7 Reasons to Get a Second Line for Calling and Texting
For many people, having one phone number for all of their calls and texts is sufficient. However, if you find yourself wanting to have more control over your communications, or if you need multiple numbers for certain work-related tasks, a second line might be the answer you’re looking for. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that can come from having a second line.
They save you time
Having one mobile number has caused many people to miss important calls and text messages, especially if they’re in a meeting or have their phone on silent. Having two numbers lets you separate your professional contacts from your personal contacts.
It can also help you stop misplacing your phone so much. You don’t need to be constantly checking it; just tell friends, family, and colleagues that you can be reached at both numbers depending on who is calling.
If someone texts one of them but it would be better if they called instead, give them instructions on how to do so. With two numbers, you also don’t need two phones—and no matter what type of smartphone plan you have, paying for multiple lines can add up quickly.
Many carriers now offer special plans with unlimited talk and text as well as lower rates for additional lines. Finally, having an extra line makes switching providers easier when necessary because you won’t lose any existing contacts. And some providers will even allow you to keep your current number! Just remember:
There are other options besides getting a second line from your existing provider. Google Voice offers free phone numbers (as well as free SMS) through its service, though there are limitations:
For example, you can only make calls within the United States and Canada, though texting works worldwide.
They save you money
The less you spend on your mobile bill, the more money you have left over at month’s end. A second line can make sense even if you use it just sparingly:
If there are occasions when you feel like making international calls or want to send messages with photos, texting or video, opting for an additional line could save money. Though it’s also worth noting that most plans aren’t priced in such a way that having one second line makes sense financially.
Most carriers charge close to retail price for any smartphone add-on—though some will give you a small discount if you bundle multiple lines together.
To get real savings, you may need to buy your own phone outright (or get a refurbished model) and take advantage of low-cost monthly installment plans offered by companies like Ting or Republic Wireless.
They have better coverage
According to a study done by AT&T, most smartphone users have fewer bars of reception on their cell phone than they do in their homes. Carriers build coverage towers around more densely populated areas because that’s where people are most likely to use their phones.
So if you live out in the country or even just outside of town, your cell phone is going to have trouble picking up signals when compared with someone who lives near a big city. Having a second line ensures that you always have access to strong reception no matter where you are.
They’re cheaper: Most carriers offer second lines at discounted rates. For example, Verizon charges $20 per month for each additional line while T-Mobile charges $10 per month.
If you want two lines from Sprint but only one from Verizon, Sprint will give you a free upgrade to unlimited calling and texting every month while Verizon will charge an extra $30 per month for unlimited calls and texts.
They give you more privacy
While many people use their personal line when calling customers, clients, and even fellow employees, it’s not always necessary. For example, if you’re trying to keep your two lives separate (personal and professional), using a second line can help you do that.
If an important client calls while you’re at home with your family or vice versa, simply transfer them over without having to worry about violating someone’s privacy. No one will be able to see what number is actually calling if they dial yours.
Also, don’t forget about adding another number on your cell phone; its another way of keeping work from seeping into your time off or visa versa! Not only does a new number mean more privacy, but it also means more security.
By having a separate line, you have another avenue of contact should something happen to your primary device. A damaged or lost phone doesn’t necessarily mean all communication has been lost as well—but if your office uses email as its main form of communication and you aren’t allowed to have your own device during working hours then maybe investing in a 2nd line would be worth looking into? They make life easier:
What’s worse than being somewhere without Wi-Fi access? Not being able to check text messages! As long as we are constantly surrounded by technology today, making sure you can stay connected no matter where you are is extremely important.
They are more fun
If you have friends or family overseas, or if you just like making international calls, having a second line can be really useful. You might not know it, but it’s hard to find quality VoIP plans with unlimited international calling—most only offer discounts on domestic calls.
Adding a second line to your mobile plan means you can use Skype when calling internationally and have access to great rates even if your provider doesn’t offer any deals on international calling.
If you’re already paying for unlimited texts from your mobile provider, don’t bother getting an add-on text plan—you’ll likely end up paying more than necessary. Rather than spending money unnecessarily on text messages, get another phone number so that all of your texts go straight to one inbox.
This way, you won’t miss important information and you won’t pay extra. For example, many people choose to sign up for Google Voice because it allows them to send and receive free texts as well as make free calls within the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
You could also try WhatsApp which is free (but requires a data connection) or Viber which offers free calling (requires data connection). Both services also let you send group messages.
With group messaging, everyone in your group chat gets notified when someone posts something new in real time rather than receiving a push notification whenever someone posts something new.
There are tons of other apps out there that do basically everything these two do; they’re just popular options among many users because they’re simple and easy to use while still offering some cool features most others don’t provide.
Multiple numbers can help your business
Aside from being able to monitor your main line from another device, having two lines on one phone can come in handy in other ways. For example, if you’re running an errand, you can switch over to your second line as soon as someone calls or texts while you’re away so they don’t leave a message on your main line.
Or if you want an excuse not to talk, quickly switch back to your primary number so they know they’ve reached you but that you can’t answer right now.
If work has been slow lately, have employees use their own personal cellphones (or prepay phones) with separate numbers when making calls or texting out of office hours. It’s a great way to keep business and pleasure separate.
Lastly, keeping your home and business lines separate is also good for security reasons. For example, if someone were to break into your house, it would be easy for them to access any sensitive information by calling clients directly.
However, if all of your calls are going through a different number—one without important information stored—you will avoid such breaches in security.
So yes, multiple numbers may seem like an unnecessary expense at first glance but there are many benefits to using more than one line. Just make sure you aren’t using up too much data! And remember: always keep track of which phone is which!
Family members can share them
Some cell phone providers offer multi-line discounts, which is a great way to keep your costs down. If you’re in one of those households with multiple people sharing one cell phone, it might make sense for everyone in your household to have their own line.
That way, everyone can call or text at any time without annoying anyone else. For example, if mom’s on her way home from work and dad wants to know how long he has until dinner is ready, he can call or text his son instead of getting in touch with his wife too.
No need for that awkward conversation about why dad called when mom was busy at work! Multi-line plans are also useful for keeping business and personal calls separate.
This is especially important if you’re running a small business out of your home—you don’t want to risk mixing up your clients’ information with personal calls or texts. It’s best to keep your professional life and personal life as separate as possible.
Having two lines will help ensure that happens. Plus, having two lines means you won’t have to worry about paying extra fees every month because you went over your minutes allotment on one line while using another less frequently.
And if someone’s been hogging all of your minutes? You’ll be able to take advantage of free nights and weekends (provided by some carriers) so you can still stay connected with friends and family even when no one else is around.