Today there are so many options to communicate with loved ones, friends and business associates. Email, cellphones, Skype and many other forms of electronic methods are available to meet growing communication needs.
As a result, the need for maintaining the expense of a traditional landline has become significantly reduced.
Should You Give Up Your Landline?
At this time, more than 50 percent of people in the United States still hand onto their landlines, but every year that number seems to drop a little more as people adopt a mobile lifestyle.
There are many reasons people are opting to give up their landlines in this age of wireless.
Financial – Why pay two phone bills if a mobile meets all your needs?
Simplicity – Telephones using the Internet to connect all common, all you need is an Internet connection and a phone configured to use it and you are good to go.
Long Distance – Mobile plans do not charge long distance charges.
Flexibility – Today’s cell plans offer many levels of diversity and it is easy to find one which meets individual needs.
Long gone are the days of being restricted to weekend calling, many of today’s plans offer a generous number of ‘anytime’ minutes, and the off hours are also more liberal. Not to mention in-network calls don’t charge most of the time if people are using the same carrier.
Reasons to Keep Your Landline
While statistics note 41 percent of Americans gave up their landlines by 2013’s end, others do opt to hang onto traditional phones due to the cons associated with dumping a landline.
Security – People are comfortable with traditional landlines and aren’t ready to give up that security.
Privacy – Landlines are far more private than wireless, less chance of an eavesdropper.
Outages – Fear of a widespread outage. For instance, the huge blackout that hit the east coast of the U.S. several years ago was severe (I remember this well!) During this widespread outage, cell service was very hard to get.
Dropped calls – With traditional landlines, dropped calls are not really an issue. Nor is quality of connection.
Availability – No worries about chargers, battery life and all that comes with it.
Giving up a traditional landline in today’s world is not a bad idea if cost effectiveness is the goal. However, if the need for constant access to a telephone is more important, having the peace of mind of knowing a landline is available in conjunction with a cellphone may justify those extra costs; this ‘hybrid’ approach works well for many people.
Getting rid of a landline is a personal decision and it is a good idea to carefully examine your options as you consider your own telephone needs before making a final decision.
Leigh has been writing on the web since 2007. She has a high interest in business, tech, higher education, and Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia travel, but loves to write about a variety of topics. In addition to writing on Writedge, she also runs a blog about the Washington DC Metro Area and a photography blog Photos by Leigh Goessl.