Is It Still Worth Using Landlines? 

Literally no aspect of modern life is complete without mobile communications. Smartphones have successfully replaced home phones and are superior to them in most respects. However, some people still use fixed devices. Let us tell you why.

Why still use home phones?

  • Calls at any time

You have to pay for limited battery life for the ability to carry a mobile phone. In this case, the stationary device wins, because it is always available. The smartphone may discharge or turn off suddenly, and the home phone can be used at any time.

  • Old habits die hard

Some consumers, especially retirees, use landlines because they are too used to them. In addition, many older people have difficulty making calls via smartphone, while a home phone is extremely easy to use.

  • Calls abroad

It becomes much cheaper to call relatives or friends abroad from your home phone. And although you can use video communication (the same WhatsApp) for such cases, it is much easier to dial a number on a fixed communication device.

  • Calls from institutions

Most companies, hospitals, offices and other organizations (private and public) use landlines. It’s easier because it doesn’t discharge, it’s always in the same place and it’s not afraid of communication problems. 

  • Stable connection

As mentioned earlier, a landline phone has some small but still advantages over a mobile device. One of them is a stable connection. If the smartphone may suddenly lose its signal, the home phone will be available at any time.

  • Calls to emergency services

In emergencies, when a person urgently needs to make a call, for example, in a hurry, a landline phone will not fail. In this case, the mobile device may be discharged, unconnected or simply lost somewhere at home.

  • Additional number

Anyone who has posted ads has encountered unsolicited calls at night or at other inconvenient times. In this case, it is better to specify a landline number. What are landline numbers? A fixed phone number. If the user is at work, the calls will not be annoying. And, at night you can just turn off your home phone.

Are landlines slowly dying?

In many countries the importance of landlines and wires is declining. Mobile phones used to be designed only for people on the road, but now many people, even when they are at home or at work, when they need to call, take up a mobile phone.

The British communications company BT recently launched an advertising campaign, arguing that when you need to talk to someone seriously, it should be done from a landline phone, which guarantees better audibility.

But for many people, a landline phone is a luxury for which there is no time, or which is simply not at hand, and the quality of audibility on the mobile, even with failures and extra sounds, is quite satisfactory. Will there be times when landlines will disappear?

For many young people who live in dormitories or rent a room, the idea of ​​a landline phone is already outdated. For a student in any country to have their own landline is a luxury. In most countries of the former Soviet Union, where telephony in Soviet times did not even reach the majority of the population, especially in rural areas, mobile phones are also the only means of telephone communication for many people. But even in the United States, one in five homes does not have a landline. Many people in the economic crisis are “cutting the wire” to save money on a monthly subscription.

If mobile competition is gradually moving towards mobile communications, high-speed Internet is now better off with wires and even better with fiber optic cable. High speed Internet wants wires. There are now three million homes in the UK with mobile broadband Internet access. Globally, the rate of increase in connections to high-speed mobile communications increased by two thirds. But experts acknowledge that mobile Internet is not yet as fast as a fixed line.

At different times of the day, the speed may be different or even absent. A mobile high-speed Internet connection is enough to check e-mail and browse articles online. But if you want to watch videos or play a lot of music, it’s better to have fixed broadband lines. 

For example, many high-speed mobile Internet users in the UK can have speeds of around one megabit per second under favorable circumstances. However, now the situation should change with the advent of 4G. Some experimenters of new mobile technologies reach the Internet connection at speeds up to 100 megabits per second. When this speed becomes affordable for the masses, then the death of wired telephone lines will look real.

How to choose a landline phone?

This is not a joke – in our modern world, where thousands of people have more than one mobile number, they still buy and actively use fixed wired and radiotelephones. In this part we will talk about the main functions of landlines and pay attention to the little things that guarantee ease of use. So, wired or radio?

There are two types of landlines: radio models and classic wired. The wired phone will work if there is no electricity, basic functions remain available. He is not afraid of sudden discharge of batteries on the handset and radio interference. But, there is a disadvantage: freedom of movement is limited by the length of the wire. 

Radio telephones guarantee reliable communication, and the possibility of unauthorized connection to the radio channel is reduced to almost zero. The advantages of radio models:

  • graphic display;
  • phone book for hundreds of records;
  • function of parent control (listening to the room where the handset is left);
  • the ability to connect multiple handsets and the connection between them, etc.

But there is also one disadvantage – radio models need power to work properly, both from the 220 V network for the base and from the batteries for the handset.

How will a landline and a radio station help in emergencies? 

Let’s find it out from the operator. In case of emergency, like military invasion, one of the threats is problems with mobile communications and the Internet. As an alternative to mobile communications, fixed telephony operates, the infrastructure of which is managed by national operators and providers. 

Landline works even in the absence of electricity in the network. Fixed telephony can operate in the absence of electricity in the house, as it operates from a telephone exchange that has backup power in the event of an emergency power outage. However, this does not apply to fixed radio telephones – they need a network connection.

How secure is fixed telephony? Fixed telephony has no special protection against hostilities. But there is every technical reason to consider this connection more secure than mobile. You must physically damage the cable to disconnect the telephone.

Telephone cables are located in the underground sewer, and they are connected to buildings through basements. This complicates the physical damage to the cable, but does not protect against vandals. Cable theft leads to a long absence of telephone communication of subscribers. If the telephone line is damaged, call forwarding or switching to a converged network that combines wired and wireless is configured.

Ellen Hollington

Ellen Hollington is a freelance writer who offers to ghostwrite, copywriting, and blogging services. She works closely with B2C and B2B businesses providing digital marketing content that gains social media attention and increases their search engine visibility.