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Don’t Forget This When Preparing for Winter

Winter storm Jupiter spread a dangerous amount of ice across the Midwest the past few days and left many without power. Living in this area means beautiful seasons, but with them comes severe weather. While most people have a list of winter essentials, a landline telephone is often overlooked. You’re probably thinking, “Well I have a cell phone, why would I need a landline?” We don’t blame you. Cell phones are great on the go and bring some of the best technology right to your fingertips. What happens if your power is out for multiple days and your family has drained all the backup battery packs for your cell phones?

Great Plains Communications wants to shed some light on just a few of the advantages to having a landline telephone this winter.

  • Security in an emergency, with consistent reliable 911 connections designed to continue working during a power outage
  • No need for batteries or charging when using a corded phone
  • Elimination of potential faulty connection and dropped calls
  • Top-quality sound and clarity

Remember, if the power isn’t working in your home, your cordless phones have a limited lifespan. Keep your family safe this season and make sure you have a corded phone plugged into a wall-mounted phone jack. That way you can be sure to have a clear and reliable connection no matter what Old Man Winter throws our way. For more information on how you can get landline telephone service through Great Plains Communications, visit our website or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would love to get you set up today.

Is a Landline Telephone on your Summer Storm Safety Checklist?

The summer seems to just be heating up, and with that heat comes the risk of tornadoes here in the Midwest. Do you have a plan for when bad weather hits? Flashlight, check. Bottled water, check. Emergency blanket, check. Landline telephone, maybe not? You may be wondering why you would need a landline, when all the members of your family have cell phones. Cell phones are great on the go and bring some of the best technology right to your fingertips. But with cell phones come batteries that need power to recharge. So if the power goes out, those cell phones might not work through the storm. Below Great Plains Communications has listed just a few advantages to having a landline telephone.

  • Security in an emergency, with consistent reliable 911 connection
  • No need for batteries or charging when using a corded phone
  • Elimination of potentially faulty connection and dropped calls
  • Top-quality sound and clarity

Be careful of cordless phones, as they can lose power in a storm as well. Our recommendation would be to keep your family safe this season with a corded phone plugged into a wall-mounted phone jack. That way, you can be sure to have a clear and reliable connection no matter what the crazy Midwest weather throws our way.

For more information on how you can get a landline telephone through Great Plains Communications, visit our website or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representative would be happy to assist you.

Don’t Forget About Calling Features!

Most phones today come equipped with some form of voice mail and call waiting services. But Great Plains Communications doesn’t stop there. They offer a list of calling features available through their land line service, ranging from personal ring tones, to speed calling. We have highlighted just a few of the many options available:

Personal Ringing

Give up to three members of your family their own unique ring tones. One for mom, one for dad and one for the kids!

Call Forwarding

Know you are going to be on a trip? Forward all calls from your home phone to your cell phone so friends and family can reach you wherever you go.

Warm Line

This telephone line offers instant connection and protection. A warm line is a phone line that is set to dial one number simply my lifting the handset. It’s great for young kids who need a direct line to their parents or for the elderly in need of fast access to emergency services.

Want to see all the options provided by Great Plains Communications? Visit our calling features webpage now, or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 to get set-up today.

The Importance of Landline Telephones this Winter

Gloves: check. Scarf: check. Hat: check. Landline telephone: check? Most people don’t think about a landline when thinking about weather safety precautions. You’re probably thinking, “Well I have my cell phone, why would I need a landline?” We don’t blame you. Cell phones are great on the go and bring some of the best technology right to your fingertips. What most people don’t know is that cellular towers are not required to provide backup power. So, when we get hit with a Midwestern blizzard your cellphone may not work through a power outage. Great Plains Communications wants to shed some light on just a few of the advantages to having a landline telephone.

  • Security in an emergency, with consistent reliable 911 connections and the guarantee it will work through a power outage
  • No need for batteries or charging when using a corded phone
  • Elimination of potentially faulty connection and dropped calls
  • Top-quality sound and clarity

Remember, if the power isn’t working in your home, most likely neither are your cordless phones. Keep your family safe this season and make sure you have a corded phone plugged into a wall-mounted phone jack. That way you can be sure to have a clear and reliable connection, no matter what Old Man Winter throws our way.

