Having a Landline is Still Important!

1. Calling 911

There’s a night-and-day difference in how 911 calls are handled. 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.

2. Kids

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 the number, done. With a cell phone, they first have to find the cell phone, unlock it, find the calling app, dial the number, 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.

3. No Power Outages

There's no need to keep your landline charged. If the power goes out, you still have phone service. In addition to the reliability, there are no dropped calls with a landline.

4. Natural Disasters

Cell 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.

5. Voice Quality

The quality of a conversation is much, 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.