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When I was a kid everybody had a landline phone but these days it isn’t as common. Most people in their twenties don’t have one, yet everyone has a cell phone. I didn’t bother buying one when I moved into my own house because I hadn’t used one for years.
The older generation and businesses still use them, but it seems like they are a fading trend.
In 2004, a tiny 5 percent of people said they didn’t have a landline in the house at all. Just 3 years later, that figure had ridden to around 15 percent.
Who knows how rare they’ll be in a few years. The same thing happened to phone booths so it makes sense that landlines will become obsolete as well. But is it really a good idea to get rid of them completely?
Most of the Millennials I know who have a land line said they got it because of a "bundle" that paid their cable and/or wifi bill cheaper. But does that make sense?
Having said that, you might be eligible for free cell phone calls, meaning that you don’t need to bother with a landline. There are initiatives run companies like Q Link Wireless that work with the government to provide free calls for eligible people. CEO Issa Asad Q Link has said that a huge number of people that are eligible for the program just aren’t applying for it. It’s worth looking into it because you might find that you’ve been wasting money on a cell phone plan that you didn’t need to be paying for.
I have a big problem with signal in my house, It’s pretty much impossible to make a call from anywhere. I get around it by using free call apps to make calls through the Wifi. It’s completely free and as long as the person I’m calling is connected to Wifi or mobile internet it works just fine.
That makes the savings you make by using landlines instead of your mobile to make calls pretty much irrelevant. The only downside is that if you’re calling people that don’t have mobile internet switched on, you won’t get through so landlines are still handy in that respect.
Signal problems are a fairly new issue. There are none of those issues with a landline so it is more reliable in some ways, but phone masts are becoming more widespread and signal is generally improving. If you live in the middle of nowhere then a landline is probably a good purchase, but if you’re in a city you don’t have much need for one.
There might still be a couple of reasons that a landline is useful but even in places like offices where they’re surviving, they’re becoming obsolete.
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