Friday, January 23, 2009

Desk Phones Out. I Suggest Multinumber SIMs.

The Straits Times here in Singapore wrote a story about deskphones being phased out.

Office workers will no longer be familiar with a desk phone. And why so? People aren't at their desks often. I'm hardly at my desk. And when I am, I don't like being chained to the desk line if I want to walk out and discuss a matter if it becomes sensitive. At home, I don't have a residential line. There's no need for it.

I see a need here then. People will need multi-number phones. With one SIM card, they can be contacted using more than one number. That way they can receive calls from both the office and home.

Alternatively, there can be virtual numbers. A telco like Starhub can sell office lines without a physical line. Rather, the office lines merely redirect to the users mobile phone.

Having a multinumber SIM would be useful too if the telco agrees to allow foreign SIMs. If for example, I commute between Thailand and Singapore often, I would want to have a local number in each country each calling me on my single mobile phone. Having two phones is an inconvenience to maintain. A business model could be negotiated between an alliance of telcos or so where a subscriber can subscribe to multiple phone lines between partner telcos.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Forbes Success Calendar Jan 17-18 2009

I use Forbes Success Calendar (a daily desk calendar) at work to inspire and motivate myself. I like this weekend's quote, allow me to quote it:

Make your plans as fantastic as you like, because twenty-five years from now, they will seem mediocre. Make your plans ten times as great as you first planned, and twenty-five years from now, you will wonder why you did not make them fifty times as great. -- Henry Curtis.