For more information on how you can get a landline telephone, visit our website or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would love to get you set up today.

An Update on the Recent Robocalls Situation

Recently, Great Plains Communications dealt with a situation that has affected many phone companies across the nation.  However, we are pleased to report that it appears that the issue has been resolved.

The situation centered on Robocalls.  These calls are made via an automatic computer system using a pre-recorded message that often solicits for personal information.  The calls often originate overseas, yet have false U.S. area codes.

While most of these calls are simply annoying, they can be potentially fraudulent if they try to get your personal information. Our customers did not receive scam calls, simply messages that were attempting to reach a fax machine.  Since the calls are automatically made, they are sent out 24/7, which means that calls may come in the middle of the night.

We want our customers to know that we understand how annoying these calls were over the last several weeks.  To help our customers, we provided a landline blocking feature at no cost for one month.  While this issue was not unique to our customers, we did want to make sure that their service was not compromised.

Our team worked very closely with our customers and the Federal Communications Commission to investigate these Robocalls and put a stop to them.  According to the latest reports from our Customer Response Center, the calls have stopped.  We want to thank our customers for reporting this issue to us.  Our accurate tracking of the situation did help to provide the FCC with vital information.

Three New Reasons to Keep Your Landline Phone

1. It’s the best way to secure your home:  Many emergency systems demand a dependable landline connection to make the system work.  It is certainly necessary for many emergency alert pendants who use a wireless connection to a landline device to ensure that an emergency isn’t missed due to spotty cell reception.  When you have a critical health situation, you don’t want to worry about bad reception!

2. It’s the only way to work from home:  Working from home at least a few days a month is becoming more and more popular.  However, poor call quality makes you sound unprofessional and few bosses will okay telecommuting if you are going to drop off of important calls.  Many of today’s cellular phones focus more on the apps on the phone than providing good voice quality.  That is never a problem with landlines.

3. Having a landline can actually save you money: Thanks to bundling, having a landline phone can actually help you save on your other services.  When you bundle with Great Plains Communications, you can save up to 40%.  You may be surprised just how cheap it is to have the reliability and safety of a landline in your home.

To find out more about our bundles, visit our interactive bundle finder, today.

Three compelling reasons to keep a landline

We understand, you probably love your cell phone.  In fact, more than half of people even take their cell phones to bed with them every night.  However, a cell phone is likely not enough to satisfy all of your technology needs when it comes to making and receiving phone calls.  This is particularly true in the many areas across the state where cellular towers provide spotty coverage, at best.

Keeping a landline phone can provide you significant benefits at a very low costs.

Landlines are safer: If you are providing sensitive information, such as your social security number or credit card data, it’s best to do it over a landline.  That’s because the frequencies used to transmit cellular calls are easy to hack and the risk is growing as thieves become more advanced.  A landline transmits your call over a wireline.  Much, much more secure.

Many home security systems also rely on landline technology to reach their technicians.  If you are looking at adding extra security to your home, a landline may be in order.

Landlines are consistent: When was the last time that you had to worry about your landline dropping a call?  Whether you are calling a customer service center with a long wait (obviously not us!), working from home, or just chatting with friends, a landline will provide a smooth call that you can truly enjoy.  If you use a wireless landline phone, then you also know the benefit of being able to walk around your home without worrying about dead zones in your home.

Less likely to miss calls: The option to turn your cell phone ringer on vibrate or silent is wonderful when you are at the movies or in a meeting.  However, that same technology means that you might miss a truly important call.  A traditional landline phone has a clear ringer that can be heard around the home, especially if you have more than one phone set up for the same number.

Whether your children are out for the night, your boss needs you on-call, or you are waiting to hear from your best friend across the country, you don’t have to worry about missing the call when you have a landline.

There are several more reasons to keep your landline and you can discover them in our next e-newsletter!  If you haven’t signed up for our monthly online newsletters, you can do so here.

Compelling Reasons for Keeping a Landline Phone

Recently, MSN Money posted an interesting article titled Why I Am Keeping My Landline.  While it’s obvious to us why having a landline is so important from a safety and security point of view, the author brought up several unique points.

Here are the highlights:

1. Older relatives and friends have hearing issues and thus have trouble understanding conversation conducted via cell phone. Anyone who has used a landline and then used a cell phone can attest that voice has never been as good over a mobile device.  For the sake of your grandma, keeping your landline just makes sense.

