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Advantages of Landline Phones - Should You Keep Your Home Telephone Service?

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Home Phone vs Cell Phone

In today’s age of technology and the rush to have the latest upgraded gadgets, the extremely popular and widely used cell phones, especially iPhones, are all around us. Not owning a cell phone makes folks appear that they came straight out of the dinosaur age. Even young children are now strapped with cell phones so that parents can better keep up with them. Many people have even dropped their landlines, or home telephone service, to use their cell phones exclusively.

Still others hold on to their precious home phones for a number of reasons--reasons that actually make a lot of sense.Some folks even use older telephones for decorative purposes, as the styles are changing and collectors are drawn to the unique look of older telephones. Keeping a home phone definitely has plenty of advantages. Let's look at some.


Greater Reliability

A landline is definitely more reliable than a mobile phone. Reception is much clearer coming through a phone cable than through airwaves to a cell phone. Crackly and distant voices are an often occurrence on cell phones but aren’t frequent visitors to home telephones.

“Dropped calls” is a phrase that has popped up in force since cellular phones made the scene. This phrase is often heard in relation to cell phone service but is rarely associated with a home phone. Reliability is one factor that just can’t be argued when it comes to the advantage of landlines over mobile phones. Landlines receive much less interference than do cell phones. Even in a storm, when cell phone reception is patchy, landlines are usually going strong.


Easier to Keep up With

Landlines are simply easier to keep up with in more ways than one. For one thing, in terms of maintenance, they don’t have to be continually charged. Forgetting to charge a cell phone is another way that calls can be dropped. For some, it is a hassle to have to charge a phone, sometimes daily. Landlines don’t have this problem. Even a cordless home phone just needs to be set back on its base to stay charged. There is no messing with finding the phone charging cord and an available outlet.

Another obvious way that landlines are easier to keep up with is that they are larger. They are harder to misplace and usually don’t end up being dropped in the toilet like cell phones that fall out of pockets. How many times do you hear of someone dropping their landline and ruining it? Or emerging it in water and hoping it comes back to life? Exactly. Landlines don’t get into such predicaments as does the much more fragile mobile cellular phone.


People Can Find You

Do you want your name in the local phone directory? Do you want your number to be found online? Do you want family and friends to be able to look you up? Do you need your number to be more visible for business reasons?

Landlines are easily found in the phone directory, whether in the white or yellow pages or in an online telephone directory. On the other hand, many people may prefer the anonymity of a cell phone, as cell phone directories are hard to find. If you need to be more visible, however, you may need to consider keeping a landline.


Safety

Numerous comments from readers have necessitated adding more advantages of keeping a landline. Safety is one of the pros. In case of an emergency, a 911 call can be traced immediately to a landline, showing the location of the home. This is not the case with a cell phone. If younger children are involved, they can pick up a phone to call, but would they know how to use a cell phone or give out an address?


Family Convenience

With children in the household, a landline is often desired in order for the children to receive calls from their friends. Unless a parent wants to field their ten year old's calls from their classmates, a landline might be warranted. Many families do have cell phone plans with each member having his or her own phone. A lot of parents, however, do not want to go that direction until the children are much older.

Nostalgia

Many folks may not want to give up their landlines for nostalgic reasons. They have always had it, had that number forever, so how can they give it up? Plus, it may have been the family’s line. When Grandma calls, little Suzie picks up the phone and they talk. Grandma can then ask for whomever she wants. She can talk to the whole family, a family who has ONE phone number instead of a separate number for each family member.


Save on Whatever Phone Service You Choose

Still, despite any advantages, many opt to give up their landlines in order to save money. With the onslaught of cell phones and the prevalence of landlines waning, there is great competition out there with phone companies fighting to get your business. AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless are some of the major companies vying for customers. Whether or not you keep your landline, you can try to get a better deal on your service. Grab a Verizon Wireless promo code or other coupon code to do some comparison shopping to save on your landline and cell phone plans.

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Comments

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 20, 2012:

Thanks, Patrick, for that input! You mentioned a perfect case where the landline is still very valuable to have. thanks!

Patrick on October 18, 2012:

I just placed an order today to my Phone company to bring back my number to it. With the earthquake here in New England the other night, the cell towers were overwhelmed and the web crawled to a snails pace for a bit and It was not an emergency! Imagine if it had been. My Voip phone service was coming up for renewal so I was able to bundle my Internet, Phone and Directv and get some money off of each service, Yes, let's hear it for the Landline. I do not think they will ever go away completely. Great discussion here.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 18, 2012:

Alecia--I prefer email, too. Unfortunately, we need phones some of the time. Thanks for commenting!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 16, 2012:

Hi, Peanutritious--Haven't seen you in a while. Good to see you. A pay as you go mobile is a cheap way to go, for sure, if you aren't on the phone much. :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 16, 2012:

Jeannie--I had a similar experience in a horrible ice storm a few years ago. My landline worked fine. :-) Great to see you. Thanks for coming by!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on August 16, 2012:

I think a key disadvantage to cell phones is being so dependent on power lines and it's an easy way to contact people. But in terms of general reasoning- I don't want to pay two phone bills. If I had my way, I'd just email all the time. But you bring up some good, interesting points. Great hub!

Tara Carbery from Cheshire, UK on August 16, 2012:

I would like both but can only afford one. I've got a pay as you go mobile.

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on August 16, 2012: