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What kind of office phone do u have????

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by alwayz-plowin, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. alwayz-plowin

    alwayz-plowin Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    Ok well i was wondering what kind of phne/ hone system u have:

    I know i only have a cell phone but i REALLLYYYY Hate having all these people calling it during a storm wanting to know where i am etc...
    That is also my personal phone so i cant really turn it off.

    But i think im going to either get an office phone i dont want another cell tho.

    But im just wondering what phone you have.......
    I know some guys have a answering system
    and some just go straight to voicemail which would be annoying to customers....
  2. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    This works for us.......:dizzy:
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2010
  3. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,781

    Mines pretty complex for a one man show... It's an office line that gives me yellow page advertizing but its linked to my cell, if the cell is on it will ring 3 times in the office and automatically forward to the cell if it's not answered. If the cell goes unanswered after 4 rings or is in use then to voicemail. If the cell is in use the office phone can still be used, and vise versa.
    My office line, 800 # and fax line all ring through the same line with different coded rings. I won't give it up. It's great. When I'm tired of answering (while plowing) simply turn off the cell... check messages when it's convienient.
  4. dayexco

    dayexco Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    i would definitely get a phone that forwarded any information of how much i charged, or my client lists, etc...were forwarded onto my snow plowing organization that i had had subscribed, paid dues to...so they could easily share this information with all my competition and.take this business back to pennsylvania, and piece meal it back to me as they saw fit.
  5. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I have a Samsung Reality through Verizon. It's the only phone I have so my customers can reach me on it. I usualy just anser it, unles it's somebody I realy don't want to talk to. LOL

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  6. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    We have a three line system with timed hours of operations programmed. You can enable a hunt group, find me, or forwarding at anytime via a call in code. Cost a couple hundred bucks, but well worth it.
  7. adan

    adan Member
    Messages: 36

    We use Blackberry torchs with unlimited usage and alot of call - forwarding.
  8. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Can It text?
  9. EdNewman

    EdNewman Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    Not a fair question for us. We have a Cisco IP system with redundant switches and it covers 4 offices across 2 states. It emails us voicemails and has all kinds of fancy automatted attendent stuff. For a one man office, you are probably better off with a package from the phone company or cable company that can do call forwarding.
  10. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    That's cool!
    I'll bet it's not cheap though!
  11. biggreens

    biggreens Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I have had the same problem since begining of my business, and finally i think i have a handle on it. Alls we use in my business is cell phones. This year while I am out in a piece of equipment my wife is going to be at home answering the company cell phone so I dont have to be bothered with it while I am working. So with all that said, if you have a wife or someone who could take your phone during the storms and answer it and you use another phone that would probably be you best bet.
  12. jgoetter1

    jgoetter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    Good one man
  13. Red Bull Junkie

    Red Bull Junkie Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    AnswerConnect.com-They R the Sh*t. They make my life a little more sane. They answer all my calls-take messages, customer info, RFP requests, or forward calls to my cell, all based on a script and set of instructions that can be changed at any time. great service too.
  14. Tubby's Snow Plowing

    Tubby's Snow Plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 199

    I have an iPhone. Fills my needs perfectly.
  15. deereequipment

    deereequipment Member
    Messages: 90

    I use a cell phone for my business too.
    Anyone of real importance during a snow storm (my contract's contacts) are all in my phone, so I know when they are calling. ANyone else goes to voicemail, and will get their calls returned when I am done with my contracts.

    Last year, it was sometimes 48 hours after we were done, I still called, and they still needed help, but had to turn most of them away because they were gravel driveways (and because I was just too tired to do anymore).
  16. FLMan

    FLMan Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    RCA visys [​IMG]
  17. hometown lawn

    hometown lawn Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    We use Google Voice. I was able to get a vanity number in my area code such as 913-256-LAWN and I can control it all from my iphone and the new Google Voice app. Best of all it is free.I can send it to ring to any number of phones, when I call a customer their caller id shows my Google Voice number and not my personal cell phone number, it is a separate voice mail than my personal cell phone and it is all accessible from the web. It's amazing for a free service that works wonders for a small business. With today being Thanksgiving, I have it set to Do Not Disturb until 6:30 tomorrow morning so all calls until then go directly to VM and won't ring my phone.

    Hope this helps.
  18. FLMan

    FLMan Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I have google voice as well, I have not done too much with it, I already have a phone number that is known by my customers.
  19. Tubby's Snow Plowing

    Tubby's Snow Plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 199

    I was wondering about Google Voice for iPhone. Haven't looked into it that much. Another thing I heard of is Ring Central. Supposed to be an 800 number that simply redirects to your office or cell phone. or both.
  20. alwayz-plowin

    alwayz-plowin Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    See that is exactly what i need! im going to look into it!
    Thanks everyone keep the suggestions/ comments coming!