keeps
on saving you money for years to come.
Cut Fixed Costs
An automatic line-sharing device will save your business about $50
dollars a month per line on average. A smart switch can save you 1-9
lines per unit in phone charges, and multiple-line devices can save
you even more.
A computerized call processor can automatically tell whom the call
is for and whether the caller is a person or a machine. Fax switching
frees up the fax line for other uses when the fax is not in use. Distinctive
ring processors allow up to 3 phone numbers on the same line. Tone
Detection call processors allow up to 9 devices to share a single
phone number. Modems can share lines with other modems, fax machines,
voice systems or any phone-connected equipment. You can pool multiple
modems over one phone line in one call automatically. Line Sharing
will save you thousands over the life of the equipment.
Rob Higgins has degrees in Finance and Business. He currently teaches
at Parkland College and is managing director of Higgins International.
Learn more about line sharing at http://faxswitch.com
or by calling toll-free 866-337-0965.
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