I lost my cell phone last night.
In 2010, those words would have sent me into a panic requiring me to rocket the lost phone crisis to top priority. Like, I-know-I-should-take-kids-to-school-but-exactly-what-are-truancy-guidelines-during-the-apocalypse priority.
This is 2017, though, and I use Cisco Spark.
So I got to drop my kids off at school. Cool. Collected. No Mad Max apocalypse in sight.
How, you ask?
Because of Spark, most of what would previously have been text messages with coworkers has now moved to 1:1 or group conversations (AKA spaces).
Unlike text messages, Spark conversations are available on all my devices, regardless of what device the other person is using. This means I get a Spark message on my desktop and laptop, just like on my (currently lost) phone.
Plus, most coworkers call my work number, which rings through to Spark due to my setup as a Spark Hybrid user.
This means my text messages and phone calls land on ALL my devices, not just my work or cell phone.
My cell may be lost, but my communication continues seamlessly.
If you haven’t checked out Cisco Spark yet, I’d recommend you go sign up for a free account at web.ciscospark.com. Anyone can get an account, and you can use it today to start using messaging, video conferencing, whiteboarding, and file sharing from any of your devices.
My recommendation would be to start with the text messaging conversations you have with co-workers, and have those conversations over Cisco Spark. That way all your conversations will be on all your devices. And when you eventually break or lose your smartphone (and you know you will), it won’t be the apocalypse.
Which means you too can continue your life without panicking and drop your kids off at school in the morning before dealing with your lost phone.
Thanks, Cisco Spark, for averting the end of the world, one lost cell phone at a time.