Smartphones may be the next big thing, but there are still many things you can’t do without a home phone service. Not only do landline phones have a fashionable air of retro, there are some things that they still do better than cell phones.
No electricity required
Rotary phones are undeniably old-fashioned, but that is actually one of their most valuable attributes. It’s probably obvious if you think about it, but any phone that connects to a landline without needing to be plugged into an electricity outlet can be operated without electricity, as noted by alertmontereycounty.org.
If you have an outage in your area, whether it’s downed power lines or a blackout, if the phone lines are still intact then you can still make calls with a landline phone. Winter 2013 and 2014 both saw massive blizzards that left many Americans without electricity for days at a time.
Without access to an outlet, most cell phones are useless after a day or two, leaving you incommunicado for however long it takes for power to be restored to your area. An old-school landline will keep you in touch with loved ones and emergency services even if the lights go out.
Better call quality and reliable connectivity
No matter how good your cell service is, a quality device on a solid home phone service will almost always outperform a cell phone. Many journalists insist that the people they interview by phone do so over a landline. This ensures a higher quality of the call and significantly less chance of being disconnected.
Of course, many interviewers, including PBS, also request that their subjects record themselves using a tablet or smartphone to provide a supplemental recording, but the landline phone is still a vital component of the interview.
If you operate a business out of your home, it is vital to have a landline. A line for your business allows customers to call your business, not you. This safeguards you from getting business calls when you’re on vacation or just trying to make dinner. It is even more important if you have employees since you might not always be at the “office,” and your staff can answer calls for you.
Also, by keeping a home phone service for your small business, you can customize it with more advanced voicemail services to help you improve your company’s efficiency in routing calls and taking messages.