Many people think landline phones are old and an outdated technology that belongs in a museum. In fact, according to a 2017 CDC report, only 45.9% of an American households still have a landline phone. If you are thinking about joining the mobile-only households, consider some of these advantages of keeping a landline phone.
- Emergencies (911): In the event of an emergency, your landline is the best way to call 911. Even if you can’t speak, the dispatcher knows your address and can quickly send help. While cell phones can track your location through GPS, it can only track you to the nearest cell site, which could waste valuable time in an emergency. Furthermore, during major disasters, power can be out for days and cell phone lines may be jammed due to everyone using them at once. With a landline, if the power goes out, it will still work and you won’t have to worry about jammed up lines.
- Dependability of service: While a landline phone does limit your mobility and where you can use it, you can’t beat its dependability. Even in today’s highly mobile world there are still cellular dead zones and areas with spotty reception. Plus, you don’t have to worry about whether your battery is charged or not.
- Alternative Number: Many people don’t want to give their cell phone number out to just anyone. So, a landline could be an alternative number that could be used instead of giving out your cell number.
- Convenience: With a landline, there are no worries about how many minutes you have left. Also, it is great to have another way to reach your family. Especially if they forget to turn their cell phone off vibrate or silent.
- Saving Money: Many companies, like ImOn, offer discounts when you bundle your home phone with other services like Internet and cable TV. A landline may save you on the additional cost associated with using too many minutes on your cell phone plan.