Five reasons to own a landline

Five reasons to own a landline

Little girl draw with color pencil in loungeThere are definite advantages to have a corded phone in your household. After all, the landline is still the single most important communications device in most U.S. homes.

In many instances the landline beats out the cell phone when it comes to having an enjoyable conversation without dropped calls. It’s also important to keep a landline around if you have young children or elderly persons in your home.

But there are other advantages to a corded phone that can put the cell phone to shame. Here’s a list of the five top reasons why you should still have a landline.

  • The landline never runs out of power. You know how frustrating it can be when you’re about to make an important call and you realize that you forgot to charge your cellphone. The landline is always charged up and ready to go: The Federal Communications Commission, the government agency that oversees all landline telecom providers, requires it.
  • When it comes to security, nothing beats a landline. Cellphones are inherently insecure. The phone call from your cellphone is transmitted through the airways using radio frequencies. Anyone with the right equipment can intercept the analog waves that transmit your call. I would never consider using my cellphone to disclose private information such as credit card numbers or passwords.
  • Have an enjoyable conversation. Cellphones are the modern equivalent of the phone line game we used to play as kids. Dropped connections and bad interference can make you feel like you’re back in school with 10 kids in a ring whispering in each other’s ears. Now, what was the original message? You always get a clear line with a landline. Everybody can enjoy the conversation without guessing who said what.
  • Do you know where your cellphone is? In an emergency, it’s important to know where your phone is. Imagine frantically searching for your cellphone in your pockets or purse when you’re in a sticky situation at home. With a landline, you always know where the phone is if you need to call 911. Besides, the 911 dispatcher can immediately see where you’re calling from with a landline. GPS and other tracking devices in cellphones are still not quite as accurate.
  • Take out your frustration after an annoying phone call! No matter what you feel about the caller on the other side of the line, pressing “end call” doesn’t have the same feeling of “active disconnect” as slamming down the receiver. Don’t try that with your cellphone!

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