The only situation where there might be some benefit in using a mobile network gateway for a desk phone would be if the phone had some desirable features that are not usually available in a mobile phone such as a good quality speaker-phone.
Other reasons might be that it is more comfortable or convenient to use a desk phone or that the mobile network gateway has a better antenna than a mobile phone and can therefore offer better reception.
In situations where a conventional desk phone is required to connect to the mobile network it is more usual to have a desk-style phone which can take a SIM card and can connect directly to the mobile network without any external gateway device. There are several devices such as this available from Amazon.
However, there is one type of mobile network gateway for a desk phone that does have some useful features. This would be a dual network gateway that enables connection to both the fixed line network and a mobile network and incorporates features such as call transfer and call divert between end-users on each network.
A dual network gateway would enable incoming calls on a land-line to be answered by a standard desk phone and then transferred to an end-user over the mobile connection. Alternatively calls can be diverted automatically when there is no one in the office to answer the phone.
This type of device can significantly reduce the phone bill in a taxi-office or indeed any business makes a large number of calls to mobile phones and which does not have a phone system.
The dual network gateway that we would normally recommend is the Burnside T940 which can be purchased directly from Amazon. Alternatively Premitel can supply, configure and install the Burnside T940 or an alternative mobile network gateway.
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How it works
All mobile network gateways require one or more SIM cards and contain electronics that enable phone calls or internet access initiated by non mobile devices to be connected via the mobile network that is associated with the SIM card.
The SIM card is exactly the same as a SIM card that would be inserted into any mobile phone.
Depending on the mobile network’s policy it is sometimes necessary to activate the SIM card using the details of an authorised mobile handset. Once activated the SIM card can be inserted in the mobile gateway.
Mobile network gateways are not usually tied to any network and can therefore support any network SIM card. They can also support pay-as-you-go or contract SIM cards.
A multi-SIM mobile network gateway would be required if the gateway is required to support several simultaneous calls to one or more mobile networks. This may be the case if the gateway is connected to a multi-extension phone system where it is likely that more than one person will want to make a call to the mobile network.
The network and the tariff package chosen for the mobile network gateway would depend on the purpose of the gateway. For example, if the purpose is to achieve free calls to a group of mobile phones then the network and the tariff chosen would be the same as other member of the group. If the purpose is short term internet access then the mobile network with the best pay-as-you-go internet package would be the best choice.