CBS Telecom is celebrating 20 years in Business.
We'd like to thank our client base for their referrals and loyalty
over the years. 
We are glad you're still with us today.

We've come a long way since we began in September 1996. Back then we were selling long distance service for LCI, Frontier, Cable and Wireless, Phone systems from Lucent, Avaya, Nortel and Toshiba and cellular service from AT&T and Bell Atlantic Mobile.

Let's take a look at where we came from and where we've arrived:
Telephone Service and Hardware  
Then: 1996
  • Businesses needed to use the AT&T phone company and the rates were
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    high. 10-15 cents per minute for LD calls.
  • AT&T was broken up into 7 Baby Bells which included Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, Bell South, NYNEX, Pacific Telesis, Southwestern Bell and US West.  
  • Businesses needed to purchase and maintain expensive phone systems from Avaya, Lucent, Nortel, Toshiba and Panasonic dealers.
  • Voice mail was an expensive option to have on your phone system.
  • Every phone hardware vendor and installer tried to sell an annual maintenance contract with their system.
NOW: 2016
  • Many of these Baby Bells have since merged; by the end of 2000, there were only three of the original Baby Bells left in the United States. They are AT&T, Verizon and Century Link.
  • Businesses no longer need to use the phone companies.
  • Most businesses are installing VoIP phone systems which work over any internet connection.
  • VoIP phone systems are free of maintenance contracts and have many more features than traditional phone systems. Voice mail is included with all of the VoIP service providers.

Cellular Service and Hardware  
Then: 1996 
  • Less than one-quarter of the population owned a cellphone.
  • Less than 5% of teenagers and children  have a cell phone.
  • Devices  were all large analog phones with short battery life.
  • The offer then was a free cell phone from AT&T or Bell Atlantic mobile for only $29.95 per month with 30 included minutes.
  • Minutes for cellphones were at a premium and there was no texting or data available on these analog devices.
NOW: 2016
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  • 92% of American adults own a cellphone, including the 67% who own a smartphone.
  • 73% of teens have access to a smartphone; 15% have only a basic phone.
  • Devices are all digital with long battery life.
  • Most carriers offer unlimited voice and text for $40.00 per month.
  • Data is a premium service which allows internet access on smartphones.
  • Minutes usage is declining as most consumers prefer  texting email or video chat. 
Internet Service   
Then: 1996
  • No DSL and no Cable. Dial up was the only choice for residences and businesses had to purchase expensive internet T-1's.
  • Couldn't use your land line the same time as you were using your internet.
  • Dial up speeds were 40-50kbit/s and T-1 speeds are 1.54 mbps. The cost of an internet T-1 back then was over $1,000 per month and only businesses could afford them.
NOW: 2016
  • Nobody uses dial up because DSL, Cable and Fiber Optic companies provide much faster connections at reasonable prices.
  •  DSL can deliver up to 6 Mbps, Cable can deliver up to 200 Mbps and Fiber can deliver up to 1gbps.
  • Businesses now set up multiple internet connections from different providers to protect their network communications.

If you want to get more out of your phone and internet services, ask Jack at CBS to review your current plans. As an authorized representative for all major providers, we can help ensure you are receiving the best deal from your wireless and landline carriers.

Let CBS Telecom audit your phone and Internet services to save you money.

Once again, we'd like to thank you for your continued loyalty.
We value our relationships and thank you for being our customer.
We look forward to continuing our partnership over the coming years.

All the best,
Jack Castaneda


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