Cell phones and phone book listings

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by JimmyStew, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. JimmyStew

    JimmyStew LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am seriously considering adding a cell phone to my current plan to use as my primary business phone. Currently I have a land-line that runs me about $60 a month depending on long distance. It basically serves as an answering service since I am rarely around to answer it. The account has caller id so I know who calls me. The majority of calls are telemarketers and my regular customers are usually surprised if I answer! In the last few years, my "personal" cell number has been circulated too much. It is nice for people to be able to get in touch with me while I'm out in the field but I need to curb its intrusion in my "after hours" life.

    I can add another phone to my cell plan for $10/month and transfer the current office number to that phone. I can easily move my fax machine (which doesn't get used that much anyway) to my house phone. My only real dilemma is what to do about my listings in the yellow/white pages! I do not advertise in the yellow pages. My business line comes with a "free" listing, i.e. My Company...#. This appears in the yellow pages and in the white pages. In this market (small by any standards) people still use the phone book to find numbers of businesses, but extra advertising is not cost effective for this industry in this area. Is there any way to get a listing without paying much, if anything for a cell phone number in either the YP or WP??

    Any other thoughts on this plan??
     
  2. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
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    if your "adding" the cell just use both?
     
  3. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
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    60 bucks a month for a landline????

    I pay 25.00 and no long distance fees through my cable company.
     
  4. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    I market just one phone number. I think it will be difficult for your customers and potential customers to make the switch.
     
  5. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wouldn't do it. Cell phones as a primary line are (in my opinion) unprofessional. I would suggest you get rid of caller ID and anything else that is not necessary (Who cares who called? If it was important they would have left a message.).
    Do you guys give out your cell #'s to customers? I go to great lengths to keep mine a secret. I don't want my customers to see me yacking it up with other homeowners while I am on thier time.
     
  6. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    My cell phone line right now is my home, cell, and biz #. I also have a landline. I plan on eventually getting me another cell phone for my personal use.
     
  7. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Getting a second line for personal use makes sense to me, you've got to be off-duty sometime.
    My point about cell's for business is that, at least here, cell #'s have a different prefix than landlines. People can see that the number is a cell phone, and that may not give them the idea that you are a professional, stable company. Maybe I'm old fashioned.
     
  8. JimmyStew

    JimmyStew LawnSite Senior Member
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    I though it was clearer in my original post. I would be getting rid of the "land line" BUT switching that phone number over to my wireless provider. Customers would not see a difference. They would call the same phone number to call the "office" and that number is a local "land line" number, so essentially, no one would know it was a cell phone. The main question from my post was, how can I get my number to continue to be listed in the local phone directories, after it becomes a cell phone number and not through the local phone company??
     
  9. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I dont think you can take a landline # and switch it to a cell carrier. You may want to look into that.
     
  10. JimmyStew

    JimmyStew LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have and you can.
     

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