It is difficult to ignore the statistics of the cell phones’ popularity and many large businesses have replaced their landlines with wireless communications. The battle of the phone companies continues as their phone and data plans continue to shift with consumer preference.
Memories Of The Landline
Oh those were the days, for those of a certain age, remember the little ole landline and for those under a certain age, it is landline nostalgia.
Remember when? Remember if?
• A phone call was a surprise
• One phone number was the entire household communication network
• Did the numbers of your phone number spell anything?
• The egg timer for when it was your turn to relinquish the phone
• You could turn off the phone and no voicemail would be recorded
• A second line was the ultimate prize and if you were lucky, had a fax machine to connect to the second line. Which beget the problem of trying to use both at once which clearly did not work.
• The difference between the busy signal and the off the hook busy signal
• The first thing you did when arriving home from work was to check for the blink blink of the answering machine
• Screening a call meant talking through the answer machine, ” Are you there, are you there? pick up please.”
Will Landlines Become Extinct?
According to the Centers for Disease Control cellphone only households now equal 51% (VOIP phones are included in the 51%). This is in comparison to the 9 out 10 Americans who owned landlines ten years ago. The survey also revealed that the majority of households who only own wireless phones are in the 18-44 year age group.
Cutting The Residential Landline Saves Money
Telephone companies have lowered the basic household telephone plans to accommodate consumers who wish to have minimal phone service with a landline. Thus far, the plans for landlines continue and while the telephone companies would not want to lose any customers, the companies are vested in converting landline owners to cell phone owners as well. The home landline telephone service is not extinct as landline phones provide valuable service during weather emergencies, medical emergencies and are a reliable communication tool for seniors.
Residential Landlines For Power Outages
I would note that one of the advantages of a residential landline is the dependability during a power outage. However this is not a digital cordless phone which plugs into an electrical outlet; no power = no access to the phone service. The phone with reliability during a power outage is the old school phones hard wired into your home frequently called wall phones or analog phones which require a wall jack.
I still keep (albeit in the closet) a what is now close to antique rotary dial phone which continues to work. The phone is from old family phone, it may be 30-40 years old! But this workhorse of a phone is the go to phone during a power outage. Plug it in and voila!
If our old white phone was in a little better shape I would keep it displayed for eclectic decoration or a conversation starter for those who have no idea what a rotary dial phone is … I love old phones and amazon has a great selection of fun old school phones!