In this day of email, Facebook and Skype, you may wonder if there is any meaning or value to a phone number.
After all it is just one of many methods (and not the most convenient of them) to contact someone
With IP communications firstname.lastname@example.org could be my phone number in addition to may email address. Voice communications are just another
way of sending bits and bytes from one person to another. The popular SIP protocol supports multiple types of media so in fact if you dial email@example.com from a SIP phone you could reach me.
That being said why are people still willing to pay large sums for 212 area code numbers (hard to get numbers in Manhattan)??
In fact at The Flat Planet Phone Company, we actually make a nice profit out of selling local phone numbers from over 50 countries to our call center customers. Our research has shown that companies who have local numbers and use our Dynamic CallerID for calls to other countries see the number of calls answered go up by 30% in some cases. Some of our Forex customers have over 30 numbers each in a different country to make it easy for traders to bet on the latest currency moves!
It seems that some habits are hard to kick. People feel comfortable with phone numbers that they know and recognize. We still “dial” a phone call, even if we are clicking on
our computer screen to make a call. My friend the blogger, Andy Abramson pushes people to say “call” and not “phone call” since many calls are not made on phones anymore. But it is not easy for people to change.
Who knows, maybe our grandchildren won’t make “phone calls” to “phone numbers” but in the meanwhile even in this digital age they are still here to stay!