Are you a Phoneslinger?

Introductions done, you settle into your seat and pull out your two mobile handsets, you set them in front of you and watch your opposing number do the same - showdown at the OK Corral style!

It is estimated that 14.2 million people carry 2 mobile phones around with them in the UK alone - Isn't that just madness in this modern age? The environmental impact alone,  including raw materials extraction, the manufacturing process, distribution and the energy usage associated with on-going use is huge. In fact, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the energy consumption of the 14.2m ‘second phones’ in the UK would power nearly 30,000 homes for a year.

With nearly 30% of the UK adult population carrying separate personal and work phones. Not only is this expensive for the organisation, it’s  also inconvenient for the staff who have to carry, manage and charge two devices.

The number one reason why people carry more than one phone is to allow them to keep their personal mobile number private whilst making a call and thus use the second phone for that purpose, be it for business or other.

Naturally there are solutions to the issue, but they each have their drawbacks. Hiding your number does not work in practice as rarely will anyone pick up a call from an 'unknown'. Dual SIM phones have technical glitches and you need another contract for the second SIM. To boot, most people prefer the scale of choice of makes and models they have with non dual SIM handsets and only purchase a dual SIM phone out of absolute necessity.

VoIP services have been available for a few years now allowing you to bolt on a second phone number but call quality can never be guaranteed and will often eat in to data usage. In addition you lose the benefit of being mobile as calls will drop when they lose their primary data connection.

Multi-IMSI services have recently emerged and these actually offer a great solution to those looking for a second personal mobile number. In essence the mobile operator can inject a single SIM with 2 mobile numbers which can be shared on the same contract. These work across the Mobile GSM network and so offer the best in terms of call quality, connectivity and mobility. Their inflexibility is in not being able to utilise fixed line or third party phone numbers, so for example you can't make calls from the companies main phone number, only your secondary mobile number.

For the last few years a small UK company, RIPTec Ltd, has been working on and refining the solution to this burgeoning problem and they have recently released yet another upgrade to their 'RIPDialer' service which quite literally allows you to make and receive calls from any number; fixed line or mobile, national or international, right from your ONE mobile phone.

The service will work on any Android or Apple handset and works across any mobile network in over 52 countries.

The latest update allows user to identify which number callers are using to call them on, particularly useful if using multiple numbers for different parts of your life or business. So if you are an Entrepreneur with a couple of businesses each with a distinct fixed line number you would know for which business you were being called prior to answering the call. Equally, if you were an SME and tasked with handling calls for both the Sales and Admin departments you would know how to respond accordingly as someone called, all right on your mobile phone.

The company has recently coined the phrase 'One Phone, One SIM, Many Numbers', and is rapidly gaining interest and traction from distributors, resellers and end users around the World and is keen to hear from anyone that would like to abandon the role of 'Phoneslinger' and get back to the convenience and cost efficiency of using just one mobile phone.

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