2. Landlines never “drop” a call.  It’s a given that cell phones will lose reception yet consumers just put up with it.  While that may be fine when you need to place a call outside of the home, why put up with it in your own house or office?

3. Your landline is attached to an address, your cell phone is not.  Some cell phones have GPS, but that doesn’t always work.  If you call 911 and can’t get your location out, emergency personnel still know where you are if you call from a landline.  With cell phones it may be hit and miss. The middle of a medical crisis is not the time to take that risk!

4. Your landline battery doesn’t die.  We’ve covered this one extensively.  Should a power outage occur, having a landline means you don’t have to worry about being cut off from the rest of the world.

These are just some of the compelling reasons to keep a landline.  What is your reason for keeping your landline phone?

Summer Storms Easier to Handle with Landline

It’s a popular joke that if it’s snowing in the morning, sunny by the afternoon and raining again that night; then you’re in Nebraska.  While the day-to-day weather may be unpredictable, one thing Nebraskans can count on is severe weather including tornadoes, torrential rain, hail and more.

With severe weather season right around the corner, it’s time to take a look at how prepared you are when it comes to keeping lines of communication open and available should a tornado hit.

Severe weather, such as tornadoes and straight winds, is an annual fact of living in the Cornhusker State and can wreak havoc on electrical systems across the state. This severe weather can cause downed power lines potentially leaving residents without power for days, which can leave cell phones and computers out of power before the electricity comes back on.

A simple, corded landline phone doesn’t require electricity to operate, meaning it can keep you covered in the event of long-term power failure.  While you don’t have to have a landline to call emergency services, calling family members to ensure they’re OK or work to let them know of the situation, will require landline service.

During a power outage, a landline phone may also be the only way to receive information during a crisis since TVs, radios and other devices will be inoperable.  Those who rely on a cell phone as their sole phone device may end up stranded without a way to get in touch with friends, family and other contacts. Even a fully charged mobile phone or laptop will only have a few hours of power with regular use.

Furthermore, because cell phones operate using radio waves, they are much more susceptible to service loss during times of peak use.  If a large number of cell phones are trying to use the same radio signal to transmit a call, the calls become “jammed.”  Landlines don’t use radio frequencies and are much more likely to be able to handle the amount of call traffic an emergency generates.

When facing severe weather, you don’t want to have to worry about get in touch with people.  Find out more about landline service from Great Plains Communications at http://www.gpcom.com/residential/phone or by calling our Customer Response Center at 1-888-343-8014.

 

The benefit of keeping a landline

According to a recent report by the CDC, 17% percent of consumers no longer have a landline telephone choosing to only use cellular telephone service.  While a cellular phone may be acceptable most of the time, there are occasions when keeping a landline makes sense.

If your power goes out – If you lose power for more than a day, not an odd occurrence in many parts of the country with tornadoes, blizzards and other extreme weather patterns, your main sources of communication are likely to be unusable.  Cell phones and computer devices will run through their batteries rather quickly and once the batteries die, you may be left without a way to communicate to the outside world.

A simple landline accessed with a corded phone will remain reliable without electricity.  When emergency situations take place, it’s also possible for cell towers to become overwhelmed and  unable to place calls.  This is especially true in areas that are highly populated or have very few (maybe even only one) towers around.

If you don’t get cell reception in your kitchen or bathroom – If you choose to only use a cell phone, make sure that every area in your home has cell service.  Should you be injured in your home and unable to move to an area with better cell service, it could severely decrease your chances of receiving timely help.

On a related note, it was customary to have multiple phones spread around the home.  Given that most cell phone users only use one device, it’s important to make sure that your mobile device is nearby when in accident prone areas including the kitchen and bathrooms.

If you leave a dependent at home for any length of time – If you have kids or elderly persons who are left alone for any period of time, it’s a good idea to have a land line.  Children aren’t known for their sense of innate responsibility and with their heavy usage patterns they can easily drain a cell phone battery.  Having a landline means that even if their cell phone is no longer usable, they can reach you or other emergency contacts if needed.

If you have any questions about adding landline services, you can contact our Customer Response Center at 1-888-343-8014.