If you can believe it, the very first telephone line was invented in 1877, nearly 145 years ago. From there, the telephone industry has evolved in ways we never imagined. Though it seems like everyone these days relies on their cellphone for communication, a few still have stayed true to their landline. But what are the benefits and disadvantages of having a landline these days? We will break down some pros and cons and try to decide whether or not keeping a landline is still needed.
Pros of Having a Landline:
- If you are someone who wants to be in the phonebook, then having a landline is a good choice for you.
- With a landline, there is no need for a charger or any extra accessories. You’ll never have to worry if your phone is dead, which is important in case of an emergency where you may need to call 911.
- A landline can be the most beneficial when an emergency arises at home. Because your landline is connected to your home address, they will know immediately where to send emergency vehicles if you need to call 911.
- With a landline, you can always rely on the call quality. While cellphone service may be spotty in some parts of the U.S., you can count on a crystal-clear connection with a landline.
Cons of Having a Landline:
- The most common reason to have a cellphone full-time is that it’s usually cheaper than a landline, especially when you include the cost of a long-distance calling plan.
- With a cellphone, you can be easily reached, especially if you travel a lot and want to stay in touch with your friends and family.
- Though it is nice to have a landline at home for emergencies, having a cellphone could save someone else’s life if you are not at home during an emergency.
- If your power were to go out in your home, a landline would no longer work, making it unusable in a power outage.
- Spam calls can easily target landlines. According to the Federal Communications Commission, it’s illegal for telemarketers to call you on your cellphone, but this doesn’t include landlines.
Having a landline can be beneficial, especially if you are in an emergency in your own home. They also provide amazing call quality, and there is no need for a charger or useless accessories. The downfall to having a landline and not a cellphone is not being able to call someone when you are not home. Also, landlines can be targeted by spam calls, and if your power goes out, you will not be able to contact anyone.
Here at Consumer Cellular, we can help you convert your landline to our service with the Home Phone Base. It lets you turn your landline into a new line on your cellphone plan, just like if you were to add another cellphone line to your project. Visit our website to learn more today!