I have a cell phone, why is a landline still relevant?


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There’s a night-and-day difference in how 911 calls are handled between landline and cell phones. A landline call goes straight to the call center and they immediately know where you are. Help is on its way within seconds. Make a 911 call with a cell phone and it’s a different story. A number of hoops suddenly appear, through which you have to jump. You have to tell the dispatcher your address. If you are unable, they may not be able to pinpoint your location. If you’re in a high-density area like a condo or apartment complex, they have no way to pinpoint your location with a cell phone.

So, if there’s an intruder in your home, you can pick up a landline phone, call 911 and set it down. Try doing that with a cell phone, and you end up spending several minutes trying to tell the dispatcher your location.

Kids
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If kids need to make an emergency call, they know exactly where the landline phone is, every time. It’s much faster and easier for them to call from a landline than a cell phone. They pick it up, dial 911, done. With a cell phone, they first have to find the cell phone, unlock it, find the calling app, dial 911, and then press send.

A woman suffered an asthma attack. Her son, only 6 years old had learned to call 911 in school. He was unable to give the dispatchers their exact address but the dispatchers knew exactly where the call was coming from and were able to locate their home quickly and save his mother’s life.

Natural Disasters
landline2Cell towers can lose power or be damaged in a natural disaster. The cellular system also gets clogged much quicker than the landline system, so your chances of getting through on a landline are much better.

Voice quality
The quality of a conversation is much better on a landline than a cell phone. In fact, we joke amongst ourselves that, if cell phones were all we had and someone came along with a new invention called a landline, that person would be hailed as a hero, win a Nobel prize and sell his company for several billion dollars in much the same way that television went from wireless to cable.

No Power Outages – No need to keep it charged

Reliability, No Dropped Calls

December 9th, 2015|