December 7, 2006
By Dan Baldwin, Telecom Association President
A new “black box” technology known as a PBX cellular gateway is raising small business interest and scoring appointments for distributors by helping them show businesses how to lower their cell phone bills without switching carriers.
Also known by the term “fixed cellular terminal,” cellular gateways save a business money by cutting their cell phone bills four ways:
1. Cost for calls from the office to an employee’s cell phone go to zero when the office phone system calls the employee’s cell phone accessing the cellular gateway. Calls from the office to an employees cell phone normally entails two charges — an outbound landline call charge and an inbound cell phone charge. In contrast, the cellular gateway, a.k.a. a fixed-cellular terminal connected to the PBX or phone system, turns the “off-net call” (landline to cell phone) to a cellular-only “on-net call. This is achieved because the office PBX or phone system connects directly to the cell network through the cellular gateway.
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