Time to have a second Number or Line


Frost & Sullivan recently conducted a new study among 1,000 mobile users across the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 60. They discovered that 30% of mobile phone users are interested in having second-line capability while a whopping 60% of multi-phone users are interested in having second-line capability. The primary reason for this separation urge, was to separate business and personal calls.

This study by Frost & Sullivan further supports the demand we have seen for a solution that enables mobile subscribers to have more than one phone number on a single device.

Separating work from personal life is certainly something most people would advocate, but when it comes to one’s mobile phone, it isn’t always easy to make the break.

Increasingly, people looking for work/life balance are taking to carrying two mobile devices around – one for work and one for their personal lives, but many just wish they could have two lines on the same device, a new study has shown.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

7 Responses to Time to have a second Number or Line

  1. I use Skype for a business line. Get a monthly subscription for outgoing and then buy an incoming line. Very good especially if the second line is primarily for messages. Can only access if online, but there is iPhone app (need wi-fi) and you can forward the line to another phone. Very inexpensive and has worked well.

  2. k kemper says:

    we get a 2nd line; like they did in 1930. Is this a trick question?

  3. Alan Kaufman says:

    I’m going to solve this problem.

    Get a real telephone in your office. What, you don’t have a real office? Then do what the many that have come before you have done, and work at the kitchen table, a spare bedroom or in the basement. Oh, I forgot, many mobile devices (depending on who provides you the service), won’t work in certain parts of the house. So hears what you do.

    Purchase a two line capable communications device (telephone), then go to your local telephone company and pay for two numbers (lines).

    Also make sure the telephone company you have chosen has “hunting” available. Hunting means that when speaking one (your main) number/line, if another call comes in on that same number, the call will “hunt” to your second line so you can answer it and not miss it or have the client get a busy signal.

    Sometimes (in my opinion) the old way works better than the new way. And you won’t experience many if any of the problems we face with mobile technology.

    I hope this helps.

  4. I use Google Voice as my ‘Home Phone’ number and as primary. I don’t typically give my cell phone number out except to friends & family.

  5. Hi Elias, I understand you’re referring to having two numbers on your mobile, a work number and a personal number. I don’t think this will work for me personally. My clients will always call me outside business hours. I won’t be able to “shut down” my work number or phone when I’m with my kids. So what’s the point of having two lines?

    I’m comfortable with having one mobile line which is my main business number, answering it when clients call, and knowing how to put things off until tomorrow when they’re not really urgent.

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