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Making T1 Lines Work for You

What is a T1 Phone Line?

A T1 line or T-carrier is basically a telephone line that has a bigger transmission capacity than your normal landline. It is mostly used for a connecting a large network of telephones which has made it one of the standard requirements for communications. Small businesses around Tampa, FL have made use of T-1 lines since its boom back in the 90s. T3 lines are the upgraded version but for small scale enterprises, the former should be able to do the job.

What can it do?

1. The most obvious feature of this phone line is that it allows you to make 23 simultaneous calls. Call centers, hospitals, banks, schools, law offices police stations, and other groups that need multiple channels to conduct business will definitely reap the benefits of a T-carrier service.

2. Another key feature is that it instantly gives you Internet connection which you can also use at all at the same time with the phones. Since data transfer is a lot easier and faster with fiber optics (the type of wire used for T-1, sending and receiving info via the Internet is also possible. This is also the basic concept behind VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) technology. With greater bandwidth comes greater phone and Internet capacity. Also, unlike a DSL connection, location isn't that much of a factor since you can still get a T-carrier in a very rural area.

3. Added features you can sign up for from your network provider are: caller ID, call forwarding, voice mail, teleconference set-up and more.

How much is a T1 phone line?

Prices differ depending on your provider. There are numerous T1 providers in Tampa, FL so shopping for this phone line should be easy. It's just a matter of comparing prices and features. Prices range from $200 to $1100 a month depending on the type of service you've subscribed to. Yes, it is a bit more expensive that a DSL connection but given the features, they're well worth the money.  

Tampa, FLT1 providers usually provide special introductory prices to new subscribers that range from $200 to $250. This price is inclusive of installment fee. A network of 10 to 15 people can make use of this basic package so small stores can avail of this convenience.

T1fees that range from $300 to $500 dollars usually include free repair and maintenance from the provider. Internet bandwidth is also increased—usually around 1.5 Mbps. 15 to 20 users of phone lines and Internet connection can opt for this package.

High speed Internet plus multiple networks which is required for larger businesses like call centers and hospitals usually avail of packages that cost $1000 plus a month. A T3 phone line may be available with the same price so it's up to you if you prefer to upgrade.

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