The pros and cons of holding onto your landline

BY Allconnect | Fri Feb 13, 2015
The pros and cons of holding onto your landline

The modern ubiquity of smartphone belies the fact that thousands of Americans still make use of landline phones every day. In fact, several citizens across the nation are ardent supporters of landline technology and are hard pressed to see their favorite communications medium tossed to the wayside. As a result, you have a choice as a homeowner when you move to a new house. Both keeping and ditching a wired telephone service has its advantages, so you'll have to compare your options to see which is ideal for your new home.

Phone lines in the U.S. are finally evolving.Phone lines in the U.S. are finally evolving.

Landlines boast several practical benefits
Those interested in holding onto landlines have a valid point. In case of an emergency, landline phones provide a 24/7 means of communication – emergency power is run through copper wires underground to ensure that even an outage can't cut off residents from the authorities. Landlines are also incredibly cost-effective now that wireless phones have absorbed much of their business. The safety and reliability provided by a landline phones is an essential service, especially for the elderly and Americans who live in rural, out-of-the way parts of the country, according to AARP. Adding a landline phone could also help make communication easier between family members and help everyone stay under their monthly mobile minutes.

Changing technological landscapes may render landlines moot
One of the reasons that you want to consider eschewing the landline after you finish you move into a new city is a myriad of digital phone upgrades available through your Internet and cable providers – many broadband companies have expanded their services to include digital telephone service. A large number of consumers, especially Millennials, now depend on their mobile phones as their go-to means of communications, making it easy to transition away from the use of landlines.

"A myriad of digital phone upgrades are available through your Internet and cable providers."

Desiring to shift their market strategy to delivering exclusively over digital wires, many big name ISPs have taken to aggressively tearing up their old copper infrastructure, encouraging new and old customers alike to think again before signing up for a landline. You may want to drop your landline in your new home simply to avoid the hassle of dealing with replacing it later.

Soon you may no longer have a choice
Regardless of your attitude toward adding or keeping a landline phone after you move, the choice could end up coming down to simply where you live. The Patriot News reported that telecoms like Verizon are working to deregulate their landline markets in Pennsylvania – the strategy would make it it easier for companies to leave their landline phone business in the dust.

Major metropolitan areas and their surrounding suburbs seem to be a higher priority for copper removal, especially when fiber-optic replacements are down the pipeline. A bit of extra research could help you determine if your new state's telecom companies still offer both connections. Get in touch with Internet and cable providers early on so you can plan your landline strategy accordingly.

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