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We all love getting free stuff. From extra perks and upgrades at hotels to having your friendly mechanic throw in some extras because, well, it's just a nice thing to do.  Yet, there are times when things that appear to be "free" and are advertised as such, are riddled with problems and risks. And if you're thinking of getting a free Internet phone number for your business from a service like Google Voice, then you definitely want to heed this warning. Here are the five reasons why a (so-called) free internet phone number for your business is actually a costly liability instead...

Since the beginning of recorded history, communication has been an essential part of everyday life. From individuals to major corporations, hospitals, and schools, being able to share information is critical. But we’ve come a long way since cave drawings, the adaption of the modern alphabet, and smoke signals.A communications revolution began with the invention of the telegraph in the 1840s and the telephone around 1876. It wasn’t until well into the 20th century that we began to move away from the analog telephone. With the creation of ARPANET in 1969 and the internet in the 1970s, a new communications era...

While a lot of business communication these days has shifted to email, chat and instant messaging, rumors that the phone has died have been greatly exaggerated. Here are some eye-opening statistics:Calls to businesses are expected to surpass 169 billion per year by 2020, and are 10-15 times more likely to generate a successful sale or follow-up activity vs. digital form submissions. (Source: BIA/Kelsey)65% of customers prefer to contact a business by phone, while only 24% are satisfied with only a web form. (Source: Invoca)75% percent of customers believe that calling is the most effective way to get a quick response...

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