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Old 12-15-2020, 04:15 AM
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I am thinking about getting a secondary (private) cell phone . I have 2 separate businesses and honestly it is easier to text people and let them text you information that to make phone calls a lot of time

Problem is ONCE they have your cell number some think nothing of calling you after hours, weekends , vacations , etc .

Any of my bookkeeping clients will have my cell and most of them are more of what I consider friends as well but quiet honestly none of them really will call me unless actually important , I guess they are in same boat as me on that

I also have a teen driving school and even though my cell number is on my business card seldom does anyone text me but at times this is best, especially with teenagers

Not to mention come of my civic duties , I am an elected official , and we are required to post a phone number by SC Ethics . Not really a big deal but can be a little bit of bad timing at times

Have one buddy that is sales rep, he has a company phone and his private phone and ignores his company phone when he is off for most part.

Just wondered if much of a hassle or worth the trouble , yes I pretty much ignore my phone when I am at home at night. Funny freaks my bride out at times when I ignore my phone at home . However she understands but I have always been one that if I am eating or doing something with family I refuse to answer my phone
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I gave up on two phones years ago. In this day and age self discipline is the only solution. If I'm off and nothing is burning I'm off and don't even look at emails.
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Get a free google voice account... use that as your 2nd line, it's basically just an app on your phone, that you can turn on and off at will, accepts calls and texts...
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I carry two iPhones at all times. PITA but been doing it for years and it works. My personal number is an out of state area code so When I started my service business back in 2011 I went with a Vonage line and had all the calls forwarded to a new cell phone so the business was completely separated. After a few years I dumped the Vonage line and used the new cell as my primary business number. New customers sometimes were trying to text me directly from a Google search and I would miss the business.

I’m never sitting in front of a desk so one convenience is being able to talk to a customer while taking down info in the notepad of my second phone. Busy day I can receive 20-30 calls a day. Nothing I do is an emergency but people feel the need to call/text at all hours of the day and night so being able to leave the business phone downstairs and deal with any messages the following day is a huge plus.
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I carry two. The work phone is the best old phone (currently an iPhone 6) available in the family, used mainly to receive calls. I use my personal phone for everything else, including work conference calls I dial in to.

Why? I make and receive a LOT of calls and don't want my personal number out there. Google voice is great for receiving, but not for calling out.
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I have two. Not the best but I only really carry the business phone when I need to and leave it on my desk most of the time. I used to have to carry it all the time. I could go down to 1 but I prefer to keep business and personel seperate. I would hate having work apps and business things on my personal phone that I pay for. The business pays for their phone.
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Nope just one. Have no desire to carry two phones.
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Originally Posted by thajeffski View Post
Get a free google voice account... use that as your 2nd line, it's basically just an app on your phone, that you can turn on and off at will, accepts calls and texts...
This right here. Can port your existing number to google voice for a small fee ($25 or so), and it runs through an app right on your screen. To call out from your google voice number you just open the app and dial from there. Same thing for text.

For a long time I had a company issued phone, but didn't want to give up my personal number I've had since the 90's. Company had no issue at all with personal use, so I installed google voice for my personal stuff. Kept things to one device. Now gone back to my personal number full time, but have kept a "burner" number for stuff like craigslist and similar.

Another benefit is if you want to go out of town and have someone else field business calls/texts, they can log in from their device and cover for you.
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I have two phones. One phone is left on my desk. That's the number on all my contacts/accounts.
The other phone is the one I carry, and only close friends have that number. If the one I carry rings, and a name doesn't come up on the screen, I don't answer it.
The other phone I'll check once a day and then delete all the spam calls or return calls.
I have NOMOROBO on both but alot still gets through.
I won't even get up to answer the land line as 99% of those calls are spam, and that has NOMOROBO on it also.
I remember when cell phones (or all phones for that matter) were convienent for the user, but no more.
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And here I am trying to get rid of the one that I have now.
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I carried two phones for years when I didn't work for myself. Fortunately I don't get a lot of off hours calls but emails are another thing. Here I can at least pick and choose what to respond to. Not quite in the same boat but have been considering a second device again and limiting it for personal use only. The biggest problem I see with it is every one has my one current number and it would be more than a bit of a hassle to get those I want to hear from used to calling a new number. As to Google Voice, I've been migrating away from free services and especially Google including my personal email. That's a whole other topic though.

Very much interested in how many others carry two phones. I never really found it a hassle when I was traveling a lot for work. I carried around a lot of tech in my laptop bag and could just put the work phone in airplane mode and stick it in the bag. The bag was the bigger hassle but part of the job.
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I have only 1 phone and that's all I want. I give my clients my cell # because it's easier and quicker sometimes to text a question and they answer right back that to go through the office phone.
If I'm not working then I just don't answer normally and they know that I will get to them when I can.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
This right here. Can port your existing number to google voice for a small fee ($25 or so), and it runs through an app right on your screen. To call out from your google voice number you just open the app and dial from there. Same thing for text.

For a long time I had a company issued phone, but didn't want to give up my personal number I've had since the 90's. Company had no issue at all with personal use, so I installed google voice for my personal stuff. Kept things to one device. Now gone back to my personal number full time, but have kept a "burner" number for stuff like craigslist and similar.

Another benefit is if you want to go out of town and have someone else field business calls/texts, they can log in from their device and cover for you.
Can I assume you now get double the spam calls with this setup? I like this idea.
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Can I assume you now get double the spam calls with this setup? I like this idea.
Not too bad. I have a few different call blockers in place, and they do pretty well. One trick to keep them to a minimum is to try to get a "virgin" phone number rather than one that was recycled. Not perfect, but helps.
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I have 2 as 1 is from work. I like this setup as my personal phone is an 6yr old iPhone (5?). My work phone is an iPhone 10, and is much larger screen.

I use 1 phone for GPS and can talk on the other one which is nice. Also my personal phone is sprint, which does not get as good coverage as my work phone which is Verizon.

So, I like having 2, but I only pay for 1. If I had to pay for 2; I would have a flip phone on a cheaper service plan.

*I should have said used to have 2. Just left job so had to return phone.

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Two? Hell, I hate the only 1 I have...
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I have two.... If somebody sends me the wrong kind of email on my work phone the FBI will come and take it. I don't want to be without.
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I run 2 IPhones. The work phone stays with work gear. I don’t look at it or even think about it when I’m off. It’s really not a big deal.
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Originally Posted by thajeffski View Post
Get a free google voice account... use that as your 2nd line, it's basically just an app on your phone, that you can turn on and off at will, accepts calls and texts...
That is what I do... Would still answer worktexts (do not get after our calls at all) after hours, but I keep work and personal numbers separate.
I wish google would care a little bit more about voice and put a little more development into it...

There are a couple of things I do not like....
1- right now the options to make calls are "use number A for all calls", "use number B for all calls", or select when you make the call. It would be great if you could assign specific contacts to each number.
2- there was something with the caller ID too but I cant remember what it was...

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