Many households are deciding to go without a landline—after all, when each and every person in the house has a cell phone, what’s the point? Turns out there are some good reasons to still have a landline phone, though, so here’s our list of four reasons why you should maintain a landline phone in your home.
- Clarity. With landline phones, even ones through your internet or cable TV provider, you will not experience dropped calls or static the way you will with a cell phone. “Can you hear me now?” will not be a question you need to ask.
- Cost. A monthly landline bill will cost you a fraction of a monthly cell phone bill, especially with added data costs for today’s smartphones. In addition, cable and internet providers often offer bundle pricing that basically gives you a landline for free. Generally you are also not locked into a costly contract with a landline provider like you are when you purchase a cell phone plan.
- Emergency Calls. Because your landline is powered by the copper wiring from the phone company, the battery won’t die. And even when the power’s out you can still make emergency calls on your landline.
- Getting a Local Number. Since many people keep the same cell phone number even when moving to another city or state, it’s a good idea to have a local number where you can be reached when applying for jobs and other purposes.
While none of these reasons may be make or break for you, you should at least consider the possibility. After all, it won’t cost you much to give it a try.